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The Animal Kingdom is hugely diverse and immensely fascinating, ranging as it does from worms to whales and from barnacles to bandicoots. Tasmania is an excellent place to study zoology because it has such a diverse and accessible fauna in all of the major habitats: the sea, land and fresh waters. It is the land of the weedy sea dragon, the giant freshwater crayfish and the Tasmanian devil.
The School of Zoology takes a 'whole animal' approach to zoology; in other words we are interested in how living animals interact with their environment, their own species and others, rather than the details of their biochemistry or physiology. We believe in a hands-on approach, so students can expect to see and handle live animals, both in the laboratory and in the field.
Zoology graduates have numerous and diverse opportunities for employment in areas such as education (ecotourism and other public education, primary and secondary schools, TAFE colleges, universities), wildlife biology (Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, Forestry Tasmania, Australian Antarctic Division, Parks and Wildlife Services in other states, private wildlife parks, CSIRO), environmental protection (state and federal environmental protection agencies, local councils, conservation organisations, private environmental consulting companies), marine biology (CSIRO, Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute, Australian Antarctic Division, Australian Institute of Marine Science, aquaculture industries, state marine research institutions), fisheries biology (CSIRO, Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute, Inland Fisheries Service, Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Bureau of Resource Sciences, aquaculture industries and fisheries research services in other states), other research careers (universities, museums, CSIRO, other private and government research institutions), and public and private administration (state and federal government departments, universities, private industry).
The School has a good record in producing employable graduates, and our students find employment in Tasmania, Australia and overseas. Because we deal with animals in their environment, our courses provide an ideal basis for a career in the management or conservation of animals and ecosystems. Complementary units in Plant Science and/or Geography and Environmental Studies would form a useful basis for such a career. Students more interested in a laboratory-based career may choose to combine Zoology with further studies in Biochemistry/Microbiology /Physiology. Students should seek advice from the School of Zoology to tailor a course to suit their particular needs.
The Level 100 and 200 units provide background entry to the more specialised areas studied in the third year.
Environment all Level 300 units: all units in zoology.
Sustainable Primary Production the following Level 300 units: Antarctic Ecology, Fisheries and Wildlife Management, Freshwater Ecology, Marine Ecology and Quantitative Methods in Biology.
Antarctic and Marine Studies: Antarctic Ecology
Ecological Society of Australia; Australian Mammal Society; Australian Herpetological Society; Australian Society of Comparative Endocrinology; Australian Marine Sciences Association; Australian Society of Fish Biology; Australia New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry; Australian Institute of Biologists; Australian Society of Phycology and Aquatic Botany; Australian Society of Reproductive Biology; Australian Society of Limnology; Society of Behavioural and Neuroendocrinology; Royal Society of Tasmania; Marine Mammal Society; Birds Australia.