Anatomy and Human Biology major (MJD-ANHBY)

What is it that makes us human? The Anatomy and Human Biology major allows you to explore the fascinating concept of what it means to be human in an integrative way, combining studies of, behaviour and biology of human beings with current social and ethical issues. The units offered within this major cover topics as diverse as human functional anatomy; genetics, variation and evolution; reproduction, embryology and growth; microscopic structures of cells and tissues; structure and function of the nervous system; ecology, behaviour and biosocial interactions. Students explore all of these from the molecular to the population level and beyond.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of human biology from the perspectives of evolution, genetics, behaviour, ecology, development, structure, function and comparative studies.
; (2) demonstrate an understanding of human biology in the context of other academic disciplines.
; (3) apply critical holistic thinking and creative problem solving skills within an ethical framework.
; (4) apply rigorous and critical approaches to empirical (experimental and observational) design, and the validation, processing and interpretation of graphical and statistical data.
; (5) demonstrate skills in effectively communicating the science of human biology in academic and societal contexts.
; (6) demonstrate the skills required, for successful group collaboration.
; and (7) demonstrate competency in high-level critical thinking and communication skills suited to gaining employment and further studies in the field of Anatomy and Human Biology..

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Prerequisites

Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent or higher , or Mathematics Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in the first year. Students without ATAR mathematics will take two first year mathematics units

Anatomy and Human Biology can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

Anatomy and Human Biology is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • three Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 SCOM1101 Communicating Science
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of ATAR Subject(s) ATAR Mathematics Applications
or
ATAR Subject(s) WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Enrolment in
Or
Successful completion of Unit(s) MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Incompatibility:
Nil
Bridging units
Bridging units must be successfully completed within the first 48 points of study. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete MATH1721 or SCIE1500, (SCIE1500 is recommended). Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Applications ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete MATH1720 and either MATH1721 or SCIE1500, (SCIE1500 is recommended). Note: MATH1721 should be taken if also considering majors or minors that require it for progression to level 2 (e.g. Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Computer Science):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50]
or
with permission
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Mathematics Applications ATAR [with a scaled score of 50
or
greater]
or
Equivalent
or
higher
S1, S2 MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Prerequisites:
( Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals )
or
( Mathematics Methods ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50]
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and STAT1520 Economics and Business Statistics
S1, S2 SCIE1500 Analytical Methods for Scientists
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of ATAR Subject(s) ATAR Subject Mathematics Applications
or
Unit(s) MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (ID 5107)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ATAR Subject(s) ATAR Mathematics Methods and Unit(s) MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods (ID 5108)

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) IMED1001 Form and Function
or
Unit(s) ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or
Unit(s) ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or
Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or
Unit(s) BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
Unit(s) SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
or
Unit(s) SSEH1101 The Musculoskeletal System and Movement
or
Unit(s) SSEH1102 Applied Anatomy and Athletic Performance
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 ANHB2214 Human Organs and Systems
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of two Unit(s) ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or
Unit(s) ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or
Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or
Unit(s) SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
or
Unit(s) IMED1001 Form and Function
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 ANHB2215 Biological Anthropology: Human Adaptation and Variation
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 ANHB2216 Human Reproductive Biology
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or
Unit(s) ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or
Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or
Unit(s) BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
Unit(s) SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
or
Unit(s) IMED1108 Issues in Women's Health Across the Lifespan
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A ANHB3315 Human Evolutionary Ecology
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) ANHB2215 Biological Anthropology: Human Adaptation and Variation (ID 1171)
or
Unit(s) ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society
or
Unit(s) ANHB3322 Human/Primate Social Organisation
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 ANHB3316 Human Reproduction
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) ANHB2216 Human Reproductive Biology
or
Successful completion of two Unit(s) ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development
or
Unit(s) ANHB2214 Human Organs and Systems
or
Unit(s) ANHB2215 Biological Anthropology: Human Adaptation and Variation
or
Successful completion of Unit(s) ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development and two Unit(s) PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology
or
Unit(s) PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems
or
Unit(s) BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell
or
Unit(s) MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology
or
Unit(s) PHAR2220 Human Pharmacology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 ANHB3322 Human/Primate Social Organisation
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) ANHB2215 Biological Anthropology: Human Adaptation and Variation
or
Unit(s) ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society
or
Unit(s) ANHB3315 Human Evolutionary Ecology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 ANHB3323 Cells, Tissues and Development
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development
or
Unit(s) ANHB2214 Human Organs and Systems
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 ANHB3324 Human Structure and Function
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development (ID 1143)
or
Successful completion of 96 points and Unit(s) SSEH1101 The Musculoskeletal System and Movement (ID 1064) and Unit(s) ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human (ID 1090)
or
Unit(s) ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human (ID 1120)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANHB3310 Human Biology: Applications and Investigations I
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in Major(s) MJD-ANHBY Anatomy and Human Biology
or
Major(s) MJD-HSNEM Human Science and Neuroscience
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society Of Unit(s) ANHB3323 Cells, Tissues and Development
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) ANHB3320 Human Biology: Applications and Investigations II
S2 ANHB3320 Human Biology: Applications and Investigations II
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in Major(s) MJD-ANHBY Anatomy and Human Biology (ID 1343) Major(s) MJD-BIOMS Biomedical Science
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) ANHB3315 Human Evolutionary Ecology
Or
Unit(s) ANHB3316 Human Reproduction
Or
Unit(s) ANHB3322 Human/Primate Social Organisation
Or
Unit(s) ANHB3324 Human Structure and Function
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) ANHB3310 Human Biology: Applications and Investigations I

Choosing your degree-specific major

General degrees

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 Anatomy and Human Biology degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biomedical Science course.

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

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

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. and Bachelor of Science courses, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

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