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

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Academic Year

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a coherent understanding of science, and in particular animal behaviour, by: 1.1. articulating the methods of science, and explaining why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry 1.2. explaining the role and relevance of animal science and animal behaviour in society.
  2. Exhibit depth and breadth of knowledge of animal behavioural science.
  3. Critically analyse and solve problems in animal behavioural science by: 3.1 gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from a range of sources 3.2 designing and planning an investigation 3.3 selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct an investigation 3.4 collecting, accurately recording, analysing, interpreting and reporting scientific data 3.5 demonstrating cooperativity and effectiveness of working in a team environment.
  4. Be effective communicators of science by: 4.1 communicating scientific results, information, or arguments, to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes, and using a variety of modes.
  5. Be accountable for their own learning and scientific and professional work by: 5.1 being independent and self-directed learners 5.2 working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual and team context 5.3 demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory frameworks relevant to their disciplinary area and personally practicing ethical conduct.


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.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour)

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

Qualification Requirements

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