To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Specialisations).
The Biodiversity and Conservation Specialisation requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time). The Specialisation is offered by the College of Science and Engineering.
The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.
There are no formal prerequisites for the specialisation in Biodiversity and Conservation but a knowledge of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry to SACE Stage 1 is desirable.
The program aims to provide students with a broad-based foundation in biodiversity and conservation biology and allied areas, together with the ability to acquire extensive subject knowledge in the discipline. It also aims to develop a range of transferable research, analytical and communication skills including the capacity to:
- understand and apply relevant scientific principles in the area of conservation biology
- retrieve and present information about biodiversity and conservation biology effectively, communicate clearly with a variety of audiences in written and spoken forms
- critically analyse and evaluate information relevant to biodiversity and conservation biology
- appreciate the multidisciplinary aspect of studies in biodiversity and Conservation Biology and engage positively with people and ideas beyond the discipline
- work cooperatively and productively within a team
- work independently and take responsibility for updating and adapting their knowledge and skills
- appreciate the societal and ethical contexts of conservation biology, of human impacts on biodiversity and the professional practice of biologists.
The program provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further studies in biodiversity and conservation biology or another science or non-science related discipline, or for a career in this or a related field, or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.
On completion of the course, students will be able to:
- understand and critically apply the theories, subject content, professional methodologies, ethical frameworks and research procedures relevant to studies of biodiversity and conservation biology
- understand the nature and historical basis of current threats to biological diversity and to understand the nature of conservation actions that can be undertaken to mitigate these threats
- analyse and critically evaluate ideas/information/data and apply relevant scientific principles to solve problems by, for example, creating hypotheses, testing theories and predictions, designing and conducting experiments and statistically analysing data
- undertake studies relating to biodiversity and conservation in both laboratory and field contexts
- communicate and present information clearly and fluently in both written and spoken forms
- appreciate the relationships between studies in biodiversity and conservation biology and other science and non-science disciplines, and appreciate the multidisciplinary nature of many studies in biodiversity and conservation biology
- have the capacity to work and learn independently, but also to be able to contribute effectively as part of a team in order to achieve common goals
- appreciate the need for continuing professional development.
Program of study
To qualify for the Bachelor of Science (Biodiversity and Conservation) a student must complete 108 units, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study detailed below.
No more than 45 units of First Year level topics may be included in the 108 units for the degree. Topics designated 'any year' or with no year level specified are regarded as First Year level topics.
Elective topics to complete 108 units may be selected from any offered within the University or, with approval from the College of Science and Engineering, from outside the University, provided any course and prerequisite requirements are met.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Specialisation - Biodiversity and Conservation - Year 1 topics
36 units comprising:
Core - Year 1 Topics
BIOD1102 Introduction to Biodiversity and Conservation# (4.5 units)
BIOL1101 Evolution of Biological Diversity (4.5 units)
BIOL1102 Molecular Basis of Life (4.5 units)
STEM1001 Nature of STEM (4.5 units)
STAT1122 Biostatistics (4.5 units)
Option - Year 1 topics
Plus one pair of:
CHEM1101 Chemical Structure and Bonding (4.5 units) OR
CHEM1201 General Chemistry (4.5 units)
CHEM1202 Chemistry for the Life Sciences (4.5 units)
EASC1101 Earth and Environmental Sciences# (4.5 units) AND
EASC1102 Marine Sciences (4.5 units)
COMP1001 Fundamentals of Computing (4.5 units) AND
COMP1102 Computer Programming 1 (4.5 units)
Elective - Year 1 topics
Plus a 4.5 unit elective topic^ from across the University where entry requirements are met.
Specialisation - Biodiversity and Conservation - Year 2 topics
36 units comprising:
Core - Year 2 Topics
BIOD2701 Biodiversity and Conservation (4.5 units)
BIOL2701 Experimental Design and Statistics for Biology (4.5 units)
BIOL2702 Genetics, Evolution and Biodiversity (4.5 units)
BIOL2711 Ecology (4.5 units)
BIOL2712 Animal Diversity (4.5 units)
STEM1002 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (4.5 units)
Elective - Year 2 topics
Plus 9 units of elective topics^ from across the University where entry requirements are met.
Specialisation - Biodiversity and Conservation - Year 3 topics
36 units comprising:
Core - Year 3 Topics
BIOD3701 Human Impacts and Biodiversity (4.5 units)
BIOL3701 Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology (4.5 units)
BIOL3702 Marine and Freshwater Biology (4.5 units)
BIOL3711 Plant and Algal Diversity (4.5 units)
BIOL3712 Integrative Physiology of Animals and Plants (4.5 units)
BIOL3722 Conservation and Ecological Genetics (4.5 units)
Elective - Year 3 topics
Plus 9 units of elective topics#^ from across the University where entry requirements are met.
# Students are encouraged to enrol in STEM3001 Science Connect (4.5 units) as a third year elective.
^Specialisation - Biodiversity and Conservation - Recommended Electives
While students are able to select elective units from anywhere across the University, these are Recommended Electives.
BIOL1112 Biology and Society (4.5 units)
BIOL1301 Introduction to Marine Biology (4.5 units)
BIOL1711 Introduction to Animal Behaviour (4.5 units)
BIOL2721 Foundations of Animal Behaviour (4.5 units)
BIOL2722 Disease and Immunology (4.5 units)
BIOL2742 Marine Ecology (4.5 units)
BIOL3703 Vertebrate Palaeontology (4.5 units)
BIOL3721 Research in Animal Behaviour (4.5 units)
BIOL3791 Ecology and Geomorphology of Coastal Environments (4.5 units)
EASC2702 Global Climate Change (4.5 units)
ENVS2731 Coastal Processes (4.5 units)
GEOG2142 Environment, Economy and Culture (4.5 units)
GEOG3040 Environmental Impact Assessment (4.5 units)
GEOG3111 Introduction to Managing Coastal and Marine Environments (4.5 units)
GEOG3133 Adapting to Climate Change (4.5 units)
STEM1003 GIS Airborne and Ground Data Capture for all Disciplines (4.5 units)
STEM2001 Remote Sensing for all Disciplines (4.5 units)
STEM2003 Airborne Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry (4.5 units)
STEM3003 Modelling in Space and Time, Geostatistics and GIS (4.5 units)
STEM3100 Research Project in Science (4.5 units)
Admission to an honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the College being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study. Refer to Bachelor of Science (Honours).
The Bachelor of Science (Biodiversity and Conservation) may also be studied in a combined degree program with: