Conservation Biology major

Human activity and population growth are increasing the pressure on natural ecosystems and many biologists believe we are currently experiencing the sixth global mass extinction. Conservation biologists work to prevent the extinction of the world's plant and animal species. According to Conservation International, the South West of Western Australia is one of the world's 25 'biodiversity hotspots' making WA an ideal living laboratory for your studies. If you are interested in field work and want to help mitigate this trend by actively participating in the management and research of threatened species and communities, then Conversation Biology is the major for you. It is envisaged that there will be up to three overnight field trips (there will be a cost of up to $950 to cover the cost of food and accommodation for around 17 nights, to be borne by the student).

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) understand global biodiversity and its distribution, the evolutionary history of biodiversity in Australia, and particular species and communities that are highly threatened; (2) appreciate the crucial relationship between species biology and ecology and vulnerability to environmental change; (3) understand major threats to biodiversity, their causes, and management and research mitigating them; and (4) demonstrate the necessary analytical and communication skills to participate in modern conservation research.

Degree-specific major

Conservation Biology 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

Conservation Biology is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
  • two Level 1 complementary units
  • four Level 2 complementary units
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 complementary units to the value of 12 points, including SCIE1104 and SCOM1101:
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 (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 BIOL2261 Conservation Biology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
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
Complementary units
Take the following complementary units if in Perth:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet; for pre-2012 courses: any Level 1 BIOL unit
or
any Level 1 EART unit
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
Complementary units
Take the following complementary units if in Albany:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet; for pre-2012 courses: any Level 1 BIOL unit
or
any Level 1 EART unit
S1 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Incompatibility:
EART2201 Geographic Information Systems

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ANIM3353 Wildlife Conservation and Management
Prerequisites:
ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
NS BIOL3360 Saving Endangered Species
Prerequisites:
BIOL2261 Conservation Biology
or
ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
or
equivalent as approved by Unit Coordinator
NS ENVT3360 Ecosystem Restoration
Prerequisites:
ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
or
ENVT2220 The Climate System
or
equivalent as approved by unit coordinator
S2 ENVT3363 Ecological Processes
Prerequisites:
one of ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
or
SCIE2204 Marine Systems

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 Conservation Biology degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course.

Perth
Course Study Plan: CSP004-CONBI-1
Albany
Course Study Plan: CSP004-CONBI-2

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 Conservation Biology degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Science course.

Perth
Course Study Plan: CSP004-CONBI-Generic-1
Albany
Course Study Plan: CSP004-CONBI-Generic-2

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

Conservation Biology can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

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

Overview of unit sequence

The Conservation Biology second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four 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 (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 BIOL2261 Conservation Biology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
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

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ANIM3353 Wildlife Conservation and Management
Prerequisites:
ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
NS BIOL3360 Saving Endangered Species
Prerequisites:
BIOL2261 Conservation Biology
or
ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
or
equivalent as approved by Unit Coordinator
NS ENVT3360 Ecosystem Restoration
Prerequisites:
ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
or
ENVT2220 The Climate System
or
equivalent as approved by unit coordinator
S2 ENVT3363 Ecological Processes
Prerequisites:
one of ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
or
SCIE2204 Marine Systems

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 Conservation Biology can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-CONBI

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

Conservation Biology can also be taken as a degree-specific major.