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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.

Highlights

1 in Queensland for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings 2022

53 in the world for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings 2022

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

Graduate salary

Agriculture & environmental studies (undergraduate)

$54K–$62K

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Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)

$62K–$66K

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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
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars

What you'll study

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

  • Global Challenges in Biology
  • Insect Science
  • Insect Identification & Taxonomy
  • Animal-Plant Interactions
  • Arthropods and Human Health

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