THE School of Natural and Physical Sciences at the University of Papua New Guinea was formerly known as the science faculty.
It was given a school title following a review towards the end of the 1990s.
The six disciplines in the school are biological sciences, chemistry, earth sciences/geology, environment science and geography, mathematics, statistics and computer science, and physics.
Admission into foundation year requires a completion of Grade 12 from a recognised institution.
Applicants a required to obtain a minimum of B-grade in science courses of biology, physics or chemistry and must pass English and advance maths (math A) with a B-grade or better.
Getting two As and three Bs or As and two Bs or better is important as it gives an applicant a better chance for admission.
Biological courses offered are botany, zoology and microbiology.
There are basic introductory courses for students intending to take medicine, health sciences and social sciences.
Training in biology prepares one for a variety of vocations and interesting careers such as botanists, microbiologists, zoologists, ecologists, physiologists, entomologists and marine biologists.
The discipline produces chemistry graduates with specialised knowledge in various chemistry fields and enable science graduates to have sufficient amount of chemical knowledge that can be of use in their respective careers.
Graduates can find jobs in government departments or organisations, as well as mining companies, breweries, food industries, logging firms and oil refineries.
The work of geologists and geophysics involves studying the earth, its deep interior, the changing surface, its dynamic systems and plate movements, the layering of circulation of the atmosphere and oceans, and its history and evolution.
Earth science training usually focuses on practical skills in the field or laboratory.
This discipline offers undergraduate and post graduate programmes for students in the school of natural and physical sciences, the school of humanities and social sciences and as well as those students majoring in economics, business studies and law.
Maths, statistics and computer science
When combined with other disciplines of computer science, and statistics, mathematics courses provide a wide range of concepts, techniques and tools that are fundamental to virtually all areas of life.
Physics is the science that describes how the physical world works in real terms.
It is the most fundamental of all sciences.
Physics is now becoming interdisciplinary because all its methods are being applied in other science disciplines as well.
Physics graduate may pursue a career in the aviation industry as pilots and flight engineers. Others may work in the government and private sectors in the computer and electronics industry as well as in the energy department.
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