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Bachelor of Animal Science

Animal and Veterinary Science

Bachelor of Animal Science

Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours)

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Develop the knowledge and skills to manage the supervision and welfare of a wide range of animal species with CSU's Bachelor of Animal Science. Our course provides comprehensive training and extensive practical experience to prepare you for a career working with animals or in animal-related industries.

A degree in animal science from CSU could take you anywhere in the world from research laboratories of the world's foremost universities to production enterprises across Australia or even rain forests and jungles across the globe.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's animal science course is diverse and could see you working in Australia or overseas at a zoo or wildlife park, or in conservation or research. It provides a broad foundation in biological sciences and instruction in basic sciences, research skills and the health, welfare, behaviour, nutrition, genetics and breeding of animals.

    Customise your education

    CSU lets you tailor your course to your interests and career goals, with streams available in animal production and management, animal science, biomedical science, equine science and management, and wildlife conservation and management.

    Learn from industry leaders

    You'll be taught by academic staff who have made substantial contributions to research and policy development over many years. Our staff also contribute to our equine science, veterinary biology / veterinary science and veterinary technology degrees, ensuring that a broad spectrum of expertise is available to students.

    Gain international experience

    There are opportunities to broaden your horizons and study experience through an overseas study tour. Embark on a life-changing overseas experience where you could study lions in Africa, bears in Cambodia or at a trailblazing farm in New Zealand.

    Benefit from outstanding facilities

    CSU's School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences provides education in the animal, equine and veterinary sciences. With a strong focus on practical skills, we collaborate with local farmers and clinicians to deliver quality education in facilities that are among the best of their kind in the world. These include a pre-clinical centre, anatomy laboratory and museum, veterinary diagnostic laboratory, large animal hospital and small animal referral centre, large animal handling facilities, campus farms and field sites, and an equine centre.

    Gain a competitive edge

    If you achieve a high academic grade by the end of your third year of study, you may be eligible to apply for an honours year. Honours study creates a stepping stone to postgraduate study and gives you a competitive edge on your CV when applying for jobs.

  • Career opportunities

    Diverse careers are available to CSU's animal science graduates.

    Animal health, welfare and nutrition

    Positions include animal nutritionist, animal behaviouralist, animal stud manager, animal technician, animal education officer and animal welfare officer.

    Population management

    You could help manage populations of domestic and production animal species or free-living or captive wild animals in roles such as animal production manager, wildlife ecologist, conservation officer or national parks wildlife officer.

    Other opportunities

    You could pursue a career in research, teaching in schools and higher education, commerce or a government advisory or regulatory role as an environmental scientist, quarantine officer or scientific officer.

  • Credit and pathways

    Students who have studied and successfully completed subjects at other universities that are likely to be equivalent to subjects in CSU's Bachelor of Animal Science may apply for credit for those subjects when enrolling. Credit will be granted for subjects that are equivalent in content and standard, at the discretion of the relevant Subject Coordinator.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    No special arrangements apply

  • Workplace learning

    CSU's Bachelor of Animal Science focuses on the development of practical skills. In addition, students are required to complete a minimum of 30 days of practical experience in a range of animal-related industries. Students will need a car of their own or may be able to travel with another student, who may expect some contribution for travel expenses. Travel and accommodation costs for workplace learning experiences are the responsibility of the student.

    Students have the opportunity to learn in some of the best facilities of their kind in the world. The purpose-built facilities are on a relaxed and spacious campus in Wagga Wagga, in the heart of regional Australia.

    Some of the on campus facilities include:

    • animal handling facilities
    • campus farm and field sites
    • a state-of-the-art pre-clinical centre including the anatomy laboratory and museum
    • modern large animal hospital
    • state-of-the-art veterinary diagnostic laboratory
    • equine centre
    • practical classrooms

    ASC307 Critical Reviews in Animal Science

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    All streams are of the same duration.

    For the  PASS stream:

    • 20 x 8 point core subjects (160 points) and 12 x 8 point restricted elective subjects (96 points) 

    For the HONOURS stream:

    • 21 x 8 point core subjects (168 points), 5 x 8 point restricted electives (40 points), and 48 point Honours research project/dissertation (HRS416 + HRS432).

    Core Subjects common to Pass and Honours streams (20 subjects; 160 points)

    • ASC110 Introduction to Animal Science
    • ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    • ASC221 Animal Genetics
    • ASC222 Animal Biotechnology
    • ASC223 Animal Growth and Development
    • ASC225 Assessment of Animal Welfare
    • ASC261 Animal Reproduction
    • ASC273 Animal Nutrition
    • ASC305 Parasitology
    • ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
    • ASC307 Critical Reviews in Animal Science
    • ASC350 Animal Health
    • BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
    • BIO100 Concepts of Biology
    • BIO216 Conservation Biology
    • CHM102 Chemistry for Dental and Veterinary Sciences
    • MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    • STA201 Scientific Statistics
    • STA308 Experimental Design and Analysis
    • VSC112 Animal Behaviour and Welfare  

    Additional core subject for Honours stream

    STA404 Statistical Reasoning
    HRS432 Science Honours Project/Dissertation
    HRS416 Science Honours Project/Dissertation

    Restricted elective subjects (Pass stream - 12 subjects; 96 points. Honours stream - 5 subjects; 40 points)

    Other restricted electives not listed below may be taken following approval of the Course Co-ordinator and the Subject Co-ordinator (specifically applies to subjects provided externally through the University of New England).

    Animal Production and Management

    • ACC240 Financial Management of Small Business
    • AGB110 Agricultural Economics
    • AGB310 Agricultural Marketing
      AGB450 Agricultural Business Risk and Investment
    • AGR220 Extension
    • AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management
    • ASC111 Comparative Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    • ASC370 Ruminant Production and Welfare
    • ASC416 Research Project/ Special Topic 1 (16 points)
    • ASC474 Intensive Animal Production and Welfare
    • ASC475 Meat and  Fibre Science
    • ASC525 Domestic Animal Behaviour
    • BMS342 Medicinal and Indigenous Foods
    • HRM210 Human Resource Management
    • LAW110 Business Law
    • MGT220 eCommerce
    • PSC104 Soil Science
    • PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands
    • VSC114 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology
    • VSC332 Advanced Animal Nutrition and Biochemistry

    Equine Science and Management

    • ACC240 Financial Management of Small Business
    • AGB310 Agricultural Marketing
    • AGB450 Agricultural Business Risk and Investment
    • AGR220 Extension
    • ASC106 Equine Industry
    • ASC111 Comparative Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    • ASC201 Equine Reproduction and Breeding Management
    • ASC202 Equine Locomotion
    • ASC209 Horse Breeding Technologies
    • ASC321 Equine Exercise Physiology
    • ASC412 Equine Nutrition
    • ASC413 Equine Health
    • ASC416 Research Project/ Special Topic 1 (16 points)
    • ASC525 Domestic Animal Behaviour
    • HRM210 Human Resource Management
    • LAW110 Bsuiness Law
    • MGT220 eCommerce
    • VSC114 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology

    Wildlife Conservation and Management

    • ACC240 Financial Management of Small Business
    • AGR220 Extension
    • ASC111 Comparative Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    • ASC416 Research Project/ Special Topic 1 (16 points)
    • BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    • BIO203 Animal Diversity
    • BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
    • BIO312 Landscape Ecology
    • BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
    • BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16 points)
    • BIO328 Restoration Ecology
    • BIO433 Ornithological Methods
    • BIO437 Captive Breeding and Reintroduction of Birds
    • BIO446 Captive Reptilian Management
    • BIO489 Zoo Curatorship (16 points) 
    • BMS342 Medicinal and Indigenous Foods
    • ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
    • HRM210 Human Resource Management
    • MGT220 eCommerce
    • PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    • REC200 Principles of Ecotourism
    • REC305 Advanced Principles of Ecotourism
    • SPA115 Principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    • VSC114 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology

    Biomedical Sciences

    • ASC416 Research Project (16 points)
    • BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry
    • BMS216 Introductory Haematology
    • BMS229 Histotechniques
    • BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
    • BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
    • BMS306 Advanced Haematology
    • BMS315 Medical Microbiology
    • BMS324 Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion
    • BMS342 Medicinal and Indigenous Foods
    • FSC200 Introduction to Forensic Science
    • VSC114 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology
    Enrolment pattern

    By full-time study

    Pass and Honours Streams

    Session 1 (30)

    ASC110 Introduction to Animal Science
    BIO100 Concepts of Biology
    CHM102 Chemistry for Dental and Veterinary Sciences
    VSC112 Animal Behaviour and Welfare

    Session 2 (60)

    ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    ASC221 Animal Genetics
    MCR101 Microbiology
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Session 3 (30)

    ASC222 Animal Biotechnology
    ASC261 Animal Reproduction
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
    [ ] Restricted Elective

    Session 4 (60)

    ASC223 Animal Growth and Development
    ASC225 Assessment of Animal Welfare
    ASC273 Animal Nutrition
    BIO216 Conservation Biology

    Session 5 (30)

    ASC350 Animal Health
    STA308 Experimental Design and Analysis
    [ ] Restricted Elective
    [ ] Restricted Elective

    Session 6 (60)

    ASC305 Parasitology
    ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
    [ ] Restricted Elective
    [ ] Restricted Elective

    Pass stream

    Session 7 (30)

    ASC307 Critical Reviews in Animal Science
    [ ] Restricted Elective
    [ ] Restricted Elective
    [ ] Restricted Elective

    Session 8 (60)

    [ ] Restricted Elective
    [ ] Restricted Elective
    [ ] Restricted Elective
    [ ] Restricted Elective

    Honours stream

    Session 7 (30)

    ASC307 Critical Reviews in Animal Science

    HRS416 Honours Research Project/Dissertation (16 points)
    STA404 Statistical Reasoning

    Session 8 (60)

    HRS432 Honours Research Project/Dissertation (32 points)

  • Residential schools

    This is an on campus course however some subjects may be available to be studied by distance education. The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students.:

    AGR220 Extension
    ASC106 Equine Industry
    BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management
    ASC111 Comparative Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    BIO489 Zoo Curatorship
    BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
    BMS315 Medical Microbiology
    ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    BIO100 Concepts of Biology
    ASC370 Ruminant Production and Welfare
    ASC201 Equine Reproduction & Breeding Management
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    BMS324 Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion
    ASC412 Equine Nutrition
    BIO433 Ornithological Methods
    ASC305 Parasitology
    BMS216 Introductory Haematology
    BMS229 Histopathology 1
    BMS306 Advanced Haematology
    ASC202 Equine Locomotion
    ASC261 Animal Reproduction
    PSC104 Soil Science
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    ASC273 Animal Nutrition
    ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
    ASC209 Horse Breeding Technologies
    ASC350 Animal Health
    BIO203 Animal Diversity
    ASC321 Equine Exercise Physiology
    ASC413 Equine Health
    BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
    BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
    PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    There are a limited number of places available in the course and entry will be competitive based on the ATAR or equivalent from previous studies.

    Currently no secondary school subjects are prerequisites for admission to the Bachelor of Animal Science.

    Transfer to the Honours stream can be made only after the satisfactory completion of three years with a Credit average and above and is subject to the availability of a suitable research project and supervisor.

    ADMISSION CRITERIA FOR THE PASS DEGREE

    Rank 1
    Applicants with one or more of the following:

    • NSW ATAR greater than the minimum, as approved by Academic Senate, with passes in 2U mathematics AND either 2U chemistry or 2U biology;
    • Successful completion of at least four University subjects AND a minimum of 75% success rate in the subjects attempted;
    • Applicants eligible for rank 2 who are granted special consideration by the Admissions Sub committee of Academic Senate on the grounds of educational disadvantage.

    Rank 2
    Applicants with one or more of the following:

    • NSW ATAR equal to or greater than the minimum, as approved by Academic Senate, with a pass in one or more of the following subjects - Mathematics, Maths in Society, Physics, Chemistry, Science, Economics, or Biology;
    • A completed advanced certificate (Level IV), Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, Diploma or equivalent in a course provided by TAFE or another accredited vocational education provider;
    • Successful completion of at least two University subjects, either as an associate student of CSU or subjects offered by another university;
    • Applicants eligible for rank 3 who are granted special consideration by the Admissions Sub-committee of the Academic Senate on the grounds of educational disadvantage.

    Rank 3
    Applicants with one or more of the following:

    • NSW HSC ATAR equal to or greater than the minimum, as approved by Academic Senate, or equivalent;
    • Completion of the equivalent of one year of study at Certificate III level or higher in a course provided by TAFE or other accredited vocational education provider;
    • A minimum of three years relevant work experience AND documentary evidence of motivation to undertake university study in animal science. Such evidence must include a statement by the applicant addressing the issue of work experience, the reason(s) for their interest in the course and what they have done (or will do) to prepare for the course. A statement of support (recommendation) from an employer or a professional person is desirable;
    • Aboriginal applicants who have completed the ADEPT program;
    • Applicants recommended by the Admissions Sub-committee of the Academic Senate (significant disadvantage);
    • Applicants excluded from a course at CSU or another university who have demonstrated that they have taken satisfactory measures to address the factors that contributed to their exclusion.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNN215034
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYNNITBA
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNNKTBA

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Must complete 256 points with a pass grade or better achieved in all subjects and 60 days of workplace learning over the duration of the course.

  • How to apply
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    CRICOS Code(s)

    068972G (Wagga Wagga)

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  • About the School

    School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

    The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences is a hands-on provider of education in the areas of animal, equine and veterinary sciences. The School delivers teaching in state-of-the-art laboratories and clinics at CSU’s Wagga Wagga Campus, as well as through the small animal clinic in the city of Wagga Wagga. The School works in close collaboration with local farmers and clinicians in the delivery of training, with a strong focus on practical skills to prepare work-ready graduates. Since introducing the veterinary science course in 2005, the School has achieved its vision of providing high quality and passionate veterinarians for rural Australia. Staff are very active in research and in supervising postgraduate research students, with both national and international aspects.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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