As the demand for animal conservation and protection grows, so too does our need to understand the science of how animals function and interact with their environment.
Western gives you access to on-campus animal facilities for reptiles, small marsupials and rodents, horses, sheep, and cattle, as well as more than 1,000 hectares of native, rural, and aquatic habitat.
Mid-Year Information Day
The Mid-Year Information Day is a great opportunity to speak one-on-one with our academics and advisors about the huge range of courses on offer, receive admissions assistance, and even apply on the day with help close by if you need it. You will be able to tour the campus and facilities with current students, experience campus life and speak with a range of student services.
The event will be held on Saturday, 18 May at our Parramatta City Campus. If you are interested in attending, please register below.
Study science. Major in discovery
The Bachelor of Science (Zoology) course explores ecology, evolution, physiology, growth, reproduction, genetics, and conservation biology. You will learn how to solve complex problems by working with students in other disciplines.
Specialise in areas like Marine Biology, Climate Change, Conservation Biology, Environmental Consulting, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology.
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 will equip students with knowledge and skills in fundamental biology and chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology to allow students to enter industrial or research-based employment in this area (biotech companies, pathology, quality assurance, university and hospital labs and scientific sales, government policy analysis). As this area has expanding knowledge and technologies, outcomes also include the ability to read, critique and evaluate emerging research with the view to becoming a life-long learner in the field. The outcomes of this major would support honours or masters level research in this area.
A factual understanding of climate, the components that go to make it up, and how climate has varied in the past, is essential for any person working in the climate change area. This unit will introduce students to the concept of climate, our understanding of how it works, and how it has changed through time. Topics in basic atmospheric science will give students a critical understanding of current environmental concerns and debates about the greenhouse effect and climate change, and the science behind greenhouse gas accounting. Students will be introduced to current atmosphere-related research at Western Sydney University and elsewhere.
The major in General Biology gives students a broad training in biology, with the opportunity to select a program that ranges across the scale from macro- to micro- to molecular level processes. Completion of the major meets the requirements for secondary school biology teaching (post-graduate study is required to qualify as a teacher).
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.
Fees and delivery
Fees: Varies depending on units selected. View available units in our handbook. We have developed a student contribution fee calculator to help you work out what your contribution amount is per unit.
Delivery: On campus
Fees: AUD $29,040*
Delivery: On campus
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As a Zoology graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Animal reproduction technology
- Animal health product development
- Animal physiology
- Natural resource management
- Science communication management
- Veterinary-related areas
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.
World class facilities. Hands on experience
Western gives you access to on-campus animal facilities for reptiles, small marsupials and rodents, horses, sheep and cattle, as well as more than 1,000 hectares of native, rural, and aquatic habitat.
Depending on your units, when you graduate you can apply for membership of one or more professional societies, including the Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Australasian Wildlife Management Society, Australian Mammal Society, Australasian Wildlife Disease Association, World Aquaculture Society, and the Zoological Society of London, among others.
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Further study options
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.