Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour)
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?
Explore why cat’s meow, find out if parrots are smart, and play with the odd puppy or two as you build the skills to join this growing industry. You will:
- study the behaviour of animals big and small, including cats, dogs, birds, horses, livestock, wildlife and insects
- build practical skills through internship opportunities
- join a close-knit, animal-loving community at our Roseworthy campus
- learn about animal development and the biological drivers of behaviour
- explore your personal animal interests through research projects and case studies
- draw on the University’s internationally recognised expertise in animal science and veterinary bioscience.
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.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|2021 CSP ATAR||65.1|
|2021 CSP IB||24|
|Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR||75|
|Guaranteed Entry Score - IB||26|
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Intake||February and July|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
|Lowest ATAR to receive an offer||58.25|
|Median ATAR to receive an offer||74.05|
|Highest ATAR to receive an offer||96.9|
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
|Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer||65.1|
|Median Selection Rank to receive an offer||80.9|
|Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer||99.2|
|Minimum eligibility score||65|
|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 Pathway. 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 Pathway. 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 Pathway. 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 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.|
|Other Entry Pathways|
|Applicant background||Semester one/Full year intake 2021|
|Number of students||Percentage of all students|
|(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
|(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)
|(D) Recent secondary education:|
|Intake||February and July|
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||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|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)||70%|
|Alberta High School Diploma (Canada)||78|
|ISC & CBSE [India]||70%|
|SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||1200|
|AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||7|
|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 Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP)||57|
|University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program||4.2|
|Non-Go8 Foundation Score||74|
|SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate)||80|
|Gao Kao (China National College Entrance Examination)||65%|
|KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education)||B+|
|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|
Fees and Scholarships
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I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees||
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $43,000|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
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
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
You must complete 120 hours of professional work experience at an approved workplace in the Level III course Advanced Applications in Animal Behaviour.
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Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
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 or ABORIG 1002 Indigenous Scholarship & Interplay of Knowledges
|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
As a dog handler I'm responsible for maintaining the skills and health of my assigned dog. I gained the necessary practical experience with dog behaviour and training during my degree, especially through my Honours project. Each subject had a practical component with different types of animals and lots of experiences from handling to physiology.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021