Zoology major

The Zoology major will provide you with the opportunity to study animals and their habitats including Western Australia's unique fauna. These habitats are diverse, and range from deserts through to temporary wetlands and rainforests. Zoologists discover the solutions to the problems presented by these habitats. This major will provide you with a sound knowledge and understanding of animal structure and function and the evolutionary processes that have engendered animal diversity. Zoologists also study physiology, reproduction, behaviour, community ecology and molecular genetics. Zoology underpins society's interest in conservation and marine science including major contributions to current research in fisheries and ecosystem management. It is envisaged that there will be up to two overnight field trips (cost of food and accommodation of up to $200 for around four nights to be borne by the student).

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate basic knowledge of the development, structure and functioning of animals, ecological processes, and animal diversity in a phylogenetic context; (2) demonstrate awareness of the local importance of animals in a conservation context; (3) demonstrate awareness of the ethics of working with animals; (4) understand methods of working with animals under laboratory conditions; (5) demonstrate knowledge of sampling and handling animals under field conditions; (6) demonstrate knowledge of quantification of animal laboratory and field studies; and (7) understand how research advances knowledge.

Degree-specific major

Zoology can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Zoology is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
  • two Level 1 complementary units
  • two Level 2 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
S2 BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
Complementary units
Take all complementary units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Prerequisites:
ATAR Mathemematics Applications;WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher
Co-requisites:
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (only required if students haven't completed ATAR Mathemetics Applications; WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher). Please note that there will be a delay in validating your enrollment in SCIE1104 after you have enrolled in MATH 1720
Incompatibility:
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
S1 SCOM1101 Communicating Science
Prerequisites:
ATAR Mathematics Applications
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher
Co-requisites:
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (only required if students haven't completed Maths Applications
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher). Please note that there will be a delay in validating your enrolment in SCOM1101 after you have enrolled in MATH1720.
Incompatibility:
SCIE1103 Science, Society and Communication

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ANIM2207 Animal Function and Structure
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
Incompatibility:
ANIM2210 Animal Science, ANIM2204 Vertebrate Zoology, ANIM2203 Invertebrate Zoology
S1 ENVT2250 Ecology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology; for pre-2012 courses: BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
EART1105 Earth and Environment: Dynamic Planet
or
EART1108 Earth and Environment: Geographical Perspectives
Complementary units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ANIM2208 Animal Ethics and Welfare
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 points
Incompatibility:
ANIM3312 Animal Ethics and Welfare, ANIM8312 Animal Ethics and Welfare
NS ANIM2209 Field Studies in Zoology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
Co-requisites:
ENVT2250 Ecology
S1 GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Incompatibility:
GENE2204 Principles of Genetics, GENE2240 Introduction to Genetics

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANIM3361 Animal Populations
Prerequisites:
ANIM2207 Animal Function and Structure
or
ENVT2250 Ecology
Incompatibility:
ANIM3301 Animal Ecology, ANIM8301 Animal Ecology, ANIM3304 Behavioural Ecology, ANIM8304 Behavioural Ecology
S1 ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ANIM
or
GENE unit
Incompatibility:
ANIM3302 Genetics and Evolution, ANIM8302 Genetics and Evolution, GENE3360 Evolutionary Genetics
S2 ANIM3363 Environmental Physiology
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ANIM unit
Incompatibility:
ANIM3303 Zoophysiology, ANIM8303 Zoophysiology
S2 ANIM3365 Behavioural Ecology
Prerequisites:
ANIM2207 Animal Function and Structure
OR
ENVT2250 Ecology
Incompatibility:
ANIM3364 Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, ANIM3304 Behavioural Ecology

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Zoology degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-ZOOLY

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Zoology degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-ZOOLY-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Zoology can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Zoology can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Zoology second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
S2 BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology

Level 2

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ANIM2207 Animal Function and Structure
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
Incompatibility:
ANIM2210 Animal Science, ANIM2204 Vertebrate Zoology, ANIM2203 Invertebrate Zoology
S1 ENVT2250 Ecology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology; for pre-2012 courses: BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
EART1105 Earth and Environment: Dynamic Planet
or
EART1108 Earth and Environment: Geographical Perspectives

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANIM3361 Animal Populations
Prerequisites:
ANIM2207 Animal Function and Structure
or
ENVT2250 Ecology
Incompatibility:
ANIM3301 Animal Ecology, ANIM8301 Animal Ecology, ANIM3304 Behavioural Ecology, ANIM8304 Behavioural Ecology
S1 ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ANIM
or
GENE unit
Incompatibility:
ANIM3302 Genetics and Evolution, ANIM8302 Genetics and Evolution, GENE3360 Evolutionary Genetics
S2 ANIM3363 Environmental Physiology
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ANIM unit
Incompatibility:
ANIM3303 Zoophysiology, ANIM8303 Zoophysiology
S2 ANIM3365 Behavioural Ecology
Prerequisites:
ANIM2207 Animal Function and Structure
OR
ENVT2250 Ecology
Incompatibility:
ANIM3364 Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, ANIM3304 Behavioural Ecology

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Zoology can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-ZOOLY

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Zoology can also be taken as a degree-specific major.