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

Course summary

Conservation Biology is the study of the Earth's biodiversity and is concerned with managing and protecting species and ecosystems. Conservation Biologists work with government and non-government agencies to explore the interaction of scientific research with policy and management to develop strategies to minimise the impact of humans on their environment.

The Bachelor of Conservation Biology (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) is a practical degree that will give you the knowledge and skills needed to become a conservation biologist and undertake postgraduate research. As a Dean’s Scholar, you will be invited to participate in networking, enrichment and mentoring opportunities that will give you a valuable edge when entering the job market. 

Your studies in biology, combined with subjects in chemistry and earth and environmental sciences in first year, lead to second year studies that provide you with an understanding of how organisms function, plant and animal ecology, and landscape science. In third year, your studies will focus on research training and experience in conservation biology and ecology, preparing you for Honours in fourth year, where you will expand your knowledge even further through targeted research.

Course information

Study area

Science

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1779

ATAR-SR

95

IB Score

37

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

084842G

UAC Code

757628

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 95 or an IB of 37. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

70

18

18

17

17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$16,056 (2021)

$128,448 (2021)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2020 (early bird), 5 February 2021 (final) (see UAC Key Dates).
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 24 December 2020*
  • International Applicants: 24 December 2020*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.

Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

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:

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. 

Note:

  • 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 
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn
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
Spring
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
Autumn
BIOL240 Biodiversity of Marine and Freshwater Organisms 6 Autumn
BIOL251 Principles of Ecology 6 Autumn
MATH151 General Mathematics 1A 6 Autumn, Summer 2020/2021
*MATH151 must be completed by any student who has not completed NSW HSC Mathematics or equivalent at Band 4 or higher.
Spring
BIOL241 Biodiversity of Terrestrial Organisms 6 Spring
BIOL252 Evolution and Behaviour 6 Spring
EESC207 Advanced Geospatial Analysis 6 Autumn, Spring
Plus subjects from the following list to give a total of 48 credit points for Year 2:
BIOL292 Special Biology Studies 6 Not available in 2020
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
SCIP211 Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences Research Internship 6 Annual, Autumn, Spring, Summer 2020/2021
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 2020/2021
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:
SCIP310 Advanced Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences Project 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2020/2021
EESC332 Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments 6 Not available in 2020
STAT335 Sample Surveys and Experimental Design 6 Autumn
BIOL363 Professional Skills in Ecology 6 Not available in 2020
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
BIOL416 Conservation Biology Project (Part-Time) 24 SMAH Annual

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.

Honours

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 Coursework Rules.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

Graduates qualify to apply for membership of relevant professional societies, such as the Ecological Society of Australia.

Why choose this course

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in Australia is becoming a fast-growing area creating new and increased job prospects. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is projected to increase by 10.2% from 2018 to 2023 reflecting ongoing strength in demand for the services of qualified and highly educated workers. Source: Employment Projections

Working in science requires real-world practical skills and contemporary knowledge. At UOW we're committed to 'enquiry-based learning' that teaches you to constantly seek out knowledge, analyse it and apply it in your chosen profession. We integrate technology into all our learning and teaching to ensure that you graduate equipped to excel in a constantly changing and technologically advanced world. You will participate in practical classes in our purpose-built Sciences Teaching Facility in the Science Precinct of the campus or out in the field, ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of tomorrow's employers.

UOW is expanding its science precinct with world-leading technologies for scientific research and our undergraduate learning is designed to be deeply integrated with cutting-edge research in chemistry, biology, life and earth sciences. Such advances bring disciplines together to tackle the world’s major 21st century challenges. The courses you take are taught by the scientists who are leading researchers. Thus the knowledge and skills that you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future.