Heading along to a university open day is an exciting time, and what’s even better is that this year there are new courses to suss out while you’re there!
If you’re scoping out the campuses of the University of Southern Queensland, Flinders University, the University of Sydney, UNSW or the University of Western Australia, be sure to ask about the following new STEM degrees and how they’ll set you up for career success post uni.
1. Bachelor of Agricultural Technology and Management – University of Southern Queensland
Did you know that Australian agriculture is set to be worth $100 billion per year to Australia by 2030? That means lots of cool job opportunities in all kinds of industries. It also means studying STEM + agriculture is absolutely future proof.
The Bachelor of Agricultural Technology and Management will have you learning to use innovative tech within agriculture systems and agricultural science to create effective business solutions and improvements for farmers. You can choose a minor too! These include:
- Agricultural Systems
- Animal Production
- Crop Production
- Food Technology
- Data Analytics
- Geographical Information Systems
You’ll also get to collab with industry pros and agritech researchers from places like John Deere, AgriFutures Australia and Food Waste CRC.
Prerequisites: English and General Mathematics
Careers: Agritech product manager, agritech consultant, data analyst
Find out more about this degree on the University of Southern Queensland website.
2. Bachelor of Health Sciences (Digital Health) – Flinders University
If you’re interested in health and technology, the Bachelor of Health Science (Digital Health) provides the perfect combo. You’ll study health sciences – where you’ll learn how to approach new challenges in contemporary healthcare and be equipped to enter the workforce in a range of health areas – but specialise in digital. This specialisation will skill you up in digital health tech (think mobile health apps, telehealth, wearable devices, robotics and artificial intelligence) so you can use this in whatever health setting you end up working in.
Careers: Digital health expert, community health officer, app developer
All the deets on this degree are over on the Flinders University website.
3. Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Taronga Wildlife Conservation) – University of Sydney
Can’t decide behind animal science and conservation? Thanks to this double degree, championed by Taronga Zoo and the University of Sydney, you can now do both. It allows you to study conservation science hands-on, while being taught by experts in the field (and yep, at the zoo!). Throughout the course, students are immersed in the environment of working science and conservation management, spending time at both Taronga Zoo in Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo and at the University of Sydney. The course includes study in the field at The Sanctuary – a 110-hectare conservation breeding engine room in Dubbo and home to critically endangered Greater Bilbies – where they’re able to witness conservation in action.
Prerequisites: Mathematics Advanced (Band 4) or Mathematics Extension 1 or 2 (Band E3)
Careers: Wildlife conservationist, sustainability officer, environmental consultant
Everything you need to know about this degree is at the University of Sydney website.
4. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Renewable Energy) – UNSW
Passionate about the environment, making a difference AND you want to be an engineer? Then this is definitely one to consider! This degree explores the best ways to make use of renewable energy technologies, including solar thermal systems, photovoltaics, wind and biomass, and also looks at the areas of solar architecture and the design of energy-efficient buildings and appliances. Bonus: to get you ready for the STEM workforce, you also get 60 days of approved industry training while studying this degree!
Assumed knowledge: Mathematics Extension 1 and Physics
Careers: Renewable energy engineer, protection engineer, solar and battery design engineer
Get the entire low down on this future focussed degree on the UNSW website.
5. Bachelor of Earth Sciences and Master of Oceanography – University of Western Australia
We love this mash up! The Bachelor of Earth Science is great for anyone who’s fascinated by Earth, its oceans and the atmosphere – and also our place in the solar system and beyond. Then with the added Master of Oceanography there’s a big focus on practical work, where you’ll get across scientific and engineering elements of dynamic coastal zones and seafloor geology.
If you’re passionate about becoming an oceanographer, you should know that this is Australia’s only Master of Oceanography. Pack your bags for WA, if you’re not already there!
WACE prerequisite: Mathematics Methods ATAR
Careers: Oceanographer, geologist, marine consultant
The full scoop on this one? Over on the University of Western Australia website.
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Author: Louise Meers
Louise is Careers with STEM’s digital content strategist. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals and build a better future.