This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.
Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Science component of any bachelors double degrees.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Dr Dave Chapple (School of Biological Sciences)
Zoology is the study of the diversity of animals, their evolution, form, function, behaviour and ecology. Animals are integral components of natural systems and they also have a major impact on us as parasites and as pests competing for our food. Zoologists investigate the interactions of animals with plants, which ultimately are the source of nutrients and shelter, and with microbes, which enable many animals to effectively utilise plants as food. Research in zoology can be undertaken at the level of the whole animal down to the level of cell biology, biochemical processes and their genetic control.
Zoology at Monash is taught in state of the art research and teaching labs, and in the semi-rural setting of the on-campus Jock Marshall Reserve, and through field-trips. First year is where the basics of animal evolution, diversity, structure and function are covered. In second year there is a greater focus on these topics in two units that deal with animal diversity and animal structure and function. In third year we develop this understanding further with units focused on animal behaviour and the biology of Australian vertebrate animals. Other units on evolution, ecology, marine biology and environmental management complement the development of broader understanding of the role and importance of animals in our world.
A knowledge of Zoology can be used to understand the basics of animal evolution, diversity, structure and function along with animal behaviour and the biology of Australian vertebrate animals. Much of this information is relevant to the management, protection and conservation of animals and provides skills needed in many careers related to these themes. Graduates who have studied zoology may work for government agencies or industry - for example, helping develop or enforce environmental regulations; ecological/environmental consultants; as educators in museums or parks services; or in research at universities, zoos and other organisations.
Zoology is listed in S2000 Bachelor of Science, S3001 Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours) and S3002 Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research (Honours) at Clayton as a major or minor.
In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will be able to:
12 points at level 1 and 12 points at level 2.
(a.) One of the following level 1 science sequences (12 points):
(b.) The following level 2 units (12 points):
12 points at level 1 and at least 18 points at level 3.
(a.) The requirements for the minor in Zoology
(b.) The following two level 3 units (12 points)
(c.) Two units (12 points) from the following:
* This unit requires additional prerequisites.
** This unit has quota.
Refer to S3701 Bachelor of Science (Honours) for full details.
Successful completion of this area of study can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degrees:*
Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.
Successful completion of this area of study can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Science component in the following double degrees:*
* Students cannot complete a minor, major or extended major in the same area of study.