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 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).

Examples

  • Hannah is a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) 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) from the Bachelor of Arts course. To fulfil her broadening requirements she takes GRMN1401 German Studies 1 and EART1105 The Dynamic Planet which both count as Category A broadening, GCRL1000 Global Challenges, Research and Leadership (a compulsory Category B broadening unit for her course), and BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology. She has room for 12 electives and knows she will include BIOL2261 Conservation Biology.
  • Adam is enrolled in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) 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) from the Bachelor of Science course and a second major in Botany, also from the Bachelor of Science course. 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 GCRL1000 Global Challenges, Research and Leadership (a compulsory Category B broadening unit for his course). 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 Philosophy (Honours) course and chooses Human Geography and Planning (with no complementary units) as her degree-specific major and Anthropology and Sociology as a second major (both majors from the Bachelor of Arts course). To meet her broadening requirements she counts two of her Human Geography and Planning units as Category A broadening units and also takes GCRL1000 Global Challenges, Research and Leadership (a compulsory Category B broadening unit for her course) and ARCT1030 Structures and Natural Systems from the Bachelor of Design. She has room for six electives and is keen to include some Linguistics units.
  • Huan likes to follow the international markets and hopes to eventually live and work in New York. He enrols in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course, choosing a double major in Economics (with four complementary units) from the Bachelor of Commerce. Huan fulfils his broadening requirements by taking GCRL1000 Global Challenges, Research and Leadership (a compulsory Category B broadening unit for his course), PHIL1001 Justice and Contemporary Ethics, CHIN1401 Chinese 1 and CHIN1402 Chinese 2 from the Bachelor of Arts. He has room for two electives 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 Philosophy (Honours) course and chooses Engineering Science (with four complementary units) from the Bachelor of Science as a single degree-specific major. To fulfil her broadening requirements she takes GCRL1000 Global Challenges, Research and Leadership (a compulsory Category B broadening unit for his course), HART1000 Great Moments in Art (Category A broadening unit), VISA1054 Art of Drawing and IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation from the Bachelor of Design. She has room for eight electives.
  • Jorg is a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course 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) from the Bachelor of Design. He takes the broadening units GEOG1102 Globalisation, Environment and Development (Category A) and GEOG1101 Geographies of Global Cities (Category A) from the Bachelor of Arts, ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges (Category A) from the Bachelor of Science and GCRL1000 Global Challenges, Research and Leadership (a compulsory Category B broadening unit for his course) to fulfil his broadening requirements. He has no room for any electives.