Zoology focuses on the diversity of animals and how they survive, thrive and persist.

Introduction

A major in Zoology will introduce you to the fascinating diversity of animals, their interactions with each other and their environments. You will develop an understanding of the forces that have shaped animal groups into highly structured ecosystems and communities. Zoology underpins society's interest in conservation and marine science including major contributions to current research in fisheries and ecosystem management.

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Course description, features and facilities

A Zoology major provides you with the opportunity to study animals and their habitats, including Western Australia's unique fauna. Animals live in diverse habitats, ranging from deserts through to wetlands, rivers, rainforests and the sea. The study of Zoology will provide you with a sound knowledge and understanding of how adaptations in structure and function, physiology, reproduction and behaviour enable animals to live in these habitats. Zoology also covers population and community ecology, molecular genetics, and the evolutionary processes that have engendered animal diversity. The major integrates theory with practical (both field and laboratory) studies utilising as examples many of the animals and ecosystems from the diverse state of Western Australian.

Teaching methods consist of lectures from leading experts, weekly practical and laboratory classes and tutorials. This major includes an optional eight-day field-based unit that can be taken as an elective at either Level 2 or Level 3.

The Faculty is well equipped for teaching and research in zoology and our teaching is supported by the world class research of the Centre for Evolutionary Biology, the Oceans Institute, and the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management.

Visit the Science website for further information on careers in science, graduate profiles, scholarships and the benefits of choosing science at UWA.


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Student profile – Benjamin Barrett

UWA's Zoology major provides the opportunity to work with some prominent researchers. This not only exposes you to world class research, but also teaches you the underlying methodology, providing an excellent start to your scientific career.

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Structure

UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

Zoology graduates are employed in private sector companies (such as fisheries, aquaculture, resources sector), in government departments (for example, Environment, Parks and Wildlife, State Fisheries), in public agencies (such as museums, Zoos), in environment and conservation research agencies (CSIRO), while others may join academic institutions.

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Further study opportunities

Students with a Zoology major can pursue further studies at Honours level and/or at Masters level. A master's degree can be studied either by coursework or coursework and dissertation (available specialisations include Zoology or Marine Biology).

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
80
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
80
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)
29

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics: Applications ATAR or higher, you will need to successfully complete additional Mathematics units during your first year.

Prerequisites and recommended courses may not apply to students completing this major as a second major in a degree other than the Bachelor of Science.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.

Fees

As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

Contact us

Future Students

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Crawley, Perth
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Zoology: the details

Status
Available 2017
Locations offered
Crawley, Albany (selected Level 1 units)
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
18-24 hours contact time, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Yes
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agriculture Central building, Crawley campus
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(+61 8) 64887333
Additional information