2020 Undergraduate Courses
  • Students are to follow the requirements of the Handbook for the year they commenced the course.

    However, the subject links below do not contain the subject information for the current year. You can view current subject information through the new Course Handbook.

Ecology and Conservation Biology | 2020

Conservation Bology is the study of the Earth's biodiversity with the aim of being able to manage and protect species and ecosystems. At UOW, this degree provides the knowledge and skills to understand and develop strategies to minimise the impact of humans on their environment. You will focus on biology, developing skills in evolutionary physiology, conservation biology and ecology of both marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

Field and laboratory studies are built into appropriate subjects at all levels and take advantage of state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, as well as the superb local marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments on the South Coast and inland regions.

At the completion of the degree, students who have met the required academic standard may enrol in the Bachelor of Science (Honours), subject to approval of the Head of School. See separate entry for the Bachelor of Science(Honours).

Major Learning Outcomes

MLO Description
1 Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge in the principles and concepts associated with the ecology and conservation of all biological systems.
2 Demonstrate skills in analysing, interpreting and evaluating data, methodologies and other information.
3 Apply critical thinking and independent problem solving in experimental design and data analysis.
4 Apply knowledge and skills of ecology and conservation biology to solving current problems in either a professional context or in research.
5 Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to others in both written and spoken form.
6 Interpret the role, relevance and ethical implications of science in society.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Science (Ecology & Conservation Biology). a candidate must successfully complete at least 144 credit points, comprised of 90 credit points of core subjects and 54 credit points of electives.

Note:

  • Students may use the elective space below to complete a minor study from the general schedule
  • Students completing a double degree are required to complete core subjects below, and electives (if any) required to bring the total to 90 credit point
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1 -
Autumn Year 1
SCII101Global Challenges in Science6Autumn
BIOL104Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment6Autumn
BIOL105Functional Biology of Animals and Plants6Autumn
 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 CHEM101 in Autumn and CHEM102 in Spring. All other students must select CHEM104 in Autumn and CHEM105 in Spring.
CHEM101Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry6Autumn
CHEM104Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter6Autumn
Spring Year 1
BIOL103Molecules, Cells and Organisms6Spring
 Select One of the following two subjects:
CHEM102Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life6Spring
CHEM105Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures6Spring
 Plus 12 credit points of elective subjects from the General Elective Schedule, Science Schedule or from the list of suggested subjects below
EESC105Introductory Geospatial Analysis6Autumn, Spring
SCIE103Climate Change6Spring
EESC102Earth's Interconnected Spheres6Spring
Year 2
 When selecting 200 level subjects students should note the pre-requisites required for the 300 level subjects they wish to take
 Autumn Year 2
BIOL240Biodiversity of Marine and Freshwater Organisms6Autumn
BIOL251Principles of Ecology6Autumn
MATH151General Mathematics 1A6Autumn, Summer 2020/2021
 *MATH151 MUST be completed by all students who have not completed NSW HSC Mathematics or equivalent at Band 4 or higher
   Plus 6 credit points (students required to do MATH151) OR 12 credit points (if not required to do MATH151) of elective subjects from the General Elective Schedule, Science Schedule or from the list of suggested subjects below
BIOL213Principles of Biochemistry6Autumn
GEOS215Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments6Autumn
EESC203Biogeography and Environmental Change6Autumn
MARE200Introduction to Oceanography6Autumn
EESC207Advanced Geospatial Analysis6Autumn, Spring
SCIP211Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences Research Internship6Annual, Autumn, Spring, Summer 2020/2021
CRLP200Career Ready Learning & Practice6Autumn, Spring, Summer 2020/2021
 Students wishing to focus on Ecology and Conservation Genetics should select
BIOL213Principles of Biochemistry6Autumn
Spring Year 2
BIOL241Biodiversity of Terrestrial Organisms6Spring
BIOL252Evolution and Behaviour6Spring
STAT252Statistics For the Natural Sciences6Spring
 Plus 6 credit points of elective subjects from the General Elective Schedule, Science Schedule or from the list of suggested subjects below
BIOL215Introductory Genetics6Spring
EESC202Shaping Earth's Surface6Spring
EESC207Advanced Geospatial Analysis6Autumn, Spring
SCIP211Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences Research Internship6Annual, Autumn, Spring, Summer 2020/2021
CRLP200Career Ready Learning & Practice6Autumn, Spring, Summer 2020/2021
 Students wishing to focus on Ecology and Conservation Genetics should select
BIOL215Introductory Genetics6Spring
   Year 3
 Autumn Year 3
BIOL362Ecophysiology6Autumn
BIOL361Conservation Biology6Autumn
   Plus 12 credit points of elective subjects from the General Elective Schedule, Science Schedule or from the list of suggested subjects below
BIOL343Techniques in Biotechnology and Medical Research6Autumn
GEOS309Igneous-metamorphic geology methods and processes6Not available in 2020
STAT335Sample Surveys and Experimental Design6Autumn
EESC321Plate Tectonics, Macrotopography and Earth History6Autumn
EESC323Fluvial Geomorphology and Sedimentology6Autumn
   Spring Year 3
BIOL365Marine and Terrestrial Ecology6Spring
   Select one of the following two subjects:
SCII302Science Interdisciplinary Project6Spring
BIOL363Professional Skills in Ecology6Not available in 2020
   Plus 12 credit points of elective subjects from the General Elective Schedule, Science Schedule or from the list of suggested subjects below
MARE360Fisheries and Aquaculture6Spring
EESC331Changing Global Environments6Spring
CHEM325Bioinformatics:Genome, Genes and Biomolecules6Spring
EESC322Coastal Environments: Process and Management6Spring

 NOTE: Students may be required to contribute to food, transport and accommodation costs associated with the provision of field trips that form part of the course of study.

MINORS

Students are encouraged to consider taking a Minor study as part of the BSc program. Inclusion of a minor in support of your major area of study allows you to broaden your view, knowledge and expertise while specialising in areas of interest.

Details on Minors can be found at 2020 Schedule of Minors

Options include (but not limited too): Earth and Environmental Science, Geoscience, Physical Geography, Archaeology, Biochemistry, Biodiversity, Ecology, Molecular Biology, Geology and Marine Biology.

A selection of research internships or project-based subjects may also be available to high-achieving students wishing to complement their coursework with research projects. Entry into these subjects requires approval from the Head of School. 

Honours

See separate entry for the Bachelor of Science (Honours)

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

Other Information

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

 

Last reviewed: 12 November, 2019