Botany major

Botany is the scientific study of plants—from their structure and function to their indispensable roles in ecosystems and the intricacies of their cell function. Botanists study how plants evolve and adapt to changing climates and environments and have a proactive role in mitigating the loss of biodiversity. Botany is an ideal major if you are enthusiastic about Western Australia's unique native flora or agricultural crops, and are interested in addressing current and future threats to plant conservation and sustainability. It is envisaged that there will be up to three overnight field trips (there will be a cost of up to $500 to cover food and accommodation for around 10 nights, to be borne by the student).

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) understand plant structure, function, diversity and evolution; (2) appreciate the pivotal relationship between plants and their environment; (3) demonstrate a knowledge of basic plant processes at different levels of organisation including cells, tissues, organs, organisms, populations and communities; (4) be conversant in the terminology, issues and practice of the core principles of botany—diversity, ecology, genetics and evolution, and physiology; and (5) apply relevant employability skills for botany.

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 Mathematics Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in the first year. Students without ATAR mathematics will take two first year mathematics units.

Botany can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Botany is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • four Level 1 units
  • four Level 2 units
  • four 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 (24 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
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.
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.
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 (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
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
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 PLNT2201 Plants in Action
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
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 (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ENVT3060 Soil–Plant Interactions
Prerequisites:
EART2222 Geomorphology and Soils
or
ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2236 Soil Science
Incompatibility:
EART3336 Soil Biology and Plant Nutrition, EART8336 Soil Biology and Plant Nutrition, EART3360 Soil-Plant Interactions
S2 ENVT3363 Ecological Processes
Prerequisites:
one of ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
or
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S1 PLNT3301 Plant Physiological Ecology
Prerequisites:
PLNT2201 Plants in Action
or
ENVT2250 Ecology
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 require you to choose a 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 Botany degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-BOTNY

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

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.

The following example illustrates how the Botany degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-BOTNY-Generic

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