Bachelor of Animal Ecology

University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)

This program will build knowledge of animal conservation, biodiversity, marine ecology and animal behaviour. Students learn how the environment and human interaction has impacted animals and what they can do to protect their future. Students develop analytical and research skills to better understand how to conserve and manage animals. Hands-on experience starts in first year with fieldwork in the local region. During the course, students work with leading researchers on field trips and laboratory research. Students further develop their research skills in a specialised area with a choice of a guided research project or internship in the final year. As an animal ecologist, career paths include natural resource and environmental protection agencies, private environmental consultancies and research institutes. Many animal ecologists also pursue opportunities outside the science and health sectors in business, finance, education and sales.

Course Fee:

International: $81,000

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; Recommended prior study: English; Maths B or C; and at least one of the sciences


24 subjects; 8 introductory, 11 advanced and 5 elective subjects.

Subjects you can Study:

Animal ecology


Graduates will be eligible to become members/associate members of the Ecological Society of Australia, Environmental Institute of Australia, Australian Mammal Society, Australian Marine Science Association, Society for Conservation Biology, Australian Wildlife Management Society, and Australian Physiological Society.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
USC Sunshine Coast No info Yes Part time 6 years
USC Sunshine Coast No info Yes Full time 3 years
USC Fraser Coast No info Yes Part time 6 years
USC Fraser Coast No info Yes Full time 3 years
USC is ranked by students as one of Australia's best universities for teaching quality and overall student experience. USC offers hands-on learning and flexible study options across more than 120 programs, at a network of teaching locations between Brisbane and the Fraser Coast. All USC programs include practical training or internships, and a focus on the core skills students need to succeed in the future workplace. In 2018, USC ranked equal fifth out of universities in Australia for employer satisfaction with graduates. USC's international reputation for research is growing every year, with 26 research fields rated at world standard or above. Leading research areas include environmental sciences, nursing, medical and health sciences, biological sciences, engineering, technology, psychology, agricultural and veterinary sciences, human studies and communication. USC is committed to unlocking the innovation, productivity and full human potential of our regions, and to working with government, industry and community to encourage prosperity in a knowledge-driven world.

Provider CRICOS: 01595D

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