Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (BAnVetBioSc) - Structure

Students undertake 48 credit points of study each year, throughout the degree.

The course structure below is correct for all students who commenced the course prior to January 1, 2014. The course structure for year 4 of the program will change for all students commencing the degree from January 1, 2014. Please consult the Course resolutions in the Faculty handbook for further details, or contact the faculty.

Year 1: Fundamentals of Animal Science

First year is a foundation science year, providing the building blocks for more detailed studies in animal science in later years. Core study areas are biology, chemistry, introductory animal science and handling, introductory statistics and the rural environment.


 Units of Study  Cr Points
AVBS1002 - Concepts of Animal Management  6
AGEN1001 - Shaping our Landscapes  6
VETS1018 - Animal Bioscience  6
BIOL1001 - Concepts in Biology OR BIOL1911 Concepts in Biology (Advanced)  6
BIOL1002 - Living Systems OR BIOL1902 - Living Systems (Advanced)  6
CHEM1101 - Chemistry 1A OR CHEM1001 - Fundamentals of Chemistry 1A  6
CHEM1102 - Chemistry 1B OR CHEM1002 - Fundamentals of Chemistry 1B  6
ENVX1002 - Introduction to Statistical Methods  6

Year 2: Comparative studies building on the fundamentals

Second year studies are more in depth, giving students a comparative approach and building on the science fundamentals acquired in first year. Second year units provide a solid basis for the applied animal science units, introducing students to foundational subject areas such as animal anatomy and physiology, health and disease, genetics and conservation biology.


Units of Study  Cr Points
ANSC3103 - Animal Structure and Function A & ANSC3104 - Animal Structure and Function B  6 + 6
ANSC2005 - Australia's Biodiversity in a Changing Environment  6
AVBS2001 - Introductory Veterinary Pathogenesis  6
AGEC1006 - Economic Environment of Agriculture  6
ENVX2001 - Applied Statistical Methods  6
VETS1032 - Animal Energetics and Homeostasis  6
GENE2002 - Veterinary and Agricultural Genetics 2  6

Year 3: Applied Animal Science

Third year involves more in-depth, applied studies in animal science. Core study areas are: animal nutrition, reproduction and genetics. Students will have the opportunity to follow their own interests by choosing electives in: animal behaviour and welfare science, animal health and disease, animal biotechnology, ecology, marketing, business management, food biochemistry, statistics for the natural sciences and environmental assessment.

Units of Study Cr Points 
Compulsory Units  
ANSC3101 - Animal Nutrition 3 6

ANSC3102 - Animal Reproduction

ANSC3107 - Animal Genetics 3 6
AVBS3000 - Professional Development* 6

Elective units of study

Students select their remaining units from the following (subject to timetable, pre-requisite and co-requisite constraints):

ANSC3106 Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Science 6

ANSC3105 - Animal Biotechnology

AVBS3001 - Agents of Disease 6
AVBS3002 - Laboratory Disease Investigation 6
AGCH3025 - Chemistry and Biochemistry of Foods 6
AGCH3032 - Land and Water Ecochemistry 6
BIOL3007 - Ecology 6
BIOL3009 - Terrestrial Field Ecology 6
BIOL3010 - Tropical Wildlife Biology and Management 6
AGEC2102 - Agribusiness Marketing 6
ENVX3002 - Statistics in the Natural Sciences 6
ENTO2001- Introductory Entomology 6
PLNT2003 - Plant Form and Function 6
SOIL2003 - Soil Properties and Processes 6
ENVI3112 - Environmental Assessment 6

*The Professional Development unit of study incorporates the Professional Experience Program which is a work-experience based program completed throughout the degree. Please visit the Professional Experience Program webpage for more information.

Year 4: Advanced Animal Science

Students commencing the course after Jan 1, 2014, are subject to new course resolutions regarding honours and the research project, please visit the honours program page for details about the new final year course structure. You may view the Course resolutions in the Faculty handbook for further details, or contact the faculty.

All students who enrolled in the course prior to Jan 1, 2014, will complete an individual animal science research project in an area they are interested in and advanced coursework units in fourth year. Students complete a minimum of 12 credit points of research (Research Project B1 & B2) and 36 credit points of advanced coursework units in the final year. Alternatively, students with sufficient academic achievement in years 1-3 of the course may apply for permission to undertake a 24 credit point project (Research Project A1, A2, A3 & A4) and 24 credit points of advanced coursework.

Year 4 Research Project

All students complete either Research Project B or Research Project A (with permission).

Units of Study

Credit Points
AVBS4013 - Research Project B1 & AVBS4014 - Research Project B2  6+6
And 36 credit points of coursework units  36
AVBS4015 - Research Project A1, AVBS4016 - Research Project A2AVBS4017 - Research Project A3 & AVBS4018 - Research Project A4*  6+6+6+6
And 24 credit points of coursework units  24

*Enrolment in Research Project A1-A4 is by application and subject to meeting entry requirements

Year 4 Coursework

Students select their coursework units from either the Animal Genetics Area of Interest, based at the Camperdown Campus, or the Animal Production Area of Interest, based at the Camden Campus.

 Units of Study

Credit Points
Animal Genetics Area of Interest (based at the Camperdown campus)
Comprises a core of 18 credit points:
GENE4015 - Cytogenetics & 6

BIOL3018 - Gene Technology and Genomics

AVBS4003 - Wildlife and Evolutionary Genetics 6
And either 6 or 18 credit points (depending on research project enrolment) of electives selected from the Animal Production area of interest below.
Animal Production Area of Interest (based at the Camden campus)
Comprises either 36 or 24 credit points of elective units from the following list (there are no core units): 
AVBS4001 - Animal Health and Disease 6
AVBS4002 - Dairy Production and Technology 6
AVBS4003 - Wildlife and Evolutionary Genetics 6
AVBS4004 - Food Safety Assessment and Management 6
AVBS4005 - Feed Technology 6
AVBS4009 - Aquaculture 6
AVBS4008 - Intensive Animal Industries 6
AVBS4012 - Extensive Animal Industries 6

Enrolment in elective units is subject to prerequisite and corequisite requirements, prohibitions and timetabling constraints.