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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) 12 credit points of 3000-level minor core units

Pathway through the Minor
First Year

The core units in first year Biology, Life and Evolution (BIOL1XX6) and From Molecules to Ecosystems (BIOL1XX7), provide students with an understanding of the concepts that are central to Wildlife Conservation. These units will provide a broader context within which these concepts can be interpreted, including the scientific framework, hypothesis testing, and experimental design.

Second Year

In the second year, Biology Experimental Design and Analysis (BIOL2X22) provides students with sufficient background to design complex ecological and evolutionary experiments in the field, including multifactorial experiments, and to analyse and interpret their data. Ecology and Conservation (BIOL2X24) builds on the broad introduction to Wildlife Conservation in the first year.

Third Year

AVBS3004 Wildlife Conservation and BIOL3X07 Ecology

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.

Contact and further information


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School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Level 5, Carslaw Building F07
University of Sydney NSW 2006
Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from Wildlife Conservation will be able to:

  1. Exhibit a coherent body of knowledge in ecology, wildlife biology and conservation.
  2. Integrate understandings from ecology to describe and explain their role in wildlife conservation.
  3. Source, collate, synthesise and critically evaluate information in wildlife biology and conservation from a range of relevant sources.
  4. Design and plan experimental investigations to explore issues in wildlife conservation.
  5. Use statistical tools and concepts to analyse and interpret wildlife and conservation data.
  6. Communicate concepts and findings in wildlife conservation in written reports and using evidence from experiments in the literature.
  7. Analyse wildlife conservation issues, for individual species to global populations and communities.