Plant Biology (Extended Major)

Apply knowledge from botany, molecular sciences and genetics to work on applications to real-world problems.
80
ATAR
3
Years Full Time

Careers and further study

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

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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

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Course details

Plant Biology is an exciting and rapidly developing subject, with many applications in fields as diverse as agriculture, conservation and environmental biology. You'll be trained to apply a combination of scientific knowledge from botany, molecular sciences and genetics, working on applications to real-world problems such as how plants adapt to climate change and how to produce healthier and more sustainable foods for the future.

About the course

In Plant Biology, you will study plants from molecular, cellular, and physiological perspectives and develop an understanding of the molecular characterisation of plant development and reproduction, as well as genetic, genomic and physiological studies that aim to elucidate how plants interact with their environments.
Plant Biology

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2022
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Course Code
  • MJD-PLBEM
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Plant Biology
Status
  • Available 2022
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Course Code
  • MJD-PLBEM
  • 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
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Biological Science

Course Structure

Why study this course at UWA?

  • Study near the South West of Western Australia, one of the world’s 25 ‘biodiversity hotspots’ (Conservation International)
  • We’ll provide you with the environment to build technical skills through hands-on learning in the classroom and out in the field, visiting places across WA from the desert to forests and tropical reefs.
  • A major in Plant Biology will accelerate you into a diverse range of career pathways

You'll learn to

  • Describe the development, structure and functioning of plants from the molecular scale through to the whole plant
  • Demonstrate competency in scientific methodologies such as filed and laboratory sampling, experimentation and data analysis in the plant sciences
  • Demonstrate understanding of the different ways genome sequencing, genome editing, genome diversity and evolution are used to solve both fundamental and applied problems in the plant sciences
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the crucial relationship between a plant's genetics, physiology and ecology with capacity to respond to changing environment and threats e.g. pathogen resistance, impacts of climate change, salinity
  • Demonstrate competency in high-level critical thinking and communication skills suited to gaining employment in the plant sciences
Ranked 1st in Australia and 34th in the world for Biological Sciences (ARWU 2021)

Fieldwork in Science

Students on a boat in Elizabeth Quay

Your degree options

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