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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science

Deakin’s Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science lets you get hands-on with animals, big and small. Apply the latest zoology theory and research in real-world settings, and develop evidence-based decision-making skills valued by industry.

Interested in a career that cares for the future of our furry and feathered friends?

If you’re fascinated by the way animals behave, adapt, evolve, and survive, you’re not alone. Animal enthusiasts choose Deakin to turn their passion into a rewarding career because of our research-informed teaching and practical approach to learning.

You’ll be challenged to test the theories you discuss in the classroom on living subjects in the lab and field. This gives you a first-hand understanding of the form and function of animals and the underlying mechanisms that influence their ecology and evolution. This course has a strong focus on Australian fauna and its unique importance in the global environment. You will learn broadly about

how animal evolution and ecology respond to changing environments.

As you advance through the course, you’ll be exposed to many unique aspects of zoology including disease ecology, animal sensory neurobiology, and behavior, as well as ecological and conservation genetics. The wide range of core units will broaden your skillset, expanding your career options across the growing zoology and animal science field.

Work experience

The course includes a compulsory professional practice unit that requires you to undertake at least 80 hours of work experience in a course-related host organization.

Campus Information

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

At Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, you are surrounded by expansive grounds and impressive new buildings. It offers state-of-the-art engineering, medical and sport facilities, as well as some of the most advanced research spaces in the world. The campus also features incredible sporting facilities, including Deakin’s Elite Sport Precinct, which includes an Australian rules football oval, FIFA-grade soccer pitch, athletics track, basketball courts, and more.


  • March
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Application Outcome
7 Days
Visa processing time
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Employers value Deakin graduates’ range of practical experience and evidence-based decision-making skills. You’ll be well-placed to explore opportunities in areas including:

  • zoological research
  • environmental monitoring and management
  • wildlife biology
  • private environmental consulting
  • government quarantine.

Graduates typically take on roles such as:

  • research assistants
  • environmental managers
  • pest management officers
  • collection managers of aquaria and zoological gardens
  • primary and secondary teachers (with relevant teaching qualifications).

Further postgraduate studies, including research training either in Australia or overseas, can also lead to becoming a research scientist in a specific field, museum curator, or even a university academic.

PSW Opportunity

  • Geelong/ Warrnambool Campus - 3 years of Post Study Work Permit

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • (standard class XII):- 65%
Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.
Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life, or work experience will be based on their performance in:
  • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
  • a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR
  • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
  • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience
Supporting documents
When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.
Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.
Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:
  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).
Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.
Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement, or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check, or another check.