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Learn how animals relate and interact with their physical and biological environments.

Through this specialisation, you’ll investigate animal morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

We'll expand your knowledge of climate change biology, wildlife and conservation biology, entomology, environmental physiology, marine biology, fisheries biology and aquaculture, terrestrial ecology, molecular ecology, and mathematical applications in biology.

You can combine your study of animals with biostatistics, ecology, evolution, genetics and insect science, and gain practical experience through field courses offered in the Australian outback, rainforests, Stradbroke Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Zoology offers a large number of career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to biomedical research with medical laboratories and education institutions.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research.


1 in Queensland for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings 2021

50 in the world for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings 2021

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Senior ecology consultant
  • Conservation officer
  • Land management coordinator
  • Zookeeper

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)


How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Advanced Zoology
  • Advanced Ecology
  • Physiological and Integrative Zoology
  • Animal Behaviour

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