UWA Handbook 2017

Elective choices

The flexible nature of your undergraduate degree will allow you to design a study plan that has both depth and breadth. You can choose a range of electives (free choice units) from any of the undergraduate courses, providing you satisfy unit rules including prerequisites and co-requisites.

The number of electives you can take will depend on the major(s) you choose and their individual requirements. One single degree-specific major will leave room for up to 12 electives. If you choose a double major you will have room to include up to six electives. If you take two majors you may have room for up to four electives or you may not have room for any electives.

When choosing your electives remember that in your degree you—

  • can enrol in a maximum of 12 Level 1 units;
  • must enrol in at least four Level 3 units; and
  • must include at least four broadening units.

Check whether your chosen majors require complementary units, and how many, as this will affect the number of elective choices you have. You can also take broadening units as electives.

For more information on choosing electives, browse the units available or see a course adviser at your assigned Faculty Student Office. Find out which Student Office you are assigned to via studentConnect (login required).


  • Hannah is a Bachelor of Arts student who is interested in English literature and dreams of a career as a novelist. She also feels strongly about conservation and climate change. Hannah chooses a degree-specific major in English and Cultural Studies (with no complementary units) and GRMN1401 German Studies 1, EART1105 The Dynamic Planet and BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology from the Bachelor of Science to fulfil her broadening requirements. She has room for 12 electives and knows she will include BIOL2261 Conservation Biology.
  • Adam is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science course and would like to pursue his interest in researching genetically modified crops. He chooses a degree-specific major in Genetics (with two complementary units) and a second major in Botany. To fulfil his broadening requirements Adam counts STAT1400 from his Genetics major as a Category A broadening unit and takes LAWS1104 Introduction to Law from Commerce; and PHIL1001 Justice and Contemporary Ethics and FREN1401 French Studies 1 from Arts. He has room for three electives and decides to take SCOM1101 Introduction to Scientific Practices, PHIL1002 Introduction to Critical Thinking and PHIL2001 Bioethics.
  • Lucia is fascinated by languages and world cultures and wants to work overseas on sustainable housing projects. She enrols in the Bachelor of Arts course and chooses French Studies (with no complementary units) as her degree-specific major and Anthropology and Sociology as a second major (both from within her degree course). To meet her broadening requirements she counts two of her French units as Category A broadening units and takes IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation and ARCT1030 Structures and Natural Systems from Design. She has room for six electives and is keen to include Linguistics units.
  • Huan likes to follow the financial markets and hopes to eventually live and work in New York. He enrols in the Bachelor of Commerce course, choosing a degree-specific in Finance and a second major in Economics (with four complementary units) and fulfils his broadening requirements by taking PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context, PHIL1001 Justice and Contemporary Ethics, CHIN1401 Chinese 1 and CHIN1402 Chinese 2 from Arts. He has room for two elective and selects a further unit in Chinese, CHIN2001 Chinese 3A and MUSC1350 Popular Music in Global Perspective as he also has a keen interest in music.
  • Sylvia wants to pursue a career in Engineering while keeping up her hobby of drawing in her spare time. She is accepted into the Bachelor of Science course and chooses Engineering Science (with four complementary units) as a single degree-specific major. To fulfil her broadening requirements she takes HART1000 Great Moments in Art (Category A broadening unit), VISA1054 Art of Drawing, HART1001 Art, Technology and Society and IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation from Design. She has room for eight electives.
  • Jorg is a Bachelor of Design student who is interested in architecture and would one day like to design and build his own house. He combines a degree-specific major in Architecture (with four complementary units) with a second major in Integrated Design (a corequisite of the Architecture major) and takes the broadening units GEOG1102 Globalisation, Environment and Development (Category A) and GEOG1101 Geographies of Global Cities (Category A) from Arts; and ENSC1001 Global Challenges in Engineering (Category A) and ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges from Science. He has no room for any electives.