Undergraduate Certificate in Animal Ecology - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Undergraduate Certificate in Animal Ecology

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Learn about 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. You will learn about biodiversity, conservation, human-animal interactions, and the impacts of a changing environment. You will study a wide range of marine and terrestrial wildlife, including sharks, snakes, birds, turtles and whales.

Study locations
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Moreton Bay
  • Fraser Coast
Minimum selection threshold
ATAR - 55 OP - - Rank - 55
USC program code
Semester 1 and Semester 2
6 months full time or part time equivalent
Study mode
Blended Learning
Recommended prior study
English; one or more of the Sciences (Biology)
Other requirements
Standard English language requirements apply.
Total courses
Total units
Not available to international students on a Student visa.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Animal Ecology provides a direct pathway (subject to meeting all other entry criteria) to the Bachelor of Animal Ecology.

Career opportunities

Subject to completion of a three- year Bachelor of Animal Ecology program, career opportunities will be available across a range of areas both in Australia and internationally, including: animal ecology specialists in private environmental consulting; researchers; research assistants and managers in Government and non-governmental agencies; rangers and managers in wildlife management and conservation organisations; practitioners in environmental monitoring and management; collectors and curators in museums; environmental educators; specialist ecotourism guides; and researchers and lecturers at universities.

Admission requirements

Completion of Year 12 or be 17 years of age; and meet minimum selection threshold ATAR 55.

How to apply

To apply for the Undergraduate Certificate in Animal Ecology, submit the completed online application form via Apply USC.

Program structure

Required courses (4) 48 units

Select a total of 48 units from:

ANM100 Animal Ecology Field Course
ANM102 Endangered Animals and their Conservation
ANM103 Animal Form, Function and Evolution
ANM104 Marine Vertebrates: Sharks, Seabirds, Fish, Turtles and Whales
SCI102 Biodiversity and Ecology
SCI110 Science Research Methods
SCI113 Discovering Science
LFS100 Cell Biology
LFS103 Introductory Bioscience

(Select either LFS100 or LFS103 not both)

Total units: 48
Program notes
  • The Undergraduate Certificate in Animal Ecology is a pathway into the Bachelor of Animal Ecology, subject to meeting all other admission requirements.
  • Completing this program within the specified (part-time) duration is based on studying 12-unit points in one semester and 36 units in a second semester and following the recommended study sequence.
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified.
  • It is each student’s responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates.
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations.

Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

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