Honours in Conservation Biology

As human pressures on our natural environment are at an all-time high, the need for experienced conservation biologists to attempt to reverse the declines in ecosystem functioning and health, and in species population sizes, is increasing. You will undertake rigorous scientific research related to the conservation of threatened flora, fauna or ecological communities. Research projects can vary from studying aspects of a rare species biology or ecology, to experiments investigating different threat mitigation strategies, or an economic analysis of the costs and benefits of different management techniques. You will develop your practical and theoretical skills in conservation-related research by conducting your own research project, and participating in units on conservation genetics, conservation planning, restoration ecology, and data analysis. Honours in Conservation Biology leads to many careers including (restoration) ecologist, conservation biologist, environmental impact assessor, DEC flora or fauna officer, government policy writer and consultant, consultant for mining companies, science journalist, laboratory technician or field research officer.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) critically identify gaps in knowledge in the field of conservation biology; (2) design and implement a research project that fills an identified gap in knowledge; (3) critically analyse results and draw evidence-based conclusions; (4) manage and analyse research data sets using appropriate statistical tests; (5) present research outcomes orally and in the form of a scientific paper; and (6) convey specialist knowledge in the field of conservation biology.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Conservation Biology major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period
Take all units (42 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1, S2BIOL4441Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
S1, S2BIOL4446Honours in Biological Sciences Research Presentation Skills
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL5445 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4
S1, S2BIOL5442Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Development
S1, S2BIOL5443Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Development, BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2BIOL5444Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development, BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1, BIOL5443 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2
S1, S2BIOL5445Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 1, BIOL5443 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 2, BIOL5444 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 3
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course
or
honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
or
STAT2210 Biometrics 1
or
SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or
SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
the Master of Science (70630)
or
the Master of Biomedical Science (71520)
or
the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
or
the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
or
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540)
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
the Master of Science (70630)
or
the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
or
the Master of Ecotourism (73510)
or
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations
or
ENVT3363 Ecological Processes
or
equivalent
NSBIOL4409Ecological Field Methods
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
or
the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
or
the Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
the Master of Ecotourism (73510)
or
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2BIOL5501Origins, Evolution and Conservation of Biodiversity
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520 )
or
the Master of Science (70630)
or
the Master of Ecotourism (73510)
or
the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
or
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL5502Managing Threatened Species
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
Master of Science (70630)
or
honours in Science
Incompatibility:
ANIM3356/ANIM3357 Animal Resource Management Part 1/Part 2; ANIM8356/ANIM8357 Animal Resource Management Part 1/Part 2
NSBIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
or
the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
or
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSENVT4401Advanced Land Use and Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or
the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
or
the Master of Hydrogeology (72540)
or
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1ENVT4402Analysis for Natural Resource Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Agricultural Economics (73530)
or
Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or
Master of International Development (71550)
or
Master of Economics (42620)
or
honours in the Faculty of Science
Incompatibility:
ECON3320 Analysis for Natural Resource Economics
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
or
the Master of Science (70630)
or
the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
or
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Master of Hydrogeology (72540).
Incompatibility:
ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course
or
honours
Incompatibility:
ENVT3321 Climate Change Policy and Planning, ENVT8321 Climate Change Policy and Planning
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550)
or
Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
or
Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or
Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630)
or
Master of Biotechnology
or
honours in the Faculty of Science