Undergraduate - Area of Study

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Science component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Science
Offered bySchool of Science
CoordinatorDr Emily Goh


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


The sequence provides specialist training in tropical biology with a particular emphasis on techniques and field skills relevant to the study and conservation of tropical ecosystems. The sequence offers a Southeast Asian perspective, enabling students to gain an appreciation for, and understanding of, tropical environments in the region. Students study a range of topics including environmental science, ecology, terrestrial and aquatic tropical biology, and conservation of bioresources.


Upon completion of a major sequence in tropical biology, students will have:

  • a knowledge scientific principles, concepts and skills in areas of science relevant to tropical biology, such as environmental science, ecology, aquatic and terrestrial tropical biology, and conservation of bioresources
  • the skills to effectively communicate, liaise and cooperate with others in a multidisciplinary setting and to write professionally in the field of tropical biology
  • a knowledge of relevant quantitative and qualitative field and laboratory research techniques and analytical skills in tropical biology
  • have developed, in the context of the discipline, the graduate attributes of effective communication, quantitative literacy, information and communication literacy, inquiry and critical thinking, and ethical, social and international understanding
  • an awareness of occupational health and safety issues related to tropical biology, particularly with respect to field work
  • an appreciation of the role of tropical biology in science and society.


Level three

  • BIO3810 Tropical aquatic biology
  • BIO3820 Tropical terrestrial biology

Sequence requirements

Minor sequence in tropical biology (24 points)

Major sequence in tropical biology (48 points)

Requirements for honours in tropical biology

  • BIO3011, and 18 points of relevant level three units chosen from the list above

Additional information


Full details regarding the course structure for honours in this area of study are outlined in course 0051 Honours degree of Bachelor of Science.

Relevant courses

Single degrees

  • 0050 Bachelor of Science

Honours degrees

  • 0051 Honours degree of Bachelor of Science