Bachelor of Animal Science

Why study the Bachelor of Animal Science at UNE?

This course is designed for those interested in our relationship with and management of animals in a rapidly changing world. The course has three specialist majors focussing on: (1) livestock production; (2) wildlife management; and (3) horses and dogs.

Students will study the basic sciences and applied biological sciences before undertaking specialist units. The course also develops practical skills.

The Livestock Production major has streams enabling specialisation in sheep and wool science, animal health and nutrition, animal genetics, intensive animal production and consulting and advisory services.

The Canine and Equine major is suited to students with interests in companion animals. Students will learn the fundamentals of animal nutrition, physiology, genetics and human-animal interactions before specialising in their chosen fields. Students in this major will be well placed for a career in the petfood industry, detector dog agencies, canine control and the equine and racehorse industries.

The Wildlife Management major is designed for students seeking a career in the management and conservation of wildlife or management of feral animals, ecological basis for the stable, threatened and nuisance status of animal species together with theoretical and practical skills in animal nutrition, reproduction, genetics breeding, health and welfare are covered.

The program includes four units of equine related study from the University of Queensland which is completed from UNE on a cross-institutional basis.

The degree may be awarded with Honours. The Honours level is based on grades achieved in the final year of the degree including RUSC490. Bachelor of Animal Science with Honours graduates who achieve the appropriate level of Honours are eligible to apply for a research Master degree or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

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



Guaranteed ATAR Selection Rank



Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Online

Official Abbreviation BAnimSc
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 072403G
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Course Duration
  • 4 Years Full-time
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
Guaranteed ATAR Selection Rank 77.10
Fees CSP / International
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Total Credit Points 192
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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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 English, Chemistry, Mathematics.

Recommended studies: Biology.

Applicants must meet the University's English language requirements.

Additional Requirements

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

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

12 weeks practical industry work experience during vacation periods is essential to the course requirements. For further information refer to the School of Environmental and Rural Science Practical Experience webpage.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Advanced standing will not be granted for unit RUSC490.

Academic Colours

Reseda (BCC 77)

Further Information

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Course rules and plans for the Bachelor of Animal Science, 2019, will be available between November and January. Course information relating to other years is available by selecting the year required from the list at the top right hand side of the page.
Course Aims

The aim of this course is to teach students the principles behind the production and management of animals. The majors specialise in either domesticated, companion or wild animals.

The Bachelor of Animal Science with Honours degree aims to produce graduates with the skills listed above, as well as having knowledge of research principles and mentods and the ability to plan and conduct an independent research project.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. BAnimSc: demonstrate a coherent understanding of animal science by articulating the methods of animal science and explaining why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry and by explaining the role and relevance of animal science in society;
  2. exhibit depth and breadth of knowledge of animal science by demonstrating well-developed knowledge in at least one disciplinary area and by demonstrating knowledge in at least one other disciplinary area;
  3. critically analyse and solve problems in animal science by gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from a range of sources, designing and planning an investigation, selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct an investigation and collecting, accurately recording, interpreting and drawing conclusions from data;
  4. be effective communicators of animal science by communicating scientific 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 scientific 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.
  6. BAnimSc with Honours: conceive, plan and implement an independent programme of research; and
  7. produce a written dissertation that demonstrates original thinking, a high level of research skills and the ability to write critically.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Students will develop a strong scientific understanding of practical and theoretical aspects of animal science and management, and a well-developed capacity for analysis. They will obtain knowledge from lectures, reading materials and by direct experience in practicals and field excursions. Students will be expected to know key terms and concepts to the extent that they can demonstrate and apply them in assessments. Knowledge will be assessed in examinations for some units, and in online tests, practical tasks, oral presentations, essays and reports. For students completing the degree with Honours, knowledge will be assessed through a literature review and examination of thesis based on an independent research project. Animal science systems are part of the biosphere, the global perspective is drawn upon in all areas involved with understanding, applying and evaluating information related to animal sciences. Knowledge is built upon from information gathered from animal science systems throughout the world. Thus teaching will draw upon case studies and examples from a range of countries. Students develop the global context of the discipline and its ability to minimise or solve problems. Interaction with students from all over Australia and overseas will assist in developing students' understanding of global issues.

Communication Skills

Students are taught and assessed on a range of different communication types appropriate to science graduates. There is emphasis on the ability to provide clear and accurate descriptions of issues relating to animal science; on writing reports of technical and scientific investigations; and on presenting critical reviews of knowledge. Within the core and prescribed units communication tasks address a range of different audiences and use oral, written and electronic presentation. Students completing the degree with Honours will be required to complete a well-organised, logical and clearly written research thesis.

Problem Solving

Problem solving is taught in the scientific context of researching the background to a problem, formulating one or more hypotheses in animal science to be tested, and drawing conclusions from the results of those tests. Many practical assignments are based around this approach. Problem solving skills are also developed in field and laboratory settings where students decide the best approach to performing tasks. This will prepare students for dealing with and solving real-world problems that arise in animal science and management. For students completing the degree with Honours, conducting an independent research project will require students to develop and answer critical research questions.

Information Literacy

Students will be taught how to access the literature (especially online resources), how to evaluate the robustness of literature sources (discrimination skills) and how to critique available information. Students will then practise these skills through the generation of reports, and oral presentations in relation to animal science. Students completing the degree with Honours will be expected to demonstrate high-level research capacity in the production of a research thesis.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Students are taught ethical practices in relation to the discipline, including respecting intellectual property rights, ethical behaviour in fieldwork and assessment tasks, and honesty and trust as the basis of the cooperative endeavour of science. Students will be encouraged to act ethically and be socially responsible. These are underlying principles of the discipline of animal science which enable the production of food and fibre at the same time as protecting the environment. Legal obligations and responsibility will also be integrated into the teaching content.

Lifelong Learning

Students gain confidence in their ability to search for and find sources of information relevant to the discipline. Students will develop the ability to identify, evaluate and implement personal learning strategies and/or study skills in pursuit of ongoing personal and professional development.

Independence and Collaboration

Students are encouraged and taught to develop independence of thought and action. Teamwork is used in classes at all levels, especially in practical work in the field and laboratory. Students develop the skills to work cooperatively to define and achieve common goals, to take initiative and to assume responsibility for tasks. Students will learn in a professional forum to discuss, calmly and rationally, ideas and concepts, sometimes controversial and sometimes from different points of view. This, in addition to the ability to use the language of the discipline in reasoned argument, is one of the aims of online discussions.

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