This is a four year honours programme.
Vision science is the science of how we see and the application of technology to help us see better. This program is designed to develop scientists who can work in ophthalmic industries to create better instruments and vision technologies. You will explore the sciences underpinning vision and light. You will select minors from a wide range of topics to help build innovative and marketable skills. The opportunities in this emerging area are growing strongly. Research and graduate study opportunities in vision science are very good. The School of Optometry and Vision Science houses a number of research units including the Optics and Radiometry Laboratory. The Vision Cooperative Research Centre, the largest vision research unit in Australia, shares the same building.
The Bachelor of Science course is a flexible degree programme, enabling students to study a wide range of options in Science as well as other areas of interest. It is built on a solid foundation of core areas in Science such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Earth and Environmental Science, and Psychology. More specialised topics can then build on these areas.
What you will study
All students choose a major. If a student studies a minor, the minor may be taken from another area of Science, or may include approved courses from other UNSW faculties. All programmes also include units in general education, which cover social and ethical issues as well as topics from outside of Science.
Choosing a broad range of courses in first year, before deciding on a major in second and third years, is a popular approach to the Bachelor of Science programme. This gives you time to become more familiar with the different areas of science and to discuss your interests with academic staff and students. For students who are already sure of their interests, the Bachelor of Science programme can be structured and tailored for them from first year to third year. Students who perform exceptionally well may have the opportunity to study for an honours degree by taking an extra year to apply their knowledge to a research project, supervised by researchers at UNSW.
The Bachelor of Science programme is designed to give students the opportunity to transfer between Science programmes at UNSW, including advanced level and professional degrees. The flexibility of the programme means it also combines with a second degree in Education, Engineering, Arts, Social Sciences, Law or Business.
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is renowned for the quality of its graduates and its commitment to new and creative approaches to education and research. It was established in 1949 and has expanded rapidly and now has close to 40,000 students, including more than 7000 international students from over 130 different countries. The University offers more than 300 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programs, and has developed an extensive network of alumni chapters throughout Asia. The main UNSW campus is located on a 38-hectare site at Kensington, seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney.