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Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Conservation Biology)

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324911

CRICOS 088769A

The Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Conservation Biology) offers students the core scientific knowledge and practical skills required for challenging careers in wildlife conservation and biodiversity management.

This program focuses on the practical application of science to solving the many urgent and confronting issues in wildlife conservation. Students emerge with a solid biological foundation on which they superimpose training in the ecology and management of wildlife in natural as well as human-altered environments.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 324911
    2015 Adelaide Approved Score 75
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Mid-year entry Yes
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2016. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2016 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2015 or 2014), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2014). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324911

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 088769A
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6 Reading 5.5 Listening 5.5 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 60 Reading 8 Listening 8 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 50 Reading 42 Listening 42 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 169 Reading 162 Listening 162 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 75
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 11
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 20
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] 80%
    SAT [US] 1200
    Abitur 3.4
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.5
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.78
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,775

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $31,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    As a graduate, you will be prepared for careers in the growing number of organisations that employ wildlife conservation practitioners and researchers, including:

    •  environmental consultancies for businesses in the primary industry sector
    •  non-government conservation and wildlife organisations
    •  government and regulatory offices
    •  academic research and teaching institutions.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    The Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Conservation Biology) offers a combination of theory and practical experience in the integrative disciplines of landscape ecology, wildlife genetics, endangered species biology and pest management.

    In second and third year, students engage with conservation-active University of Adelaide staff and our research partners to undertake specialist training in animal and plant identification and participate in meaningful field work linked to current long-term research and monitoring programs. These unique real-world experiences equip students with the practical and professional skills sought by public and private sector employers both in Australia and overseas.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year1S1 BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells
    (3 units)
    BIOLOGY 1401
    Concepts in Biology I
    (3 units)
    ABORIG 1001 Indigenous People, Country and Protocols
    (3 units)
    SCIENCE 1100 Principles and Practice of Science I
    (3 units)
    Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms
    (3 units)
    ENV BIOL 1002 Ecological Issues I
    (3 units)
    STATS 1004 Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences)
    [or Semester 1]
    (3 units)
    Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
    Year2S1 ENV BIOL 2500 Botany II
    (3 units)
    ENV BIOL 2503 Zoology II
    (3 units)
    ENV BIOL 2520 Animal ID (Wildlife Conservation)
    (3 units)
    Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 ENV BIOL 2502 Ecology II
    (3 units)
    ENV BIOL 2501 Evolutionary Biology II
    (3 units)
    ENV BIOL 2510 Plant ID (Wildlife Conservation)
    (3 units)
    Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    Year 3S1 ENV BIOL 3540 Research Methods in Wildlife Conservation III
    (3 units)
    ENV BIOL 3121 Concepts in Ecology III
    (3 units)
    Approved Level III Elective 4 x 3 units
    [Semester 1 or 2]
    S2 ENV BIOL 3570 Advanced Applications in Conservation Biology III (6 units)
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Last updated: Thursday, 17 Aug 2017