Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Animal Behaviour)

Fast facts

Course type: Honours
Course length (full-time equivalent): 4 years
Location: On campus

2016 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR): 80.00
Guaranteed entry ATAR:
Diploma or above
Bonus points: Yes

International students:
FISC Foundation: 6.6, A Levels: 9, IB Diploma: 27, Gao Kao: Tier Two
English requirements

Course overview

Animal Behaviour is a specialisation within a Bachelor of Science (Honours). This specialisation is also available within the 3 year Bachelor of Science.

A specialisation in Animal Behaviour gives students a broad-based foundation in animal behaviour and looks at behaviour of captive and wild animals.

This course will promote an understanding of the role of animal behaviour for assessing animal welfare, survival and evolution.

You will learn to appreciate the societal and ethical contexts of conservation biology, animal behaviour and animal welfare and you will receive training in retrieving, analysing and evaluating information relevant to animal behaviour, and communicating this information to a variety of audiences.

By taking an Honours year, you will further develop your professional skills, particularly those relevant to research and development, as well as your technical expertise and knowledge.

What will I study? 

Refer to the course rule.

What is Animal Behaviour?

Animal behaviour is the study of whole organism interactions on planet Earth; it is the study of how individuals respond to and affect their social and ecological environment.

It includes a study of social organisation, individual strategy and decision making, and interactions between species like predator-prey and pollination.

Why study Animal Behaviour at Flinders?

This course:

  • is taught by well respected staff who are currently working on local and international research projects in animal behaviour and have key connections with external organisations
  • has practical applications for society including urban planning for wildlife, sustainable agriculture and fisheries, conservation management, and nature-based tourism
  • examines animal behaviour from different levels including growth and development, chemistry and physiology, genetic ancestry, and adaptation
  • gives the opportunity to apply your knowledge in project and research work
  • offers a broad background in animal behaviour, which can form the basis for further study in areas of specialisation including behavioural ecology, conservation biology, education, medicine (human and veterinary), psychology and law.

Career Opportunities

What can I do with my Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour)?

Combined degree options

You can combine this degree with any other bachelor degree within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, subject to meeting entry requirements.

Combine with the Bachelor of Letters

The Bachelor of Letters is available to all students studying a degree at Flinders and is available in languages, English and creative writing. It enables you to follow your interests and aspirations and enhance your career prospects by undertaking a second area of study in addition to your primary degree. You will graduate with two qualifications, expanding your employment opportunities.

Entry requirements

Prerequisites: None

Domestic students: You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: year 12 qualifications, adult entry (STAT/Bridging Program), TAFE/VET qualification, higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes. Refer to undergraduate study applications.

International students: Entry and English requirements

Applications and annual fees

Domestic students
SATAC code: 224201
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC Uniweb 
Annual fees:

Place type: Commonwealth-supported

2016: $8,799

International students
CRICOS code: 074772K
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: How to apply 
Annual fees:

2016: $27,400
2017: $29,000



  • Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?
  • We accept international applications for programs commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. Please note that your tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase.

Credit transfer

Refer to credit transfer for further information.

Related courses

Further study options

Course brochures

Domestic students
Science & Mathematics (PDF 4MB)

International students
eBrochure: Undergraduate international prospectus