Zoology and animal science



Our zoology and animal science course is underpinned by the latest research in zoology, giving you a broad understanding of the field. Learn about the form and function of different animals and how they adapt to their environment, and discover Australian fauna and its unique importance in the global environment.

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.

Zoology and animal science courses

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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