Honours in Botany

Plants underpin life on Earth. Honours in Botany allows you to conduct rigorous scientific research on various aspects of the taxonomy, biology or functioning of plants. Your research could investigate the exciting diversity and uniqueness of Australian flora or focus on how plants function and interact over all levels of biological organisation, from the plant cell to the role of vegetation in the functioning of ecosystems. Other research may focus on the ways plants adapt to environments ranging from the Antarctic oceans to deserts of the inland. You might also study how best we can overcome problems of environmental degradation such as those derived from mining and salinity. If you are enthusiastic about plants across terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, this honours specialisation is for you. Honours in Botany can lead to many careers including ecologist, conservation biologist, plant physiologist, plant taxonomist, agricultural scientist, forester, environmental impact assessor, flora resource manager, government policy writer and consultant, consultant risk assessor involved in predicting and identifying algal blooms, consultant for aquaculture, marine biologist, evolutionary biologist, science journalist, laboratory technician, field research officer, plant pathologist or forensic scientist.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) critically identify gaps in knowledge in the field of botany; (2) design and implement a research project that fills an identified gap in knowledge; (3) critically analyse results and draw evidence-based conclusions; (4) manage and analyse research data sets using appropriate statistical tests; (5) present research outcomes orally and in the form of a scientific paper; and (6) convey specialist knowledge in the field of botany.

Entry requirements: a weighted average mark of at least 65 percent in the Level 3 units of the Botany major; or equivalent, as recognised by UWA.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours in Botany can be taken as a specialisation in the following degrees:

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period
Take all units (36 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1, S2BIOL4446Honours in Biological Sciences Research Presentation Skills
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) SPC-Botany
or
SPC-Conservation Biology
or
SPC-Zoology
or
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) BIOL5445 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4 (ID 6632)
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL5442Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-BOTNY Botany
or
HON-CONBI Conservation Biology (ID 1379)
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science (ID 1400)
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology (ID 1393)
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development (ID 6625)
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL5443Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-BOTNY Botany
or
HON-CONBI Conservation Biology (ID 1379)
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science (ID 1400)
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology (ID 1393)
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development (ID 6625) And BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1 (ID 6627)
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL5444Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-BOTNY Botany
or
HON-CONBI Conservation Biology (ID 1379)
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science (ID 1400)
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology (ID 1393)
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development (ID 6625) And Unit(s) BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1 (ID 6627) And Unit(s) BIOL5443 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2 (ID 6629)
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL5445Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-BOTNY Botany
or
HON-CONBI Conservation Biology (ID 1379)
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science (ID 1400)
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology (ID 1393)
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1 (ID 6627) And BIOL5443 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2 (ID 6629) And BIOL5444 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 3 (ID 6630)
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-CONBI Conservation Biology
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology
or
HON-BOTNY Botany
or
HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science
or
HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
or
HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science
or
72510 Master of Agricultural Science
or
72520 Master of Biological Science
or
72530 Master of Environmental Science
or
72540 Master of Hydrogeology
or
73530 Master of Agricultural Economics
or
70550 Master of Bioinformatics
or
74230 Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics
or
74540 Master of Marine Biology and Successful completion of one Unit(s) STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or
Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
or
Unit(s) SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or
Unit(s) SCIE4401 Data Use in Science
or
Unit(s) ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S2BIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72520 Master of Biological Science
or
71580 Master of Biotechnology
or
71570 Master of Geographic Information Science
or
BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Successful completion of one Unit(s) GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I
or
Unit(s) GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems (ID 1384)
NSENVT5310Biodiversity on Country
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72530 Master of Environmental Science
or
72520 Master of Biological Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) ENVT3310 Biodiversity on Country
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72520 Master of Biological Science
or
71580 Master of Biotechnology
or
70630 Master of Science
or
72510 Master of Agricultural Science
or
BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours)
or
72540 Master of Hydrogeology
or
72530 Master of Environmental Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil