Biodiversity and Evolution [not available in 2021] major

The extended major in Biodiversity and Evolution is designed for students interested in understanding the evolution and maintenance of the outstanding biodiversity that exists in Australia, with a special emphasis on Western Australia, a globally recognized hotspot of plant and animal diversity. This major explores the basics of plant and animal biology and how these systems have adapted and diversified in the unique environments found in Australia. It explores how biodiversity arose through the processes of evolution from the molecular genetic to the community levels.

There will be opportunities to study plants and animals living in a diverse range of habitats in Western Australia, from deserts to forests and tropical reefs, and to carry out your studies in both the class room and in the field. By studying zoology, botany, ecology and molecular biology with leading academics and industry partners, you will gain the discipline-specific expertise and practical skills, along with employability skills in critical and innovative thinking and communication, to undertake employment opportunities in environmental consulting, conservation programs and flora and fauna management, as well as academic research.

This major will also prepare you for entry into Honours in Zoology and Master of Biological
Science.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) describe the major differences in the development, structure and functioning of animals and plants and explain animal and plant diversity in a phylogenetic context; (2) describe broad patterns of global biodiversity and the evolutionary history of Australia's biodiversity; (3) explain how animals and plants diversity and function in different environments using evolutionary, physiological, ecological and molecular genetic concepts; (4) experience how to survey, sample and handle wild animals and plants under field conditions and to dissect physiological systems at the molecular level; (5) identify timescales and their importance to processes of evolution, environmental change and the dynamics of Australian ecosystems; (6) describe the crucial relationships among animal and plant physiology, behavior, ecology and evolution; (7) demonstrate high-level analytical, critical and innovative thinking and communication skills suited to gaining employment in roles related to biodiversity and evolution; and (8) develop and apply relevant employability skills for roles related to biodiversity and evolution.

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 and to pursue as many areas of interest as you can during your course of study. At the same time, we know that many of you value the University's guidance and assistance in planning your enrolment throughout your course, so we offer the following suggestions for your consideration as possible avenues to broaden your degree.

Recommended units
CHEM1004
PLNT2201 Plants in Action
GENE3340 Molecular Genetics II
GENE3370 Genomics
ENVT3363 Ecological Processes
PLNT3301 Plant Physiological Ecology
ENVT3060 Soil–Plant Interactions"

Recommended Minor
Minor in Science Communication


Do always remember, however, that there is no wrong way to broaden your studies as long as you complete at least four units not associated with your Degree Specific Major.

Prerequisites

Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in the first year. Students without ATAR mathematics will take two first year mathematics units.
Chemistry ATAR or an additional chemistry unit taken in the first year.

Biodiversity and Evolution [not available in 2021] can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP013 Bachelor of Economics
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Biodiversity and Evolution [not available in 2021] is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • five Level 1 units
  • seven Level 2 units
  • six Level 3 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 (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
S2 BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
S1, S2 SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Co-requisites:
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods (only required if students haven't completed ATAR Mathematics Methods; WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B;
or
equivalent
or
higher.
Incompatibility:
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
S2 SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Prerequisites:
(Human Biology: ATAR
or
equivalent;
or
Biology: ATAR
or
equivalent;
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human;
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human;
or
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology;
or
IMED1001 Form and Function)
and
(Chemistry: ATAR
or
equivalent
or
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry)
Incompatibility:
SCIE2225 Molecular Biology passed in
or
before 2004
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 enrollment in SCOM1101 after you have enrolled in MATH 1720.
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. 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 MATH1721. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Chemistry ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete CHEM1003.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility:
This unit is not available to students who have a satisfactory performance (scaled score of 50 per cent
or
more) in Chemistry ATAR
or
WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
or
TEE Chemistry,
or
equivalent.
S1, S2 MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of less than 50)
or
with permission.
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 .
Incompatibility:
WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B; MATH1038 Calculus and its Applications; MATH1045 Intermediate Calculus; Mathematics Specialist ATAR; MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1; MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2; MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus; MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods;
or
STAT1520 Economics and Business Statistics.

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (42 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANIM2001 The Darwinian Revolution
Incompatibility:
ANIM1001 The Darwinian Revolution (ID 5787)
S2 ANIM2207 Animal Form and Function
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
Incompatibility:
ANIM2210 Animal Science, ANIM2204 Vertebrate Zoology, ANIM2203 Invertebrate Zoology
S1 ANIM2220 Animal Diversity
Prerequisites:
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
Incompatibility:
ANIM2203 Invertebrate Zoology
S1 ENVT2250 Ecology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology
S2 GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
Prerequisites:
12 points of Level 1 biology, six points of which must be EITHER SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
OR
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
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
S2 PLNT2204 Plant Diversity and Evolution
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (36 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANIM3361 Animal Ecology
Prerequisites:
ANIM2207 Animal Function and Structure
or
ENVT2250 Ecology
Incompatibility:
ANIM3301 Animal Ecology, ANIM8301 Animal Ecology, ANIM3304 Behavioural Ecology, ANIM8304 Behavioural Ecology
S1 ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology and any Level 2 ANIM, BIOL, ENVT
or
GENE unit
Incompatibility:
ANIM3302 Genetics and Evolution, ANIM8302 Genetics and Evolution, GENE3360 Evolutionary Genetics
S2 ANIM3363 Environmental Physiology
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ANIM unit
Incompatibility:
ANIM3303 Zoophysiology, ANIM8303 Zoophysiology
S2 ANIM3365 Behavioural Ecology
Prerequisites:
ANIM2207 Animal Function and Structure
or
ENVT2250 Ecology
Incompatibility:
ANIM3364 Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, ANIM3304 Behavioural Ecology
S2 GENE3350 Evolution and Development
Prerequisites:
GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
Incompatibility:
ANIM3302 Genetics and Evolution
NS PLNT3306 Australian Vegetation
Prerequisites:
PLNT2204 Plant Diversity and Evolution
or
ENVT2250 Ecology

Choosing your degree-specific major

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 allow you to choose a double 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.

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