Biodiversity and Evolution (Extended Major)

80
ATAR
3
Years Full Time

Careers and further study

This course opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.

Career Pathways

Graduates are employed in private sector companies (such as consultancy companies, resources sector), in government departments (for example, Environment; Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; Primary Industries and Regional Development; State Fisheries), in public agencies (such as botanic gardens, museums and zoos) and environment and conservation research agencies (CSIRO), while others may join academic institutions.
Graduates are employed in private sector companies (such as consultancy companies, resources sector), in government departments (for example, Environment; Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; Primary Industries and Regional Development; State Fisheries), in public agencies (such as botanic gardens, museums and zoos) and environment and conservation research agencies (CSIRO), while others may join academic institutions.

Fees and scholarships

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Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

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Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.

Mathematics requirement

This major requires a certain level of Chemistry and Mathematics. If you do not meet this level, you can take additional Chemistry and/or Mathematics units in your first year to satisfy this requirement.

WACE prerequisite: Mathematics Methods ATAR and Chemistry ATAR

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

How to apply

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Course details

The extended major in Biodiversity and Evolution is designed for students interested in understanding the evolution and maintenance of the outstanding biodiversity that exists in Australia, with a special emphasis on Western Australia, a globally recognised hotspot of animal and plant diversity. This extended major explores the basics of animal and plant biology and how these systems have evolved, adapted and diversified.

About the course

This extended major explores the basics of animal and plant biology and how these systems have adapted and diversified in the unique environments found in Australia. It explores how biodiversity arose through the processes of evolution from the molecular genetic to the community levels. There will be opportunities to study animals and plants living in a diverse range of habitats in Western Australia, from deserts to forests and tropical reefs, and to carry out your studies in both the classroom and in the field.
Biodiversity and Evolution extended major

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2022
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Course Code
  • MJD-BIDEM
CRICOS code
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Biodiversity and Evolution extended major
Status
  • Available 2022
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Course Code
  • MJD-BIDEM
CRICOS code
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
TISC Codes
Honours Available
  • Yes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Biological Science
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

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Course structure

Extended majors enable you to dive deeper into a particular area of study and normally require 13 to 18 units studied over the course of your degree.

Course Structure

Why study this course?

  • Study animals and plants living in a diverse range of habitats in Western Australia, from deserts to forests and tropical reefs, with the opportunity to carry out your studies in both the classroom and in the field.
  • Gain discipline-specific expertise and practical skills from world-leading academics and industry partners.
  • This extended major will also prepare you for entry into Honours in Zoology and the Master of Biological Science.

You'll learn to

  • Explain the major differences in the development, structure and functioning of animals and plants and explain animal and plant diversity in a phylogenetic context.
  • Explain broad patterns of global biodiversity and the evolutionary history of Australia's biodiversity.
  • Explain how animals and plants diversify and function in different environments using evolutionary, physiological, ecological and molecular genetic concepts.
  • Develop and apply relevant employability skills for roles related to biodiversity and evolution.
Ranked 1st in Australia and 34th in the world for Biological Sciences (ARWU 2021)

Your degree options

This major is offered as a degree-specific major for these degrees.