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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.

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Unit set overview



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

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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Applied and Analytical Chemistry student Samantha Ridgway talks about the ease of returning to study as a mature age student.

Student stories

  • Abbie Milne

    Abbie Milne

    Conservation and Wildlife Biology graduate

    "I got real-world experience with dolphins in Monkey Mia"

    I wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to work outdoors. I chose the ECU course because of how practical it was. The facilities were great, the lecturers were really helpful and I made lifeā€‘long friends.

    I was also able to get real-world work experience with the Department of Environment and Conservation in Monkey Mia at the dolphin reserve. It was one of my favourite experiences throughout uni.

  • Rebecca MacMillan, ECU Science graduate

    Rebecca MacMillan

    ECU Science graduate

    "Anything is achievable"

    Coming from a farming background, I was always interested in studying biology. So I made the decision to move here and begin my studies at ECU.

    ECU offered me a course with exciting fieldwork and lecturers who were so welcoming. They even helped me find work experience positions! I have completed volunteer work at the Western Australian Herbarium.

    I’ve learned that anything is achievable if you set your mind to it and focus on your goals and dreams.

  • Samantha Ridgway

    Chemistry student

    "The chemistry was right to return to study"

    Applied and Analytical Chemistry student Samantha Ridgway talks about how easy it was to come back to study as a mature age student.