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Overview

Vision Science is the study of the sensory processes that underlie vision and understanding of vision-related technologies. 

It is designed for students who wish to pursue a laboratory/industry focused research career by providing broad and coherent knowledge in relevant topics such as: Optics, anatomy and functioning of the eye, eye disorders, clinical optometry, ocular therapy, sensation and perception, psychophysics, and research design and methods.

Study Level

Undergraduate

Minimum Units of Credit

84

Specialisation Type

Major

Specialisation Structure

Students must complete 84 UOC.

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Advanced Science Electives

For students enrolled in or applying for transfer into a Bachelor of Advanced Science (3962) with a Major in Vision Science the course VISN1101 Seeing the World: Perspectives from Vision Science (6 UOC) will be counted in-place of SCIF1131.

It is highly recommended that Advanced Science students majoring in Vision Science take SCIF2041 and SCIF3041 in Stages 2 and 3.

Level 1 Recommended Electives

The following courses are not required but are recommended as good complementary courses for this major.
- PHYS1111 - Fundamentals of Physics (6 UOC), PHYS1121 - Physics 1A (6 UOC) or PHYS1131 - Higher Physics 1A (6 UOC)
- CHEM1041 Higher Chemistry B (6 UOC)
Students who intend to take Psychology electives in Stages 2 and 3 should take the following courses:
- PSYC1001 Psychology 1A (6 UOC)
- PSYC1011 Psychology 1B (6 UOC)
- PSYC1111 Measuring Mind and Behaviour (6UOC)

Level 2 Recommended Electives

The following courses are not required but are recommended as good complementary courses for this major.
- OPTM2133 The Clinical Environment (6 UOC)
- OPTM2233 Optical Dispensing (6 UOC)
- PSYC2071 Perception and Cognition (6 UOC)
- PSYC2001 Research Methods 2 (6 UOC)
- SCIF2041 - Research Internship A (6 UOC)

Level 3 Recommended Electives

The following courses are not required but are recommended as good complementary courses for this major.
- OPTM3105 Disease Processes of the Eye 1 (6 UOC)
- OPTM3205 Disease Processes of the Eye 2 (6 UOC)
- ANAT3411 Neuroanatomy 1 (6 UOC)
- NEUR3211 Neuroscience Research Seminars (6UOC)
- PSYC3221 Vision and Brain (6 UOC)
- PSYC3211 Cognitive Science (6 UOC)
- ANAT3131 Functional Anatomy 1 (6 UOC)
- SCIF3041 - Research Internship B (6 UOC)

Course Selection

Students are advised to select their courses carefully to ensure prerequisites for Stage 2 and 3 electives are met.
It is recommended that Stage 1 students enrol into CHEM1011 unless they are considering a Chemistry major. Chemistry majors should enrol in CHEM1031.

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