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Bachelor of Science

Help protect our natural world to enhance the quality of life for humans, animals and plants.

Insects have an enormous impact on the environment, human health and world economies. They play a significant role in spreading disease and reducing global food shortages, and are vital indicators of environmental change.

Examine how insects interact with and adapt to their environments, and understand their vital role within ecosystems. You’ll combine theory and practice to explore topics relating to pest management, insect physiology, insect identification and taxonomy.

Learn from leading researchers who are actively involved with a wide variety of projects. Apply your knowledge to understand the impacts of climate change, inform conservation strategies, or apply eco-friendly pest management strategies to protect crops and livestock.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a research-based honours degree.


1 in Queensland for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings 2023

57 in the world for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings 2023

Watch Meet Gurion, he's studying Zoology (specifically entomology) at UQ on YouTube.

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Ecologist
  • Research scientist
  • Biosecurity officer
  • Principal environmental officer
  • Agricultural scientist

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)


How you'll learn

In 2023, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory work

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Insect Science
  • Insect Structure, Function and Physiology
  • Arthropods and Human Health
  • Global Challenges in Biology
  • Insect Identification and Taxonomy

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