Bachelor of Science (Zoology)

Approved Abbreviation: BSc(Zool)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3681.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 074708G

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 2014 onwards.

Commencement Years 2012 - 2013 - 3681.1 Bachelor of Science (Zoology)

A Bachelor of Science (Zoology) recognises the increased demand for scientific knowledge of how to conserve, protect and care for animals, including native wildlife, and companion and production animals. It will enable you to develop an in--depth scientific understanding of how animals function and interact with their environment; from their ecology and evolution; to physiology and biochemistry of tissues and major organs systems, as well as the structure and function of biomolecules and cells. The key learning and research areas embodied in this degree are ecology, evolution, physiology, growth, reproduction, genetics, and conservation biology. 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.

Study Mode
Three years full-time.


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.

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.

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 at least one of

300831Quantitative Thinking

Year 2

Autumn session

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

And one elective

Spring session

300979Principles of Zoology
300838Comparative Physiology

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

300878Animal Behaviour
300978Marine and Aquatic Ecology

And two electives

Spring session

300855Conservation Biology
300918Invertebrate Biology
300861Vertebrate Biodiversity

Choose one of the following capstone units

300909Biological Adaptation to Climate Change
300924Science Research Project

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.


M3090Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
M3078Climate Change
M3079Conservation Biology
M3080General Biology
M4011Environmental Consulting
M3081Marine Biology


SM3062Aquatic Environments
SM3041Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
SM3048Climate Change
SM3042Conservation Biology
SM3049Immunology and Cell 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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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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