Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Biodiversity is the study of all living organisms in the environment, the range of different species that are found in each place and the methods that we can use to manage ecosystems to conserve as many of those species as possible. It is a broad field and so, by design, this degree offers the opportunity to combine skills in conservation biology with complementary skills in areas such as computing, chemistry and/or geographic analysis. The Bachelor of Science (Biodiversity and Conservation) examines the increasing and diverse impact humans are having on the natural environment worldwide, addressing such key issues as loss of species, habitat destruction or fragmentation, invasion by introduced animal or plant species and the design of nature reserves and conservation programs. Students may tailor their study programs by choosing from a range of elective topics to focus on areas such as the biodiversity and conservation of whole organisms, conservation genetics or landscape ecology.
First year comprises topics in areas such as biodiversity and conservation, evolution and the molecular basis of life and first level chemistry. Students also have the opportunity to choose elective topics. Students who do not have a background in chemistry are able to enrol in introductory chemistry topics. Second year comprises topics in areas such as genetics, evolution and biodiversity, ecology, animal diversity, geographical information systems, experimental design and statistics. Third year comprises topics in areas such as conservation biology, plant and algal diversity, marine and freshwater biology, human impacts and biodiversity and conservation and ecological genetics.
- Biodiversity and Conservation, Evolution, Chemistry, Molecular Basis of Life, Ecology, Genetics, Geographical Information Systems, Statistics.
Standard entry requirements
- Year 12 or equivalent qualifications
- Or mature age entry (STAT)
- Or TAFE/VET qualifications
- Or higher education transfers
- Or completion of a foundation studies program
Admission to an honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the College being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study. Refer to Bachelor of Science (Honours).
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The Bachelor of Science (Biodiversity and Conservation) may also be studied in a combined degree program with: another Bachelor degree in the College of Science and Engineering where the combination meets the requirements of the credit transfer policy Bachelor of Archaeology Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Honours)