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B73 Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)

The Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) is designed for students with a strong interest in the living world. The Biological Science Major covers such areas as cellular and molecular biology, genetics and evolution, zoology, botany, ecology and environmental science. Students also enrol in a Second Major of their choice. The course prepares graduates for professional employment in research, industry, teaching, government agencies and science-based businesses.



Standard University admission requirements apply

This course is available on Joondalup Campus.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following mode of delivery - On-campus.

The degree has three main components:

  1. A core program of eight units completed in the first year.
  2. A Major program consisting of eight units in Biological Sciences.
  3. A Second Major* chosen from the list below:

Conservation Biology

Environmental Chemistry**

Environmental Management

Catchment Management

Marine and Freshwater Management


* With permission of the course coordinator an eight-unit Supporting Major from a course offered by another school may be selected instead of a recommended Second Major.


** Students who choose Environmental Chemistry as their second major, will need to complete in their first year EITHER SCC1111 General Chemistry unit, OR SCC1123 Chemistry for the Life Sciences AND SCC1226 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry units.  For the latter option, students will need tosee their respective Course Coordinator.

Semester 1
SCC1123 Chemistry for the Life Sciences *** 15
SCI1181 Managing the Environment 15
SCI1182 Case Studies in Science 15
SCI1187 Form and Function in Biology 15
Semester 2
SCI1183 Origins and Evolution of Life 15
SCI1184 Australia's Physical Environment 15
SCI1185 Ecology 15
SCI1186 Understanding Pollution 15
*** Students who have TEE Chemistry may choose to take SCC1111 General Chemistry instead.

In years 2 and 3 students will take their Major in Biological Sciences (the SCB units below), as well as an eight-unit Second Major.
Semester 1
SCB2222 Cellular and Molecular Biology 15
SCB2322 Genetics and Evolution 15
Plus two units from their Second Major
Semester 2
SCB2423 Plant Diversity 15
SCB2424 Animal Diversity 15
Plus two units from their Second Major
Semester 1
SCB3322 Applications in Molecular Biology 15
SCB3523 Plant Physiology and Adaptation 15
Plus two units from their Second Major
Semester 2
SCB3201 Studies in Ecology 15
SCB3524 Comparative and Environmental Physiology 15
Plus two units from their Second Major

(as listed below)

MACBIOConservation Biology Major
MAECHMEnvironmental Chemistry Major
MAEMANEnvironmental Management Major
MACMANCatchment Management Major
MAMFMMarine and Freshwater Management Major
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 30/04/2009 VET: 30/04/2009