Study Planner Information

What will I study?

The University of Queensland's highly qualified academic staff use modern, flexible approaches to teaching to maximise student learning and potential. Students who undertake a major in Zoology can study:
 

General Zoology 
 
The general zoology stream allows you to combine the study of animals with the study of other aspects of biology including biostatistics, ecology, evolution, genetics and insect science. In keeping with the work encountered by a professional zoologist, the general zoology stream includes opportunities to work in the laboratory and the field, to work with wild and domestic animals, and to work with vertebrates and invertebrates. This stream provides opportunities to learn about and experience marine, freshwater, rainforest and arid environments, and to gain experience with the tools used by a modern zoologist. These include radio telemetry, molecular and physiological techniques, experimental design, and the humane handling of living animals. Assessment tasks will include written assignments, project presentations, and exams, and you will have the opportunity to design and conduct your own research project involving free-living animals.

Entomology

Entomology involves the scientific study of insects and related organisms that constitute three-quarters of known animal species. Insects are a major component in the Earth's biodiversity, and are essential intermediate components in all food webs. Insects also play an important and influential role in human environments, where they compete with us for our food and fibre; cause famine, infest livestock, and transmit disease; and infest our homes and damage household goods. The entomology stream includes the study of general and advanced zoology in second and third year. You will begin to focus on insects in second year, and will study Insect Diversity & EvolutionArthropods & Human Health, and Applied Insect Biology in third year. Assessment tasks will include written assignments, project presentations, insect collections, and exams, and you will have the opportunity to design and conduct your own research project involving free-living animals.

Wildlife Biology

Wildlife biologists study the conservation and management of animals. The wildlife biology stream provides exposure to zoology and ecology in second year, as well as the opportunity to gain an appreciation of related fields such as genetics, molecular biology, plant biology, evolutionary theory and mathematical biology. In third year you will study zoology, conservation biology and wildlife biology, and will have the opportunity to conduct field studies in coral reef, rainforest and arid environments. This stream provides opportunities to gain experience with the tools used by a modern wildlife biologist, including radio tracking; molecular and physiological techniques; the design and conduct of research projects on free-living animals; and the humane handling of living animals. Assessment tasks will include written assignments, project presentations, and exams.

1st Year Study Planner

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory for program – all BSc students must complete this course
  • Prerequisite for major – course required for this major
  • Recommended – other science course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
  • Elective - choose a Level 1 course that interests you
Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution Prerequisite for major
BIOL1030 Global Challenges in Biology Prerequisite for major
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science Recommended
Elective Elective
Year 1 - Semester 2*
*Students who commence this program midyear please see footnote 1 below.
Course Code & Title Requirements
STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data Compulsory for program
BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms Prerequisite for major
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

1. Students who commence this program in semester 2 should enrol in BIOL1020, BIOL1040 and STAT1201 to ensure that you are academically prepared for the following semester. Any mid-year commencing student who would like to vary this course selection should contact the Faculty of Science to arrange an academic advising appointment.

Year 2 to 3 Study Planner

Zoology is available as a Single Major. You are required to complete #14 (#6 at Level 2 and #8 at Level 3) from the Zoology course list. The following are suggested study plans for this major and should be used as a guide to planning your program.

Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the major requirements.
What do the different columns mean?

  • Sem - Semester
  • Compulsory courses – compulsory for the major.
  • Key courses – electives from the major's course list.
  • Recommended courses – complements the major.

Choose a study plan

 

Zoology (Single Major)

 

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #2 from:
Recommended Courses
1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design BIOL2010 Ecology

BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies
MARS2014 Marine Science

 
2 BIOL2204 Zoology BIOL2201 Evolution

BIOL2202 Genetics

BIOL2205 Insect Science
BIOL2203 Plant Biology
Year 3
Sem Key Courses
Choose at least #6 from:
Key Courses
Choose at least #2 from:
Recommended Courses
1 BIOL3009 Arthropods & Human Health

BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour

BIOL3360 Analysis & Communication of Biological Data
(This course first be offered in 2017)

 
BIOL3016 Outback Ecology Field Studies

BIOL3209 Biodiversity  Analysis, Discovery and Systematics

BIOL3211 Marine Invertebrates

BIOL3310 Macroecology & Biogeography
(This course first be offered in 2017)

BIOL3360 Animal-Plant Interactions
(This course first be offered in 2017)
 
2 BIOL3205 Physiological & Integrative Zoology

BIOL3239 Brain to Behaviour

BIOL3320 Vertebrate Diversity & Evolution
BIOL3236 Climate Change Biology

BIOL3300 Functional Ecology
(This course will be first offered in 2018)

BIOL3340 Fish, Fisheries & Aquaculture
 

 


Zoology (Single Major) - Entomology

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose atleast #2 from:
Recommended Courses
1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design   BIOL2010 Ecology

BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies
2 BIOL2204 Zoology BIOL2205 Insect Science BIOL2201 Evolution

BIOL2202 Genetics

BIOL2203 Plant Biology
Year 3
Sem Key Courses
Choose at least #6 from:
Key Courses
Choose at least #2 from:
Recommended Courses
1 BIOL3009 Arthropods & Human Health

BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour

BIOL3238 Insect Structure, Function & Physiology

BIOL3360 Analysis & Communication of Biological Data
(This course will be first offered in 2017)
BIOL3016 Outback Ecology Field Studies

BIOL3209 Biodiversity Analysis, Discovery & Systematics

BIOL3310 Macroecology & Biogeoegraphy
(This course will be first offered in 2017)

BIOL3370 Ecology & Evolution of Animal-Plant Interactions
(This course will be first offered in 2017)

 
2 BIOL3232 Insect Identification and Taxonomy1
(Offered in Summer Semester)

BIOL3239 Brain to Behaviour
BIOL3205 Physiological & Integrative Zoology

BIOL3236 Climate Change Biology

BIOL3300 Functional Ecology
(This course will be first offered in 2018)
 


1. Offered in Summer Semester in even years by remote delivery.


Zoology (Single Major) - Wildlife Biology

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
#2 for:
Recommended Courses
1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design BIOL2010 Ecology

BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies
-
2 BIOL2204 Zoology BIOL2201 Evolution
 
BIOL2202 Genetics

BIOL2203 Plant Biology

BIOL2205 Insect Science
Year 3
Sem Key Courses
Choose at least #6 from:
Key Courses
Choose at least #2 from:
Recommended Courses
1 BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour

BIOL3360 Analysis & Communication of Biological Data
(This course will be first offered in 2017)
 
BIOL3016 Outback Ecology Field Studies

BIOL3209 Biodiversity Analysis, Discovery and Systematics
-
2 BIOL3205 Physiological & Integrative Zoology

BIOL3320 Vertebrate Diversity & Evolution
BIOL3236 Climate Change Biology

BIOL3300 Functional Ecology
(This course will be first offered in 2018)
-

 

 

Careers in Zoology

A degree in zoology can provide you with the opportunity to have a truly exciting and rewarding career. It is a field of endeavour and study that can take you to every continent in the world, to have life experiences that are unrivalled. Zoology offers extraordinary flexibility and diversity in career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to forensics to biomedical research. Some examples as they relate to the broad field of zoology and specialisations are provided below.

Zoology

Although it is uncommon to find a job advertisement seeking a zoologist specifically, a degree in zoology is the natural qualification for a wide range of scientific employment opportunities. Zoologists find employment in the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) laboratories, Commonwealth, State and local governments, National Parks, The Australian Institute of Marine Science, museums, zoological gardens, conservation authorities, medical laboratories and secondary and tertiary education institutions. Others find employment in private industry or self-employment or consultancy in areas such as aquaculture, environmental impact assessment studies, field educational studies, biotechnology, conservation, ecotourism and national heritage work. Other potential avenues of self-employment are in animal breeding, private zoos and the production of nature films, books and multimedia presentations.

Entomology

The majority of professional entomologists work with insects that have an impact on human affairs, and are employed by research institutions such as the CSIRO (in the Division of Entomology and Division of Plant Industry) and state departments (such as Agriculture, Health, Conservation and Land Management). The larger urban pest control companies may employ entomologists in advisory and training positions, while manufacturers of agricultural and veterinary insecticides provide avenues for employment in research and development. In another area of pest control, graduates may find work as crop scouts and private consultants, advising farmers on the levels of pest infestations and appropriate times to use chemical or other control measures. Private companies concerned with biological control and the mass production of beneficial insects also employ graduate entomologists.

Wildlife Biology

Wildlife biologists are employed by a wide variety of Commonwealth government departments and agencies, including CSIRO and Environment Australia, as well as state fauna authorities and local government environment branches. Various governmental and non-governmental organisations seek wildlife biology graduates to undertake international wildlife research and management projects. In addition, increasing numbers of graduates are employed by private industry in the growing area of environmental consultancy, which also provides self-employment opportunities. Universities and other educational facilities employ wildlife biologists in research and teaching roles.

 

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