Become a leader in animal-friendly tourism.
The growing global tourism industry offers incredible growth opportunities – particularly in sustainable and animal-friendly tourism. Tourists love seeing animals in their natural habitats, but local tourism operators also need to protect the animals and environments they rely on. This hands-on, industry-oriented program trains future tourism leaders with the skills to maintain and enhance environmental integrity alongside industry growth.
- Learn how to assess the sustainability-related impacts of tourism, and how this links with animal conservation, biodiversity and animal behaviour
- Learn how animals are impacted by the environment and human interaction, and what we can do to protect their future
- Develop your analytical, management and research skills to better understand how to conserve animals and the environment, and how to engage with stakeholders in the scientific, public and business sectors
- Apply your growing knowledge and skills through fieldwork in locations such as Fraser Island and Stradbroke Island, and through industry projects designed to develop a solid foundation for your chosen career
Ecotourism manager, ecotourism guide, wildlife manager, environmental educator, environmental consultant, environmental manager, policy officer, communications officer, researcher, museum curator
Graduates are eligible for membership / associate membership of the Ecological Society of Australia, Environmental Institute of Australia, Australian Mammal Society, Australian Marine Science Association, Society for Conservation Biology, Australian Wildlife Management Society, Australian Physiological Society, Australian Tourism Research Institute, Pacific Area Travel Association, Ecotourism Association of Australia, and the Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education.
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What will I study
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Core course (1) 12 units
Animal Ecology courses:
Introductory courses (6) 72 units
ANM100 Animal Ecology Field Course
ANM102 Endangered Animals and their Conservation
ANM103 Animal Form, Function and Evolution
ANM104 Marine Vertebrates: Sharks, Seabirds, Fish, Turtles and Whales
LFS100 Cell Biology
SCI102 Biodiversity and Ecology
Developing and Graduate courses (9) 108 units
ANM201 Animal Ecophysiology
ANM203 Statistics with Teeth: Understanding Ecological Data
ANM301 Animal Behaviour
ANM302 Global-Change Ecology
ENS213 Invertebrate Biology and Ecology
ENS222 Terrestrial Vertebrate Diversity and Ecology
ENS282 Coastal and Marine Ecology
ENS316 Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
ENS317 Coastal Conservation Planning
Tourism, Leisure and Event Management courses:
Introductory courses (7) 84 units
BUS101 Business Analytics
BUS102 Introduction to Economics
BUS104 Introduction to Management
BUS105 Introduction to Marketing
BUS106 Accounting for Business
BUS108 Introduction to Informatics
TSM102 Introduction to Tourism, Leisure and Events
Developing and Graduate courses (8) 96 units
BUS203 Business Law and Ethics
BUS320 Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
TSM221 Tourism, Sport and Leisure Policy and Planning
TSM223 Sustainable Tourism, Leisure and Event Management
TSM313 Technology and Innovation in Tourism, Leisure and Events
TSM314 Event Management
TSM315 Business Events
Elective courses (1) 12 units
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
A program may not be offered in full at each location.
Total units: 384
Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 384 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit point per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
- Students in this program will be expected to purchase personal protective equipment (laboratory coat, safety glasses, closed footwear) for use during practical work at USC. Nominal contributions to cover costs of field trips and travel to workplace learning activities may be required.
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general undergraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Check your eligibility for credit
- Refer also the the Student Profile for a representation of the likely peer cohort studying this program.
Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?
The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:
- Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
- USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement
- USC / TAFE Articulation program students
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
- Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
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Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.