School of Science and Engineering - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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School of Science and Engineering


The School offers a range of undergraduate programs in generic science, environmental science, environmental management, animal ecology, mechanical and civil engineering. Several staff from the School have obtained the prestigious national Learning and Teaching Citations from the Office of Learning and Teaching. This high quality of teaching will continue as the school expands into blended learning modalities. This fundamental undergraduate knowledge forms the building blocks for our growing research programs.

Research, international development and engagement

The School has established key research areas of aquaculture, forest science and water science within the Collaborative Research Network USC Research Futures Project.

One of the University’s leading Research Centre is the GeneCology Research Centre. The exciting new physical infrastructure of the Engineering Learning Hub provide cutting edge technologies for teaching, research and engagement opportunities within the School of Science and Engineering.

Other key research areas are:

  • Airport Pavement Research Program which was established in 2017 to address the long-term lack of research and development in Australian airport pavement technology and practice upkeep
  • Tropical Aquaculture is the world’s fastest-growing food-producing sector and the fastest-growing primary industry sector in the Indo-Pacific. It is also recognised as part of the solution to regional food security
  • Marine and Coastal Ecology has a research focus in the areas of ocean sciences and marine animal ecology naturally emerges from USC’s location at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It also reflects the expertise, and international leadership, of several academics who work on cutting-edge issues in marine and coastal ecology
  • Detection Dogs for Conservation A dog’s ability to smell is believed to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times better than humans. The right dog can be trained to track anything that emits an odour whether it’s flora, fauna, on land, or even under the sea!
  • SEQ Eastern Grey Kangaroo Conservation Project - As a Land for Wildlife property, USC is home to a plethora of wildlife and provides important habitat in an increasingly urban area. We are lucky enough to share the USC campus with a mob of Eastern Grey kangaroos. Staff, students and visitors alike delight in having interactions with the kangaroos and they are part of the daily life on campus
  • Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research (ACPIR) is a multidisciplinary research centre that provides a focal point for the expertise and experience of the many USC academics and researchers conducting research and development projects in the Pacific Islands region
  • Global Change Ecology Research Group focuses on fundamental and translational research relating to the impacts of anthropogenic change on biodiversity and ecosystems

Professor Catherine Yule
Head, School of Science and Engineering


Engineering students experience a practical demonstration.


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School of Science and Engineering
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