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• To compare the pros and cons of sciences with other fields
of study, see the table on page 60 and the institution
profiles in Section 4.
• For more information about careers in this field, see the Job
Guide website at http://jobguide.thegoodguides.com.au.
• For ratings of postgraduate sciences courses, see The
Good Universities Guide to Postgraduate Courses.
Olivia — Bachelor of science majoring in neuroscience
Why did you choose to study
After completing Year 12 I didn’t really
know what I wanted to study. I received
good results for the sciences at school
(biology and chemistry — not physics!)
and also really enjoyed studying them
so I figured I might as well continue with
science at university. I had also studied Japanese at high
school and the degree allowed me to continue Japanese as
my elective subject each semester.
What was the best thing about your course?
I loved the variety of the degree; there are so many pathways
you can follow. From first year I was interested in the
biological sciences so I completed subjects such as anatomy,
biochemistry, physiology and neuroscience, but I had friends
who majored in chemistry, mathematics, information
technology and agricultural science. The other ‘best thing’
was the numerous friendships I made. There were more than
1000 other students in my year level so I was always meeting
new people. And, although science had more contact hours
than some of the other undergraduate degrees, there was still
time for socialising!
What was the worst thing about your course?
For someone who knows exactly what career they want to
head into, science would be rather frustrating, as you need to
complete further study in order to be employable afterwards.
Also, the elective subjects are really what you make of them.
You can study languages (like Japanese), which, although
really rewarding, can very time consuming.
Alternatively, you can study subjects that require very little
input, but you might find these to be a waste of time.
What did your course involve?
The three years were comprised of numerous lectures,
tutorials and practicals. At the beginning of the degree I was
at university five days a week; however, as I chose subjects
with less practicals (not intentionally!) my contact hours were
cut down to three to four days a week.
Have you found work in your field?
I haven’t yet tried to find work in my field. The year after I
graduated I had a ‘gap’ year working in retail, babysitting and
travelling. And the following year I started a postgraduate
What advice would you give to students considering
I would recommend this degree to students who don’t really
know exactly what they want to do after finishing school and
enjoy science. It is broad but with the career advice available
at university you really can head down any pathway. Attend
all your lectures (or at least listen to them online). Finally, get
involved in university clubs and societies. Try everything from
the science society to sports clubs for their social activities.
Have you completed further study?
Yes, I have recently started the doctor of medicine. In order to
apply for this degree I had to complete specific subjects
during my science degree (anatomy, biochemistry and
physiology) and I also had to sit an external examination
called the GAMSAT.
Is it worth it?
WHAT GRADUATES SAY
GETTING A JOB
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
44% $63 287
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For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 587
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