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 those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.
For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, 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.
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SATAC Code 334171 2020 CSP ATAR 65.85 2020 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
2020 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 55.25 Median ATAR to receive an offer 73.2 Highest ATAR to receive an offer 98.05 Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 65.85 Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 78.9 Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.85 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 2021. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2021 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2020 or 2019), 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 2019). 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 PathwaysSATAC Code: 334171
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2020 Number of students Percentage of all students (A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
9 19.6% (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)
<5 N/A (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)
<5 N/A International students <5 N/A All students 46 100.0%
CRICOS 097317K 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 IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearson 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 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) 4.8 Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 78 ISC & CBSE [India] 70% ISBE [India] 80% SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1200 AP (in conjunction 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 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 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
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
Fees and Scholarships
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Indicative annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $7,333
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $41,500
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.
Laboratory Manager, Laboratory Technician, Life Scientist, Agriculture, Agricultural Service Industry, Livestock Production, Animal 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 StructureStudents 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
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
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Last updated: Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021