Bachelor of Science (Animal Science)

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324141
CRICOS 047801A

Advance outcomes for animals and industry

We rely on animals for so much—labour, entertainment, companionship. Animal science is essential for keeping the animals under our charge housed, fed, healthy and safe.

Animal scientists research new technologies and approaches to managing animal production and welfare, develop and run breeding programs, regulate animal feed and products, and work to decrease the environmental impact of agriculture.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) prepares you for success in the lab and the field. You will:   

  • explore animal physiology, nutrition, reproduction, breeding and management
  • study in a range of specialised areas including livestock, horses, wildlife, companion animals and laboratory animals
  • gain practical skills working with experts in the field
  • carry out individual and team research projects
  • access our $37 million purpose-built veterinary teaching and research facilities.

There are also optional work placement opportunities in relevant industries.

Where could it take you?

You could provide farmers with ways to improve the health and welfare of livestock. Perhaps you’ll get a job as a nutritionist developing diets for companion or production animals, or work in a wildlife park or zoo. You might research laboratory animal housing, or ways to detect or control diseases that affect our wildlife.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324141
    2018 CSP ATAR 66.9
    2018 CSP IB 24
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2018 Admissions Data for school leavers
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 55.75
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 79.35
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 98.3
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 66.9
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 86.15
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.5
    Minimum eligibility score 65
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors ).
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2: Chemistry and Mathematical Methods (if studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies)
    Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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.
    Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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.
    Work and life experience You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2019 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2018 or 2017), 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 2017). 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.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324141

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2018
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    12 11.3%
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 2 1.9%
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    17 16.0%
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    63 59.4%
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
      (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    N/A N/A
    International students 12 11.3%
    All students 106 100.0%

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 047801A
    Intake February
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 80
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 29
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 19
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 15
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 9
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 5.2
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 82
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] 85%
    SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1270
    AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 9
    Abitur 3.1
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 8.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.00
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 77
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 77
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    ANU Foundation Studies 69
    Monash Foundation Year 72.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 75
    UNSW Foundation Year 7.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.9
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 62
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.6
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 77
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
    Assumed Knowledge Chemistry and Mathematics is desirable
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,225

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $36,500


    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

    This degree sets you up for careers in the following areas:

    • animal science professionals in government agencies
    • livestock and agricultural management
    • livestock production and nutrition
    • private companies
    • research institutes and centres
    • government agencies
    • 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

    You’re encouraged to undertake work placements in relevant industries. You can also choose to complete 12 weeks or 450 hours of professional work experience as part of the program.

    Potential careers

    Agricultural Consultant, Animal Health Officer, Land Resources and Land Care, Animal Behaviourist, Livestock Production, National Parks / Ranger, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Quarantine Officer, Environmental Scientist, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Science Communicators, Scientific Officer, Agricultural Scientist, Animal Scientist, Microbiologist, Conservation Scientist, Pest Control, Animal Breeding, Animal Welfare, Animal Technician, Aquaculture, ...

  • Study Overseas

    A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 available opportunities visit Study Overseas.

    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.

    Find Study Overseas opportunities for your study area

  • 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, reproduction, 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
    Year1 S1

    BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells
    BIOLOGY 1401 Concepts in Biology I
    BIOLOGY 1001 Fundamentals of Biology [Summer]

    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 
    Approved Level I
    Elective 1 x 3 units

    [or Semester 1]
    Year2 S1 ANIML SC 2500RW Companion Animal and Equine Studies II ANIML SC 2530RW 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 3 S1 ANIML SC 3045RW Animal Breeding and Genetics III ANIML SC 3046RW Animal Reproduction 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: Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019