Bachelor of
Science:

Study Planner Information

Year 1 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory – all 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 – an elective course from the course list, or as permitted by the program rules
Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science Compulsory
BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution Prerequisite for major
BIOL1030 Global Challenges in Biology Prerequisite for major
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
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

Program Rules Course List

What do the different columns mean?

  • Required for Major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective

Choose a study plan

  • General Studies
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ BIOL2010 Ecology
    BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies

    MARS2014 Marine Science
    2

    BIOL2201 Evolution
    BIOL2202 Genetics
    BIOL2205 Insect Science ]


    BIOL2204 Zoology
    BIOL2203 Plant Biology
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Required for Major Recommended
    1 Choose at least 6 units from:

    [ BIOL3009 Arthropods & Human Health
    BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour
    BIOL3360 Analysis & Communication of Biological Data
    BIOL3209 Biodiversity  Analysis, Discovery and Systematics

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ BIOL3016 Outback Ecology Field Studies
    BIOL3211 Marine Invertebrates
    BIOL3310 Macroecology & Biogeography
    BIOL3340 Fish, Fisheries & Aquaculture

    BIOL3370 Ecology & Evolution of Animal-Plant Interactions
    2

    BIOL3205 Physiological & Integrative Zoology
    BIOL3320 Vertebrate Diversity & Evolution ]

    BIOL3236 Climate Change Biology
    ANIM3049 Biology of Australian Marsupials & Monotremes ]

    BIOL3000 Conservation
  • Entomology
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    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
    Semester Required for Major Required for Major
    1 Choose at least 6 units from:

    [ BIOL3009 Arthropods & Human Health
    BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour
    BIOL3238 Insect Structure, Function & Physiology
    BIOL3360 Analysis & Communication of Biological Data
    BIOL3209 Biodiversity Analysis, Discovery & Systematics

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ BIOL3016 Outback Ecology Field Studies
    BIOL3310 Macroecology & Biogeoegraphy
    BIOL3370 Ecology & Evolution of Animal-Plant Interactions

    2

    BIOL3205 Physiological & Integrative Zoology
    BIOL3232 Insect Identification and Taxonomy1
    (Offered in Summer Semester) ]

    BIOL3236 Climate Change Biology


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

  • Wildlife Biology
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ BIOL2010 Ecology
    BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies

    -
    2

    BIOL2201 Evolution ]


    BIOL2204 Zoology
    BIOL2202 Genetics
    BIOL2203 Plant Biology
    BIOL2205 Insect Science
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Required for Major Recommended
    1 Choose at least 6 units from:

    [ BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour
    BIOL3360 Analysis & Communication of Biological Data
    (This course will be first offered in 2017)
    BIOL3209 Biodiversity Analysis, Discovery and Systematics

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ BIOL3016 Outback Ecology Field Studies

    2

    BIOL3205 Physiological & Integrative Zoology
    BIOL3320 Vertebrate Diversity & Evolution ]

    BIOL3236 Climate Change Biology
    ANIM3049 Biology of Australian Marsupials & Monotremes ]

    BIOL3000 Conservation

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.