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Biological Sciences Major


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.



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



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

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical biological situations.
  2. Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  3. Demonstrate a global outlook on organismal diversity.
  4. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.
  5. Think creatively to generate solutions/responses for biological questions.
  6. Think critically to analyse, construct field or experimental approaches and interpret results to complex biological problems.
  7. Use experimental and digital technologies and literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  8. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values, including Indigenous cultural competence.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

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

Possible future job titles

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

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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