Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Conservation Biology)

Make a real impact

Wildlife is vanishing throughout the world. Many species will disappear during your working life.

Do you want to buck this trend and reverse imminent species loss? Our Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Conservation Biology) gives you the knowledge and skills to safeguard our ecosystems and protect the future of wildlife in crisis.   

What will you do?

This degree is hands-on and prepares you to become a conservation advocate in both theory and practise. You will:

  • split your time between the lab and the field as you learn to champion biodiversity conservation
  • use new technology, like drones and satellites to collect data and monitor habitats
  • conduct field research for real-life monitoring programs
  • build valuable industry connections with organisations—from Arid Recovery and BioR in South Australia to Conservation International
  • learn to identify plants and animals in natural settings
  • consider the social, political and economic constraints of the field
  • develop the skills to plan, execute and monitor habitat restoration programs for declining species.

Where could it take you?

Our conservation graduates go on to all sorts of exciting and rewarding careers. You might reconstruct local habitats or lead breeding programs in sanctuaries. You could monitor the movements of animals with satellite tracking and other remote techniques. Perhaps you’ll work in academia, researching your passion and inspiring the next generation of conservationists.  


  • Top 75 in world for Environmental Science*
  • #1 in South Australia for careers in Environmental Science**
  • 5-star for teaching quality in Environmental Science**

*Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject, 2021
**Good Universities Guide, 2021

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 324911
2021 CSP ATAR 65.35
2021 CSP IB 24
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 26
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 61
Median ATAR to receive an offer 75
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 93.7
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 65.35
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 80.4
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 98.7
Minimum eligibility score 65
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 324911

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
8 17.8%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
10 22.2%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
21 46.7%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
<5 N/A
International students N/A N/A
All students 45 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

Scholarships

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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Industry Placement

You’ll spend five days in the field at the multi-award winning Arid Recovery near Roxby Downs, learning to trap, handle and record data on small mammals and reptiles.

Plus, in your third year, you’ll do a capstone course which involves field-based research projects.

Potential careers

Land Resources and Land Care, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Conservation Scientist, Environmental Biologist, Environmental Consultant, Fisheries Researcher, Ecotour Operator, Environmental Manager, Geospatial Scientist, Wildlife Conservationist

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
Year1 S1 BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells
OR
BIOLOGY 1401
Concepts in Biology I
ABORIG 1001 Indigenous People, Country & Protocols SCIENCE 1400 Science or Fiction I Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
S2 BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms ENV BIOL 1002 Ecological Issues I STATS 1004 Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences)
[or Semester 1]
Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
Year2 S1 ENV BIOL 2500 Botany II ENV BIOL 2503 Zoology II ENV BIOL 2520 Animal Identification (Wildlife Conservation) II Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
S2 ENV BIOL 2502 Ecology II ENV BIOL 2501 Evolutionary Biology II ENV BIOL 2515 Plant Identification (Wildlife Conservation Biology) II Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
Year 3 S1 ENV BIOL 3540 Research Methods in Wildlife Conservation III ENV BIOL 3121 Concepts in Ecology III Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units

S2 ENV BIOL 3575 Advanced Applications in Conservation Biology III  ENV BIOL 3580 Conservation Biology III Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units

Testimonial

Biomedical Sciences is a challenging and enlightening degree that opens us to a wide variety of research opportunities. I'm naturally a curious person and I realised that research was the way to go. I eventually want to pursue a career in the field of microbiology and Immunology which include hands-on experience in diagnostics and infectious disease treatment.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 21 Sep 2021