2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Conservation Biology (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) | 2018

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Conservation Biology (Honours) (Dean's Scholar)



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 757628


Conservation Biology at UOW is a practical degree aimed at producing graduates who have the knowledge and skills to understand and develop strategies to minimise the impact of humans on their environment and are capable of undertaking postgraduate research to become accomplished conservation biologists.

Studies in biology combined with subjects in chemistry and earth and environmental sciences in first year lead to second-year studies that provide students with an understanding of how organisms function, plant and animal ecology, and landscape science.

Third-year subjects focus on research training and experience in conservation biology and ecology providing students with significant breadth in their research experience in preparation for the Honours year.

A significant component involves experience in how research skills are incorporated into policy and management of biodiversity through contact with practising conservation biologists in both government and non-government agencies. Training in research methodology is carried out with conservation biology researchers from the School of Biological Sciences at UOW.

In addition, graduates develop additional skills in conservation management to improve their capacity to contribute to conservation.

Students who are eligible for this degree fulfil all of the same requirements as Bachelor of Conservation Biology (Honours) candidates but are also eligible for additional benefits and challenges. Students in this program have the opportunity to undertake individual research subjects and apply for paid research assistantships.

Entry Requirements and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Exercise critical thinking and judgement in applying conservation concepts and knowledge of biological systems to inform the implementation and development of policies and directions for conservation.
2 Apply detailed knowledge of the biology of organisms to develop and implement appropriate management strategies and research investigations.
3 Demonstrate a high level of skill in analysing, interpreting and synthesising data and other information.
4 Demonstrate broad and comprehensive research skills in investigating problems in conservation biology.
5 Generate evidence-based logical solutions to conservation biology problems.
6 Use a significant range of technical skills to solve problems in conservation biology.
7 Exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing and applying new understanding.
8 Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences.
9 Demonstrate initiative and judgement to adapt conservation biology knowledge and skills that can be applied to professional practice and research.
10 Independently plan, execute and present the findings of a project/piece of research to an area of conservation biology.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Conservation Biology (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), candidates must satisfactorily complete 192 credit points as set out in the table below. 


  • Students who have not completed HSC Mathematics at Band 4 or higher (or equivalent) are required to complete a mathematics subject (MATH151 or equivalent) normally in the first year.
  • Students may only count 60 credit points of 100-level subjects towards the degree.
  • Students must have a grade of Pass (not Pass Supplementary) or higher in 300-level core subjects which form part of a Science major.
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6 Autumn
BIOL105 Functional Biology of Animals and Plants 6 Autumn
EESC105 Introductory Geospatial Analysis 6 Autumn, Spring
Please select ONE of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104and CHEM105.
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
SCIE103 Climate Change 6 Spring
STAT252 Statistics For the Natural Sciences 6 Spring
Please select ONE of the following two subjects:
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
Year 2
BIOL240 Biodiversity of Marine and Freshwater Organisms 6 Autumn
BIOL251 Principles of Ecology 6 Autumn
MATH151 General Mathematics 1A* 6 Autumn
*MATH151 must be completed by any student who has not completed NSW HSC Mathematics or equivalent at Band 4 or higher.
BIOL241 Biodiversity of Terrestrial Organisms 6 Spring
BIOL252 Evolution and Behaviour 6 Spring
EESC207 Advanced Geospatial Analysis 6 Spring
Plus subjects from the following list to give a total of 48 credit points for Year 2:
BIOL292 Special Biology Studies 6 Autumn, Spring
EESC203 Biogeography and Environmental Change 6 Autumn
MARE200 Introduction to Oceanography 6 Autumn
EESC202 Shaping Earth's Surface 6 Spring
PHIL256 Environmental Philosophy: Animals, Nature and Ethics 6 Spring
BIOL232 Biology Research Internship 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer
Students wishing to specialise in Conservation Genetics, should select subjects from the following list:
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6 Spring
Year 3
BIOL360 Applications in Conservation Biology 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer
BIOL362 Ecophysiology 6 Autumn
BIOL361 Conservation Biology 6 Autumn
BIOL365 Marine and Terrestrial Ecology 6 Spring
Plus 24 credit points of subjects from the following list:
BIOL364 Advanced Biology 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer
EESC332 Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments 6 Autumn
STAT335 Sample Surveys and Experimental Design 6 Autumn
BIOL363 Professional Skills in Ecology 6 Spring
MARE360 Fisheries and Aquaculture 6 Spring
EESC331 Changing Global Environments 6 Spring
LAW 381 Law for Environmental Managers 6 Spring
Students wishing to specialise in Conservation Genetics, should select subjects from the following list:  
BIOL343 Techniques in Biotechnology and Medical Research 6 Autumn
CHEM325 Bioinformatics: Genome, Genes and Biomolecules 6 Spring
Or other subjects as approved by the Coordinator.
Year 4
Select either the full-time (48cp) or 48cp of the equivalent part-time subject (2 x 24cp) option below.
BIOL410 Conservation Biology Project 48 SMAH Annual, SMAH Annual 2018/2019
BIOL416 Conservation Biology Project (Part-Time) 24 SMAH Annual, SMAH Annual 2018/2019

Progression Requirements

To maintain a place in the Dean’s Scholar program, students are normally required to achieve a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 75% in the 200 and 300 level subjects completed. The performance of each student will be reviewed initially by the Faculty after the completion of 72 credit points. Students not meeting the minimum progression requirements will be required to transfer into the Bachelor of Conservation Biology (Honours) or Bachelor of Science degree.


The Honours grade for the degree of Bachelor of Conservation Biology (Honours) (Dean’s Scholar) will be calculated in accordance with Method 1 defined in the General Course Rules Section 8.

Other Information

For further information please email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 27 November, 2017