• Program Detail

B.A. in Animal Science

This course is designed for those interested in our relationship with and management of animals in a rapidly changing world. The course has three specialist majors focussing on: (1) livestock production; (2) wildlife management; and (3) horses and dogs. 

Students will study the basic sciences and applied biological sciences before undertaking specialist units. The course also develops practical skills. 

The Livestock Production major has streams enabling specialisation in sheep and wool science, animal health and nutrition, animal genetics, intensive animal production and consulting and advisory services. 

The Canine and Equine major is suited to students with interests in companion animals. Students will learn the fundamentals of animal nutrition, physiology, genetics and human-animal interactions before specialising in their chosen fields. Students in this major will be well placed for a career in the petfood industry, detector dog agencies, canine control and the equine and racehorse industries. 

The Wildlife Management major is designed for students seeking a career in the management and conservation of wildlife or management of feral animals, ecological basis for the stable, threatened and nuisance status of animal species together with theoretical and practical skills in animal nutrition, reproduction, genetics breeding, health and welfare are covered. 

The program includes four units of equine related study from the University of Queensland which is completed from UNE on a cross-institutional basis. 

The degree may be awarded with Honours. The Honours level is based on grades achieved in the final year of the degree including RUSC490. Bachelor of Animal Science with Honours graduates who achieve the appropriate level of Honours are eligible to apply for a research Master degree or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).