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 Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
USC Fraser Coast No info Yes Part time 6 years
USC Fraser Coast No info Yes Full time 3 years
USC Sunshine Coast No info Yes Part time 6 years
USC Sunshine Coast No info Yes Full time 3 years
USC is one of Australia's fastest growing regional universities, and at just over 20 years of age is one of the world's top 150 young universities.

USC offers flexible study options across more than 120 programs at a network of teaching locations between Brisbane and the Fraser Coast. Our approach to learning is hands on, with innovative facilities and excellent staff-to-student ratios. Students consistently rate USC as one of the best universities in Australia for teaching quality and overall student experience.

USC's international reputation for research is growing every year, with 14 research fields now rated at world standard or above. Leading research areas include environmental science and management, nursing and health sciences, biological sciences, ecology, agricultural and veterinary sciences, fisheries science and clinical sciences.

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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