Dean's Welcome

Professor Trevor Hambley

This is a particularly fascinating time to study science. Major technological advances are opening up many new areas, from ecosystems to nano-technology, and the boundaries between traditional areas are blurring as inter-disciplinary research leads to rapid progress on a wide range of issues in environmental, health and technology related industries that underpin the future prosperity and quality of life in Australia. These issues include: protection of biodiversity; environmental remediation; control of industrial pollution; energy production; new manufacturing technologies; genetically modified organisms; stem cells and other new genetic advances in health and medicine; data management and new computing developments; and understanding human behaviour. The comprehensive scope of the Faculty of Science at the University Sydney allows us to offer courses in all of these areas and the many joint degree options provide the opportunity to study social, moral and commercial consequences of science.

A degree in Science is a first step towards an exciting career, one that stimulates, challenges, and rewards you. It can take you from the microscopic to the cosmic level, into physical and biological processes and from order to chaos. A Science degree develops your investigative skills and teaches you the tools of critical analysis and communication - skills for lifelong learning. Employers in government, industry and education need graduates who are trained to think, analyse and communicate. Science graduates have a unique blend of generic and discipline-related skills that give them the capacity to tackle problems with initiative and resourcefulness, to plan and execute projects and to work as part of a team. Studying Science gives you the innovative skills for an ever-changing workforce environment and makes you a valuable and sought-after resource for employers. And if you become really excited by a particular area, our honours and postgraduate courses provide you with the training to become a practicing scientist in that field.

The degree programs at Sydney University are of exceptional quality. Many of our academic staff have won teaching awards and our research programs are world class. Our degree programs are designed to offer challenges and excitement at a range of different levels, including the Talented Students' Program, Advanced Science degree and specialist streams within the BSc that provide more directed science training, and in some cases, opportunities for industry placements. The Faculty has close links with industry and a wide range of employers, and will provide opportunities throughout your degree to explore career options. The degree programs have been designed so that you can specialise if you wish, but you don't have to make that decision until you have completed a general first year. The first year experience in Science is designed to help you settle into University, to meet other students, and to decide on or confirm your interest in a specialised area of study. We use a variety of teaching methods to help you develop sound generic computing skills, interpersonal and communication skills, and an ability to work in teams and groups. Most importantly, you will learn how to analyse problems, work out solutions, and communicate these clearly to others. We will help to discover how things function, develop lifelong strategies for learning new approaches, and gain skills to explore and use information in different contexts.

Professor Trevor Hambley
Dean of Science