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Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)

Course code Y18

Designed for students with a passion for the living world, this course has a strong emphasis on biodiversity. Students study cellular and molecular biology, genetics, evolution, physiology, ecology and animal and plant structure.

The hands-on nature of the course means graduates have a sound understanding of the theory underpinning biological sciences coupled with skills that can be applied in a wide range of professions. Students benefit from a learning environment inspired by world class research academics with strong industry and government links.

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

Y18

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $9,400

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Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

Y18

CRICOS code

072694B

Fees

International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $32,000

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Duration

3 years full-time

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI1125Professional Science Essentials15
SCI1187Form and Function in Biology15
SCI1193Introduction to Environmental Science15
Select 1 unit from:
SCC1123 ^Chemistry for the Life Sciences15
SCC1111 ^General Chemistry15

Note: Students who have completed Chemistry ATAR or equivalent should enrol in SCC1111 General Chemistry, while those that have not completed Chemistry ATAR should enrol in SCC1123 Chemistry for the Life Sciences.

Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI1182Case Studies in Science15
SCI1183Origins and Evolution of Life15
SCI1185Ecology15
SCI1192Physical Environments15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI2117Genetics15
SCM2201Soil and Land Processes15
MAT1114Introductory Statistics15
Elective Unit15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI2112Molecular Biology and Biochemistry15
SCI2116Diversity of Life15
Elective Unitx 230

For students who are NOT undertaking a Work Integrated Learning Placement

Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI3112Evolution and Systematics15
SCI3114Ecophysiology15
Elective Unitx 230
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCB3201Studies in Ecology15
SCI3150Science Project15
Elective Unitx 230

For students who ARE undertaking a Work Integrated Learning Placement

Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI3112Evolution and Systematics15
SCI3114Ecophysiology15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCB3201Studies in Ecology15
Elective Unitx 115
Year 3 - Summer
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSI3345Work Experience Project60
RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCC1226Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry15
SCC1111General Chemistry15
SCC2301Forensic and Analytical Chemistry15
SCC2211Organic Chemistry15
SCI2118Australian Biota15
SCM2104Geographical Information Systems15
SCI3102Environmental Study Tour15
SCI3115Wildlife Management15
SCM3201Conservation Biology15
ACS2122Aboriginal Perspectives on the Environment15
MAT2110Applied Statistics15
SCH2226Human Molecular Genetics15
SCH2235Applied Microbiology15

Note: It is recommended that students complete at least one non-science elective, MAT2110 Applied Statistics and/or ACS2122 Aboriginal Perspectives on the Environment.

^ Core Option

Y18|5

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

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

Course 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 to 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.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $9,400 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $32,000 *

* International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Biological Sciences have a diverse range of career opportunities available spanning across the biological sciences. A practical focus ensures graduates are ready for a range of positions in fields such as ecology, genetics and physiology, ecosystem monitoring and environmental impact assessment.

Possible future job titles

Biodiversity Manager, Biomedical Researcher, Nature Conservationist, Environmental Consultant, Zoologist, Botanist, Catchment Officer, Natural Resource Officer, Conservation Field Officer, Ecologist

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Student
stories

  • "What amazed me is the amount of practical units my course has"
    Biological Sciences and Human Biology student, Zoe Mputhia
    Zoe MputhiaECU Biological Sciences

    While considering my options for study, the amount of research done by the university and their facilities was a top priority. I was really impressed by ECU's research, facilities and achievements, and this led me to apply to study here.

    What amazed me is the amount of practical units that my course has – this really opens your mind and widens your experience, preparing you for life after university. The laboratory facilities and experiments I have been able to conduct have truly been amazing.

    Also, I got the opportunity to do work experience with lab technicians conducting research on ALS. This experience made me realise that the practical units carried out in my lab classes were very similar to what the scientists were doing in the labs and this was immensely gratifying.

    Studying at ECU has been an amazing experience for me.

  • "My course gave me lots of hands-on experience"
    Zigourney Nielsen
    Zigourney NielsenECU Biological Sciences student

    I’ve always been passionate about wildlife and the environment, so I chose to study Biological Sciences at ECU. Before starting my studies, I didn’t know how hands‑on my course would be.

    I’ve participated in a lot of lab work, been able to use modern equipment and even gone on camps as well. The lecturers have been amazing. They are so enthusiastic about the subjects they teach and are extremely knowledgeable.

  • "My course allowed me to do things most people only dream about"
    Marcus Cosentino
    Marcus CosentinoECU Biological Sciences graduate

    Fieldwork is an important part of the Biological Sciences course. I was able to help with reptile surveys and research projects all over the state.

    These opportunities took me to stunning areas of WA, including the Kimberley, and allowed me to get up close and personal with elusive species of native fauna that most people don't even know exist.

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