Course

Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science)

Approved Abbreviation: BNatSc(AnimSc)


Western Sydney University Course Code: 3670.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 074711A


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


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2012 or later.

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.

Study Mode
Three years full-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course Advicescience@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Hawkesbury CampusFull TimeInternal See above

Admission

Assumed Knowledge: Any two units of English and Mathematics.

Recommended Studies: One unit of Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Earth and Environmental Science or Agriculture.

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.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

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 an optional work component available in this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should be aware that if an elective is a requirement of the course but the work itself was not registered with CRICOS, students can still complete these electives but it would be counted towards the work limitation. For more details, refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Recommended Sequence

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequences below.

Start Year Intake

Year 1

Autumn session

300802Biodiversity
300811Scientific Literacy
300807Human Animal Interactions
300813Wildlife Studies

Spring session

300810Resource Sustainability
300831Quantitative Thinking
300801Animal Science

And one elective

Year 2

Autumn session

300931Integrated Science
300834Animal Health and Welfare
300853Animal Nutrition and Feeding

And one elective

Spring session

300932Natural Science Research Methods
300835Animal Reproduction

Choose one of

300836Botany
300838Comparative Physiology

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

300913Field Project 1
300878Animal Behaviour
300854Animal Production

And one elective

Spring session

300914Field Project 2
300861Vertebrate Biodiversity

And two electives

Mid Year Intake

Year 1

Spring session

300810Resource Sustainability
300831Quantitative Thinking
300801Animal Science
300811Scientific Literacy

Autumn session

300802Biodiversity
300813Wildlife Studies
300807Human Animal Interactions

And one elective

Year 2

Spring session

300932Natural Science Research Methods
300835Animal Reproduction

Choose one of

300836Botany
300838Comparative Physiology

And one elective

Autumn session

300913Field Project 1
300834Animal Health and Welfare
300853Animal Nutrition and Feeding
300931Integrated Science

Year 3

Spring session

300914Field Project 2
300861Vertebrate Biodiversity

And two electives

Autumn session

300854Animal Production
300878Animal Behaviour

And two electives

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.

Majors

M3049Conservation Biology
M3082Zoology

Sub-majors

SM3062Aquatic Environments
SM3048Climate Change
SM3042Conservation Biology
SM3045Zoology

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).

Search for majors and sub-majors

Students who maintain a GPA of 5 or higher may use elective units toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major in Critical Thinking.

SM3083.1 Critical Thinking

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

Global Sustainability Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Studies Major

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

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

MyStudentRecords (MySR)

Elective Units

The following unit, 301161 Work Integrated Learning in Science, is a level 2 elective unit that gives students the opportunity to undertake a short work placement within a professional organisation. For further details please follow the link

301161Work Integrated Learning in Science


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