Animal Conservation, Biodiversity and Human Interactions: Bachelor of Animal Ecology

With USC’s Animal Ecology program, you get to study animals and discover how they relate to each other and their environment.

Do you want to learn about how animals are impacted by the environment and human interaction and what we can do to protect their future? In this program, you get to develop your analytical and research skills to better understand how to conserve and manage animals. USC’s Bachelor of Animal Ecology program will build your knowledge of animal conservation, biodiversity and animal behaviour.

What will you learn during this degree?

In this program, hands-on experience starts in your first year with fieldwork to North Stradbroke Island and your local region. During the program, you’ll work with leading researchers on field trips and in the laboratory, thus delivering work-ready graduates who are able to blend concepts gleaned from the global literature with personal experience of a diversity of regional habitats and fauna.

In your final year you can also further develop your research skills in a specialised area by undertaking a guided research project in Animal Ecology, working as an intern animal ecologist as part of your studies, or taking advantage of opportunities to travel abroad.

As an animal ecologist, your career paths include natural resource and environmental protection agencies, private environmental consultancies and research institutes. Many animal ecologists also pursue opportunities outside the science and health sectors in business, finance, education and sales.

What are some of the career opportunities after finishing your studies at USC?

Career opportunities will be available across a range of areas both in Australia and internationally, including:

  • animal ecology specialists in private environmental consulting researchers
  • research assistants and managers in Government and non-governmental agencies
  • rangers and managers in wildlife management and conservation organisations
  • practitioners in environmental monitoring and management
  • collectors and curators in museums
  • environmental educators
  • specialist ecotourism guides; and
  • researchers and lecturers at universities

Find out more about the Bachelor of Animal Ecology program by reading the testimonials from our international students:

Takumi Matsukura from Japan (GCS Group Australia) studying a Bachelor of Animal Ecology at USC Sunshine Coast

7e42e2abab224a1daa83c220d1c3b4fd.jpgHi, my name is Takumi from Japan. My agency is GCS Group Australia, and I am full time student studying a Bachelor of Animal Ecology at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).  I chose this University because, of its affordable price (compared to other countries) and it allows me to study animal ecology in beautiful Australia. It has been awesome spending time here in Australia so far and because Osaka, where I am from, is a huge city in Japan in comparison. The experiences I have had here have been the opposite to what I grew up with. I just finished my first semester at this university, and it was sometimes challenging for me to get through everything. Imagine that you study new things with your non-native language, which can obviously be difficult, but however be very fun at the same time if you are studying something that you like.

Anyway, there are good news people!

2There are many resources available for all students who are studying at USC to help support them during their studies. You can get help when you are struggling with your course work. There are many resources available such as, how to write report or essay. I have couple friends who is studying abroad and they all say that they don’t get any support from their university! USC provides a good environment for students who need academic support with things, such as grammar or how to write your assignments.

Living here requires a lot of energy. If you are city boy or girl, you are going to have a surprising life here. Most of the time, my friends and I usually go to somewhere that we can all relate to nature such as the beach, trekking, fishing or by experiencing the D9926BA3F2024E96BBED335023FB0280Australian culture by visiting music festivals, markets and stuff like that. Almost all these activities we do are outside which is a big difference from Japan. Because, in Japan we have literally everything inside of buildings. Everywhere is so beautiful in Australia! You must be creative, go outside, find your mates, explore everywhere and find wherever you love to belong!

For people who are thinking of coming to USC;

There is a beautiful and diverse environment at USC. There were challenges, but I was able to get though the first semester because of the support from my friends and the University. Do not think too much, just come to Australia if you want experience what we are experiencing right now!

If you have any questions or want to chat, you can contact me on Instagram via: Takumi Uto @murkyz_takumi

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Mirin Sato from Japan (GCS Group Australia) studying a Bachelor of Animal Ecology at USC Sunshine Coast

image007Konnichiwa, my name is Mirin Sato, and I am from Japan. I am doing a Bachelor of Animal Ecology here at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). I would like to apologise in advance for my poor writing (haha, it’s very Japanese style). I just graduated from a Japanese High School in March this year and came here in May, so this is my first semester.

What did I do for 2 months from May to July? Actually, I was an EAP (English language program) student at USC before commencing by bachelors degree, because my english skills and academic knowledge did not meet the requirements prior to commencing my degree (my english is not there yet, though). Okay, without further ado, let’s get down to the main topic. What I want to talk is about my USC life so far and what I find surprising abour Australia.

When I studied in the EAP class, I practised IELTS where I learned how to write a report, and how to give a presentation from morning till evening, 5 days a week. It was sometimes hard for me at that time, but I have always wanted to be a university student. However, I realised I took university lightly at first as I realised it can be hard work sometimes. It could cometimes seem like local students and international students around me had confidence for everything, I have my hands full just following conversation and catching up with classes, However, the Bachelor of Animal Ecology changed that, and it has been so fascinating and interesting so far. The degree even includes some field trips, including image012whale and bird watching, which have also helped me to become motivated to study here. Now, I am getting used to campus life and I will keep doing my best!

Everything in Australia is new and surprising for me, such as people in Australia going outside without shoes and an umbrella, even when it is raining. The cost of things can sometimes be high, except when you buy a rice cooker, which is only 13 dollars!? If I start thinking about something surprising in Australia, there is no ending to it, so I pick only one; Australia is treasure of nature. There are so many beautiful national parks on the Sunshine Coast. I was stunned by how beautiful the view from the Mount Coolum was. Moreover, once you go outside, you can see hundreds of kinds of birds, varying in colour and size. image003My favourite is the rainbow lorikeet, which can be seen on the campus (picture below)! In addition to birds, you can also see kangaroos at USC. It is not too much to say that kangaroos here made me decide to choose this university.

Studying abroad can bring both ups and downs; but let’s keep on going and have fun!

– Mirin Sato @mirin_sugar

 

Tina Haagensen from Norway studying Animal Ecology at USC Sunshine Coast and studying overseas for one semester at the University of Wyoming in the USA

Visiting the meerkats at Australia ZooAnimal Ecology at USC Sunshine Coast

In 2016 I decided to leave Norway and come to USC and Australia to study a Bachelor of Animal Ecology. I have always been interested in animals and nature and thought this degree would be a good fit. Now, 3 years later and about to graduate, I do not regret my decision. My teachers have been amazing, I have learned and experienced so much through my courses. The degree focuses on animals, their environment and conservation, and equips you with valuable skills and qualities. Whale watching, bird counting, running spiders and geckos, swimming with turtles and rays are only some of the things I have done through studying Animal Ecology. Field trips have taken me to places like Fraser Island and Heron Island, and I have been introduced to a lot of cool research. Because of this, I decided to stay at USC another year to do my Honours degree. I am exited to see where it takes me!

Holding a swamp rat at a field trip on North Stradbroke IslandUSC is a growing university and you meet people from all over the world. I now have friends from Germany, USA, Puerto Rico, Australia and many other places. Australia is also a huge country with lots of places to see. Sydney and New Zealand have been two of my favourites. Make sure to explore the country when you can but enjoy the beautiful Sunshine Coast too. Eat breakfast out with your friends, enjoy the wildlife and kangaroos on campus, go to the beach, eat loooots of ice cream, hike all the mountains and enjoy all the experiences you get when studying at USC!

Semester Overseas at the University of Wyoming, USA

Volunteering at Best Friends Animal Society with other UW students during Spring BreakIn Semester 1, 2018 I travelled across the pond to the United States of America. Doing a whole degree at USC gives you the opportunity to go overseas for a semester. The University of Wyoming is in Laramie, a small college town up in the mountains 7 220 ft (2200 m) above sea level. It is the exact opposite of the Sunshine Coast. We had winter and snow with negative degrees all semester until May started, but I loved it. The snow is so peaceful, and it was nice to put on lots of clothes and snuggle up with some blankets and a good movie in the evenings.

Zion National Park - Spring BreakEveryone is very welcoming and helpful, and it doesn’t take long before you feel like you’re a part of the UW family. You get the American college experience living in dorms, going to sport games and feeling that school pride. I also have to add that the gym had three floors, a bunch of group classes and was free for all students! It was love at first sight!

During my time in USA and UW I also visited New York, Boston and Philadelphia, went skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado, volunteered at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah during Spring Break, explored Wyoming and South Dakota with other internationals, and last but not least I got to experience the beautiful Yellowstone National Park!

If you are considering doing a semester overseas or a whole degree at USC, do it! It is an amazing experience and you will learn so much about yourself and other cultures. Keep your eyes and mind open and go for it!

– Tina Haagensen

 

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Tina Haagensen studying overseas at the University of Wyoming in the US

Last semester, I travelled across the pond to the United States of America and spent a semester at the University of Wyoming. Before the semester started I explored the east coast together with one of my American friends. We met when she did her semester abroad at USC in 2016 and have kept in touch ever since. New York City was amazing, so much to see and do. We also went to Boston and Philadelphia, before I left for Wyoming.

The University of Wyoming is in Laramie, a small college town up in the mountains 7 220 ft (2200 m) above sea level. I would say it is the exact opposite of the Sunshine Coast. We had snow and winter with degrees below 0 the whole semester until May started and we finally got some summer weather, but I loved it. The snow is so peaceful, and it was nice to put on lots of clothes and snuggle up with some blankets and a good movie in the evening.

The campus has a very nice atmosphere with several buildings and a big lawn in the middle. Everyone is very welcoming and helpful, and it doesn’t take long before you feel like you’re a part of the UW family. There are lots of happenings all the time where you can meet new people and have fun, and if you live in the dorms there are always people around. You can also go the amazing gym which is free for all students. The gym has three floors, includes a swimming pool and hot tub, running track, two multisport courts, indoor climbing wall, group fitness rooms and lots of equipment. Definitely my favourite part of campus!

During my time at UW I also got the opportunity to go skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado, volunteered at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah for Spring Break, went on a trip to South Dakota and last but not least I got to experience the beautiful Yellowstone National Park!

If you think about doing a semester overseas, do it! It is an amazing experience and you learn so much about yourself and about other cultures. Find out which place and school you want to go to, pack your bags and get on that flight!

The world needs more cowboys!

Tina Haagensen