Bachelor of  Science (Gatton)

Program code: 2330
QTAC code: 761001
CRICOS code: 001961J




3 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

Choose the Bachelor of Science (Gatton) to specialise in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience and learn how to manage the health of companion animals, production animals and wildlife, and monitor their social and environmental impact.

  • This three-year program will provide you with a biological foundation for a career in scientific research or diverse roles in the animal bioscience industry.
  • Gain knowledge of biochemistry, microbiology, behaviour and genetics to learn how animals function, grow and reproduce, and how to improve their production, health and welfare.
  • Work with global industry experts to build your practical skill set and help create farming systems that maintain ecosystems and conserve wildlife populations to enhance sustainability.
  • Graduate with a standalone qualification, or use this program as a pathway to improving your entry rank for UQ’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours), with credit for your studies.

Animal and veterinary bioscientists focus on the economic, ecological and social aspects that companion animals, production animals and wildlife can have on everyday life.

  • Why study

    Leader on global issues

    Embark on your career with the best skill set available. UQ is consistently Australia’s top institution for agricultural research and is ranked 17th in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. We're ranked 33rd in the world for veterinary science.

  • Employability

    Prepare for your career

    Build your employability while you study and gain insight into possible career paths. Employability and work-integrated learning opportunities tailored to your studies can develop your professional skills and enhance your career prospects.

  • Campus Facilities

    Hands-on learning

    Experience a university like no other at UQ Gatton. The specialist rural campus boasts innovative learning facilities, including greenhouses, research labs, an animal hospital and more than 1000 hectares of farmlands.

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  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    Our award-winning academics have an active research focus and strong connections with industry. Our teachers will challenge your thinking and you'll leave UQ equipped to find your own scientific solutions to real-world problems.

Majors for this program

There are 1 majors available in the Bachelor of Science (Gatton).

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Career outcomes

You will find employment in industries concerned with the health, welfare, nutrition and management of production and companion animals, and wildlife.

Your diverse career options include working in roles such as:

  • animal production, health and wellbeing consultant
  • animal nutritionist
  • biosecurity officer/consultant
  • animal reproduction consultant
  • conservationist
  • research scientist
  • industry regulator in government agencies.

Find out more about careers that started in science

  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the University’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.

  • Beyond the classroom

    See the world

    Expand your outlook and give your studies an international edge. Live and study abroad for a semester or year with one of our partner universities, including world-leading scientific institutions across the US and UK.

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  • Students

    Get the most out of your studies

    Find out about compulsory or recommended courses, plan your upcoming semester and create a successful path for your degree, using the Science Study Planner.

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  • Why study

    Get to know Gatton campus


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 7
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.


Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics B plus one of Chemistry or Physics.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Science (Gatton) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Science (Gatton) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Science (Gatton). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Gatton) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.


The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Science (Gatton).

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Animal and Veterinary Bioscience / Extended

The Animal and Veterinary Bioscience major combines study of sciences, including chemistry, biochemistry, biostatistics and microbiology, with courses that teach you about animals from the molecular level through to cells, tissues and whole animal populations. As a student in this major, you'll acquire sound training in biology that will form the basis for ongoing research training; work in industry or related animal-health sectors; or progression to programs like the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours).

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $44,736
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Science (Gatton) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Courses that include a field trip component may incur additional costs to cover transport, accommodation and food.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Science (Gatton) depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Science (Gatton) is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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