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The majors and minors offered in this school are listed below and should be read in conjunction with the linked tables of the units that make up a major or minor sequence. This provides you with a guide as to the unit choices you should make if you want to gain a strong background in a particular discipline.  For a strong broad-based education in plant and animal biology you should include the following units: BIO2181 and BIO2231, with BIO2011, GEN2041 and BIO2022.  We have also listed below an adviser for each sequence.

Table of Major Sequences - 2017
Table of Minor Sequences - 2017


Dr Dave Chapple (Coordinator)

Animals are of enormous interest to us,  perhaps because we are also  animals, and understanding the development  and evolution of animals  helps us understand ourselves. Animals are  integral components of  natural systems and they also have a major impact  on us as pests  competing for our food and as parasites. Zoologists  study the diversity  of animals, their evolution, form, function,  behaviour and ecology.  They investigate the interactions of animals with  plants, which  ultimately are the source of nutrients and shelter, and  with microbes,  which enable many animals to effectively utilise plants  as food. They  investigate animals as bioindicators of the health of  ecosystems.
Research  in zoology can be undertaken at the level of the  whole animal down to  the level of cell biology, biochemical processes  and their genetic  control. A knowledge of zoology can be used to  understand how animals  work, how they solve environmental challenges and  how they interact  with each other. Much of this information is relevant  to the  management, protection and conservation of animals and provides  skills  needed in many careers related to these themes. Examples of  careers  available to students that study zoology include biotechnology,   ecological/environmental consulting, government departments (e.g.   environment, parks, primary industry and sustainability), animal   husbandry and welfare, research and teaching.
Studying zoology at   Monash University begins with general biology in first year, where the   basics of animal evolution, diversity, structure and function are   covered. In second year there is a greater focus on these topics in two   units that deal with animal diversity and animal structure and function   specifically. In third year we develop this understanding further with   units focused on animal behaviour and the biology of Australian   vertebrate animals. Other units on evolution, ecology, marine biology   and environmental management complement the development of broader   understanding of the role and importance of animals in our world.)

Recommended Streams:  Examples of degree structures that a student could take with Zoology as their major

Genetics and Molecular Biology

Dr Richard Burke (Coordinator)

Genetics and molecular biology are   complementary disciplines that underpin many exciting areas of science   such as biomedical science, biotechnology, conservation genetics, and   forensics. Students completing this major will obtain a wide perspective   across both disciplines, and an understanding of how they can be   applied jointly in basic and applied science.
(This major has been discontinued and is not available after 2014)

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