Bachelor of Animal Science

Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours)

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What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Animal Science provides training in the major disciplines that underpin the animal sciences, preparing graduates for careers in a broad range of professions working with animals, or within animal-related industries.

CSU's Bachelor of Animal Science has been designed to develop a well rounded foundation of knowledge, and a well developed set of practical and communication skills. You will develop a broad foundation in biological sciences, and in the third and final years, choose from alternative streams of study in animal production and management, biomedical sciences, equine science and management, or wildlife conservation and management.

This course provides instruction in the basic sciences, research skills and the health, welfare, behaviour, nutrition, genetics and breeding of animals, including farm animals, horses, wildlife and zoo animals. Other characteristics of the course include a component in practical skills such as animal handling, and the development of lifelong learning skills, critical thinking and effective communication with scientists and lay people.

You will study in a range of learning environments including lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning activities, practicals and workplace environments.

Reasons for studying Animal Science at CSU:

1. Prepare for a successful career working with animals and in animal-related industries in management, commerce, extension and training, and research

2. Gain practical experience from your first year of study using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities on campus

3. Learn from world class academic and support staff.

Career opportunities

Graduates of CSU's Bachelor of Animal Science can expect to pursue careers in research, extension and training, commerce, government advisory or regulatory roles, and industries allied to animal health, welfare, nutrition, and the management of populations of free-living or captive wild animals.

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Workplace learning

Students begin learning in a real-life, practical environment in the CSU livestock facilities from the first year of the Bachelor of Animal Science. From the second half of the first year, students are also expected to gain practical experience in a variety of animal science-related industries and enterprises during their vacations.


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.

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At the end of the third year of the Bachelor of Animal Science, if you are achieving a high academic grade, you may be eligible to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours) program. Completing an Honours degree gives you the learning skills required to undertake research and develop enhanced critical thinking. It provides a stepping stone to further postgraduate study, such as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) as well as an edge when presenting your CV for employment.

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