Bachelor of Science (Animal Science)
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.
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SATAC Code 324141 2019 CSP ATAR 69.4 2019 CSP IB 24 Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75 Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 24 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February Enquiries Future Students team
2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 58.95 Median ATAR to receive an offer 80.35 Highest ATAR to receive an offer 97.25 Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 69.4 Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 85.55 Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.4 Minimum eligibility score 75 Additional criteria considered Selection rank only 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. 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. 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 PathwaysSATAC Code: 324141
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)
5 7.1% (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)
15 21.4% (D) Recent secondary education:
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
- Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
- 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 6 8.6% All students 70 100.0%
CRICOS 047801A Intake February
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) 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 [US] 1270 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
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
Fees and Scholarships
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Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
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 AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Industry PlacementYou’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.
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 / Veterinary Technician, Aquaculture, Catchment Management, Research Scientist, ...
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.
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
** 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
Indicative study plan Year1 S1
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)
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 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
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, 17 Sep 2019