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Bachelor of Science (Ecology)

The University has one of the strongest ecological research groups in Australia working in marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecology, tropical and temperate ecosystems. Study areas include applications of remote sensing and geographical information systems (GIS), the use of molecular genetics in conservation biology, biodiversity assessment/sampling, environmental impact assessment and experimental ecology. Organisms studied include: endangered plants, marsupial pollinators, marine and arid land birds, invertebrates – from corals to ants and marine and freshwater fish.

Entry Requirements / Assumed Knowledge
New South Wales HSC University Admission Index (UAI) of 78 (or equivalent). The UAI is reviewed each year.

Assumed knowledge: Four units of science or four units comprising science and mathematics. Students who have not completed Chemistry and/or Biology at the HSC are strongly recommended to enrol in bridging courses offered in February each year. Students without at least Mathematics Band 4 may take a special Maths subject in the first year or consider early entry to complete this subject in Summer Session prior to commencement of the course.

Course Requirements
This is a prescribed program of study comprising core and optional subjects as set out below.

Course Program

Subjects   Credit Points
BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and the Environment 6
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6
EESC102 Earth Environments and Resources 6
EESC103 Landscape change and climatology 6
MATH187 Mathematics 1A Part 1 (or MATH141 or MATH161) 6
MATH188 Mathematics 1A Part 2 (or MATH142 or MATH162) 6
Plus 12 credit points of electives to be approved by the coordinator.
BIOL240 Functional Biology of Plants and Animals 6
BIOL241 Biodiversity: Classification and Sampling 6
BIOL251 Principles of Ecology and Evolution 6
EESC203 Biogeography & Environmental Change 6
EESC204 Introductory Spatial science 6
MATH111 Applied Mathematical Modelling 1 6
STAT231 Probability and Random variables 6
STAT232 Estimation and Hypothesis testing 6
One 6 credit point elective subject may be approved by the coordinator if MATH111 is taken in 1st year.
BIOL351 Conservation Biology: Marine and Terrestrial Populations 8
BIOL355 Marine and Terrestrial Ecology 8
EESC304 Geographic Information Science 8
EESC305 Remote Sensing of the Environment 8
STAT355 Sample Surveys and Experimental Design (with Project) 8
Plus one of the following
BIOL332 Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology 8
BIOL392 Advanced Biology Project 8
EESC302 Coastal Environments and Processes 8
MARE300 Fisheries and Aquaculture 8
Or other subjects approved by the Coordinator

Students with a good academic record, particularly in third year are encouraged to proceed to the Honours year in the discipline of their major. The Honours year is a fourth year of study that provides a training in independent research.

Other Information
For further information contact the Faculty of Science Office, 41.258, or telephone 42213481, web site: www.uow.edu.au/science

The Course Coordinator is Dr Kris French – School of Biological Sciences.


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