Monash University

Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirements; 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 2015 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.


This area of study provides specialist training in tropical environmental biology with a particular emphasis on techniques and field skills relevant to the study, conservation and management of tropical environments. Units offer a Southeast Asian perspective, enabling students to gain an appreciation for, and understanding of, tropical ecosystems in the region. Students study a range of topics including environmental science, tropical ecology, terrestrial and aquatic tropical biology, tropical environmental management 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 environmental biology, such as ecology, conservation, environmental management 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 environmental biology
  • demonstrate ethical, social and international understanding in the context of tropical environmental biology
  • communicate effectively, liaise and cooperate with others in a multidisciplinary setting and write professionally in the field of tropical environmental biology
  • assess and effectively manage occupational health and safety issues related to tropical environmental biology, particularly with respect to field work.


Level one

  • BIO1022 Biology II
  • ENV1800 Environmental science: A Southeast Asian perspective
  • MON1800 The sustainable planet

Level two

Level three

  • BIO3800 Tropical environmental management
  • BIO3810 Tropical aquatic biology
  • BIO3820 Tropical terrestrial biology
  • BTH3732 Environmental microbiology
  • CHM3960 Environmental chemistry
  • SCI3800 Science internship
  • SCI3990 Science in action research project

Sequence requirements

Minor in tropical environmental biology (24 points)

Major in tropical environmental biology (48 points)

Extended major in tropical environmental biology (72 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 Bachelor of Science (Honours).

Relevant courses

Single degrees

  • S2000 Bachelor of Science

Honours degrees

  • 0051 Bachelor of Science (Honours)