Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour)

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 334171
CRICOS 097317K

Communicate across species

Love interacting with animals? Fascinated by pets and their personalities?

Animal behaviour is psychology for the animal kingdom. It’s about understanding the science behind why animals act in certain ways, how we should work with them, and how we can look after their futures. It even informs our understanding of human behaviour.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) gives you the knowledge and skills to pursue a rewarding career in a growing industry. You will:

  • study core courses in psychology
  • learn about animal development and the biological bases of behaviour
  • explore your interests through research projects and case studies
  • choose from a broad range of animal science courses including livestock, horses, wildlife, insects and companion animals
  • draw on the University’s expertise in animal science and veterinary bioscience from the internationally renowned Roseworthy campus.

There is also a strong practical element, with opportunities for industry experience, field work and study tours.

Where could it take you?

You could consult with exotic pets, prepare greyhounds for adoption or work in animal management for local government. You might ready dogs for roles guiding the visually impaired, detecting in customs, or even comforting children with autism and anxiety. Perhaps you’ll host your very own animal science show on TV.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 334171
    2019 CSP ATAR 66.7
    2019 CSP IB 24
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75
    Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 24
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
    ATAR
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 63.75
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 76.08
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 95.8
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 66.7
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 79.8
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 98.75
    Minimum eligibility score 75
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. 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). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), 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 2018). 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: 334171

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    10 18.5%
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    8 14.8%
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    30 55.6%
    • 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 5 9.3%
    All students 54 100.0%

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 097317K
    Intake February and July
    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
    Cambridge 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) 75
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 27
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 18
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 20
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.8
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 80
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] 80%
    SAT (in conjuction with American High School Diploma) 1200
    AP (in conjuction with American High School Diploma) 7
    Abitur 3.4
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.5
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.78
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 74
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    ANU Foundation Studies 66
    Monash Foundation Year 70
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 72
    UNSW Foundation Year 7.0
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.7
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 59
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.2
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 74
    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
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,395

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    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500

    Scholarships

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    There is a growing understanding that behaviour (both human and animal) is key to a wide range of areas, including policy, economics, law enforcement and resource management. Employment opportunities exist in the following areas:

    • shelters and welfare organisations
    • private animal training
    • zoos and wildlife parks
    • animal management for government agencies
    • research
    • education.

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

    Potential careers

    Laboratory Manager, Laboratory Technician, Life Scientist, Agriculture, Agricultural Service Industry, Livestock Production, Animal / Veterinary Technician, Animal Behaviourist, Animal Breeding, Animal Welfare, Entrepreneur, Quarantine Officer, Research Associates, Research Manager, Research Scientist, Research and Education, Science Communicators, Science Educators, Scientific Officer, Scientist, Welfare Officer, Wildlife Officer, Zookeeper, ...

  • Degree Structure

    Students will have the opportunity to engage with industry through numerous events and take part in a 13-week industry research project, which includes site visits, field work and placements.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year1 S1

    ANIML SC 1015RW Animal Handling & Husbandry I

    PSYCHOL 1000 Psychology IA BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells
    or
    BIOLOGY 1401 Concepts in Biology I
    or
    BIOLOGY 1001 Fundamentals of Biology [Summer]

    SCIENCE 1400 Science or Fiction I
    or
    ABORIG 1001 Indigenous People, Country and Protocols


    S2 ANIML SC 1016RW Principles in Animal Behaviour, Welfare & Ethics I

    PSYCHOL 1001 Psychology IB

    BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms STATS 1004 Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences)
    Year2 S1 ANIML SC 2506RW Comparative Animal Anatomy & Physiology IIA ANIML SC 2520RW Research Methodology for Animal Sciences II Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 ANIML SC 2507RW Comparative Animal Anatomy & Physiology IIB AN BEHAV 2000RW Foundations of Animal Behaviour Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    Year 3  S1 AN BEHAV 3020RW Animal Management [Summer] AN BEHAV 3000RW Applied Behaviour Analysis for Animals Approved Level III
    Elective 1 x 3 units
    Approved Level III
    Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 AN BEHAV 3010RW Advanced Applications in Animal Behaviour Approved Level III
    Elective 1 x 3 units
    Approved Level III
    Elective 1 x 3 units
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Last updated: Saturday, 21 Sep 2019