Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology

Zoology

Zoology at UTASOverview

Zoology is the study of animal life – how animals are built, how they work, how they behave, their evolutionary relationships, how they interact with other animals, plants and organisms, and the physical environment. By studying Zoology at UTAS, you will utilise Tasmania’s proximity to unique and diverse ecosystems such as ; alpine heath, temperate rainforests, costal landscapes and the Southern Ocean, which many fascinating creatures inhabit.

Areas of Specialisation

Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology; Comparative Endocrinology and Ecophysiology; Conservation Biology and Wildlife Management; Freshwater Ecology

Careers

Zoologists find a range of career opportunities from conducting environmental impact assessments, fauna conservation and ecotourism, to teaching, research and academic positions. A graduate in zoology may find employment in one of the government agencies responsible for managing primary industries and the environment: Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Australian Antarctic Division, Forest Practices Authority, Forestry Tasmania, Inland Fisheries Service

Professional Associations

Ecological Society of Australia; Australian Mammal Society; Australian Herpetological Society; Australian Society of Comparative Endocrinology; Australian Marine Sciences Association; Australian Society of Fish Biology; Australia New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry; Australian Institute of Biologists; Australian Society of Phycology and Aquatic Botany; Australian Society of Reproductive Biology; Australian Society of Limnology; Society of Behavioural and Neuroendocrinology; Royal Society of Tasmania; Marine Mammal Society; Birds Australia.

Undergraduate degrees in Zoology

73O Bachelor of Science

This 3-year (minimum) full-time or part-time course is offered by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology and is available at Hobart and Launceston. The main intake to the Bachelor of Science is February, however a mid-year intake in July is also available. Interested students would study a major or minor in Zoology.

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73Q Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies

The Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies (min 3 yrs) is for students who are interested in gaining a wide interdisciplinary understanding of natural environments and wilderness and developing knowledge, skills and techniques that are useful in employment or other activities related to natural environments and wilderness. Student can elect to study a reverse major in Zoology.

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73P Bachelor of Antarctic Science

2014 only. See K3S Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science. 73P Bachelor of Antarctic Science is a three-year full-time or six-year part-time course is offered by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology and is available at Hobart. Antarctic and Southern Ocean is one of the University's theme areas and it is an area that is unique to the University of Tasmania. The course has two streams - Antarctic Life Science or Antarctic Physical Sciences - allowing for different emphases in specialisation.

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Postgraduate degrees in Zoology

S4E Bachelor of Science with Honours

This 1 year full-time, 2 year part-time (maximum) course is available at Hobart and, subject to available supervision, at Launceston. It aims to provide advanced training in the major area of the student's pass degree, opportunity for training in research, to prepare candidates for further research study (eg MSc and PhD) and employment in research organisations, and an in-depth knowledge in a single area of science.

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K4B Bachelor of Marine Science with Honours

The Bachelor of Marine Science with Honours has been developed to provide students with advanced knowledge and scientific training in a specialised area of marine science; training in research as preparation for employment in a research organisation or for postgraduate study in Masters or PhD programs; and equip students with knowledge, skills, competencies and awareness in preparation for employment in industry. The degree is fully equivalent to an honours degree with any other University School and satisfies the usual eligibility requirements for research higher degrees and postgraduate scholarships. The program can be taken in one year full-time or two years part-time study. Students can commence the program in either semester 1 or semester 2. Available specialisations: biological sciences, physical sciences, chemical sciences and marine geosciences related to the broad areas of marine science.

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K4F Bachelor of Antarctic Science with Honours

This one-year full-time or two-year part-time course is available at Hobart. The Bachelor of Antarctic Science with Honours continues the general overview of Antarctic and Southern Ocean matters with specialist training in a research topic, generally within physical sciences, biological sciences, law, policy, international relations, environmental management, or polar technology. The degree satisfies the usual eligibility requirements for research higher degrees and postgraduate scholarships. The program can be taken in one year full-time or two years part-time study. Students can commence the program in either semester 1 or semester 2. This program is science-based and caters for students with a strong background in Antarctic science.

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S6D Graduate Diploma of Science

The Graduate Diploma in Science allows students to obtain a science major in an area outside their specialisation, such as Zoology. Applications are open to graduates from all disciplines provided that the prerequisites for the field of specialisation are met, or other evidence of fitness to undertake the work is provided.

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S6X Graduate Diploma of Science with Honours

The Graduate Diploma of Science with Honours allows graduates to obtain the necessary science major to pursue higher degrees in Science. It offers advances training in the area chosen with a research Honours year, such as Zoology.

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K7J Master of Applied Science (Specialisation)

The Master of Applied Science (Specialisation) may be completed in 3 or 4 semesters depending on level of qualifications on entry and discipline preparedness of the specific candidate. The MAppSc (Spec) provides students with the opportunity to acquire advanced current knowledge in a specific science discipline. In addition, students will develop a capacity for independent research and problem-solving that can lead to workplace research and/or a degree by higher research (Masters or PhD). Currently, specialisations are available in the following areas: Agricultural Science, Chemistry, Food Safety, Microbiology, Physics (note: mid-year entry (July) only available), Biological Sciences, Environmental Management and Spatial Sciences.

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