- Total units 48 Units
- Areas of interest Forestry, Environmental Studies, Zoology, Biodiversity Conservation
- Major code BIOD-MAJ
- Academic career Undergraduate
- Academic Contact Prof Philip Gibbons
The United Nations concluded that human actions threaten more species with extinction than ever before. Conserving biodiversity in the face of ongoing population growth, resource consumption and climate change represents a major challenge to society.
This major is intended for students that aspire to engage in evidence-based solutions to conserve biodiversity.
There is a focus in this major on:
- The key scientific principles that underpin biodiversity conservation.
- Developing field skills and applying cutting-edge techniques for collecting biodiversity data.
- Developing analytical skills that enable you to interpret and authoritatively critique biodiversity information.
- Applying these scientific principles and skills to develop evidence-based conservation policy and management.
This major offers field trips to several of The Australian National University’s long-term research sites around Australia, interactions with practicing professionals and opportunities to obtain practical experience that will improve your employment opportunities in areas such as park and reserve management, threatened species conservation, managing pest plants and animals, environmental impact assessment, or restoration and rehabilitation of degraded lands.
Define and explain biodiversity for audiences ranging from the general public to the scientific community.
Articulate why conserving biodiversity is important.
Apply key concepts that underpin the conservation of biodiversity at the level of genes, species and ecosystems.
Design and implement practical strategies to measure and monitor biodiversity.
Analyse, interpret and critique data used to evaluate biodiversity and the impacts of human activities on biodiversity.
Identify management and policy options to conserve biodiversity in a range of circumstances.
What first year courses should you enrol in: Most courses do not require prerequisites outside of the major. However, you are strongly advised to enrol in ENVS1003 Intro to Environmental and Social Research and BIOL1003 Ecology, Evolution and Genetics in your first year, as these courses are prerequisites for several later courses in the major and therefore will provide you with more options as you progress through the major.
- The courses from which to choose for this major are grouped into key themes: (1) core concepts; (2) conservation sciences; (3) quantitative and spatial skills; (4) conservation management and policy; and (5) field-based skills.
- There are two optional themes provided as advice only: one focused on the conservation sciences (e.g., ecology, zoology, genetics) and the other focused on quantitative and spatial skills (e.g., data analysis, GIS). You can focus on one of these themes or mix subjects from both themes. Regardless of your interests, we strongly encourage you to complete ENVS2015 GIS and Spatial Analysis as this is a core skill that is often expected in this discipline.
- For students taking BIOL3208 or ANIP3003 or SCNC3000 as part of this major, the research project or internship must be in the field of biodiversity conservation.
Students with any questions should seek further advice from the academic convener of the Biodiversity Conservation major.
This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:
18 units from completion of 3000-level Science courses from the lists below.
12 units from completion of courses providing the following list of Core Concepts:
ENVS1003 - Introduction to Environmental and Social Research (6 units)
ENVS1004 - Australia’s Environment (6 units)
BIOL1003 - Ecology, Evolution and Genetics (6 units)
BIOL1009 - Diversity of Life (6 units)
18 units from completion of the following Conservation Sciences and/or Quantitative and Spatial Skills courses from the following lists which must include:
A minimum of 6 units from completion of Conservation Sciences courses from the list below:
BIOL2114 - Evolution (6 units)
BIOL2131 - Ecology (6 units)
BIOL2151 - Genetics (6 units)
BIOL3131 - Behavioural Ecology (6 units)
BIOL3206 - Evolution of Biodiversity
BIOL3213 - Australian Wildlife
ENVS2001 - Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation & Landscape Ecology (6 unit)
A minimum of 6 units from completion of Quantitative and Spatial Skills courses from the list below:
BIOL2001 - Introduction to Quantitative Biology (6 units)
BIOL2202 - Experimental Design and Analysis in Biology (6 units)
ENVS2002 - Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring (6 units)
ENVS2015 - GIS and Spatial Analysis (6 units)
ENVS3014 - Ecological Assessment and Management (6 unit)
ENVS3019 - Advanced Remote Sensing & GIS
12 units from completion of Conservation Management and Policy courses from the list below:
ANIP3003 - Australian National Internships Program A (6 units)
BIOL3116 - Marine Conservation Ecology (6 units)
BIOL3178 - Recovering Threatened Species and Ecosystems (6 units)
ENVS3039 - Biodiversity Conservation (6 units)
ENVS3041 - Managing Forested Landscapes (6 units)
SCNC3000 - Science Internship (6-12 units)
6 units from completion of Field-based Skills courses from the following list:
BIOL2203 - Field Studies in Functional Ecology (6 units)
BIOL3132 - Field Studies in Behavioural Ecology (6 units)
BIOL3208 - Biology Research Project (6 units)
BIOL3303 - Advanced Field Studies in Functional Ecology (6 units)
EMSC3019 - Coral Reef Field Studies (6 units)
ENVS2018 - Environmental Science Field School (6 units)
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