Faculty of Science Department of Zoology

Undergraduate Teaching

Why Study Zoology?

Zoologists study how animals live, and why they live that way. Informed management and resource use of Australia's fauna and their habitats requires biological knowledge, yet most of the Australian fauna are poorly understood or not even formally named.

Students who study zoology learn a diversity of topics, ranging from the structure and function of the cells that make up animals, through anatomy and physiology, reproduction and development, evolution and behaviour. This knowledge is important for a range of activities, including biomedical research, agricultural and fisheries practices, the management of natural resources, environmental planning and for understanding the natural world.

Students who study zoology at The University of Melbourne also gain a variety of generic skills that are valued by employers. These include the ability to understand and appreciate scientific methodologies; critically evaluate scientific evidence; develop and execute research projects; organise, analyse and interpret data; access information from the primary scientific literature, through both electronic and traditional sources; write scientific reports and essays; and gain experience in making oral presentations.

Zoology is an amazingly broad discipline, and a BSc degree with zoological knowledge can lead to diverse and interesting careers.

Undergraduate subjects in Zoology

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