Double Major Overview

Description

Plant Biology is an exciting and rapidly developing subject, with many applications in fields as diverse as agriculture, conservation and environmental biology. In Plant Biology, you will study plants from molecular, cellular, and physiological perspectives and develop an understanding of plant development and reproduction, and how plants interact with their changing environment. In addition, you will study the abundance and diversity of plant species and how these have evolved, using molecular and genetic tools.

As a student of the Plant Biology major, you will be trained to apply a combination of scientific knowledge from botany, molecular sciences and genetics, working on applications to real-world problems such as how plants adapt to climate change impacts and how to produce healthier and more sustainable foods for the future. A major in Plant Biology will accelerate you into a diverse range of career pathways. You could research and develop new ways to use plants for industrial applications such as biofuels, improve plant disease resistance or drought and salt tolerance, or help discover new species. The extended major further allows a new pathway into Honours in Botany as well as the MSc in Biological Sciences, Bioinformatics and Biotechnology.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) describe the development, structure and functioning of plants from the molecular scale through to the whole plant; (2) demonstrate competency in scientific methodologies such as filed and laboratory sampling, experimentation and data analysis in the plant sciences; (3) demonstrate understanding of the different ways genome sequencing, genome editing, genome diversity and evolution are used to solve both fundamental and applied problems in the plant sciences

; (4) demonstrate an understanding of the crucial relationship between a plant's genetics, physiology and ecology with capacity to respond to changing environment and threats e.g. pathogen resistance, impacts of climate change, salinitye; and (5) demonstrate competency in high-level critical thinking and communication skills suited to gaining employment in the plant sciences.

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

CHEM1001 Chemistry Properties and Energetics

INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge

ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology

CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python

GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems

ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity

BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function

GENE3340 Molecular Genetics II

BIOC3003 Omics—Global Approaches to Cell Function

BIOC3005 Cellular Biochemistry

BIOC2002 (Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function)

Recommended Minors

Language and Culture minor

Data Science

Environmental Chemistry

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 unit.

Chemistry ATAR or an additional chemistry unit taken in the first year.

Incompatibilities

MJD-BOTNY Botany

Courses

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

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 (36 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 BIOC1001 Introductory Cellular Biochemistry
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry ATAR
or Unit(s) CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility
Successful completion of
CHEM1004 Biological Chemistry
S1 BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology None
S2 BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology None
S1, S2 SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
ATAR Subject(s) Mathematics Applications or equivalent
or Mathematics Methods or equivalent
or Unit(s) MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Co-requisites
Enrolment in
Unit(s) MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Or SCIE1500 Analytical Methods for Scientists
Successful completion of
Unit(s) MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Or SCIE1500 Analytical Methods for Scientists
Incompatibility
Successful completion of
Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
S2 SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
ATAR Subject(s) Human Biology or equivalent
or ATAR Subject(s) Biology or equivalent
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) IMED1001 Form and Function
and Successful completion of
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry or equivalent
or Unit(s) CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility
Unit(s) SCIE2225 Molecular Biology
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
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.

MATH1721 should be taken if also considering minors that require it for progression to level 2 (e.g. Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Computer Science).



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
ATAR Subject(s) 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
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)
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 (36 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
two Unit(s) SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
and Unit(s) CHEM1004 Biological Chemistry
or Unit(s) BIOC1001 Introductory Cellular Biochemistry
or Unit(s) CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity
Incompatibility
Unit(s) BIOC2201 Biochemistry of the Cell
and Unit(s) SCIE2225 Molecular Biology
S1 ENVT2250 Ecology
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology
and
SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or STAT1400 Statistics for Science
S2 GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
or IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
S1 GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or Unit(s) BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or Unit(s) ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or Unit(s) ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or Unit(s) SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Incompatibility
Unit(s) GENE2204 Principles of Genetics
S2, S1 PLNT2201 Plants in Action
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) SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell (ID 1019)
S2 PLNT2204 Plant Diversity and Evolution
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) SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell (ID 1019)

Level 3

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (36 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 BIOL3364 Evolutionary Processes
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
or level 1 Unit(s) SCIE1500 Analytical Methods for Scientists
and level 1 Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or level 2 Unit(s) GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
and level 1 Unit(s) SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or level 1 Unit(s) STAT1400 Statistics for Science
Incompatibility
ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes
S2 ENVT3363 Ecological Processes
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) ENVT2250 Ecology (ID 1228)
or Unit(s) ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity (ID 1293)
or Unit(s) SCIE2204 Marine Systems (ID 1524)
S2 GENE3350 Evolution and Development
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
S1 GENE3370 Genomics
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
S1 PLNT3301 Plant Physiological Ecology
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) PLNT2201 Plants in Action (ID 1255)
or Unit(s) ENVT2250 Ecology (ID 1228)
NS PLNT3306 Australian Vegetation
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) PLNT2204 Plant Diversity and Evolution (ID 1302)
or Unit(s) ENVT2250 Ecology (ID 1228)