Course

Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Natural Science

Approved Abbreviation: DipSc/BNatSc


Western Sydney University Course Code: 6003.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096967F


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


Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science)

Interactions between people and animals are increasing due to our ever-increasing reliance on animals for companionship and food production, whilst we also strive to understand the pressures placed on our unique wildlife. A Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science) will enable you to develop a deep understanding of these issues, through studies of animal behaviour, animal health and welfare, animal nutrition, animal production, animal reproduction, human-animal interactions, vertebrate biodiversity, and wildlife science. Throughout your studies, you will have access to diverse on-campus animal facilities including reptiles, native mammals, horses, sheep, cattle and deer and off-campus animal professionals and organisations such as wildlife parks, zoos, farms and horse studs. There are a range of majors (conservation biology, zoology) and sub-majors (environmental sustainability and management) offered in Natural Science and Science that can add diversity and/or focus to your degree, to enable your degree to be matched to your career aspirations. A variety of compelling and exciting career paths are available to graduates of this program, including international opportunities in the many fields of animal science.

Bachelor of Natural Science (Environmental Management)

History has shown that if we don’t effectively manage our environment, we will degrade it - possibly to the point where it can no longer sustain us. Environmental managers are concerned with ensuring the ecological sustainability of human development and minimising the size of our "ecological footprint". A Bachelor of Natural Science (Environmental Management) will develop your problem solving skills and equip you to work collaboratively with both community members and professional practitioners to develop innovative policy and strategies that address the increasingly complex causes of today’s environmental problems. Issues include urban development, global climate change, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), decreasing biodiversity, deteriorating air and water quality, and sustainable use of natural resources. The major areas embodied within the program include assessment and management of aquatic environments water quality assessment and management; introduction to wildlife; sustainable land and resource use; Indigenous land management; environmental planning; climate change science; environmental regulation and policy; environmental risk management and urban development. The majors (aquatic and conservation biology) and sub-majors (environmental sustainability and management) offered in Natural Science and Science can add diversity and/or focus to your degree, to help match your studies to your career aspirations.

The first year of this course is delivered by Western Sydney University The College as an agent of Western Sydney University via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments.

A Diploma in Science exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the course.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

For course advice during your first year of study, please use the contact below under ‘Course Advice’. For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Natural Science.

Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science)

Bachelor of Natural Science (Environmental Management)

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time. Students will be required to attend the Hawkesbury and Campbelltown campuses for some learning experiences.

Course Advice

NameEmail
College Course EnquiriesAdminApp@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Bankstown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Hawkesbury CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Hawkesbury CampusPart TimeInternal See above
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctFull TimeInternal See above
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctPart TimeInternal See above

Admission

For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/thecollege/how_to_apply

Domestic students are required to have

  • Completed an English unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate, Or
  • Competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) Or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher.

Students are also assumed to have completed some study in Mathematics and Science at a senior high school level or equivalent.

Met other entry requirements such as

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

International students must satisfy one of the following language requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each sub band Or
  • Completed the College EAP 4 course with a 50% pass Or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher for which advanced standing can be applied for.

Academic Entry Requirements vary according to country of origin. However, in general

  • Completion of Year 12 or its equivalent is the minimum entry requirement Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 250 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Western Sydney University The College Units

Bankstown, Hawkesbury and Nirimba Campus

Please note that all campuses may not have intakes each year.

Year 1

Preparatory Units

700043Chemistry (WSTC Prep)
700173Tertiary Study Skills in Science (WSTC Prep)

Students must pass the following University level units

700125Cell Biology (WSTC)
700122Essential Chemistry 2 (WSTC)
700124Scientific Literacy (WSTC)

Choose one of

700121Essential Chemistry 1 (WSTC)
700155Introductory Chemistry (WSTC)

Choose one of

700095Biodiversity (WSTC)
700035Physics 1 (WSTC)

Choose one of

700033Biometry (WSTC)
700123Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)

Choose two of

700266Concepts in Human Anatomy (WSTC)
700265Food Science 1 (WSTC)
700096Integrated Science (WSTC)
700098Introduction to Physiology (WSTC)
700099Resource Sustainability (WSTC)

Students progressing to Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science or Environmental Management) must choose 700099 Resource Sustainability (WSTC) and 700096 Integrated Science (WSTC).

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in Science following a passing grade in all of the above units. Students who progress onto Year Two may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above units.

  • Students must pass all College Preparatory units before progressing to the Year Two units.
  • Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level units in Year One before progressing to the Year Two units.

Western Sydney University Units

For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Natural Science.

Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science)

Bachelor of Natural Science (Environmental Management)

Hawkesbury Campus

Students choose either Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science) or Bachelor of Natural Science (Environmental Management)

Animal Science

Year 2

Autumn session

300807Human Animal Interactions
300813Wildlife Studies
300834Animal Health and Welfare
300853Animal Nutrition and Feeding

Spring session

300932Natural Science Research Methods
300835Animal Reproduction
300836Botany
300801Animal Science

Year 3

Autumn session

300913Field Project 1
300878Animal Behaviour
300854Animal Production

And one Level 3 elective

Spring session

300914Field Project 2
300861Vertebrate Biodiversity

And two Level 3 electives

Environmental Management

Year 2

Autumn session

300813Wildlife Studies
300824Management of Aquatic Environments
300840Environmental Planning and Climate Change

And one Level 3 elective

Spring session

300814Water Quality Assessment and Management
300812Understanding Landscape
300875Landuse and the Environment
300932Natural Science Research Methods

Year 3

Summer B session

300959Mangamai'bangawarra: Indigenous Science

Autumn session

300913Field Project 1
300858Environmental Risk Management

And one Level 3 elective

Spring session

300914Field Project 2
300860Urban Environment
300870Water in the Landscape
300841Environmental Regulation and Policy


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