Wildlife Conservation [not available in 2020] major

This degree is designed for students interested in the conservation of threatened animals and their environments.

The Wildlife Conservation double major allows you to study animals with a special emphasis on understanding their relative conservation status and options for recovering viable populations of threatened species. Focusing on unique Australian fauna, you will learn about the processes leading to the exceptional biodiversity that exists today, the threats facing this biodiversity and the management strategies and policies that can be used to limit, and in some cases reverse, the impact of these threats. There will be opportunities to study animals living in diverse range of habitats in Western Australia, from the desert to forests and tropical reefs, and to carry out your studies in both the class room and in the field.

Through studying zoology, ecology, genetics, conservation biology and spatial planning from leading academics and industry partners, you'll gain the expertise and skills to seek employment opportunities in environmental consulting, conservation programs and fauna management.

This major will also prepare you for entry into Honours in Conservation Biology, 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 to explain animal diversity in a phylogenetic context; (2) understand the broad patterns of global biodiversity and its distribution and the evolutionary history of Australia's biodiversity; (3) describe how animals function in different environments, and interpret a range of physiological, ecological and genetic data; (4) experience how to survey, sample and handle wild animals under field conditions; (5) identify timescales and their importance to processes of evolution, environmental change and the dynamics of Australian ecosystems; (6) describe the crucial relationship between an animal's physiology, behavior and ecology and its vulnerability to rapid environmental change; (7) analyse the major threats to wild animal populations, and how threats interact with other threats; (8) critique how key threatening processes are managed and mitigated in Australia; (9) explain the role of different stakeholders in shaping conservation policy, planning and decision-making; and (10) demonstrate high-level analytical, critical thinking and communication skills suited to gaining employment in wildlife conservation.

Degree-specific major

Wildlife Conservation [not available in 2020] can only 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

Wildlife Conservation [not available in 2020] is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • four Level 1 units
  • six Level 2 units
  • seven Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2020; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2021 or 2022.

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
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.

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (36 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
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
N/A ANIM2209 Field Studies in Zoology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
Co-requisites:
ENVT2250 Ecology
S1 ANIM2220 Animal Diversity
Prerequisites:
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
Incompatibility:
ANIM2203 Invertebrate Zoology
S1 BIOL2261 Conservation Biology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
S2 ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
or
ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology;
for pre-2012 courses: any Level 1 BIOL unit
or
any Level 1 EART unit
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites:
36 points of prior study
Incompatibility:
EART2201 Geographic Information Systems

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (42 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ANIM3353 Wildlife Conservation and Management
Prerequisites:
ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
Incompatibility:
BIOL2261 Conservation Biology for students enrolled in the Master of Biological Science
S1 ANIM3361 Animal Populations
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
NS BIOL3360 Saving Endangered Species
Prerequisites:
BIOL2261 Conservation Biology
or
ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
or
equivalent as approved by unit coordinator
S2 GEOG3303 Environmental Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
72 points of study
Incompatibility:
PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning

Choosing your degree-specific major

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 Wildlife Conservation [not available in 2020] degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course .

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