Course Guide 2021-22 Domestic Undergraduate - University of Western Australia

 
Course Guide 2021-22 Domestic Undergraduate - University of Western Australia
Domestic
Undergraduate
           Course Guide
           2021–22
GET CAREER-READY WITH A UWA DEGREE
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     Welcome to
         our community

           Welcome to The University of Western Australia (UWA), where you’ll
           join our accomplished graduates in becoming global professionals who
           drive change to shape the future.

           At UWA, we prepare our graduates to improve the lives of others.
           With the world – and the skills you need to succeed in it – changing all
           the time, our distinctive, experience-rich curriculum and outstanding
           learning experience will give you the knowledge and the adaptability to
           make a positive difference in society.

           We look forward to you joining our community and supporting you in
           shaping your future career goals.

           The University of Western Australia acknowledges that its
           campuses are situated on Noongar land and that Noongar
           people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their
           land and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs
           and knowledge.
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Contents
Study at UWA                                   Choosing what to study              12
Launch your career in Perth               4    Agricultural, Environmental and
                                               Biological Sciences                  14
Our global reputation                     5
                                               Architecture, Design and Planning   26
Seek a future full of possibilities       6
                                               Business and Law                    34

Career and industry experience            7    Data and Computer Science           48

                                               Education                           56

                                               Engineering                         60
Our degrees                              8
                                               Health and Biomedical Sciences      66
Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s         10
                                               Humanities and Social Sciences      82
Bachelor of Advanced Computer
Science (Honours)                        50    Music and Fine Arts                 106

Bachelor of Arts                        122    Physical Sciences and
                                               Mathematics                         114
Bachelor of Automation
and Robotics                             64

Bachelor of Biomedical Science          123
                                               Your UWA community
Bachelor of Business                     36
                                               A unique campus                     126
Bachelor of Commerce                     39
                                               Student life                        128
Bachelor of Environmental Design         28
                                               Support services                    129
Bachelor of Music                        112
                                               Live on campus                      130
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)        125
                                               Student Exchange and
Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics               Study Aboard Program                131
and Economics                         46, 98

Bachelor of Science                     124

Honours at UWA                           121   Join UWA
                                               Entry pathways                      132
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                                               Entry pathways for
                                               Indigenous students                 134

                                               Calculating your ATAR               135

                                               Fees                                136

                                               Scholarships and prizes             137

                                               How to apply                        138

                                               Getting to UWA                      139

                                               Study plan                          140

                                               Glossary                            141

                                               Course index                        142
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    Launch your
          career in Perth

       By choosing UWA you’re not just
       choosing a world top 100 university and
       a globally recognised degree. You’re also
       choosing to live in a city that’s the perfect
       base for study – and for launching your
       career when you graduate.

    Perth’s accessible                                           Perth’s a hub of industry and innovation
    Perth shares a time zone with about 60 per cent of           • It’s home to corporate HQs of more than 30 per cent of
    the world’s population (plus or minus 2 hours) meaning         businesses on the Australian Stock Exchange and six of
    businesses, research projects and other enterprises            the world’s top 10 energy companies.
    based here have better access to huge global resources       • Perth-based startups receive twice the national
    and markets.
                                                                   average of angel investment.
                                                                 • It has the fourth highest concentration of engineers in
    Perth’s affordable                                             the world per capita.
    • It’s one of Australia’s most affordable capital cities –   • It’s home to the largest medical treatment, research
       more affordable than Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane.         and education centre in the Southern Hemisphere.
    • It has the lowest accommodation cost of any Australian
       capital city.
                                                                 SOURCES: THINK PERTH, SEPTEMBER 2019;
                                                                 DIVERSIFY WA, JULY 2019; WORLDWIDE COST OF
    Perth offers a great lifestyle                               LIVING SURVEY 2019, ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT
    • It’s ranked 14th most liveable city in the world.
    • It has more than eight hours of sunshine per day with
       good to very good air quality all year round.
    • Perth City is just 20 minutes from beaches, national
       parks and beautiful countryside.
    • It is a host city for the third-largest Fringe Festival
       in the world.
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                                    Our global reputation

Study at a world top                                               Ranked in the world’s top 50 for
                                                                   Agriculture and Forestry

100 university (QS 2021)                                           Anatomy and Physiology
                                                                   Civil and Structural Engineering
                                                                   Earth and Marine Sciences
                                                                   Mineral and Mining Engineering
#1 IN WA FOR GRADUATE                                              Sports-related Subjects
EMPLOYABILITY                                                      (QS WUR BY SUBJECT 2020)
( Q S G R A D UATE EMPLOYABIL IT Y R ANKING 2 0 2 0 )              —
                                                                   Agricultural Sciences
MORE THAN 4,500 GLOBAL
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                                                                   Biological Sciences
INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS                                              Clinical Medicine
                                                                   Earth Sciences
AWARD-WINNING TEACHERS                                             Ecology
( AU STR A L I A N AWAR DS FO R U NIV E R SIT Y T E ACHING 2020)   Environmental Science and Engineering
                                                                   Human Biological Sciences
                                                                   Marine/Ocean Engineering
                                                                   Mining and Mineral Engineering
                                                                   Oceanography
                                                                   Water Resources
                                                                   (ARWU 2020)
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    Seek a future
         full of possibilities
       Our experience-rich curriculum and global network prepares
       you for the ever-changing world outside your degree. Kick-start
       a successful career and join our accomplished graduates in
       becoming global professionals, driving change and shaping
       the future.

    Gain real-world, practical                  Create connections for life
    experience                                  At UWA you join a community, not
    We’ll provide you with the                  just a university, making lifelong
    environment to build technical skills       personal connections. With more
    and valuable connections through            than 140 clubs and societies
    hands-on learning, internships, work        to choose from, you’ll enjoy an
    integrated learning, volunteering for       unrivalled student lifestyle and
    credit and more.                            socialise with people who value the
                                                same things you do.
    Build your industry network
    You’ll gain industry connections even
    before you graduate, helping you get
    a head start in your chosen industry.
    Connect with professionals in your
    field for one-on-one advice through
    our mentoring program, and access
    local, national and global networks
    inside and outside the classroom.

    Learn from leaders in
    the field
    You’ll work alongside world-leading
    academics who are passionate and
    engaged. Our academics are at the
    cutting edge of knowledge, meaning
    you’ll be exposed to live projects and
    new discoveries in your field of interest
    ahead of others.
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Career and industry
             experience
As a UWA student you’ll get career
advice and industry experience before
you graduate. You’ll also have access
to a wide range of resources and
services, including:

• advice from our dedicated UWA Careers and
  Employability Centre
• one-to-one access with a qualified Career
  Development Consultant
• the UWA Careers and Employability Award
  Program
• the Career Mentor Link Program, matching
  you with professionals who will share their
  knowledge and career experience
• help with your résumé and preparing for
  job interviews                                        “My time at UWA gave me the chance to
• access to potential employers at our Careers and      develop a wide range of skills and create
  Employability fairs, workshops and seminars
• free and unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning        diverse networks within industry. I came
• industry integrated learning – our talented           to UWA seeking an internationally
  academics are highly engaged with industry,
                                                        recognised engineering degree, and got
  and, as WA’s top university, we have extensive
  networks that will add to your learning experience    so much more. Thanks to the course
• Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities, where      structure and the thriving student life,
  you’ll gain workplace knowledge and skills, as well
                                                        I’ve scored a cool job straight out of uni
  as lasting professional connections
• the McCusker Centre for Citizenship’s award-          and met some of my closest friends.”
  winning Internship Program with not-for-profit,       NEVIN
  community and government organisations                BACHELOR OF SCIENCE – ENGINEERING SCIENCE
• the chance to get your own UniMentor – or
  become one
• access to volunteering opportunities through
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  UWA Student Guild
• the opportunity to become a UWA Student                   UWA Careers
  Ambassador and gain a strong extracurricular              and Employability
  activity for your résumé                                  Award Program
• Bloom WA, a community of change-makers                    Get the practical work experience
  tackling global problems                                  and knowledge you need to become
• the IQ Academy program, where you’ll gain                 career-ready, with hands-on learning
  the skills, mindset and tools to become an                that’s highly valued by employers.
  entrepreneur
• access to My UniHub, your ‘one-stop-shop’ for             careers.uwa.edu.au/award
  career planning, opportunities, resources and more.
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    Our degrees

       We’re focused on education that helps you achieve your career goals, which is why there is a range
       of ways you can undertake study with us. Our dedicated team will work with you to develop the
       best option to set you up for long-term success.

    Undergraduate degree (your first degree)                       a second major or minor in an area that complements
    We’ve expanded our course offering to provide further          your career aspirations and allows you to create a unique
    variety in our three- and four-year undergraduate degrees.     combination of disciplines. Completion of a three-
    You can choose a bachelor’s degree that allows you to          year undergraduate degree will provide you with the
    explore different areas of interest and gain transferable      opportunity to progress to honours and/or a postgraduate
    skills and knowledge that will enable a broad range of         qualification.
    career outcomes. Alternatively, you can choose a more
    focused and planned program of study within a chosen           We also offer a small number of four-year undergraduate
    specialisation, where you’ll develop the specific skills and   degrees that integrate an honours year. These include the
    knowledge to succeed within that chosen career.                Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) (Honours) and Bachelor of
                                                                   Advanced Computer Science (BACS) (Honours).
    Our three-year degrees include: the Bachelor of Arts
    (BA), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics (BAR),               Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
    Bachelor of Business (BBus), Bachelor of Biomedical            The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) is an inspiring and
    Science (BBiomedSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom),              unique course where you can choose any undergraduate
    Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEnvDes), Bachelor           major (and a second major, if you wish) from any field of
    of Music (BMus), Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and          study. The degree comprises a three-year bachelor’s
    Economics (BPPE) and Bachelor of Science (BSc). Each           course and a fourth year of honours. Your study is research-
    undergraduate degree has a defined list of degree-             intensive and includes innovative interdisciplinary project
    specific majors and/or double majors available within it.      work, a scholarship-supported study abroad experience
    Your chosen degree-specific major or double major will         and intensive academic mentoring – all at the highest
    determine your undergraduate degree. Where space               standards of excellence.
    is available in your study plan, you can also complete
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Direct Pathways
Direct Pathways allow you to package your undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the commencement of your
studies. This provides you with a clear progression pathway towards a professional qualification, or the opportunity for
accelerated completion of your degrees.

                         SPECIFIC               BACHELOR’S         RESERVED
                           ATAR                                                             CAREER
                                                  DEGREE         POSTGRADUATE

There is a limited number of places available in some of         Over your first three years, you’ll complete a double
our Direct Pathways and there are separate codes to              major in your chosen discipline and a semester of
be used if you wish to apply for a Direct Pathway place.         more advanced study leading into a final full year at
If you don’t secure a place, don’t worry; places in these        postgraduate level.
postgraduate courses will still be available to apply for
towards the end of your undergraduate degree.                    On completion, you’re awarded both a bachelor’s and a
                                                                 master’s degree. You can also choose to exit the CBM
Also, UWA now offers an accelerated Direct Pathway via           after three years with an advanced bachelor’s degree in
new Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (CBM)               the study area of your double major.
in certain disciplines. The CBM is a four-year accelerated
program for high-performing students.

Postgraduate Pathways                                            Professional courses
(your second degree)                                             Outside of our Direct Pathways, we offer a number of
After completing your undergraduate degree, you can              routes to careers that can be taken up as a postgraduate
choose to enter the workforce or undertake a second              degree after completing your bachelor‘s degree. For the
degree to achieve further specialisation. By continuing to       full list of courses available, visit
postgraduate studies, you could complete a higher-level          uwa.edu.au/study/professional-pathways
qualification with international recognition in less time
than some double degrees at other universities (Australian       Graduate Pathways
Qualifications Framework 2020).                                  You can also choose from almost 200 postgraduate
                                                                 courses after you complete your bachelor’s degree. To
                                                                 explore our full range of postgraduate courses, visit
                                                                 uwa.edu.au/study/postgraduate
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                        MINIMUM               BACHELOR’S
                                                                  POSTGRADUATE              CAREER
                          ATAR                  DEGREE

                                                CAREER
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     Combined Bachelor’s
              and Master’s
     Minimum ATAR 90 or equivalent, and
     any additional entry requirements
     Intake month February
     Completion 4 years full time

     The Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s (CBM) is a four-year accelerated program for high-performing students that
     will let you save on fees and enter the workforce sooner. Over your first three years, you’ll complete a double major in
     your chosen discipline, including a semester of more advanced study leading into a final full year at postgraduate level.
     On completion, you’ll be awarded both a full bachelor’s and a full master’s degree on an accelerated four-year (2.5 + 1.5)
     pathway. If you decide not to continue in the CBM, you can exit after three years with an advanced bachelor's degree in
     the study area of your double major. Note that the advanced bachelor's degree is available only as a CBM exit award; it is
     not offered for direct enrolment and is not awarded on completion of the CBM.

       Agribusiness Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s

       Bachelor of Science (Agricultural          Choice of the following Master of Agricultural Science specialisations:
       Science and Agribusiness Double Major)     • Agricultural Economics
                                                  • Agribusiness

       Agricultural Economics Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s

       Bachelor of Science (Agricultural          •   Master of Agricultural Economics
       Science and Agribusiness Double Major)

       Agricultural Science Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s

       Bachelor of Science (Agricultural          Choice of the following Master of Agricultural Science specialisations:
       Science and Technology Double Major)       • Agricultural Technology
                                                  • Crop and Livestock
                                                  • Genetics and Breeding
                                                  • Integrated Pest Management
                                                  • Soil Science and Plant Nutrition

       Biochemistry of Nutrition Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s
       Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry of       Choice of the following Master of Biomedical Science specialisations:
       Nutrition Double Major)                    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
                                                  • The Science of Food
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Biological Science Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s

Bachelor of Science (Wildlife           Choice of the following Master of Biological Science specialisations:
Conservation Double Major)              • Conservation Biology
                                        • Zoology

Biotechnology Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s

Bachelor of Science (Molecular Life     Choice of the following Master of Biotechnology specialisations:
Sciences Double Major)                  • AQUAtech
                                        • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
                                        • Environmental and Agricultural Biotechnology
                                        • Genetics and Genomics
                                        • Synthetic Biology

Earth and Marine Sciences Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s

Bachelor of Science (Integrated Earth   •   Master of Geoscience
and Marine Sciences Double Major)

Economics Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s

Bachelor of Economics (Professional     •   Master of Economics
Economics Double Major)

Environmental Science Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s

Bachelor of Science (Environmental      Choice of the following Master of Environmental Science specialisations:
Science and Management Double           • Catchments and Water
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Major)                                  • Environmental Economics
                                        • Environmental Management
                                        • Environmental Rehabilitation
                                        • Sensing and Spatial Data Science

Marine Science Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s

Bachelor of Science (Marine Science     Choice of the following master’s degrees:
Double Major)                           • Master of Biological Science (Marine Biology specialisation)
                                        • Master of Environmental Science (Marine and Coastal Processes specialisation)
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     Choosing what
               to study

        UWA offers a wide range of courses in 10 broad areas of study. With our undergraduate course
        structure, you can pair majors and additional units from different study areas, or focus strongly on
        one area of interest. The choice is yours.

       I am interested in…                          I'd like a career in …            Study areas to explore

       Exploring environmental issues, food         •   Agriculture                   Agriculture, Environmental and
       security and sustainability                  •   Biotechnology                 Biological Sciences
                                                    •   Conservation (Wildlife and    Advances in technology and science are
                                                        Environmental)                transforming our world at an incredible
                                                    •   Environmental Management      pace. Join us and tackle global, regional
                                                    •   Natural Resource Management   and local issues to make the world a
                                                    •   Policy                        better place.

       Creating sustainable built environments      •   Architecture                  Architecture, Design and Planning
                                                    •   Landscape Design              Be part of a collaboration of creative and
                                                    •   Urban Design                  strategic thinkers who come together
                                                    •   Environmental Planning        to push the boundaries of knowledge,
                                                    •   Regional Planning             culture, habitats and landscapes.

       Becoming an entrepreneur, launching          •   Accounting
       businesses and fostering innovation          •   Business
                                                    •   Economics
                                                    •   Marketing                     Business and Law
                                                    •   Human Resources               Develop your analytical, communication
                                                    •   Management                    and problem-solving skills, and the
                                                    •   Finance                       knowledge and real-world experiences
                                                                                      to prepare you for a career in business,
       Fighting for social justice, and improving   •   Law                           government or not-for-profit sectors.
       access to legal services                     •   Legal Practice
                                                    •   Policy
                                                    •   Criminology

       Cybersecurity, making and breaking           •   Cybersecurity                 Data and Computer Science
       technology, and society’s interaction with   •   Data Science                  Drive businesses forward, shape societies
       the digital world                            •   Artificial Intelligence       and find solutions to big challenges
                                                    •   Automation                    through data and technology.
                                                    •   App and Tech Development
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Shaping the future of children through       •   Teaching                             Education
teaching and lifelong learning               •   Education                            Help young people achieve their full
                                             •   Corporate Training                   potential. Join a university at the forefront
                                                                                      of teacher education and ignite your
                                                                                      passion to educate and inspire a love of
                                                                                      learning in others.

Thinking outside the box and finding         •   Engineering (Chemical,               Engineering
solutions to complex challenges                  Biomedical, Mechanical, Civil,       Are you keen to tackle global challenges
                                                 Electrical and Electronic, Mining,   through engineering innovation? Embark
                                                 Software)                            on an engineering pathway and gain
                                             •   Automation and Robotics              the skills needed to meet future global
                                                                                      needs – from creating some of the world’s
                                                                                      biggest buildings to designing minuscule
                                                                                      electronic devices to make a large impact.

Understanding global pandemics,              •   Medical Research
solving complex problems and finding         •   Biotechnology
cures for disease
                                                                                      Health and Biomedical Sciences
Caring for people and improving the          •   Health                               If you want to advance the health and
health of individuals and communities        •   Medicine                             wellbeing of communities, join WA’s top
                                             •   Exercise Rehabilitation              university for Clinical Medicine (ARWU
                                             •   Pharmacy                             2020). Or if you’re passionate about
                                             •   Public Health                        biomedical sciences, you can join us in
                                             •   Nutrition                            delivering knowledge and discoveries to
                                             •   Sports Management                    guarantee our healthy futures.

Understanding the mind and human             •   Psychology
behaviour

Travel, learning new languages, and          •   Politics                             Humanities and Social Sciences
cultural studies                             •   Teaching                             Power lifelong career success in any field,
                                             •   Communications                       with transferable skills in critical thinking,
                                             •   Foreign Affairs                      communicating and influencing.
                                             •   Policy

Creating ideas, content, music or art        •   Music                                Music and Fine Arts
                                             •   Art                                  Learn from leading arts professionals and
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                                             •   Teaching                             release your full creative potential.

The abstract science of numbers and the      •   Data Scientist                       Physical Sciences and Mathematics
natural phenomena of the Earth and all its   •   Physicist                            If you’re a natural problem-solver,
processes and components                     •   Statistician                         develop your skills to tackle the fast-
                                             •   Aerospace and Defence                paced challenges in today’s world and
                                             •   Nanotechnology                       prepare yourself for an interesting and
                                             •   Chemistry                            rewarding career in a growing space.
                                             •   Mining
                                             •   Petroleum
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     Agricultural, Environmental
     and Biological Sciences
        From studying microorganisms to
        optimising industrial farms and restoring
        damaged environments, these majors
        encompass diverse areas of science.

     Agricultural Science provides the technology and               Top five reasons to study Agriculture,
     research for sustainable, profitable and ethical food          Environmental and Biological Sciences
     production worldwide. It focuses on the multidisciplinary      at UWA
     challenges facing the global community: a rapidly growing      • UWA is ranked 1st in Australia for Agricultural
     population, changing climate, and limited land and               Sciences and Environmental Science and Engineering
     freshwater resources, which all impact on the ability of         (ARWU 2020).
     agriculture to meet demand.                                    • Our Faculty of Science is home to a wide range
                                                                      of facilities that support world-class research and
     Environmental Science assesses the impact of human               teaching activities to ensure hands-on learning.
     activity on the global environment, and develops scientific,   • We collaborate with industry, government agencies
     risk-focused solutions to help secure a sustainable future.      and universities worldwide to offer diverse education
     By choosing to major in Environmental Science, you’ll            and forge meaningful partnerships.
     help develop solutions to issues such as climate change,       • You’ll learn from award-winning researchers and
     carbon trading, greenhouse gas emissions, water-resource         academics who are experts in their field.
     management, salinity and deforestation.                        • There is a number of prestigious scholarships available
                                                                      to domestic and international students, offered by
     Biological Science focuses on understanding the                  UWA and the Faculty of Science.
     Earth’s species and the ecosystems in which they live, to
     better value and protect life on our planet. As well
     as providing understanding of how microorganisms,
     fungi, plants and animals grow, adapt, communicate,
     reproduce and evolve, it also gives clues to advance food
     production, the treatment of plant and animal diseases,
     and medical science.
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                             Plant Growth Facility
                             The UWA Plant Growth Facility (PGF) provides a high-quality, functional and practical
                             growing site for carrying out experiments under controlled conditions. Users are able to
                             control light quality, temperature, water, nutrients and soil composition while eliminating
                             the variability found in nature.

                             The PGF consists of 19 greenhouses, 8 phytotrons, 29 plant-growth rooms and 8 plant-growth
                             cabinets. Other facilities include an autoclave, soil-storage areas and sterilisation equipment,
                             ancillary equipment storage spaces and a deionised water production facility.

         #1                        #1                     #22
   IN AUSTRALIA AND        IN AUSTRALIA AND
  17TH IN THE WORLD        21ST IN THE WORLD         IN THE WORLD FOR
  FOR AGRICULTURAL        FOR ENVIRONMENTAL           OCEANOGRAPHY

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       SCIENCES               SCIENCE AND
                             ENGINEERING
       (ARWU 2020)               (ARWU 2020)              (ARWU 2020)

After graduating, you could choose to enter a career or specialise further with our postgraduate courses in Agricultural
Science, Biological Science, Environmental Science, Geoscience, Hydrogeology, Ocean Leadership and more.

                            “I’m passionate about environmental science, and getting to share
                            that with students and see them develop their own interests and
                            careers is a real privilege. It’s great to watch as they build their
                            knowledge and future careers.”
                            DR TALITHA SANTINI
                            SENIOR LECTURER IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AT UWA
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     Agribusiness                                                  Agricultural Science

     CAREER OPPORTUNITIES                                          CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
     Policy analyst, commodity trade analyst,                      Agricultural scientist, environmental consultant,
     production supervisor                                         environmental manager

     Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours)            Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours)

     Agribusiness encompasses the entire food production           Australia's agricultural industry is a key part of the world's
     process, from business activities involved in production,     food supply system. The challenges of a rapidly growing
     financing and processing to marketing of food and fibre in    population, climate change, and the limitations of land and
     order to feed a growing population. This major will prepare   fresh water all impact on the ability of agriculture to meet the
     you to apply business and economic principles to address      demand for food, fibre and fuel. As part of the Agricultural
     global challenges in food security, farming systems and       Science major, you'll investigate how to address this demand
     evolving consumer markets.                                    by developing an understanding of the complex factors that
                                                                   shape agricultural systems. Agricultural Science provides
     Why study this course                                         the research, technology and information for the sustainable
     • Build the knowledge and professional work skills you        and ethical development of the agricultural industry. Your
        need to contribute solutions to issues of food security    studies will include soil science, genetics, cropping systems,
        and global food production                                 soil–plant interaction, livestock production, agricultural
     • Explore different facets of the agricultural industry,      economics and grain marketing.
        such as international trade, business management,
        marketing, policy formation and more                       Why study this course
     • Learn the business and economics behind assuming            • There is a high demand for skilled agriculture graduates
        managerial and leadership roles in the field                  with a strong science background
                                                                   • UWA aims to contribute to sustainable food production
     You’ll learn to                                               • UWA is ranked 1st in Australia for Agricultural Sciences
     • demonstrate a fluency with the factors and conditions          (ARWU 2020)
        affecting the agricultural industry
     • build practical and transferable skills in management,      You’ll learn to
        teamwork, critical thinking and communication directed     • be critical thinkers who are scientifically skilled and able
        toward the strategies needed to implement growth and          to address global challenges such as climate change
        sustainability in the agri-food and farming sectors           and increasing demand for food and fibre
     • apply skills and knowledge to real-world scenarios in       • assess how climate, soils, plants, animals and farm
        agricultural planning, distribution and innovation            management practices influence agricultural production
                                                                   • evaluate how agricultural trade and commodity
     Trending second majors: Agricultural Technology;                 marketing can be applied to manage price risk
     Environmental Management; Marketing;
     Engineering Science                                           Trending second majors: Environmental Science;
     Prerequisites:                                                Engineering Science; Botany; Chemistry
     • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics                     Prerequisites:
        Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in         • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics
        the first year                                                Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in
     • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two                the first year
        first-year mathematics units                               • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two
                                                                      first-year mathematics units
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                                                                   • Chemistry ATAR OR a chemistry unit taken in the
     handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/agribusiness                          first year

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Agricultural Science and                                          Agricultural Science and
Agribusiness (Double Major)                                       Technology (Double Major)
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES                                              CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Agricultural scientist, policy analyst, commodity                 Agricultural consultant, researcher, AgTech professional
trade analyst

Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours)                Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours)

The global population is increasing, and with it comes the        There is a critical need to produce food and fibre more
need for a profitable and economically viable agribusiness        efficiently and in a more sustainable manner. There are
sector to meet the food and fibre demand of humanity.             currently rapid changes in the agricultural sector, largely
This double major will combine practical business skills with     due to developments in agricultural technology (digital
your interests in agriculture to tackle the global challenge of   agriculture). This double major provides knowledge in
creating a sustainable food future.                               both the traditional agricultural science areas as well as the
                                                                  emerging data-intensive agricultural technologies.
Why study this course
• Gain the professional skills and knowledge expertise            Why study this course
   that shape global agricultural production                      • Agricultural technology ('AgTech') is rapidly developing
• With continued world population growth, job                        and there is a high demand for graduates, especially
   opportunities associated with the science, economics              those who are also skilled in agricultural science
   and business of agriculture, continue to expand                • UWA aims to contribute to sustainable food production
• Learn the science underlying animal husbandry and               • UWA is ranked 1st in Australia for Agricultural Sciences
   crop systems and apply business strategies to capitalise          (ARWU 2020)
   on innovation and cutting-edge best practice
                                                                  You’ll learn to
You’ll learn to                                                   • integrate agricultural knowledge with skills in
• obtain a focused expertise on the physical and social              geographic information systems (GIS), programming
   sciences of the agricultural sector, including economics          and data analysis to guide decision making for
   and marketing, agribusiness finance, principles of                improved agricultural productivity

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   agribusiness management, farm management, crop                 • be critical thinkers who are scientifically skilled and able
   and animal production, soil science and genetics                  to address global challenges such as climate change
• research and apply principles associated with clean,               and increasing demand for food and fibre
   ethical and sustainable production                             • assess how climate, soils, plants, animals and farm
• develop hands-on, transferable scientific and business             management practices influence agricultural production
   skills for attractive employability across the spectrum of     • evaluate how agricultural trade and commodity
   the agricultural industry                                         marketing can be applied to manage price risk

Prerequisites:                                                    Prerequisites:
• Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics                         • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics
   Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in                Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in
   the first year                                                    the first year
• Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two                 • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two
   first-year mathematics units                                      first-year mathematics units
• Chemistry ATAR OR a chemistry unit taken in the                 • Chemistry ATAR OR a chemistry unit taken in the
   first year                                                        first year

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     Agricultural Technology                                          Botany

     CAREER OPPORTUNITIES                                             CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
     Agricultural adviser, AgTech professional,                       Research scientist, environmental consultant, horticulturalist
     agricultural researcher

     Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours)               Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours)

     Agricultural technology is transforming the agricultural         Botanists study how plants evolve and adapt to changing
     sector. This data-intensive technology has the potential         climates and environments and have a proactive role
     to significantly increase food production, effectively,          in mitigating the loss of biodiversity. Botany is an ideal
     efficiently and sustainably. The Agricultural Technology         major if you are enthusiastic about Western Australia's
     major provides a broad agricultural background along             unique native flora or agricultural crops, and are interested
     with the necessary skills in data management and analysis,       in addressing current and future threats to plant
     geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing.         conservation and sustainability.
     You'll learn how to integrate this information to develop
     strategies for agricultural and farming systems.                 Why study this course
                                                                      • UWA is ranked 1st in Australia and in the world’s top 50
     Why study this course                                               for Biological Sciences (ARWU 2020)
     • Agricultural technology ('AgTech') is rapidly developing       • It’s perfect if you are enthusiastic about Western
        and there is high demand for graduates who are skilled           Australia’s unique native flora or agricultural crops, and
        in this area                                                     are interested in addressing current and future threats
     • UWA aims to contribute to sustainable food production             to plant conservation and sustainability
     • UWA is ranked 1st in Australia for Agricultural Sciences       • There are up to three overnight field trips on which
        (ARWU 2020)                                                      you’ll get the chance to apply your knowledge in
                                                                         real-life situations
     You’ll learn to
     • integrate agricultural knowledge with skills in                You’ll learn to
        geographic information systems (GIS), programming             • understand plant structure, function, diversity
        and data analysis, to guide decision making for                  and evolution
        improved agricultural productivity                            • appreciate the pivotal relationship between plants and
     • be a critical thinker who is scientifically skilled and able      their environment
        to address global challenges such as climate change           • demonstrate a knowledge of basic plant processes at
        and increasing demand for food and fibre                         different levels of organisation, including cells, tissues,
     • show knowledge of farming in Western Australia                    organs, organisms, populations and communities
        and skills to assess agricultural systems using               • be conversant in the terminology, issues and practice
        scientific methods                                               of the core principles of botany: diversity, ecology,
                                                                         genetics and evolution, and physiology
     Trending second majors: Agribusiness; Business; Finance
     Prerequisites:                                                   Trending second majors: Conservation Biology;
     • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics                        Zoology; Genetics
        Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in            Prerequisites:
        the first year                                                • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics
     • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two                   Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in
        first-year mathematics units                                     the first year
     • Chemistry ATAR OR a chemistry unit taken in the                • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two
        first year                                                       first-year mathematics units
                                                                      Recommended subject: Chemistry ATAR
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Conservation Biology                                            Environmental
                                                                Management
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES                                            CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Conservation officer, environmental consultant,                 Environmental consultant, conservation planner,
research scientist                                              environmental policy analyst

Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours)              Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours)

Conservation biologists work to prevent the extinction          With growing populations globally, managing our
of the world’s plant and animal species. This is the ideal      environment and natural resources is becoming more
major if you are interested in fieldwork and want to            important than ever. In this major, you’ll learn how to apply
help mitigate the increasing pressure on the world’s            scientific, economic, policy and social analysis to help
ecosystems by actively participating in the management          society make better decisions to protect the environment.
and research of threatened species and communities, as          If you want to play a role in the future of our environment,
well as understanding the principles and policies behind        you’ll be well-suited to study this major
their recovery.
                                                                Why study this course
Why study this course                                           • UWA Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy
• UWA is ranked 1st in Australia and in the world’s top 50         is a recognised centre of excellence for the impact of its
   for Biological Sciences (ARWU 2020)                             environmental policy analysis
• Study near the South West of Western Australia,               • UWA is 1st in Australia and 21st in the world for
   one of the world’s 25 ‘biodiversity hotspots’                   Environmental Science and Engineering (ARWU 2020)
   (Conservation International)                                 • You’ll learn to help society resolve conflicts caused by
• Apply your knowledge in real-life situations on field trips      the increasing demands of growing populations on the
                                                                   environment and natural resources, including problems
You’ll learn to                                                    like climate change and biodiversity loss
• understand global biodiversity and its distribution, and
   the evolutionary history of biodiversity in Australia        You’ll learn to

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• appreciate the relationship between species biology           • integrate science, economics and social science
   and ecology and vulnerability to environmental change           to guide decision making with respect to human
• discuss major threats to biodiversity, their causes, and         intervention in the environment
   management, and research to mitigate them                    • demonstrate the knowledge to manage and
• explain the role of different stakeholders in shaping            rehabilitate environmental systems
   policy and decision making                                   • analyse environmental policies from an economic and
• demonstrate the analytical and communication skills              social science perspective
   for modern conservation research                             • apply economic principles to environmental
                                                                   management decisions
Trending second majors: Genetics; Botany;
Environmental Science; Marine Biology                           Trending second majors: Geology; Engineering Science;
Prerequisites:                                                  Conservation Biology
• Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics                       Prerequisites:
   Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in           • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics
   the first year                                                  Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in
• Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two                  the first year
   first-year mathematics units                                 • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two
Recommended subject: Chemistry ATAR                                first-year mathematics units

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     Environmental
                          Science
     CAREER OPPORTUNITIES                                                          You’ll learn to
     Environmental consultant, conservation officer,                               • demonstrate the skills and knowledge to assess
     environmental compliance officer                                                 environmental systems, using field, laboratory,
                                                                                      modelling and statistical methodologies
     Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours)                            • integrate ecological, physical and chemical processes
                                                                                      to guide decision making with respect to human
     Environmental Science assesses the impact of human                               intervention in the environment
     activity on the global environment and develops scientific,                   • demonstrate the knowledge to manage and
     risk-based solutions to help secure a sustainable future.                        rehabilitate disturbed systems such as natural and
     By choosing to major in Environmental Science, you'll                            agricultural catchments, post-mining landscapes,
     help to develop solutions to global environmental issues                         contaminated sites, urban environments, etc.
     including climate change, carbon trading, greenhouse
     gas emissions, water resource management, salinity,                           Trending second majors: Marine Biology; Marine and
     deforestation and others.                                                     Coastal Processes; Geology
                                                                                   Prerequisites:
     Why study this course                                                         • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics
     • UWA is 1st in Australia and 21st in the world for                              Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in
           Environmental Science and Engineering (ARWU 2020)                          the first year
     • Western Australia is home to a number of                                    • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two
           large companies in the mining, agriculture and                             first-year mathematics and statistics units
           environmental sector, leading to increasing demand for                  • Chemistry ATAR OR a chemistry unit taken in the
           highly qualified graduates in Environmental Science.                       first year
     • It is expected there will be 14,000 job openings in the
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           next five years, with weekly wages being higher than
           the average (joboutlook.gov.au)                                         handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/environmental-science

     Sample study plan
     Bachelor of Science with degree-specific major in Environmental Science and second major in Agricultural Science

                         Environmental Science          Communicating Science               Environmental                   Feeding the World
           SEM 1
                         and Technology                                                     Economics 1
     YR1

                         Science, Society and           Plant and Animal Biology            Structures and Systems          Environmental History
           SEM 2
                         Data Analysis
                         The Climate System             Soil Science                        Environmental                   Introductory Chemistry
           SEM 1
                                                                                            Economics 2
     YR2

                         Hydrology and Water            Geographic Information              Plants and Landscape            Pasture and Livestock
           SEM 2         Resource Management            Systems                             Systems                         Systems
                         Land Capability                Environmental Assessment            Soil-Plant Interactions         Agricultural Economics
           SEM 1         Assessment                                                                                         and Marketing
     YR3

                         Environmental Dynamics         Land Rehabilitation                 Crops and Cropping              Clean, Green and Ethical
           SEM 2                                                                            Systems                         Production

       
      Key:         Environmental Science degree-specific major   Agricultural Science second major   Broadening and elective units
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Environmental Science and                                        Geography
Management (Double Major)
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES                                             CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Environmental consultant, conservation officer, soil scientist   Environmental manager, spatial analyst, climate scientist

Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours)               Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours)

Environmental science assesses the impact of human               Geography is the science of place and space, standing
activity on the global environment and develops                  at the intersection of natural and social sciences.
scientific, risk-based solutions to help secure a sustainable    Geographers study the Earth’s landscapes, peoples,
future. As a student of the Environmental Science and            places and environments, and how these interact.
Management double major, you'll be trained to apply              Understanding contemporary urban and environmental
scientific, economic and regulatory knowledge to help            problems requires an appreciation of the interdependence
society resolve global conflicts such as climate change,         between human activities and the natural and cultural
deforestation and water pollution.                               environment. This major provides you with these insights,
                                                                 focusing on the major challenges facing our planet.
Why study this course
• UWA is ranked 1st in Australia for Environmental               Why study this course
   Science and Engineering (ARWU 2020)                           • Learn skills in a range of research techniques, including
• You’ll learn to help society resolve conflicts, caused            fieldwork, survey design, statistical analysis and spatial
   by the increasing demands of growing populations on              data analysis
   the environment                                               • Study in one of the world’s 25 biodiversity hotspots
• You can be a leader in environmental science and               • Gain hands-on experience in field research, group work
   policy analysis with good job opportunities and weekly           and leadership
   wages being higher than average (joboutlook.gov.au)
                                                                 You’ll learn to
You’ll learn to                                                  • understand the importance of spatial processes in
• develop skills and knowledge to assess environmental              shaping the nature of human and natural environments

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   systems, using field, laboratory, modelling and               • appreciate the complex relationships that exist
   statistical methodologies                                        between humans and the natural environment, and the
• integrate science, economics and social science                   ways in which these are manifested in spatial patterns
   to guide decision making with respect to human                   and processes
   intervention in the environment                               • develop methods for the investigation and
• analyse environmental policies from an economic and               interpretation of spatial patterns and processes in the
   social science perspective                                       natural and human environment

Prerequisites:                                                   Trending second majors: Environmental Science; Botany;
• Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics                        Agricultural Science
   Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in
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   the first year
• Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two                handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/geography
   first-year mathematics and statistics units
• Chemistry ATAR OR an chemistry unit taken in
   the first year

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     Integrated Earth and                                           Marine and Coastal
     Marine Sciences (Double Major)                                 Processes
     CAREER OPPORTUNITIES                                           CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
     Minerals explorer, petroleum explorer, energy geoscientist     Coastal and marine consultant, coastal planner, academic

     Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours)             Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours)

     This double major offers a research-led experience in          Coastlines globally face unprecedented threats from
     studying the Earth, from the planet’s early history to         continued development and climate change. Majoring
     its foreseeable future, and from the ocean floors to its       in Marine and Coastal Processes will provide you with
     highest mountains. You'll learn high-level skills in the       the understanding of how our coastal and marine
     collection and interpretation of geoscientific data, in both   environments operate such that you can apply this
     terrestrial and marine settings, as well as advanced data      knowledge to ensure coastal communities and marine
     analysis and synthesis techniques.                             ecosystems remain resilient in the future.

     Why study this course                                          Why study this course
     • Within Australia, this is the only major that integrates     • UWA is ranked 22nd in the world for Oceanography
        Earth and Marine Sciences, providing a unique set of          (ARWU 2020) and has brand new facilities and
        skills nationally                                             resources unique to Australia
     • UWA is ranked in the top 30 of global universities (QS       • Learning is led by UWA’s global experts who have
        2020) in this discipline, and students are connected          access to one of the largest pools of marine field
        with world-class research teams                               instrumentation in Australia used in units and field trips
     • This major will provide a high level of interdisciplinary    • This interdisciplinary major provides students with the
        skills for the nation’s future leaders in research and        knowledge required to develop solutions to the threats
        sustainable industry                                          facing our marine and coastal environments

     You’ll learn to                                                You’ll learn to
     • collect geoscientific data, on land, at sea and in           • use a range of techniques and instrumentation to
        the laboratory                                                collect data in the field and in the laboratory
     • analyse and interpret data in spatial and spatial-           • analyse, synthesise and interpret data that varies in
        temporal contexts                                             space and time
     • synthesise and integrate data across multiple scales         • integrate knowledge of marine and coastal processes
        of observation and over discipline boundaries                 and their links to biological processes in order to
     • understand the past and present processes of Earth,            address real-world problems
        and its planetary neighbours, from the deep interior
        to the atmosphere                                           Prerequisites:
                                                                    • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics
     Prerequisites:                                                   Applications ATAR with a mathematics units taken in
     • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics                        the first year
        Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in          • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two
        the first year                                                first-year mathematics units
     • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two
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        first-year mathematics units
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                                                                    processes
     sciences-double-major

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Marine Biology                                              Marine Science
                                                            (Double Major)

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES                                        CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Marine environmental consultant, marine conservationist,    Marine environment consultant, coastal planner, marine
academic                                                    conservationist

Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours)          Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours)

Marine biology is the study of marine organisms, and        This double major will expose you to the full breadth of the
their behaviours and interactions with the environment.     marine science discipline, allowing deeper understanding
If you’re fascinated by our amazing marine life and         of both the physical and biological components through
the coastal environments in which they live, then this      the Marine Biology and Coastal Processes majors.
major is for you. With complex issues such as climate       Western Australia's coastline is a biodiversity hotspot with
change, growing populations, food production and            up to 80 per cent of marine life found nowhere else in the
depleting natural resources, the need for marine science    world, making it the ideal living laboratory for your studies.
professionals continues to grow.
                                                            Why study this course
Why study this course                                       • UWA is ranked 29th in the world in Earth and Marine
• UWA is ranked 29th in the world in Earth and Marine          Sciences (QS 2020) and has brand new facilities and
  Sciences (QS 2020)                                           resources unique to Australia that are used across our
• Brand new facilities and resources unique to Australia       marine studies
  that are used across our marine studies                   • Learning is richly embedded with internationally
• Learning is richly embedded with internationally             recognised research, often led by UWA’s global
  recognised research, often led by UWA’s global experts       experts, encouraging research-based inquiry through
                                                               cutting-edge science
You’ll learn to                                             • This interdisciplinary major provides students with the
• use a range of contemporary techniques and                   knowledge required to develop solutions to the threats
  instrumentation to collect data in the field and in          facing our marine and coastal environments

                                                                                                                             Course Guide 2021–22 | Agriculture, Environmental and Biological Sciences
  the laboratory
• analyse, synthesise and interpret data that varies        You’ll learn to
  in space and time                                         • use a range of contemporary techniques and
• interpret patterns and integrate knowledge of physical       instrumentation to collect data in the field and in
  and biological processes to address real-world problems      the laboratory
                                                            • analyse, synthesise and interpret data that varies in
Trending second majors: Conservation Biology;                  space and time
Environmental Science; Zoology                              • interpret patterns and integrate knowledge of physical
Prerequisites:                                                 and biological processes to address real-world problems
• Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics
  Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in        Prerequisites:
  the first year                                            • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics
• Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two              Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in
  first-year mathematics units                                 the first year
• Chemistry ATAR OR a chemistry unit taken in the           • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two
  first year                                                   first-year mathematics units
                                                            • Chemistry ATAR OR a chemistry unit taken in the
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     Molecular Life Sciences                                                       Wildlife Conservation
     (Double Major)                                                                (Double Major)

     CAREER OPPORTUNITIES                                                          CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
     Agricultural scientist, animal scientist, biochemist                          Wildlife officer, conservation biologist, zoologist

     Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours)                            Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours)

     The Molecular Life Sciences double major will help you                        Focusing on unique Australian fauna, you’ll learn about
     develop a scientific understanding of the biochemistry,                       the processes leading to the exceptional biodiversity
     molecular biology and genetics of all living organisms. By                    that exists today, the threats facing this biodiversity and
     understanding how molecules are organised and interact                        the management strategies and policies that can be
     in living cells, you’ll also gain the tools to improve our                    used to limit, and in some cases reverse, the impact of
     quality of life. This may be through the development of                       these threats. You’ll be immersed in nature both in the
     new vaccines or advances in drought-resistant crops.                          classroom and out in the field.

     Why study this course                                                         Why study this course
     • Learn about the most recent advances in the molecular                       • Australia faces serious challenges to conserve its
        life sciences, how these affect our everyday lives and how                    threatened fauna and needs skilled graduates to
        we can use this knowledge to solve global challenges                          fill positions in state management agencies and an
     • Learn through hands-on laboratories while also                                 expanding number of conservation NGOs
        gaining skills in data analysis and interpretation and                     • Australia's fauna is megadiverse, and Western Australia
        critical thinking                                                             is home to almost half our animal species
     • Develop a solid foundation in molecular life sciences                       • UWA is ranked first in Australia and 34th in the world for
        with professional and transferable skills that open                           Biological Sciences (ARWU 2020)
        up many exciting possibilities for future career
        development and/or study                                                   You’ll learn to
                                                                                   • recognise threatened animal species and the
     You’ll learn to                                                                  functioning ecosystems that they require for survival
     • demonstrate a profound understanding of the                                 • understand patterns of global biodiversity and the
        theoretical basis of biochemistry, molecular biology,                         evolutionary history of biodiversity in Australia
        genetics in animals, plants and microorganisms                             • appreciate the relationships between an animal's
     • gain technical competency and practical skills to                              biology, ecology and physiology and its vulnerability to
        master state-of-the-art molecular techniques                                  environmental change.
     • develop and demonstrate your skills in critical thinking,                   • discuss major threats to biodiversity, their causes, and
        experimental design, data analysis and interpretation                         the management and research to mitigate them

     Prerequisites:                                                                Prerequisites:
     • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics                                     • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics
        Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in                            Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in
        the first year                                                                the first year
     • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two                             • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two
        first-year mathematics units                                                  first-year mathematics units
     • Chemistry ATAR OR a chemistry unit taken in the
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        first year*
     Recommended subjects: Chemistry ATAR and Biology or                           handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/wildlife-conservation
     Human Biology ATAR

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     * Mid-year applicants must have Chemistry ATAR and Biology or Human Biology
       ATAR to complete their degree in three years.
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