Bachelor of Animal Ecology - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Bachelor of Animal Ecology

Start studying this degree from home. Due to the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, USC’s classes in Semester 2, 2020 are ready to be delivered online, though we’ll be teaching face-to-face again as soon as we can!

*International students who are offshore (outside of Australia) should contact USC International to discuss their study options.

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Bachelor of Animal Ecology

Help protect animals in their natural habitats

Work with animals and turn your love of nature into a meaningful career. In this program, you’ll study animals in their natural habitats to better understand how we can protect their future.

Study locations
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Moreton Bay
  • Fraser Coast
Semester 1 or Semester 2
Program length (full-time)
3 years
Annual tuition fee 2020
Estimated total tuition fee *
  • Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
  • * Estimated tuition fees are based on 2020 rates. Refer to international fees for more information.
  • Not all majors/minors and elective options are available at every campus. You should refer to the What Can I Study tab, and the proposed study sequence for your chosen campus and intake for further information.
  • ^First year courses offered at Moreton Bay campus from Semester 1, 2020.
Study locations QTAC code
  • Sunshine Coast 013201
  • Moreton Bay ^ 014271
  • Fraser Coast 019201
Refer to the program footnotes
Minimum selection threshold
ATAR - 54.55 OP - 18 Rank - 64
USC program code
Semester 1 or Semester 2
3 years full time or equivalent part time
Study mode
Blended Learning
Recommended prior study
English, Maths B or C and one or more of the sciences
Total courses
Total units
  • ^First year courses offered at Moreton Bay campus from Semester 1, 2020.

You’ll complete fieldwork in Australia or overseas to learn about biodiversity, conservation, human-animal interactions, and the impacts of a changing environment.

In this program you will:

  • Study a wide range of marine and terrestrial wildlife, including sharks, snakes, birds, turtles and whales.
  • Learn how animals are impacted by humans and the environment.
  • Work alongside leading researchers to gain expertise in animal conservation and management.
  • Develop hands-on skills from your first year through fieldwork to North Stradbroke Island or Fraser Island.
  • Have opportunities for overseas study or fieldwork.
Career opportunities
  • Animal ecologist (in government agencies or private consulting)
  • Wildlife or environmental researcher
  • Park and wildlife ranger
  • Environmental educator
  • Environmental monitor
  • Ecotourism guide
  • Museum collector or curator
Graduates are eligible to become members of:
  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • Environmental Institute of Australia
  • Australian Mammal Society
  • Australian Marine Science Association
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Australian Wildlife Management Society
  • Australian Physiological Society

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