Honours in Conservation Biology

As human pressures on our natural environment are at an all-time high, the need for experienced conservation biologists to attempt to reverse the declines in ecosystem functioning and health, and in species population sizes, is increasing. You will undertake rigorous scientific research related to the conservation of threatened flora, fauna or ecological communities. Research projects can vary from studying aspects of a rare species biology or ecology, to experiments investigating different threat mitigation strategies, or an economic analysis of the costs and benefits of different management techniques. You will develop your practical and theoretical skills in conservation-related research by conducting your own research project, and participating in units on conservation genetics, conservation planning, restoration ecology, and data analysis. Honours in Conservation Biology leads to many careers including (restoration) ecologist, conservation biologist, environmental impact assessor, DEC flora or fauna officer, government policy writer and consultant, consultant for mining companies, science journalist, laboratory technician or field research officer.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) critically identify gaps in knowledge in the field of conservation biology; (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 conservation biology.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Conservation Biology major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Take all units from this group (42 points). Students commencing in semester 2 2021 must not take BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Science Research Development. BIOL4441 should be replaced with a level 4 or 5 option unit.
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
N/ABIOL4441Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL4446Honours in Biological Sciences Research Presentation Skills
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) SPC-Botany
Or
SPC-Conservation Biology
Or
SPC-Zoology
Or
Course Enrolment BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (ID 24)
Co-requisites:
Unit 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 Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Development
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL5443Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Development, BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 1
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL5444Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development, BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1, BIOL5443 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL5445Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 1, BIOL5443 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 2, BIOL5444 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 3
Incompatibility:
nil
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course
or
honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
or
STAT2210 Biometrics 1
or
SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or
SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences
or
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165)
Or
BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2BIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165)
Or
70630 Master of Science (ID 202)
Or
71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359)
Or
71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389)
Or
71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390)
Or
BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4)
Or
62540 Master of Ocean Leadership (ID 1432)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) 74540 Master of Marine Biology (ID 1902)
Or
BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) And 6 Points Unit ANIM3361 Animal Ecology (ID 1294)
Or
ENVT3363 Ecological Processes (ID 1290)
Or
SCIE3304 Field Techniques in Marine Science (ID 1284)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1BIOL4410Environmental Genomics
Prerequisites:
Any Level 2 Units in genetics
or
Equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2BIOL5502Managing Threatened Species and Ecological Communities
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
Master of Science (70630)
or
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2BIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165)
Or
71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389)
Or
71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390)
Or
BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) And 6 Points Unit GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I (ID 6275)
Or
GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance (ID 616)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1ENVT4401Advanced Land Use and Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or
the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
or
the Master of Hydrogeology (72540)
or
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or
Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1ENVT4402Analysis for Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Agricultural Economics (73530)
or
Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or
Master of International Development (71550)
or
Master of Economics (42620)
or
honours in the Faculty of Science
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ECON3320 Analysis for Natural Resource Economics
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems (ID 1384)
S1ENVT5310Biodiversity on Country
Prerequisites:
enrolled in Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or
enrolled in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ENVT3310 Biodiversity on Country
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
or
the Master of Science (70630)
or
the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
or
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Master of Hydrogeology (72540)
or
Master of Environmental Science (72530)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
N/APLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil