Conservation Biology is the science of protecting and managing biodiversity.

Introduction

Conservation biologists integrate knowledge of biological sciences, natural resource management, social sciences and economics in order to develop strategies for the maintenance and restoration of species, their habitats and ecosystems.

5 Reason to study Conservation Biology

1. Expand your appreciation of the beauty and wondrous diversity of plants.

2. Learn why this plant or that animal lives in this place, but not in that place.

3. Be fascinated by the interactions among microbes, plants and animals that are essential for ecosystem health and survival.

4. Explore the science behind conserving the global flora and fauna.

5. Learn the latest methods for species and ecosystem conservation.

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Course description, features and facilities

Human activity and population growth are increasing the pressure on natural ecosystems and many biologists believe we are currently experiencing the sixth global mass extinction. Conservation biologists integrate knowledge of

biological sciences, natural resource management, social sciences and economics to develop strategies to prevent species or population extinctions.


The southwest of Western Australia is one of the world's 34 'global biodiversity hotspots', making WA an ideal living laboratory for your studies.

If you are interested in field work and in mitigating biodiversity loss by actively participating in the management and research of threatened species and communities, the Conservation Biology major is for you. This major heavily focuses on field work and includes field trips.

Teaching methods consist of lectures from leading experts and industry representatives, weekly practical and laboratory classes, and tutorials.

The Faculty is well equipped for teaching and research in conservation biology and our teaching is supported by the world class research of the Kings Park and Botanic Gardens Biodiversity Conservation Centre, the WA Biogeochemistry Centre, the Ecosystem Restoration Laboratory, the Centre for Evolutionary Biology, The Oceans Institute and the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management.

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Student profile – Veronica Wilson

The southwest of Western Australia is a ‘biodiversity hotspot’ making it an ideal place to study Conservation Biology. It is a great course for people who are interested in protecting and restoring the natural environment and has provided me with a range of skills from field and lab work to communication and research.

Combining this major with Botany and Indigenous Studies units has enriched my understanding of the remarkable native plants and animals of the southwest.

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Structure

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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Career opportunities

Conservation Biology graduates are employed by government departments (for example, Environment and Conservation), botanic gardens (Kings Park), zoos, and research agencies (CSIRO).
 
In addition, the mining sector, private environmental companies (such as Environment Australia), regional natural resource management groups, and shire councils provide a range of employment opportunities.

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Further study opportunities

Students can pursue further studies at honours level and/or at masters level. A master's degree can be studied either by Coursework (available specialisations include Marine Biology, Conservation Biology, Marine and Coastal Management, Zoology, or Environmental Management) or by Research (Thesis and Coursework in, for example, Conservation Biology or Environmental Science).

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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
80
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
80
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)
29

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.

Fees

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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Conservation Biology: the details

Status
Available 2017
Locations offered
Crawley, Albany
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
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
Yes
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agriculture Central building, Crawley campus
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(618) 6488 7333
Additional information