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Science at Western
This major allows you to develop scientific understanding of how animals function and interact with their environment; from their ecology and evolution; to physiology and biochemistry of tissues and major organ systems, as well as structure and function of biomolecules and cells.
On-campus animal facilities include those for reptiles, small marsupials, small rodents, horses, sheep and cattle, as well as over 1000ha of native, rural and aquatic habitats.
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As a science graduate in zoology, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Animal nutrition
- Reproduction technology, genetics, behaviour and health
- Product development and physiology
- Scientific officer
- Science communicator
- Research scientist (with further study)
As a zoologist you will examine the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of animals and other living organisms to better understand how they function, interact with each other and their environment.
Employed as consultants or in industry, the role can involve testing nutritional value of foods, helping to maximise productivity without compromising the health of animals, formulating feed mixes, and testing new products.
Animal Genetics Specialist
This job involves being responsible for developing breeding programs for production animals. Working mainly in a laboratory setting, this career looks to improve inheritable trails and population genetics.
Animal behaviourists work with zoos, welfare organisations, government departments and the community including the tourism industry. They try to understand and explain animals behaviour and the welfare implications of their housing and environment.
With further study (Honours, Masters (Hon) or a PhD) you can also become a research scientist working across a diverse variety of areas employed by universities and research institutes. Working in the field or the laboratory bench, the scope of a research zoologist is vast.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.