All life on Earth depends upon plants..


Botany is the scientific study of plants, from their classification through to their structure and function and the integral roles that plants play in the functioning of both terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

5 reasons to study Botany

1. Expand your appreciation of the beauty and wonderous diversity of plants.
2. Learn why this plant grows here, but not there.
3. Explore plant genealogies and ancestry.
4. Be fascinated by how plants function from the simplest cells to the most magnificent trees.

5. See first-hand the amazing lengths to which plants go to secure their water and nutrients.

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Course description, features and facilities

Botanists study how plants evolve and adapt to changing climate and environments as well as the myriad of ecological interactions between plants and other organisms, and have a proactive role in understanding and conserving biodiversity. Botany comprises eight sub-disciplines each studying a different aspect of plants: genetics, systematics, cell biology, anatomy, morphology, physiology, pathology, and ecology.

Botany is an ideal major if you are interested in understanding biodiversity and
addressing current and future threats to our unique native flora, aquatic ecosystems as well as to the sustainability of agricultural crops. This major includes both laboratory and field work experience.

Teaching methods consist of lectures from leading experts, weekly practical and laboratory classes and tutorials. UWA is well equipped for teaching and research in botany and our teaching is supported by the world class research of the Kings Park and Botanic Gardens Biodiversity Conservation Centre, the International Centre for Plant Breeding Education and Research (ICPBER), the WA Biogeochemistry Centre, and the Ecosystem Restoration Laboratory.

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Student profile – Nicole Dakin

Botany covers all aspects of plants, from cell biology to taxonomy, and on to the scale of an ecosystem. I combined Botany with a major in Genetics. Studying the two areas has given me a greater understanding, and an advantage, in areas such as plant evolution, molecular biology, and conservation genetics.

My honours project focused on Genetics, looking at the evolution of photosynthesis in native Western Australian grasses.

Studying Botany has taken me to some amazing places. I’ve done fieldwork in the Pilbara, worked with genetically engineered plants at the CSIRO in Canberra, and even presented my research at a plant biology conference in Portland, Oregon.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Professional recognition

Botanists may apply for membership to the Australian Systematic Botany Society.

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Career opportunities

Botany graduates are highly sought after and employed by environmental consultants, resource  industries, government departments (such as Agriculture and Food, Environment and Conservation), botanic gardens (for example, Kings Park) and research agencies (CSIRO) that either work in, or are interested in, the environment, conservation, restoration and horticulture.

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Further study opportunities

Students with a Botany major can pursue further studies at honours and/or master's level.

A master's can be studied either by coursework (available specialisations include Plant Conservation Biology, Plant Production, or Environmental Management) or by research (thesis and coursework) in, for example, Botany or Ecology and Evolution.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics: Applications ATAR or higher, you will need to successfully complete additional Mathematics units during your first year.

Prerequisites and recommended courses may not apply to students completing this major as a second major in a degree other than the Bachelor of Science.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Future Students

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Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
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Monday – Friday, 8.30am–5pm (Western Standard Time)

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Botany: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Crawley, Albany (selected Level 1 units)
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
18-24 hours contact time, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSc), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office The Agriculture Central building Crawley campus
6488 7333
Additional information