discipline

Zoology and animal science

Our zoology and animal science course is supported by the latest zoology research. Learn about the form and function of different animals and how they adapt to their environment, and discover Australian fauna and its importance in the global environment.

Integrated learning: incorporate a full or part-time industry work placement

Deakin's graduate employability ranking: top 3 in Australia*

Career opportunities

Ready for a career that cares for the future of our furry and feathered friends? You can find opportunities in a range of areas, including:

  • environmental monitoring and management
  • zoological research
  • wildlife biology
  • private environmental consulting
  • government quarantine
  • museums
  • universities.

*2016 Times Higher education graduate employability rankings

Undergraduate

Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

Research

Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Animal behaviour is a really interesting unit and gives an understanding of the underlying mechanisms that cause animals to behave.

Bridie White

Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science

Highly sought-after skill set

Get a broad understanding of the current field of zoology with access to the latest cutting-edge research. This gives you a range of practical and evidence-based decision-making skills that are highly sought after by employers.

Research with us

A simple idea can change the world. Bring your idea to life with a higher degree by research. Much of our research in zoology and animal science is conducted in partnership with government departments, industry and leading international scientists, so your paper will get the attention it deserves.

Learn more about researching with us

Recent Deakin research

Climate, Allen’s rule and the evolution of bird beaks – a global perspective

Climate influences many aspects of animal biology and diversity, including body shape. This project conducts a global examination of the geographic patterns of inter- and intra-specific variation in the size and shape of bird beaks and bird legs in order to answer the question 'Are there global patterns in bird appendage size and are they related to climate?'

Work-integrated learning

Our work-integrated learning (WIL) program allows you to incorporate a full- or part-time industry placement as part of your degree. This enables you to develop the skills employers value highly. It also prepares you for the real-life settings in which today's science graduates work. 

WIL placements are designed as elective units and are credited towards your degree. Some placements also come with an industry-funded scholarship.

What do our students and staff say?

Zoology and animal science at Deakin

Deakin's Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science has a strong focus on Australian fauna and its unique importance in the global environment. The course is underpinned by the latest research in zoology, providing students with a broad understanding of the current field of zoology.

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