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Bachelor of Science (Conservation and Wildlife Biology)

Course code K57

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills required to understand the significance of conservation of biodiversity.

Students develop the ability to analyse the complex interplays between humans and the natural world, and to apply the tools of modern biology to devising approaches that tackle important conservation issues. The course covers ecology, genetics, wildlife management, animal and plant biology, evolution and the theory and practice of conservation biology. 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

K57

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.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

K57

CRICOS code

063345J

Fees

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

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Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

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

See Course Details for further information.

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 must enrol in SCC1111 General Chemistry, while those that have not completed Chemistry ATAR or equivalent must 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
SCI2108Environmental Management and Sustainability15
SCM2201Soil and Land Processes15
MAT1114Introductory Statistics15
SCI2117Genetics15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI2116Diversity of Life15
SCI2112Molecular Biology and Biochemistry15
SCI2118Australian Biota15
ACS2122Aboriginal Perspectives on the Environment15

Students who are NOT undertaking a Work Integrated Learning Placement

Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI3112Evolution and Systematics15
SCI3115Wildlife Management15
SCM3201Conservation Biology15
Elective Unitx 115
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCB3201Studies in Ecology15
SCI3150Science Project15
Elective Unitx 230

Students who ARE undertaking a Work Integrated Learning Placement

Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI3112Evolution and Systematics15
SCI3115Wildlife Management15
SCM3201Conservation Biology15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCB3201Studies in Ecology15
Year 3 - Summer
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSI3345Work Experience Project60
RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI2111Marine and Fisheries Biology15
SCI3102Environmental Study Tour15
SCI3113Freshwater Ecosystems15
SCI3206Environmental Investigation and Monitoring15
SCM2104Geographical Information Systems15
SCM2110Marine and Freshwater Processes15
MAT2110Applied Statistics15

^ Core Option

K57|6

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 conservation biology situations.
  2. Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  3. Demonstrate a global outlook with respect to organismal diversity.
  4. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.
  5. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate solutions relevant to conservation issues.
  6. Think critically to analyse, conceptualise and prioritise solutions to complex conservation biology 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

The strong practical focus ensures students are prepared for a diverse range of positions in government agencies, industries and non-government organisations that are concerned with biodiversity conservation or ecosystem management and assessment. Potential careers may include species conservation programs, policy development and management and managing or surveying specific ecosystems (such as wetlands, forests, coastlines and arid regions).

Possible future job titles

Biodiversity Manager, Nature Conservationist, Environmental Consultant, Botanist, Wildlife Conservation Worker, Environmental Educator, Natural Resource Officer, Biologist, Environmental Management Officer, Environmental Scientist

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