Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Conservation Biology) (BSc(WCB))

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This program provides students with the opportunity to specialise in Wildlife Conservation Biology while also acquiring a broad education in the disciplines of ecology and evolutionary biology.
In the first and second year students enrol in courses in biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, practical statistics, botany, zoology, and laboratory and field identification of animal and plant taxa, and also have a choice of elective courses in areas of wildlife management, genetics, soil and water, spatial information systems and other science courses. In third year, students will develop practical skills in systematic methods of collection, analysis and reporting of field and laboratory data and basic experimental design for environmental monitoring, biodiversity assessment and landscape restoration. Practicals and fieldwork are a key feature of the program.
The Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Conservation Biology) is an AQF Level 7 program with a standard full-time duration of 3 years.


Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Conservation Biology)

There shall be a Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Conservation Biology).

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Conservation Biology), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 72 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 48 units
  2. Elective courses to the value of 24 units, which may include other undergraduate courses offered by the University that are not offered by the Faculty of Sciences up to the value of 9 units in total at levels I and/or II with no more than 6 units at level I.
  3. Level I courses not exceeding 30 units
  4. Level III Science courses to the value of at least 24 units 
  5. A major in Conservation Ecology
  6. Broadening experience.
Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 48 units.

Level I

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
ABORIG 1001 Indigenous People, Country & Protocols 3
BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells 3
BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms 3
ENV BIOL 1002 Ecological Issues I 3
SCIENCE 1410 Science or Fiction (Marine and Wildlife) I 3
STATS 1004 Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences) 3

Level II

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
ENV BIOL 2500 Botany II 3
ENV BIOL 2501 Evolutionary Biology II 3
ENV BIOL 2502 Ecology II 3
ENV BIOL 2503 Zoology II 3
ENV BIOL 2515 Plant Identification (Wildlife Conservation Biology) II 3
ENV BIOL 2520 Animal Identification (Wildlife Conservation) II 3

Level III - For a major in Conservation Ecology

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
ENV BIOL 3121 Concepts in Ecology III 3
ENV BIOL 3540 Research Methods in Wildlife Conservation III 3
ENV BIOL 3575 Advanced Applications in Conservation Biology III 3
ENV BIOL 3580 Conservation Biology III 3