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Bachelor of Science (Animal Science)

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324141

CRICOS 047801A

This program offers a broad range of animal science courses that cover wildlife, livestock, horses, companion animal and laboratory animal species. This degree focuses strongly on the practical skills used in the area of animal science.


  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 324141
    2016 CSP ATAR 68.75
    Adelaide Approved Score 75
    2016 CSP IB 24
    Mid-year entry? No
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    Assumed Knowledge
    SACE Stage 2 Chemistry, Mathematical Studies

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Credit Estimator
      The Credit Estimator is an application that provides information about the possible credit you may receive at the University of Adelaide based on your prior learning.
    • TAFE/VET Credit Pathway
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324141

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 80
    IB 27
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? No
    CRICOS 047801A
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Assumed Knowledge
    Chemistry and Mathematics is desirable
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 80
    IB 27
    A-Level 9
    UEC [Malaysia] 15
    SAT [US] 1270
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] [1] 85%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 75
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    Bradford Foundation Program 77
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,975

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Employment opportunities exist for graduates in the following areas:

    • animal science professionals in government agencies
    • livestock and agricultural management
    • livestock production and nutrition
    • private companies
    • vertebrate pest management
    • wildlife conservation
    • zoos and animal welfare organisations

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    • Students within the Animal Science program are encouraged to undertake work placements in relevant industries.

    Potential careers

    Land Resources and Land Care, Animal Behaviouralist, Livestock Production, National Parks / Ranger, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Parks Management, Quarantine Officer, Environmental Scientist, Government Officer, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Science Communicators, Scientific Officer, Pathway to Veterinary Medicine, Pest Control, Animal Breeding, Animal Welfare, Animal / Veterinary Technician, Aquaculture, Marine Biologist, Catchment Management, Research Scientist, ...

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    The Faculty of Sciences recommends students who want to undertake an exchange in an overseas university plan to go in Semester 2 of Level 2 and/or Semester 1 of Level 3. To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
  • Degree Structure

    In the first year level, students undertake foundation science courses that form the background for later studies in areas such as animal physiology, nutrition, breeding and management. Level I involves studies at both the North Terrace and Roseworthy campuses, while the core elements of the rest of the program will be based at the Roseworthy campus.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan

    BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells


    BIOLOGY 1401 Concepts in Biology I

    ANIML SC 1015RW Animal Handling & Husbandry I CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA
    CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA
    STATS 1004 Statistical Practice 1 (Life Sciences)
    [or Semester 2]

    S2 BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms

    ANIML SC 1016RW Principles in Animal Behaviour, Welfare & Ethics I

    CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB 
    CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB 
    CHEM 1311 Chemistry IB(S) 
    [Summer School]
    Approved Level I
    Elective 1 x 3 units

    [or Semester 1]
    Year2S1 ANIML SC 2500RW Companion Animal and Equine Studies II AGRIC 2500RW Animal and Plant Biochemistry II ANIML SC 2506RW Comparative Animal Anatomy & Physiology IIA ANIML SC 2520RW Research Methodology for Animal Sciences II
    S2 ANIML SC 2502RW Wildlife Management II ANIML SC 2507RW Comparative Animal Anatomy & Physiology IIB ANIML SC 2503RW Livestock Production Science II ANIML SC 2501RW Genes and Inheritance II
    Year 3S1 ANIML SC 3045RW Animal Breeding and Genetics III ANIML SC 3046RW Animal Reproduction and Development III ANIML SC 3020RW Animal Microbiology and Invertebrates III Approved Level III
    Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 ANIML SC 3100RW Laboratory Animal Science III ANIML SC 3015RW Animal Nutrition & Metabolism III ANIML SC 3016RW Animal Health III Approved Level III
    Elective 1 x 3 units
    ** Students may choose to complete a total of 12 weeks of professional work experience to the value of approximately 450 hours by taking AGRIC 3500WT


    Varies with individual courses and includes a combination of verbal presentations, written assignments, individual or group projects and theory and practical exams.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017


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