Ecology is the study of how organisms interact with each other and their environments. 

From the effects of plant and animal physiology on ecological processes to knowing how organisms assemble across the ocean and land, you’ll learn to use ecological concepts to understand: 

  • interactions within natural communities and ecosystems
  • how to minimise threats to biodiversity
  • how the connection between ecology and evolution determines the natural wealth of our environment. 

Our field, laboratory and problem-solving oriented courses combine to provide you with first-hand experience in addressing ecological problems, and strong quantitative skills.

You can take courses on behavioural ecology, macroecology, conservation ecology, landscape ecology, physiological ecology, and evolutionary ecology. You’ll also take part in field trips to outback Queensland, Fraser Island (the world’s largest sand island), North Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay, and Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. 

Why choose ecology at UQ?

Ecology is a major research strength of UQ, evidenced by our consistently high global ranking for ecological research. You’ll be taught by world leaders who make a difference in conservation biology, climate change research and the creation of environmental policy. 

Our ecology graduates contribute to preserving and increasing the value of ecological goods and services to society (estimated at $30 trillion annually).

You can pursue a research career at universities or government agencies such as CSIRO, or work in industry as an environmental officer or consultant assessing environmental impact across the landscape. Ecologists also work in biodiversity conservation, collaborating with local councils and communities, farmers and landowners.

What our graduates say

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Undergraduate and honours programs

Visit the Faculty of Science Study Planner website for more details about majors and fields of study within UQ science degree programs.

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