Zoology

Conquer the animal kingdom

Explore the evolution of animal diversity at individual, population and community levels.

Why study Zoology?

Zoology is the study of animals and their origin, structure, physiology, characteristics, behaviour, development, ecology and distribution. It looks at animals that live on land, in the sea and in freshwater environments.

You'll study individual animals down to the molecular level, as well as their populations and communities and the ways they interact with plants and the physical environment.

Where can Zoology take me?

Zoology prepares you for a career in a range of fields including conservation, park management, natural resource management, research and education.

Our graduates work in zoos and wildlife reserves, museums, environmental consultancies, government agencies and non-government organisations such as Murrumbidgee Irrigation and the Trust for Nature.

Why La Trobe?

  • Study Zoology at La Trobe and learn 'in the field' with field courses to the Victorian Mallee and Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Closer to home, you'll gain first-hand experience in ecological techniques in our own Wildlife Sanctuary – 30ha of bushland on the Melbourne campus. We're the only university in Victoria that is home to such a facility.
  • Our extensive facilities include a darkroom, GPS room, electronic and IT workshops, constant temperature rooms, fluorescence microscopy and vehicles.
  • Our staff has an outstanding international reputation for research with leaders in muscle cell physiology, conservation biology, reproductive physiology, behavioural ecology and insect ecology.
  • Our industry cadetship program offers paid workplace experience between semesters, giving you the chance to develop your skills and build your career.
  • Our research in Zoology is rated as well above world standard (ERA, 2015).

Further study options

The Department of Zoology prides itself on offering Honours research projects that span the whole of zoological science, from ecology to animal physiology. Honours students develop unique expertise in a research area of their choice, as well as a range of valuable skills that are highly sought after by employers.

Get to know our staff

View all the staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on Ecology, Environment and Evolution.

How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.

Prerequisites

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in Maths (any).

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