Conservation Biology major

If you are interested in gaining skills in research and management that protects and restores the world's biodiversity and ecosystems, then Conversation Biology is the major for you. In this major, you will gain theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to understand and minimise the human impacts on natural ecosystems and biodiversity. WA is an ideal living laboratory for your studies with diverse ecosystems stretching from the arid to tropical zones, and including WA's South West region which is considered one of the world's 36 'biodiversity hotspots'. In this major, you will undertake several field trips including one to the highly diverse South Coast Region near Albany and interact with world experts in conservation sciences.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) understand global biodiversity and its distribution, the evolutionary history of biodiversity in Australia, and particular species and communities that are highly threatened; (2) appreciate the crucial relationship between species biology and ecology and vulnerability to environmental change; (3) discuss major threats to biodiversity, their causes, and management and research mitigating them; (4) explain the role of different stakeholders in shaping policy and decision-making; (5) demonstrate the necessary analytical and communication skills to participate in modern conservation research; and (6) demonstrate competency in fieldwork study, report writing, oral presentation and team work skills suited to gain employment in Conservation 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. 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 and make their own Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Suggested broadening units for Conservation Biology: INDG Boodjar Moort; Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge (Sem 1);
ANIM2001 Darwinian Revolution (Sem 1); GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance (Sem 1); ANIM2297 Human-wildlife conflict in the Tropics (Non standard semester) PLNT2204 Plant diversity & Evolution (Sem 2); ENVT3363 Ecological Processes (Sem 2); PLNT3306 Australian Vegetation (Non standard semester).

If you are interested to further develop your skills in Science Communication we also recommend the Science Communication Minor as a set of four related broadening units: SCOM1101 Communicating Science (already part of your major); SCOM2208 Science Writing (Sem 1); SCOM2205 Science Presentations (Sem 2); SCOM3319 Exhibitions and Interpretation (Sem 1).

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.

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

Overview of unit sequence

Conservation Biology 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
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of ATAR Subject(s) Mathematics Applications
or
Unit(s) MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
S1 SCOM1101 Communicating Science
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of ATAR Subject(s) ATAR Mathematics Applications ATAR Subject(s) WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Enrolment in
Or
Successful completion of 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. 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. 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 all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 BIOL2261 Conservation Biology
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (ID 1254)
or
Unit(s) BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology (ID 1244)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (ID 1254)
or
Unit(s) BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology (ID 1244)
or
Unit(s) EART1105 Dynamic Planet (ID 1247)
or
Unit(s) ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology (ID 5950)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 ENVT2250 Ecology
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or
Unit(s) BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
Unit(s) ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites:
36 points of prior study
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ANIM3353 Wildlife Conservation and Management
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Unit(s) ENVT2250 Ecology (ID 1228)
or
Unit(s) ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity (ID 1293)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
72520 Master of Biological Science
S1 ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (ID 1254)
or
level 2 Unit(s) ANIM2xxx
or
level 2 Unit(s) BIOL2xxx
or
level 2 Unit(s) ENVT2xxx
or
level 2 Unit(s) GENE2xxx
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
NS BIOL3360 Saving Endangered Species
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) BIOL2261 Conservation Biology (ID 1250)
or
Unit(s) ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity (ID 1293)
or
Unit(s) ENVT2250 Ecology (ID 1228)
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 GEOG3303 Environmental Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in MJD-CONBI Conservation Biology
or
MJD-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
or
MJD-GGRPY Geographical Sciences
or
MJD-HGYPL Human Geography and Planning
or
MJD-WLCDM Wildlife Conservation
or
MJD-ENVDM Environmental Science and Management
or
MJD-ENVMT Environmental Management
or
MJD-ENGEO Environmental Geography and Planning
or
MNR-SAPEP Science and Policy: Environmental Planning
or
MNR-SPCEU Science and Policy: Climate Change, Environmental Planning and Urban Environments
or
MNR-ENVST Understanding the Environment and Successful completion of 72 points in your chosen degree
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning

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 Conservation Biology degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example 1:
Course Study Plan: CSP004-CONBI

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.

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

Perth
Course Study Plan: CSP004-CONBI-Generic-1
Albany
Course Study Plan: CSP004-CONBI-Generic-2

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