STEM degrees are available online from Australian universities. As this degrees list shows, distance learning options exist for many Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects.
100% online study is supported for: most science fields, information technology programs, some non-professional engineering degrees, and for just about any maths unit you can think of.
Where students may have to attend a campus, at least occasionally, are for hands-on STEM fields. These include certain science majors and 4-year engineering degrees.
Around 1 in 8 external university students (or more than 24,000 people) are studying for a STEM degree. The largest STEM fields are Engineering (3.7% of all enrolments), Natural and Physical Sciences (3.1%), and Information Technology (2.4%). SOURCE: uCube (extracted 25 Sep 2017)
You can study science online with Australian universities. Some degrees can be completed 100% online. For others, online study is balanced with occasional residential schools (lasting 1-5 days) on campus. These are necessary for any hands-on program components.
Dozens of science majors are available for distance learning. In terms of choice, you may be advantaged by living in New South Wales. Two of the strongest online science universities, Charles Sturt University and the University of New England, are based in the state. Living within visiting range of a campus allows you to enrol as an external student in almost any science program.
Bachelor of Environmental Science
Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)
Master of Environmental Management
Master of Environmental Science and Management
Master of GIS and Remote Sensing
Technology is important across many disciplines. However, with respect to STEM and online university degrees, “technology” essentially refers to computer science and information technology.
Most online technology students are enrolled in a Bachelor of Information Technology or Master of Information Technology program. Core subjects may include programming, systems analysis, multimedia applications, database management, networking and communications, security, and technology support. At both undergraduate and masters levels, you can specialise by selecting units from a certain study stream (see below).
Engineering is a hands-on discipline. For this reason, a 4-year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree is only possible through a combination of online study, residential (on campus) multi-day sessions, and work placements.
Para-professional and postgraduate qualifications are also available by distance learning. 100% online study is supported for some programs.
Many specialisations are offered, including civil, electrical and electronics, environmental, mechanical, and mechatronics. You can also study software engineering, and urban and regional planning.
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Bachelor of Engineering Science
Bachelor of Engineering Technology
Master of Advanced Engineering
Master of Engineering Practice
Master of Engineering Science
Mathematics is a building-block subject at university level. Many online students do maths without majoring in the discipline. Mathematics and statistics units can be completed in programs for business, education, engineering, information technology, science and social science.
Even within a “non-maths” unit, mathematical concepts and methods may feature prominently (e.g. in a social research or marketing unit).
If you want to major in maths, generally you do this as part of a science degree. However, maths specialisations are also listed elsewhere.