Zoology

Introduction

Zoology is the science of studying and understanding animals living on land, in freshwater or in the sea. It is the branch of biology that covers behaviour, classification, evolution, conservation, distribution, ecology and natural history, but also includes biochemistry and physiology, palaeontology, molecular biology and genetics, and the structure and function of animals.

Why Study Zoology at UNE?

The University of New England offers the zoology-specific degree in Australia, the Bachelor of Zoology.

This degree focuses on a wide range of issues dealing with the biology of animals. It includes material on the internal functioning of animals (physiology) and the role of animals in their environment (ecology). More detail is available in the Bachelor of Zoology Course Plan.

Our staff have expertise in many fields of zoology and animal ecology. This includes physiology, behaviour and ecology of native animals and how these enable adaptation to the environment: leading to a greater understanding of the structure and function of Australian communities.

Zoology students are able to undertake studies in a range of zoological disciplines including:

  • environmental and comparative physiology
  • entomology
  • marine ecology
  • freshwater ecology
  • animal behaviour
  • animal ecology
  • parasitology

UNE is the perfect location to study animals.  Within two hours drive of Armidale we have: sub-alpine to sub-tropical climates; semi-arid savannah to rainforest; biodiversity hotspots and world heritage national parks; most major soil types; western and eastern river drainage systems; and estuarine and marine environments making UNE an ideal which are ideal location for zoological studies.

Courses
Units

BIOL110 - Biology I
BIOL120 - Biology II
CHEM110 - Chemistry I
CHEM120 - Chemistry II
EVOL211 - Evolution and Biogeography
MTHS110 - Quantitative Skills with Applications
MTHS120 - Calculus and Linear Algebra 1 
STAT100 - Introduction to Statistical Modelling
ZOOL100 - Principles of Zoology
ZOOL203 - Vertebrate Zoology - Evolution and Diversity
ZOOL210/410 - Invertebrate Zoology
ZOOL220/420 - Entomology
ZOOL326/526 - Animal Behaviour
ZOOL327 - Ecological and Comparative Physiology
ZOOL328/528 - Insect-Plant Interactions
ZOOL329/529 - Evolutionary Parasitology
ERS501 - Applied Research Skills in Environmental and Rural Science
SCI500 - Research Methods in the Sciences

Careers

Zoologists study life at the level of the organism, population, community, and/or ecosystem.  Ecologists, physiologists, taxonomists, parasitologists, entomologists, and wildlife biologists, are a few examples of zoologists.  Zoologists can be included in all aspects of research, conservation, and management of populations.  Examples of potential employers of UNE Zoology graduates include:

  • Universities (worldwide)
  • Department of Environment and Climate Change (NSW Government)
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service (or equivalent)
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Federal Government)
  • Department of the Environment and Water Resources (Federal Government)
  • CSIRO
  • Department of Primary Industries
  • Australian Greenhouse Office
  • Australian Museum/ Queensland Museum
  • Consultancy firms

As a Zoologist you could work on:

  • the conservation of threatened species
  • species posing a threat to the environment
  • exploited populations
  • assessment of biosecurity and quarantine risks
  • animals that cause disease
  • animal health and welfare issues
Partnerships, Networks and Industry Links
Honours in Zoology

Are you considering Honours in Zoology? Please contact the Zoology Honours co-ordinator:

Dr Stuart Cairns
Phone: +61 2 6773 2170
Email: scairns@une.edu.au

Visit Scholarships for more information about scholarship opportunities.

Research

For information on our research activities, please visit the pages of the following research groups at UNE:

Contacts

For general and administrative enquiries, AskUNE.

For further information about studying Zoology at UNE:

Zoology
Phone: +61 2 6773 2340
Fax: +61 2 6773 3283
Email: zoology@une.edu.au