Bachelor of Science (Zoology) & Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science)

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  • Qualification:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
  • Start date:
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  • Awarded by:
    Western Sydney University
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Environmental Researcher | Wildlife Biologist | Environmental Health Officer | Animal Biologist | Animal Behaviourist | View All

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Course Rundown

Turn your love of animals into a rewarding new career with this combined Bachelor of Science (Zoology) and Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science) course from Western Sydney University.

Designed for students seeking to take their first steps into the exciting professional world of natural sciences, this specialised course recognises the increasing demand for scientific knowledge about how to conserve and protect wildlife. With a solid grounding in foundation concepts of science and natural science, this course offers a professional pathway for a deeper understanding of the interactions between people and animals. You’ll have the opportunity to build practical, specialised skills in the care of wildlife, and graduate with world-ready skills in critical thinking and problem-solving.

This course offers access to Western Sydney University’s state-of-the-art on-campus animal facilities, including those for reptiles, small marsupials, small rodents, horses, sheep and cattle, and more than 1,000 hectares of native, rural and aquatic habitats.

If you’re an animal-lover seeking a rewarding career, this practical, work-focused course is your first step.


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

  • Biodiversity
  • Scientific literacy
  • Wildlife studies
  • Essential chemistry 1
  • Introductory chemistry
  • Cell biology
  • Essential chemistry 2
  • Animal science
  • Biometry
  • Quantitative thinking
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Functional proteins and genes
  • Principles of evolution
  • Human animal interactions
  • Principles of zoology
  • Comparative physiology
  • Ecology
  • Natural science research methods
  • Animal behaviour
  • Marine and aquatic ecology
  • Integrated science
  • Animal nutrition and feeding
  • Conservation biology
  • Invertebrate biology
  • Biological adaptation to climate change
  • Animal production
  • Field project 2
  • Animal reproduction
  • Field project 2

Students will select one of the following majors:

  • Conservation biology
  • Environmental consulting
  • Marine biology

Students may also contribute elective subjects towards obtaining an additional approved sub-major:

  • Indigenous Australian studies
  • Indigenous Australian creative expression
  • Indigenous economics
  • Business sustainability

Trust Western Sydney University to get you qualified in your field! Gain a recognised degree in Business, Health, Psychology, Communication, Medical Science, Criminology, Arts or loads more with WSU. 

Study online or on-campus and gain valuable, real-life skills that'll see you succeed in the workforce. With a reputation for excellence, you can be proud to graduate with a degree that comes from a uni ranked in the top 2% globally! Open up to a world of possibilities and enquire about a course with WSU today.

When you join Western Sydney University you’re also joining an engaged online community of fellow students and academics, who are committed to helping you succeed during your studies.

Whether you're studying on-campus or online, students will have access to student advisors, specially trained online learning advisors, access to online assignment assistance to ensure your work is always on the right track, student welfare services including professional counselling, plus stay in touch with other students via WSU’s specially-built digital portal.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

New South Wales: Hawkesbury

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) and a Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science) from Western Sydney University.

This degree will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to seek work across a range of roles in animal and natural science sectors. After completing this degree, you may choose to seek employment in a range of areas, including zoological research, environmental management and consulting, wildlife biology, government quarantine, agriculture, museums, and at universities, working as an animal attendant, researcher or consultant.

This qualification allows you to pursue employment both in Australia and overseas, giving you the opportunity to fine the career that suits you best.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

Western Sydney University offers flexible payment options for students.

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay your degree fees upfront.

HECS-HELP 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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