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

Approved Abbreviation: BSc(Zoo)/BNaSc(AnSc)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3732.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 089440G

Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.

This course is not available for intake in 2021. As an alternative, commencing students should consider 3754 Bachelor of Science, majoring in MT3015 Animal Science or MT3014 Zoology

The Bachelor of Science (Zoology)/Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science) recognises the increased demand for scientific knowledge about how to conserve and protect wildlife, as well as develop deeper understanding of the interactions between people and animals. This arises from our ever-increasing reliance on animals for companionship and food production. The combined Zoology and Animal Science Degree at Western Sydney University provides you with hands-on experience and a range of skills including specialist knowledge of wildlife and domesticated animals, practical skills, the ability to think critically and solve problems. Career opportunities exist in a range of areas including zoological research, environmental management and consulting, wildlife biology, government quarantine, agriculture, museums, and universities, as well as, international opportunities. On-campus animal facilities include those for reptiles, small marsupials, small rodents, horses, sheep and cattle, as well as over 1,000ha of native, rural and aquatic habitats. Fourth year options allow you to major in Conservation Biology, Marine Biology or Environmental Consulting.

Study Mode
Four years full-time or eight years part-time.

Course Advice



CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Hawkesbury CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Hawkesbury CampusPart TimeInternal See above


Assumed Knowledge: Any two units of English and any two units of Science.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Recommended Sequence

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

NOTE: Students are required to complete 120 credit points of Level 3 units and above. To this end, at least two of the elective spots should be used to complete Level 3 units.

Year 1

Autumn session

300811Scientific Literacy
300813Wildlife Studies

Choose one of

300800Essential Chemistry 1
300808Introductory Chemistry

Spring session

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2
300801Animal Science

Choose one of

300831Quantitative Thinking

Year 2

Autumn session

300834Animal Health and Welfare
300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300980Principles of Evolution
300807Human Animal Interactions

Spring session

300979Principles of Zoology
300838Comparative Physiology
300932Natural Science Research Methods

Year 3

Autumn session

300878Animal Behaviour
300978Marine and Aquatic Ecology
300931Integrated Science
300853Animal Nutrition and Feeding

Spring session

300855Conservation Biology
300918Invertebrate Biology
300861Vertebrate Biodiversity
300909Biological Adaptation to Climate Change

Year 4

Autumn session

300854Animal Production
300913Field Project 1

And two electives.

Note: At least two of the elective spots should be used to complete Level 3 units.

Spring session

300835Animal Reproduction
300914Field Project 2

And two electives.

Note: At least two of the elective spots should be used to complete Level 3 units.

Major and Sub-major Elective Spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or sub-major (40 credit points) including the majors and sub-majors listed below.


M3079Conservation Biology
M3084Environmental Consulting
M3081Marine Biology

Sub-major Elective Spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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