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Wildlife Conservation

Study in Wildlife Conservation is offered by the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. Units of study in this minor are mostly available at standard and advanced level.

About the minor

The fields of Ecology and Evolution intersect at multiple levels and are critically relevant to real-world challenges, including Wildlife Conservation. Students will learn explicitly about evolutionary and ecological processes and how these influence the population dynamics of animals, plants, and other organisms. This knowledge forms the basis for the effective management and conservation of biodiversity, ecosystems, and habitats.

Requirements for completion

A minor in Wildlife Conservation requires 36 credit points, consisting of:

(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level core units
(iii) 6 credit points of 3000-level core units
(iv) 6 credit points of 3000-level selective units

Pathway through the major

The requirements for a minor in Wildlife Conservation are spread out over three years of the degree.

A sample pathway for the Wildlife Conservation minor is listed below.

Sample pathway: Wildlife Conservation minor (36 credit points)



Units of study


Semester 1

Core: BIOL1XX6 Life and Evolution

Semester 2

Core: BIOL1XX7 From Molecules to Ecosystems


Semester 2

Core: BIOL2X22 Biology Experimental Design and Analysis

Semester 2

Core: BIOL2X24 Ecology and Conservation


Semester 1 or 2

Core: AVBS3004 Wildlife Conservation

Semester 1 or 2

Selective: 3000-level units listed for major


Please Note. This sample progression is meant as an example only. Depending on unit prerequisites, students may be able to complete these units in a different sequence from that displayed in the table above.

For details of the core and selective units of study required for the minor please refer to the Wildlife Conservation section of the unit of study table, Table S, in this handbook.

Contact and further information


T +61 2 9036 5417

School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Level 5, Carslaw Building F07
University of Sydney NSW 2006
T +61 2 9351 4262

Professor Peter Banks
T +61 2 9351 2941

A/Professor Dieter Hochuli
T +61 2 9351 3992
Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from Wildlife Conservation will be able to:

  1. Use biological language to discuss, explain and apply ecological and evolutionary processes and their role in wildlife conservation.
  2. Independently identify and interpret ecological and evolutionary literature.
  3. Use statistical tools and concepts to analyse and interpret ecological and evolutionary data.
  4. Describe and explain the meaning of ecological and evolutionary experimental results within the context of the current literature.
  5. Communicate the objectives and hypotheses being tested in experimental investigations.
  6. Create coherent arguments in oral presentations and written reports using evidence from experiments and the literature.
  7. Analyse the effectiveness of species conservation strategies and conflicts from multiple perspectives.
  8. Analyse conservation issues using ecological and evolutionary principles from individual species to global populations and communities.