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Bachelor of Zoology

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time; up to 10 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

Debbie explains why she chose to study zoology with UNE.

About this course

Understand and conserve animals and their habitats with this online or on-campus Bachelor of Zoology from the University of New England (UNE).

In this degree, you'll cover the behaviour, classification, evolution, distribution, ecology and natural history of animals. Zoology encompasses a range of sciences, including biochemistry, physiology, palaeontology, molecular biology and genetics; you'll have the chance to study various zoological disciplines, from animal behaviour and ecology to entomology and parasitology.

With a particular focus on a range of issues related to animal biology, this course will prepare you for work in a variety of industries, from academia to zoological gardens.

An optional honours year is available for selected students who attain an above-average academic record and who wish to pursue further study.

Flexible exit options

If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Bachelor of Zoology, you could still be eligible to receive a qualification.

Depending on the credit points you've completed, you could exit with the Diploma in Science.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Have completed an overseas secondary or tertiary qualification/s deemed equivalent; OR
  • Have completed, or part-completed, an approved Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualification; OR
  • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
  • Obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission

Assumed knowledge is any two units of mathematics or mathematics extension; studies in biology and/or chemistry are recommended (for students without this recommended background knowledge, the School offers introductory units in chemistry and mathematics).

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this science course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • Biology I
  • Biology II
  • Chemistry I
  • Chemistry II
  • Evolution and biogeography
  • Principles of zoology
  • Vertebrate zoology - evolution and diversity
  • Invertebrate zoology
  • Entomology
  • Animal behaviour
  • Ecological and comparative physiology
  • Evolutionary parasitology
  • Quantitative skills with applications
  • Calculus and linear algebra
  • Introduction to statistical modelling

Listed units:

  • Animal structure and function
  • Introductory molecular biology and biochemistry I
  • Plant diversity
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Ecology - populations to ecosystems
  • Ecological methods
  • Introductory genetics
  • Introductory palaeontology
  • Integrated physiology
  • Speaking in public
  • Animal function, health and welfare
  • Animals and us: ethics and welfare
  • Animal biosecurity
  • Wild dog ecology
  • The research process
  • Wildlife ecology and management
  • Conservation biology
  • Research and writing across disciplines
  • Project report in engineering and environmental and rural science
  • Biological systematics
  • Genetics of populations
  • Poultry (avian) physiology
  • Biopsychology
  • Endocrinology and reproductive physiology
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory physiology
  • Human nutrition and metabolism
  • Science report
  • Insect-plant interactions
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Zoology from the University of New England.

Graduates can seek employment in a wide variety of industries after graduating. Zoologists can be employed by research institutions, CSIRO, local, state and federal government agencies, museums, national parks, marine parks, zoological gardens or Antarctic research stations, or as teachers in primary and secondary school. Employment in media organisations or consultancy is also an option.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in animal care could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Animal Behaviourist
  • Zoologist
  • Animal Carer
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • Forensic Biologist

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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