Undergraduate degree

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)

Learn how to handle native animals, survey wildlife populations and conduct sustainability assessments as a wildlife and conservation biology student.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood: 74.30
Clearly-in ATAR 2017

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

Course information

Study the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) at Deakin and you'll get out of the classroom and into nature, learn how to handle native animals, measure the health of freshwater environments, survey wildlife populations and conduct sustainability assessments.

This course is ideally suited to those who are passionate about wildlife and conservation as it focuses on 'real-world' problem solving and applied solutions to wildlife and conservation issues. Throughout your studies you will acquire knowledge, skills and practical expertise in a range of areas including biodiversity, wildlife ecology, landscape, habitat and vegetation management, conservation, animal biology and park management.

Deakin has a long history of offering specialised courses in environmental science. The Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) was the first course to be offered in Victoria with a major focus on the ecology of wildlife and conservation.

There is a strong focus on fieldwork and hands-on experience including a field studies camp in each year of the course, professional work placements within environmental agencies and extensive opportunities for study and work placements overseas.

You'll participate in a range of hands-on experiences, including regular practical classes and extended wildlife field trips. Professional work placements are a feature of this course and students are encouraged to volunteer in local, regional and international environmental programs. This strong focus on professional skills development will prepare you for an exciting career in the industry.

Graduates are qualified for careers in wildlife conservation and management, and in environmental science more generally. Choose from roles such as wildlife officer, conservation officer, wildlife manager, park ranger, project officer, environmental consultant, research scientist, wildlife biologist, conservation biologist and landscape ecologist.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology), students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 24 credit points, you’ll need to study 24 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 24 credit points include 17 core units (these are compulsory) and 7 elective units (you can choose which ones to study).

17

Core units

7

Elective units

24

Total units

Core

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program SLE010 (0 credit points)
  • Cells and Genes SLE111
  • Ecology and the Environment SLE103
  • Biodiversity: A Global Perspective SLE151
  • plus one elective unit

    Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Physical Geography SLE102
  • Introduction to Parks and Wildlife Conservation SLE114
  • Biology: Form and Function SLE132
  • Introduction to Work Placements STP010 (0 credit points)
  • plus one elective unit


    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Society and Environment SLE201
  • Wildlife Ecology SLE220
  • Animal Diversity SLE204
  • Landscape Evolution SLE202
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Environmental Team Based Research SLE226
  • plus three elective units


    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Professional Practice SLE301 #
  • Pest Plants and Animals SLE310
  • Landscape Ecology SLE322
  • plus one elective unit

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Wildlife Conservation SLE309
  • Australian Vegetation and Its Management SLE317
  • Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Scientists SLE332
  • plus one elective unit

    # Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)

    Electives

    Select from a range of elective units offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)
    Year
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400514171 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    S393
    CRICOS code
    055286D
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    In addition to student contribution fees, students may be required to meet their own expenses in connection with food and accommodation while on fieldwork.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Workload

    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Work experience

    You’ll gain practical experience by completing a two week placement at a course-related host organisation to provide you with opportunities for workplace visits, field trips, industry learning and to establish valuable networks – giving you better insight into your possible career outcomes.

    You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a discipline-specific industry placement as part of your course. deakin.edu.au/sebe/wil.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

    Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

    Entry for non-school leavers will be based on their performance in:

    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
    • a Diploma in any discipline OR
    • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Helpful information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)
    $9,133 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    The Australian Government recently announced proposed increases to tuition fees for students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP).  It is proposed that CSP fees will increase by 1.8% in 2018 and continue to rise to a total of 7.5% by 2021. The fee rates for 2018 will be available later in the year once the Government has confirmed the 2018 student contribution rates.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    As a graduate of the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) you will be qualified for a career in wildlife conservation and management, or in environmental science more generally, and ready to take up challenging roles such as wildlife officer, conservation officer, wildlife manager, park ranger, project officer, environmental consultant, research scientist, wildlife biologist, conservation biologist and landscape ecologist. Opportunities exist to work with wildlife - including their habitats and threats - and the policies and strategies that guide management. Graduates obtain jobs in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate a broad and coherent theoretical, applied and technical knowledge of wildlife and conservation biology, with particular knowledge of its relevance and application to biodiversity conservation.  Use a broad set of field techniques and approaches to contribute to research and/or monitoring programs in field locations.

    Communication

    Clearly and coherently communicate information, conclusions and arguments regarding wildlife conservation and ecosystem management to a range of audiences for a range of purposes and using a variety of modes.

    Digital literacy

    Demonstrate and apply technologies to find, use, critically evaluate and, where appropriate, share scientifically valid information pertaining to wildlife and conservation biology.

    Critical thinking

    Identify and evaluate the importance of topical issues, problems and questions in wildlife and conservation biology.  Evaluate, select and integrate established knowledge to formulate potential solutions to issues regarding biodiversity conservation.

    Problem solving

    Apply traditional and contemporary information technologies and methods to scope and solve real world (authentic) problems in discipline-specific and professional contexts.  Develop appropriate hypotheses, collect relevant data and apply contemporary analytical tools and approaches, to solve environmental issues and interpret the findings.

    Self-management

    Take personal, professional and social responsibility for their own learning, including the capacity to engage in life-long learning by reflecting on learning, working responsibly and safely, understanding and demonstrating appropriate ethical conduct and behaviour.  Demonstrated ability to document and show evidence of skills, attributes and experiences relevant to making the transition into the professional sphere.

    Teamwork

    Engage in, and contribute to, effective teams to deliver high quality, coherent outcomes.

    Global citizenship

    Recognise the social, cultural, ethical and economic drivers of environmental change, both locally and globally.  Apply cultural awareness and professionalism in the workplace and/or academic settings.  Integrate cultural and social considerations into possible wildlife conservation and management through appreciation of, and effective consultation with, key stakeholders.

    Approved by Faculty Board 27 July 2017

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    If you studied Year 12 in 2017 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.

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    Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    Entry pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Disclaimers:
    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
    School of Life and Environmental Sciences
    Tel 03 9244 6699
    sebe@deakin.edu.au
    www.deakin.edu.au/life-environmental-sciences

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