Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) New

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
    2018 Guaranteed Entry Score 75
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team
    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 Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors (such as bonus points)).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      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.
    • 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 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 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.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 334171

    International applicants

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    Admissions information

    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) 26
    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 [US] 1200
    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
    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

    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.

    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


    BIOLOGY 1401 Concepts in Biology I

    SCIENCE 1400 Science or Fiction I


    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 Level I or II Elective
    1 x 3 units
    S2 ANIML SC 2507RW Comparative Animal Anatomy & Physiology IIB ANIML SC 2XXXRW Foundations of Animal Behaviour Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units Level I or II Elective
    1 x 3 units
    Year 3  S1 AN BEHAV ****RW Animal Management [Summer] AN BEHAV XXXXRW Applied Behavioural Analysis for Animals Approved Level III
    Elective 1 x 3 units
    Approved Level III
    Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 AN BEHAV XXXXRW Advanced Applications in Animal Behaviour Approved Level III
    Elective 1 x 3 units
    Approved Level III
    Elective 1 x 3 units
    Approved Level II Elective Courses
    At least 6 units from the following:

    ANIML SC 2500RW Companion Animal & Equine Studies II
    ANIML SC 2501RW Genes and Inheritance II
    ANIML SC 2502RW Wildlife Management II
    ENV BIOL 2501 Evolutionary Biology II
    ENV BIOL 2502 Ecology II
    ENV BIOL 2503 Zoology II

    Approved Level III Elective Courses
    At least 12 units from the following:

    ANIML SC 3016RW Animal Health III
    ANIML SC 3018RW Pig Production - Science into Management III
    ANIML SC 3019RW Ecology and Management of Vertebrate Pests III
    ANIML SC 3045RW Animal Breeding and Genetics III
    ANIML SC 3046RW Animal Reproduction III
    ANIML SC 3100RW Laboratory Animal Science III
    ANIML SC 3250RW Animals and the Law
    ENV BIOL 3121 Concepts in Ecology III
    ENV BIOL 3011 Evolution and Diversity of Insects III
    SCIENCE 3200 Communicating Science III
    SPATIAL 3020WT GIS for Agriculture & Natural Resource III
    SPATIAL 3007WT GIS for Environmental Management III

  • Further Information

    Further enquiries
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Last updated: Thursday, 6 Dec 2018