Did you know certain female lizards are able to clone themselves, a baby bandicoot is born after only 12 days of pregnancy and that some baby spiders practice 'matriphagy' - eating their mothers after birth?

This major will introduce you to the complexities of animal systems by integrating knowledge from the biology of cells to the behaviour of whole organisms. You can choose to specialise in Behavioural Ecology, Reproductive Physiology or Wildlife and Conservation, and combine this with subjects from a wide range of biological disciplines. Practical experience in zoological research will provide valuable skills for the workplace.

Patricia Koh

"I followed my passion for the natural world and animals and started studying zoology. I love learning about how animals interact with each other as well as their habitat and how their biology makes them suited to the environment."

Sample course plans

Sample course plans for the BSc [PDF]

  • Career Outcomes

    Zoology is an amazingly broad discipline. You can enter careers or research in many areas such as animal biology, conservation and wildlife management, biomedical and bioinformatics research. The generic skills gained in zoology can also provide opportunities in many other industries such as education and business.

    Earnings for life scientists, which includes Zoology, are above average and employment for this occupation is expected to grow moderately to 2019.

    Caitlin Selleck

    “Since I was young I have loved animals, particularly insects and spiders, and after doing a first year botany subject I have found plants interesting too. I’d like to do something that involves gaining information about animals or plants and using that knowledge to solve real-world problems.”

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Science graduates with a major in Zoology are well-placed to apply for:

    • Professionally focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics and nanotechnology;
    • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, medicine and other health sciences, and teaching;
    • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in the sciences and technology within the Faculty of Science, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
    My research is focussing on the invasion of a marine invertebrate, and the effects that its invasion has on the ecosystem in Port Phillip Bay. Working with my supervisor to shape my own ideas has been invaluable.Asher Trama