The combined Zoology and Animal Science Degree at Western Sydney University provides you with hands-on experience and a range of skills including specialist knowledge of wildlife and domesticated animals, practical skills, the ability to think critically and solve problems.
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This combined degree recognises the increasing demand for scientific knowledge about how to conserve and protect wildlife, as well as develop deeper understanding of the interactions between people and animals.
Career opportunities exist in a range of areas including zoological research, environmental management and consulting, wildlife biology, government quarantine, agriculture, museums, and universities, as well as, international opportunities.
On-campus animal facilities include those for reptiles, small marsupials, small rodents, horses, sheep and cattle, as well as over 1,000 hectares of native, rural and aquatic habitats.
Our course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.
This major will equip students with the background knowledge and training to work in marine environments, to learn skills in inquiry and problem solving, so that they can contribute beneficially to management and/or conservation of waterways and oceans and the biodiversity within them.
This major equips students with skills in fundamental biology, in the ecology of populations and communities, in population genetics and in the legal conservation framework to enable them to work in this area.
This major in Environmental Consulting prepares graduates for jobs in environmental consulting companies, government environmental offices, land and water management agencies or non-government organisations.
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As a Zoology and Animal Science graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Animal care and husbandry, nutrition, reproductive technology, genetics, behaviour, and physiology
- Zoological research
- Natural resource management
- Museums and universities
- Veterinary-related areas
- Wildlife biology
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 Scientist
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 course (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 course 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 course past the normal finish date of the course 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 courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.