Zoology is a branch of biology that deals with the scientific study of the planet’s enormous diversity of animals. It encompasses study of those things that make an animal (molecular biology, physiology, morphology and biochemistry) through to how to identify animals, how they function, how they have evolved, and how they interact with others and their environment (evolution, behaviour and ecology). 

Zoological knowledge and skills are central to a wide range of animal-related disciplines, problems and solutions. You can choose to enrol in one of our three suggested study streams: general zoology, entomology or wildlife biology.

Extensive practical components, independent research projects and, if you wish, field trips to Fraser Island (the world’s largest sand island), Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef and Idalia National Park in outback Queensland will feature in your studies.

Why choose zoology at UQ?

UQ has a long history as one of Australia’s leading entomological teaching and research institutions, and our zoology research group is among the most prolific and influential group of its kind in the world.

You’ll learn from and work alongside international experts who are at the forefront of knowledge in this field.

A major in zoology will equip you with skills, knowledge and attributes for diverse career opportunities within and outside of science, from biodiversity and biomedical research to ecotourism and conservation action to education and environmental consultancy. 

It will also give you a strong foundation in biology-relevant data analysis and communication skills, which are increasingly desired by employers. 

What our graduates say

See a selection our alumni success stories.

Undergraduate and honours programs

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

Higher degree by research

Watch our video

Our "Meet Gurion" video shows a taste of what to expect when you study zoology with an entomology focus.

PhD candidate Gurion Ang shares his insights into entomology at UQ (YouTube, 1m:44s).