Zoology Single Major
Part of the Bachelors of Commerce/Science program
Commencing semesters, 2017
School of Biological Sciences
Why study Zoology?
Zoology is a branch of biology that deals with the scientific study of animals. Fundamental to this science is an appreciation and understanding of animal evolution and diversity, gained through research into aspects of the morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology of animals.
Zoologists explore the relationships and interactions of animals with their physical and biological environments at individual, population, community and ecosystem levels, and utilise modern comparative and experimental approaches to investigate the evolution and diversity of animals. The study of Australia's unique fauna provides exciting and rewarding opportunities for zoologists to understand and appreciate animal life.
More information about the Zoology Major.
What you can study
Students seeking qualifications as professional zoologists are guided in selection of combinations of courses that lead to training in the specialisations of wildlife and conservation biology, entomology, environmental physiology, marine biology, fisheries biology and aquaculture, terrestrial ecology, molecular ecology and mathematical applications in biology. Field courses are offered in arid zone ecology, rainforest ecology, marine ecology, and coral reef biology.
View the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Zoology single major.
Although it is uncommon to find a job advertisement seeking a zoologist specifically, a degree in zoology is the natural qualification for a wide range of scientific employment opportunities. Zoologists find employment in Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) laboratories, Commonwealth, State and local governments, National Parks, The Australian Institute of Marine Science, museums, zoological gardens, conservation authorities, medical laboratories, and secondary and tertiary education institutions. Others find employment in private industry or self-employment or consultancy in areas such as aquaculture, environmental impact assessment studies, field educational studies, biotechnology, conservation, ecotourism and national heritage work. Other potential avenues of self-employment are in animal-breeding, private zoos and the production of nature films, books and multimedia presentations.
What it costs
Please view the Bachelors of Commerce/Science for indicative fees.
How to apply
Please view the Bachelors of Commerce/Science for information on key dates and how to apply.