Bachelor of Science - Animal Behaviour

Flinders University

Animal Behaviour provides a science-based perspective on the role of communication, reproduction, and learning for survival in changing environments. Animal behaviour includes a study of social organisation, individual strategy and decision making, and interactions between species such as predator-prey and pollination. Animal welfare is a key concern for captive animals, agriculture and research, and is a pillar for the values of society. Understanding animal communication in noisy urban environments - such as dolphin communication in busy ports - will help to inform the use and development of human environments. The study of animal behaviour provides a general framework for understanding behaviour relevant to society. The breadth of applications of knowledge about animal behaviour therefore spans conservation and research to urban planning, education, law, sociology and medicine.Graduates from the Flinders Animal Behaviour specialisation will have obtained knowledge and skills that are transferable to various workplaces including in private, government and university organisations. Examples of jobs a graduate can apply for include: national parks ranger, wildlife carer, tour guide, conservation biologist and research scientist in a range of disciplines (after Honours and PhD).

Course Fee:

International: $98,700

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent qualifications; or mature age entry (STAT); or TAFE/VET qualifications; or higher education transfers; or completion of a foundation studies program


In first year students obtain the required foundations in biology and chemistry and an introduction to animal behaviour. Students who do not have a background in chemistry are able to choose introductory chemistry topics, making this specialisation available to those with no scientific background. In second and third year students pursue more detailed knowledge in animal behaviour. Examples of areas of study include animal diversity; foundations of animal behaviour; genetics, evolution and biodiversity; disease and immunology; integrative physiology of animals and plants; and conservation biology and restoration ecology. Students will have opportunities to apply their knowledge in a project setting by developing a public conservation plan or environmental impact study. Other opportunities exist for students to conduct a research project in animal behaviour. Both these opportunities give students an understanding of the task involved with a career in this field.

Subjects you can Study:

Animal Behaviour, Animal Diversity, Genetics, Evolution, Disease and Immunology, Conservation Biology, Restoration Ecology.

Study Pathways:

Admission to an honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the College being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study. Refer to Bachelor of Science (Honours).

Further information:

The Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) may also be studied in a combined degree program with: another Bachelor degree in the College of Science and Engineering where the combination meets the requirements of the credit transfer policy Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Honours)

Accepts International Students:


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Agricultural Scientist, Dog Trainer,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bedford Park 52.55 No Full time 3 years
Bedford Park 52.55 No Part time 6 years
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