Bachelor of Zoology

Why study the Bachelor of Zoology at UNE?

Zoology is the science of studying and understanding animals living on land, in freshwater or in the sea. It is the branch of biology that covers behaviour, classification, evolution, conservation, distribution, ecology and natural history, but also includes biochemistry and physiology, palaeontology, molecular biology and genetics, and the structure and function of animals.

Zoology students are able to undertake studies in a range of zoological disciplines including:

* animal behaviour

* animal ecology

* environmental and comparative physiology

* entomology

* parasitology

* freshwater ecology

This degree will focus on a wide range of issues dealing with the biology of animals. It will include material on the internal functioning of animals (physiology) and the role of animals in their environment (ecology).

A fourth Honours year is available to students with an above average academic record. Study is undertaken in one of the disciplines chosen for specialisation leading to the award of Bachelor of Science with Honours. BSc(Hons) graduates who achieve the appropriate level of Honours are eligible to apply to enrol for a research Master degree or the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

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Career Opportunities

Zoologists are employed by research institutions, CSIRO, local state and federal government agencies, museums, national parks, marine parks, zoological gardens, Antarctic research stations, and as teachers in primary and secondary school among others. Zoologists also are also employed in media organisations (radio, television, social media and print), consultancy firms, aquaculture and biotechnology and animal breeding businesses.

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Degree Snapshot


3 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time



2016 ATAR / OP

72.55 / 12


Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation BZool
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 069341J
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 3 Years Full-time
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
2016 ATAR 72.55
2016 OP 12
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 144
Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

Assumed knowledge is any two units of Mathematics or Mathematics Extension.

Recommended studies: Biology and/or Chemistry.

For students without the recommended background knowledge, the School offers introductory units in Chemistry and Mathematics.

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements: Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

WORK300 can be included as a unit if the student is able to line up an appropriate work place (e.g. UNE Zoology Museum, Australian Museum, CSIRO, Birds Australia, Taronga Zoo) and a program that does not conflict with their studies.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.


The University offers a number of Faculty/College and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Academic Colours

Cardinal (BCC 186)

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Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) three years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 144 credit points with not more than 60 credit points at 100-level, at least 36 credit points at 300-level and not more than 12 credit points at 400-level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure

Credit Points
Core Units 84 cps
Listed Units 30 cps
Elective Units 30 cps
Total 144 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Zoology.

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates who discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Diploma in Science on completion of 48 credit points.
Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies must apply for readmission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Bachelor of Zoology. This may mean that students may not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.


Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to teach students about all aspects of the biology of animals - including structure, function, anatomy, physiology, ecology, behaviour and evolution.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a coherent understanding of zoology by articulating the methods of zoology, explaining why current zoological knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry, and explaining the role and relevance of zoology in society;
  2. exhibit depth and breadth of knowledge of zoology by demonstrating well-developed knowledge in at least one disciplinary area and knowledge in at least one other disciplinary area;
  3. critically analyse and solve zoological problems by gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from a range of sources, designing and planning a scientific project, selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct a scientific project, and collecting, accurately recording, analysing, interpreting and drawing conclusions from scientific data;
  4. be effective communicators of zoology by communicating zoological results, information or arguments, to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes, and using a variety of modes; and
  5. be accountable for their own learning and zoological work by being independent and self-directed learners, working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context, and demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory frameworks relevant to their disciplinary area and personally practising ethical conduct.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will understand how zoology as a scientific field has advanced our understanding of many different groups of animals. They will obtain specialised knowledge in the ecology, evolutionary biology, and functional anatomy of different major groups of animals.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to communicate scientific results, information or arguments, to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes.

Problem Solving

Graduates will be able to investigate and solve problems relating to research on animals using the scientific method and the appropriate practical techniques and tools. They will do so by formulating hypotheses, collecting valid and reliable data and incorporating quantitative evidence into arguments.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to communicate scientific results, information or arguments relating to the animals, to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes. They will also be able to synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources, using a range of technologies.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will be able to take social responsibility by recognising the relevant ethical frameworks within which scientific research on animals is practiced and show a capacity for working responsibly and safely in both individual and team environments.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will be able to take personal responsibility for lifelong learning by demonstrating a capacity for self-directed learning. Throughout the degree, students will learn critical thinking and analytical skills which will continue to be useful in their future careers.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will have an awareness of the need to function effectively as members or leaders of a collaborative scientific or multidisciplinary teams.

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