Animal Science, Testamur Major (T054)

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: T054

Previous Code:  MT3015.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University programs?  No

 As interactions with animals increase, so too does our need to effectively manage these populations. Animal scientists use scientific principles to solve problems associated with our relationship with and the management of animals in a changing world. In this major, you will develop a deep understanding of how we use animals for food, companionship and recreation by applying core principles ranging from nutrition and reproduction, through to behaviour and welfare. You will have access to diverse on-campus animal facilities including reptiles, native mammals, sheep, cattle and deer and off-campus organisations such as wildlife parks, zoos and farms. A variety of exciting career paths are available to graduates of this program, including international opportunities in the management of wildlife, companion animals and livestock.

NOTE: Students in the Bachelor of Medical Science can choose this major as an elective major in their program.

Location

Campus Mode Advice
Hawkesbury Campus Internal Dr Ryan McQuinn

Special Requirements

Students who opt to enrol in MT3015 Animal Science are strongly recommended to obtain a Q-Fever vaccination and Tetanus vaccination/booster. Students who cannot provide evidence of vaccination may be precluded from activities on the Farm, and/or internships with third parties

Recommended Sequence

Select the link for your program below to see details of the major

Bachelor of Science

Qualification for the award of Bachelor of Science with a major in Animal Science requires the successful completion of 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence below

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
NATS 1019 Scientific Literacy 10
BIOS 1001 Biodiversity 10
CHEM 1008 Introductory Chemistry 10
AGRI 1009 Wildlife Studies 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
AGRI 1003 Animal Science 10
Choose one of 10
Cell Biology  
Essential Chemistry  
Choose one of 10
Quantitative Thinking  
Mathematics 1A  
Biometry  
Choose one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
NATS 2042 Science Research Methods 10
AGRI 1005 Human Animal Interactions 10
Choose two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
AGRI 2004 Animal Reproduction 10
Choose one of 10
Complex Case Studies in Science  
Work Internship for Science Professionals  
Choose two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
NATS 3015 Field Project 1 10
AGRI 3010 Animal Health and Welfare 10
AGRI 3002 Animal Nutrition and Feeding 10
Choose one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
NATS 3017 Field Project 2 10
AGEN 3001 Animal Behaviour 10
Choose two electives 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Bachelor of Science (Pathway to Teaching Primary/Secondary)

Qualification for the Bachelor of Science (Pathway to Teaching Primary/Secondary) with a major in Animal Science requires the successful completion of 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
NATS 1019 Scientific Literacy 10
BIOS 1001 Biodiversity 10
CHEM 1008 Introductory Chemistry 10
AGRI 1009 Wildlife Studies 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
AGRI 1003 Animal Science 10
Choose one of 10
Cell Biology  
Essential Chemistry  
Choose one of 10
Quantitative Thinking  
Mathematics 1A  
Biometry  
Choose one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
NATS 2042 Science Research Methods 10
AGRI 1005 Human Animal Interactions 10
Choose two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
AGRI 2004 Animal Reproduction 10
Choose one of 10
Complex Case Studies in Science  
Work Internship for Science Professionals  
Choose two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
NATS 3015 Field Project 1 10
AGRI 3010 Animal Health and Welfare 10
AGRI 3002 Animal Nutrition and Feeding 10
Choose one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
NATS 3017 Field Project 2 10
AGEN 3001 Animal Behaviour 10
Choose two electives 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

In addition, all students must complete the mandatory 40 credit point minor in Education Studies.

Education Studies, Minor

Students must meet this requirement by choosing the subjects from the minor in Education Studies as electives within their Bachelor of Science program.

Bachelor of Advanced Science

Qualification for the award of Bachelor of Advanced Science with a major in Animal Science requires the successful completion of 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
NATS 1019 Scientific Literacy 10
BIOS 1001 Biodiversity 10
CHEM 1008 Introductory Chemistry 10
AGRI 1009 Wildlife Studies 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
AGRI 1003 Animal Science 10
Choose one of  
Cell Biology  
Essential Chemistry  
Choose one of 10
Quantitative Thinking  
Mathematics 1A  
Biometry  
Choose one elective 10
 Credit Points30
Year 2
Autumn session
NATS 2042 Science Research Methods 10
AGRI 1005 Human Animal Interactions 10
NATS 2001 Advanced Science Project A 10
Choose one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
AGRI 2004 Animal Reproduction 10
NATS 2002 Advanced Science Project B 10
Choose one of 10
Complex Case Studies in Science  
Work Internship for Science Professionals  
Choose one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
NATS 3015 Field Project 1 10
AGRI 3010 Animal Health and Welfare 10
AGRI 3002 Animal Nutrition and Feeding 10
NATS 3043 Advanced Science Research Project C 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
NATS 3017 Field Project 2 10
AGEN 3001 Animal Behaviour 10
NATS 3043 Advanced Science Research Project C 10
Choose one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points230

Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Science

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 250 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Full-time start-year intake

Subject Title Credit Points
Year 1: College Subjects
Standard 3-term year
Preparatory subject
CHEM 0001Chemistry (WSTC Prep)10
Plus eight University-level units as follows
BIOS 1014Cell Biology (WSTC)10
CHEM 1013Essential Chemistry (WSTC)10
NATS 1020Scientific Literacy (WSTC)10
CHEM 1009Introductory Chemistry (WSTC)10
BIOS 1003Biodiversity (WSTC)10
MATH 1027Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)10
NATS 1030Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (WSTC)10
BIOS 1034Management of Aquatic Environments (WSTC)10
Total Credit Points90
Plan of Study Grid
Year 2
Autumn sessionCredit Points
NATS 2042 Science Research Methods 10
AGRI 1005 Human Animal Interactions 10
AGRI 1009 Wildlife Studies 10
Choose one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
AGRI 2004 Animal Reproduction 10
AGRI 1003 Animal Science 10
Choose one of 10
Complex Case Studies in Science  
Work Internship for Science Professionals  
Choose one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
NATS 3015 Field Project 1 10
AGRI 3010 Animal Health and Welfare 10
AGRI 3002 Animal Nutrition and Feeding 10
Choose one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
NATS 3017 Field Project 2 10
AGEN 3001 Animal Behaviour 10
Choose two electives 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points160

 Equivalent Subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this Major for students who passed these subjects in 2021 or earlier. 

AGRI 3008 - Animal Health, Ethics and Welfare, replaced by AGRI 3010 Animal Health and Welfare