Unit Set Information

Biological Sciences Major

Effective from 01-JAN-2017 : Code MAAAFY

This major is designed for students with a strong interest in the living world. Students study cellular and molecular biology, genetics, physiology, ecology and evolution, with an emphasis on the diversity and interactions of organisms with their environments. Those seeking employment in the resources or environmental management sectors could consider combining this major with Environmental Management, Conservation Biology, Marine and Freshwater Science, or Occupational Safety and Health. Biological Sciences pairs well with Applied Chemistry, Human Biology, Mathematics or Physical Sciences, especially for those interested in becoming secondary science teachers.


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This Major can be studied in the following courses:

Mode of Delivery

On Campus at Joondalup

Learning Outcomes

Related Careers

Biomedical Researcher, Nature Conservationist, Environmental Consultant, Botanist, Catchment Officer, Natural Resource Officer, Sanctuary Manager, Animal Biologist, Conservation Field Officer, Ecologist

Employment Opportunities

This major prepares graduates for professional employment in research, industry, teaching, government agencies and science-based businesses.

Major Structure

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCC1123Chemistry for the Life Sciences15
SCI1183Origins and Evolution of Life15
SCI1187Form and Function in Biology15
SCI2112Molecular Biology and Biochemistry15
SCI2116Diversity of Life15
SCI3112Evolution and Systematics15
Plus 1 unit selected from the following:
SCI3114 ^Ecophysiology15
SCB3201 ^Studies in Ecology15

^ Core Option

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.