Bachelor of Science (Conservation and Wildlife Biology)

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills required to understand the significance of conservation of biodiversity.

Students develop the ability to analyse the complex interplays between humans and the natural world and to apply the tools of modern biology to devising approaches that tackle important conservation issues. The course covers ecology, genetics, wildlife management, animal and plant biology, evolution and the theory and practice of conservation biology. Students benefit from a learning environment inspired by world-class research academics with strong industry and government links.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 3)

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Cert IV;
  • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test; or*
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup
  • Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI1125 Professional Science Essentials 15
SCI1187 Form and Function in Biology 15
SCI1193 Introduction to Environmental Science 15
Select 1 unit from:
SCC1123 ^ Chemistry for the Life Sciences 15
SCC1111 ^ General Chemistry 15

Note: Students who have completed Chemistry ATAR or equivalent must enrol in SCC1111 General Chemistry, while those that have not completed Chemistry ATAR or equivalent must enrol in SCC1123 Chemistry for the Life Sciences.

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI1182 Case Studies in Science 15
SCI1183 Origins and Evolution of Life 15
SCI1185 Ecology 15
SCI1192 Physical Environments 15

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI2108 Environmental Management and Sustainability 15
SCM2201 Soil and Land Processes 15
MAT1114 Introductory Statistics 15
SCI2117 Genetics 15

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI2116 Diversity of Life 15
SCI2112 Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 15
SCI2118 Australian Biota 15
ACS2122 Aboriginal Perspectives on the Environment 15

Students who are NOT undertaking a Work Integrated Learning Placement

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI3112 Evolution and Systematics 15
SCI3115 Wildlife Management 15
SCM3201 Conservation Biology 15
Elective Unit x 1 15

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCB3201 Studies in Ecology 15
SCI3150 Science Project 15
Elective Unit x 2 30

Students who ARE undertaking a Work Integrated Learning Placement

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI3112 Evolution and Systematics 15
SCI3115 Wildlife Management 15
SCM3201 Conservation Biology 15

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCB3201 Studies in Ecology 15

Year 3 - Summer

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSI3345 Work Experience Project 60

Recommended Electives

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI2111 Marine and Fisheries Biology 15
SCI3102 Environmental Study Tour 15
SCI3113 Freshwater Ecosystems 15
SCI3206 Environmental Investigation and Monitoring 15
SCM2104 Geographical Information Systems 15
SCM2110 Marine and Freshwater Processes 15
MAT2110 Applied Statistics 15

^ Core Option

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical conservation biology situations.
  • Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  • Demonstrate a global outlook with respect to organismal diversity.
  • Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.
  • Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate solutions relevant to conservation issues.
  • Think critically to analyse, conceptualise and prioritise solutions to complex conservation biology problems.
  • Use experimental and digital technologies and literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  • Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values, including Indigenous cultural competence.

Career Opportunities

The strong practical focus ensures students are prepared for a diverse range of positions in government agencies, industries and non-government organisations that are concerned with biodiversity conservation or ecosystem management and assessment. Potential careers may include species conservation programmes, policy development and management and managing or surveying specific ecosystems (such as wetlands, forests, coastlines and arid regions).

Possible future job titles

Biodiversity Manager, Nature Conservationist, Environmental Consultant, Botanist, Wildlife Conservation Worker, Environmental Educator, Natural Resource Officer, Biologist, Environmental Management Officer, Environmental Scientist.

Last updated Oct 2020

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