Zoology is the study of the diversity of animals – their evolution, form, function, behaviour and ecology. Animals are an integral part of natural systems and they also have a major impact on humans as parasites and as pests competing for our food.

Zoologists 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. Zoological study can be undertaken at the level of the whole animal, down to the level of cell biology and biochemical processes and their genetic control.

Your studies in Zoology will take place in state-of-the-art research and teaching labs, and in the semi-rural setting of the on-campus outdoor classroom – the Jock Marshall Reserve. You'll also take insightful field trips.

You will learn the basics of animal evolution, diversity, structure and function, along with animal behaviour and the biology of Australian vertebrate animals. Further study on evolution, ecology, marine biology and environmental management will provide a broader understanding of the role and importance of animals in our world.

As a graduate with a major in Zoology you will be equipped for a career in the management, protection and conservation of animals. You may find yourself working in the following areas: government agencies or industry – for example, helping develop or enforce environmental regulations; ecological/environmental consultancy; as educators in museums or parks services; or in research at universities, zoos and other organisations.

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This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

Thanks to all the fish

Bob Wong gives 'Thanks to all the fish' as they help to provide the answers on how animals can adapt their reproductive behaviours to ensure their survival in an ever changing environment.