24 September 2014
USC will offer its first full Animal Ecology degree next year to meet student demand for extensive, hands-on fieldwork involving local fauna ranging from marine invertebrates to land animals.
USC’s Associate Professor David Schoeman said the three-year Bachelor of Animal Ecology would provide graduates with the skills to contribute to the study, conservation and management of animals in the wild or in captivity.
“It will make full use of the diversity of regional habitats and animals, placing hands-on and field-based activities at the centre of the student experience,” he said.
Dr Schoeman, an expert in marine, climate-change and conservation ecology, said the full degree had been prompted in part by increasing inquiries about USC’s existing major in Animal Ecology.
“Right from the first semester of first year, this will be a practical-focused degree that takes students into the field to learn about the ethics and fundamentals of research and how to handle and study animals,” he said.
“It will be taught by a mix of experienced lecturers and leading researchers, and will provide opportunities for travel abroad.”
The degree will suit careers across Australia and the world, including work in private environmental consulting, government and non-government agencies, wildlife management and conservation, environmental monitoring and management, zoological research, wildlife biology, museums and universities.
USC will introduce 18 new undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in 2015.
— Julie Schomberg