The A-Z of STEM degrees

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Looking for study pathway inspiration? This epic list of STEM-related uni degrees should give you some ideas

With 75% of Australia’s most in-demand occupations requiring science, tech, engineering and maths skills and STEM jobs growing 1.5 times faster than any other industry, getting clued up in STEM is one seriously smart career move.

A-Z STEM degrees
For Cheena one of the highlights of her degree is learning how to create real-world solutions, such as building software for driverless vehicles.

And if you study it, but branch out elsewhere? Same deal! A survey for the Office of the Chief Scientist of Australia found that even if a job doesn’t directly need STEM skills, more than 82% of employers would value tertiary experience studying STEM in an applicant.

Between the assignments, extra-curricular comps and STEM-themed clubs, being a STEM student sounds seriously exciting – and legit something you’d use after you graduate.

Just ask undergrad Cheena Yadav, who’s studying a Bachelor of Computer Systems engineering at the University of Newcastle.

“As you move through the course, you get to learn the skills that you’re eventually going to use in your career,” says Cheena. “That’s the most interesting part!”

Here, we’ve popped together an epic list of STEM-specific course ideas to get you thinking about study paths you might not have considered yet.

A is for Agriculture

Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences, University of Adelaide: Practice the latest methods, from adapting genes and cells for new crops to the business of livestock, and explore emerging trends, like vertical farming

B is for Biomedical Science

Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science), Edith Cowan University: Gain hands-on lab experience in high-tech facilities and graduate ready to explore the exciting career options in the field of biomedicine.

C is for Conservation

Bachelor of Biodiversity & Conservation, Macquarie University: Turn your passion into practice by tackling the many challenges associated with quantifying and dealing with climate-related risks. 

D is for Design

Bachelor of Design in Animation, UTS: Learn from industry experts, develop your portfolio through working on real client briefs and get connected with a global industry, all while completing your degree.

E is for Exercise Physiology

Bachelor of Exercise Physiology, UNSW: Specialise in the use of physical activity as a rehabilitative and preventative therapy. 

F is for Forensics

Bachelor of Science (Forensic Science), Western Sydney University: Get a hands-on introduction to collecting evidence and conducting forensic investigations. 

G is for Genetics

Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences), QUT: Gain a strong foundation in the core biological sciences including genetics and microbiology.

H is for Horticulture

Bachelor of Horticulture, Charles Sturt University: Become a multi-skilled professional with a strong foundation in science, applied plant science, management, finance and communication.

I is for IT

Bachelor of Information Technology, Charles Darwin University: Become an open-minded problem solver, a creative thinker as well as an engaging communicator, which will help progress your career in the IT industry.

J is for Java

Bachelor of Information Technology (Software Development), University of South Australia: Become fluent in Python, Java, Swift and SQL – highly sought-after skills in the Australian job market.

K is for K-6 STEM Education

Bachelor of Education (Primary), Flinders University: Feel empowered to weave together your STEM knowledge and skills, mind and context to inspire and educate young minds.

L is for Laboratory Science

Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours), CQ University: Build up an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and technical knowledge in the clinical disciplines of laboratory medicine for application in a diagnostic setting.

M is for Medical Science

Bachelor of Medical Science, University of Canberra: Score comprehensive knowledge and skills on the interactions between cellular, chemical and biological science that underpin medical practice. 

N is for Nanotechnology

Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology), UTS: Develop practical experience with advanced scientific equipment and techniques including electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction thin film techniques.

O is for Occupational Therapy

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Southern Cross University: Build up a range of clinical skills, preparing you for work in diverse health care environments.

P is for Psychology

Bachelor of Psychology, Macquarie University: Get exposure to a range of fundamental psychological concepts, as well as to specialised areas such as child psychology, neuropsychology, social and personality psychology, organisational psychology, cognition and perception, and psychopathology. 

Q is for Quantum

Master of Quantum Technology, University of Queensland: Study advanced topics in quantum physics and quantum information, and gain research-level experience in leading experimental labs.

R is for Renewable Energy 

Bachelor of Renewable Energy Engineering (Honours), University of Newcastle: Choose courses in related areas of climate change policy, law and economics and environmental sciences.

S is for Science

Bachelor of Science, University of Notre Dam: Build depth of learning through a specialist Science Stream aligned to your specific interests.

T is for Technology

Bachelor of Digital Transformation, Bond University: Gain a robust view of digital transformation across more than 50 digital capabilities, a flexible skillset, and a niche area of specialisation. 

U is for Urban Planning

Associate Degree of Spatial Science (Urban & Regional Planning), University of Southern Queensland: Learn how to prepare plans for residential, retail and industrial areas, transport links, as well as conduct environmental impact assessments.

V is for Veterinary Technology

Bachelor of Veterinary Technology, University of Queensland: Equip yourself with the theoretical and practical skills for a rewarding career as a para-veterinary healthcare specialist, working in animal health and welfare.

W is for Water Management

Master of Integrated Water Management, Griffith University: Land practical tools and skills for developing and managing the adoption of innovative solutions to local, regional, national and international water management issues.

X is for X-Ray Technology

Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography), University of Sydney: Broaden your clinical skills by being placed in a variety of radiology centres to gain experience in procedures, examinations and equipment.

Y is for YouTube

Bachelor of Communication (Digital Media), Deakin University: Create a portfolio of podcasts, blogs, videos, infographics and more, while exploring big data and analytics, virtual and augmented realities, artificial intelligence and gamification.

Z is for Zoology

Bachelor of Zoology, University of New England: Advance your understanding of the many facets of zoology so that you can apply your knowledge in the real world in areas such as animal behaviour, molecular biology and genetics, conservation biology, herpetology, parasitology, animal physiology, wildlife ecology, freshwater ecology and physical anthropology.

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As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.

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