Bachelor of Science (Major: Biology)

School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus

Biology spans the breadth of knowledge and understanding that relates to all life and consequently is at the core of many significant scientific developments.  For example, the burden of an expanding global population is driving advances in biotechnology to increase food production. The major covers a diverse range of subjects – from pollution and ecotoxicology to animal diversity.

  • Why study this major?

    Employers want the skills you will develop in the Bachelor of Science. A strong emphasis on research in both the laboratory and the field ensures you will acquire the fundamental skills of scientific investigation such as data collection and analysis, critical thinking, problem solving and effective communication. These skills are just what is needed in the flexible workplace of the 21st century.

    By completing a Major in Biology you will be able to play a vital role in filling the gaps in society’s knowledge about species, ecosystems and environmental threats and contribute to the sustainable management of natural resources in Australia and elsewhere. Our Major in Biology is usually taken over three years of full-time study, with eight of the 24 courses being devoted to Biology. Courses include Aquatic Science, Pollution and Ecotoxicology, Animal Diversity and Microbiology.

    In addition to these courses, you will also be required to complete a Directed Science Research project which provides the opportunity for you to specialise in a particular area of interest and to develop additional fieldwork and problem-solving skills.

    Work Integrated Learning: as part of the Bachelor of Science degree, you will be required to undertake a Science Internship. This is a six-week industry placement in an area of employment related to your studies, which can lead to valuable contacts and employment opportunities.

  • Major summary

    Students must complete 200 units of credit, as follows:

    Students complete these EIGHT courses:

    • BIOL1250 Molecular and Cell Biology
    • BIOL2100 Animal Diversity
    • BIOL2260 Plant Diversity
    • BIOL3250 Aquatic Science
    • BIOL3000 Adaptations for Survival in the Australian Environment
    • ENVR2330 Australian Ecology: From Theory to Practice
    • HLTH2300 Microbiology
    • SCIE3290 Geographic Information Systems

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

    Here you can find full details of the courses on offer in 2020 and 2021.

    Please note: The availability of these courses is indicative only and may be subject to change.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24
    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University;

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • Honours

    An Honours award is available for this program.  Further information can be found in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) regulations, or by contacting the School of Arts & Sciences.

  • Career opportunities

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Health scientist
    • Environmental scientist
    • Non-government advisor
    • Political advocate
  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Science (Major: Biology), please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

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