Botany major

Botany is the scientific study of plants—from their structure and function to their indispensable roles in ecosystems and the intricacies of their cell function. Botanists study how plants evolve and adapt to changing climates and environments and have a proactive role in mitigating the loss of biodiversity. Botany is an ideal major if you are enthusiastic about Western Australia's unique native flora or agricultural crops, and are interested in addressing current and future threats to plant conservation and sustainability. It is envisaged that there will be up to three overnight field trips (there will be a cost of up to $500 to cover food and accommodation for around 10 nights, to be borne by the student).

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) understand plant structure, function, diversity and evolution; (2) appreciate the pivotal relationship between plants and their environment; (3) demonstrate a knowledge of basic plant processes at different levels of organisation including cells, tissues, organs, organisms, populations and communities; and (4) be conversant in the terminology, issues and practice of the core principles of botany—diversity, ecology, genetics and evolution, and physiology.

Degree-specific major

Botany can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Botany is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
  • two Level 1 complementary units
  • one Level 2 complementary unit
  • one Level 3 complementary unit
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
S2 BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
Complementary units
Take all complementary units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Prerequisites:
ATAR Mathemematics Applications;WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher
Co-requisites:
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (only required if students haven't completed ATAR Mathemetics Applications; WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher). Please note that there will be a delay in validating your enrollment in SCIE1104 after you have enrolled in MATH 1720
Incompatibility:
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
S1 SCOM1101 Communicating Science
Prerequisites:
ATAR Mathematics Applications
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher
Co-requisites:
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (only required if students haven't completed Maths Applications
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher). Please note that there will be a delay in validating your enrolment in SCOM1101 after you have enrolled in MATH1720.
Incompatibility:
SCIE1103 Science, Society and Communication

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ENVT2250 Ecology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology; for pre-2012 courses: BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
EART1105 Earth and Environment: Dynamic Planet
or
EART1108 Earth and Environment: Geographical Perspectives
S2 PLNT2201 Plants in Action
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
S2 PLNT2204 Plant Diversity and Evolution
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Complementary units
Take the following complementary unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Incompatibility:
GENE2204 Principles of Genetics, GENE2240 Introduction to Genetics

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ENVT3363 Ecological Processes
Prerequisites:
one of ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
or
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S1 PLNT3301 Plant Physiological Ecology
Prerequisites:
PLNT2201 Plants in Action
or
ENVT2250 Ecology
NS PLNT3306 Australian Vegetation
Prerequisites:
PLNT2204 Plant Diversity and Conservation
or
ENVT2250 Ecology
Complementary units
Take the following complementary unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ENVT3060 Soil–Plant Interactions
Prerequisites:
EART2222 Geomorphology and Soils
or
ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2236 Soil Science
Incompatibility:
EART3336 Soil Biology and Plant Nutrition, EART8336 Soil Biology and Plant Nutrition, EART3360 Soil-Plant Interactions

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Botany degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-BOTNY

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Botany degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-BOTNY-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Botany can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Botany can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Botany second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
S2 BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology

Level 2

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ENVT2250 Ecology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology; for pre-2012 courses: BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
EART1105 Earth and Environment: Dynamic Planet
or
EART1108 Earth and Environment: Geographical Perspectives
S2 PLNT2201 Plants in Action
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
S2 PLNT2204 Plant Diversity and Evolution
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ENVT3363 Ecological Processes
Prerequisites:
one of ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
or
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S1 PLNT3301 Plant Physiological Ecology
Prerequisites:
PLNT2201 Plants in Action
or
ENVT2250 Ecology
NS PLNT3306 Australian Vegetation
Prerequisites:
PLNT2204 Plant Diversity and Conservation
or
ENVT2250 Ecology

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Botany can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-BOTNY

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Botany can also be taken as a degree-specific major.