Bachelor of Biodiversity and Conservation
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This degree combines biology with environmental and conservation management in a unique combination of subjects.
You will have the opportunity to combine ecology with units in biological sciences, conservation and biodiversity, environmental sciences and marine sciences. There is a strong focus on acquiring research and professional skills for application in environmental management and conservation.
Biodiversity is the study of biological variety and how this is understood and classified. Conservation biology is the study of how biological diversity can be conserved for the future, while Ecology is the study of plants, animals and micro-organisms in relation to each other and the environment.
- Macquarie University is the only university in NSW that offers a degree specialising in conservation biology.
- The degree has a strong research focus, and all units contain significant proportions of research material in the form of case studies, or reference to the teacher's own research.
- Students have the flexibility to construct a specific program of study tailored to their intended professional careers.
Macquarie's PACE program gives graduates real-world experience
Macquarie University knows today's graduates need more than just academic skills. That’s why its PACE program takes students out of the lecture theatre and places them in the heart of their chosen careers. PACE gives students invaluable life experience that sets them apart from other university graduates and, as a result, makes them better equipped for the real world and more attractive to employers.
Minimum course duration
3 years full-time
North Ryde (Sydney)
If you're interested in environmental issues, how biodiversity and abundance are related to environmental conditions, and how organisms in the environment interact.
- Recommended: Good knowledge of mathematics and chemistry (HSC Mathematics and HSC Chemistry; or international equivalents)
Introductory units and bridging courses are available for students without the recommended prior knowledge.
English language requirements
All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.
You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification
Work experience requirements
What you will study
|General requirements||Credit Points|
|Minimum number of credit points for the degree||69|
|Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above||39|
|Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above||18|
|Minimum number of credit points designated as science||42|
|Completion of a designated People unit|
|Completion of a designated Planet unit|
|Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below|
Specific minimum requirements:
The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this degree
|100 level||Credit Points|
|Required||BIOL114||Evolution and Biodiversity||3|
|Required||BIOL115||The Thread of Life||3|
|Required||either||STAT170||Introductory Statistics (3)|
|or||STAT171||Statistical Data Analysis (3)||3|
|Required||3cp from||ENV units at 100 level|
|ENVE units at 100 level|
|ENVG units at 100 level|
|GEOS units at 100 level||3|
|200 level||Credit Points|
|Required||BIOL235||Experimental Design and Data Analysis for Biology||3|
|Required||6cp from||BIOL208||Animal Structure and Function (3)|
|BIOL210||Plant Structure and Function (3)|
|300 level||Credit Points|
|Required||BIOL349||C||Biodiversity and Conservation||3|
|Required||12cp from||BIOL313||Plants: Cells to Ecosystems (3)|
|BIOL316||Invertebrates: Evolution, Behaviour and Diversity (3)|
|BIOL318||Birds of Australia (3)|
|BIOL334||Conservation and Ecological Genetics (3)|
|BIOL347||Plant Diversity and Conservation (3)|
|BIOL362||Freshwater Ecology (3)|
|BIOL368||Ecology and Evolution (3)|
|BIOL369||Vertebrate Evolution (3)|
|BIOL372||Marine Birds and Mammals (3)|
|BIOL373||Marine Ecology (3)||12|
|Balance of credit points required (Electives)||27|
|Total credit points required to satisfy this degree||69|
- biodiversity informatics adviser
- bio-prospector (eg for new pharmaceuticals)
- conservation policy maker
- environmental assessor
- environmental consultant
- land manager
- natural resource manager
- research scientist
- wildlife manager
- zoo captive breeding programs manager
- conservation agencies
- departments of agriculture
- departments of land and water conservation
- Environment Australia
- environmental protection agencies
- fisheries and forestry agencies
- national parks and wildlife services
- scientific research organisations
- state forests
- Sydney Bush Regeneration Co
- The Australian Museum
Jessie Giblett, Bachelor of Biodiversity and Conservation
"Studying at a university that shares my passion for conservation has proven a wonderful experience for me. The biodiversity and conservation course has fantastic and relevant subjects which are taught by staff who are friendly and enthusiastic. Not only have I learnt the relevant theory, I have also had the chance to apply varying techniques relevant to understanding and measuring biodiversity."