Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) (BSc(AnmlBehaviour))

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Special Notes

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Animal behaviour is a specialist field important to many animal-related professions. Animal behaviour informs how animals are treated and managed with direct application in animal welfare, management of animals in intensive and extensive systems, and how animals are viewed in society.
Animal behaviour can also be used to better understand human behaviour, as there are many commonalities in biological and genetic regulation of behaviour. This additional focused training will equip students to work in a number of fields, including animal training (most jobs are with companion animals, but students will be equipped to work with any species), animal management (e.g. Animal Management Officers with Local Councils or in shelters), and with wildlife (e.g. Zoos, wildlife parks) as well as in research and education. 
Level I involves studies at both North Terrace and Roseworthy campuses, while the core elements of the rest of the program will be based at the Roseworthy campus.  This program requires a total of 120 hours of professional work experience to be undertaken in Semester 2 of the third year of the program.

The Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) is an AQF Level 7 qualification with a standard full-time
duration of 3 years.


Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour)

There shall be a Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) .

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 72 units, comprising:
1.  Core courses to the value of 45 units.
2.  Elective courses to the value of 27 units.
3.  Level I courses not exceeding 30 units.
4.  Level III Science courses to the value of at least 24 units.
5.  Broadening experience.

Core Courses

Level I

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
ANIML SC 1015RW Animal Handling & Husbandry I 3
ANIML SC 1016RW Principles in Animal Behaviour Welfare Ethics I 3
BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells 3
BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms 3
PSYCHOL 1000 Psychology IA 3
PSYCHOL 1001 Psychology IB 3
STATS 1004 Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences) 3

Level II

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
AN BEHAV 2000RW Foundations of Animal Behaviour 3
ANIML SC 2506RW Comparative Animal Anatomy & Physiology IIA 3
ANIML SC 2507RW Comparative Animal Anatomy & Physiology IIB 3
ANIML SC 2520RW Research Methodology for Animal Sciences II 3

Level III

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
AN BEHAV 3000RW Applied Behaviour Analysis for Animals 3
AN BEHAV 3010RW Advanced Applications in Animal Behaviour 6
AN BEHAV 3020RW Animal Management 3