Monash University

Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 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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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any 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 Joo Kheng


  • 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.

Learning outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific principles, concepts and skills in areas of science relevant to tropical biology, such as environmental science, ecology, conservation, and aquatic and terrestrial biology
  • demonstrate understanding of how biological processes differ between tropical regions and other latitudes due to the effects of climate
  • apply critical thinking, quantitative and qualitative field and laboratory research techniques and analytical skills to solve problems in tropical biology
  • demonstrate ethical, social and international understanding in the context of tropical biology
  • communicate effectively, liaise and cooperate with others in a multidisciplinary setting and write professionally in the field of tropical biology
  • assess and effectively manage occupational health and safety issues related to tropical biology, particularly with respect to field work.


Level one

  • BIO1022 Biology II
  • ENV1800 Environmental science: A Southeast Asian perspective

Level two

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

  • STA2216, 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