Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Extend your prior learning in science to gain a deeper understanding of your chosen discipline through research exploration within this honours degree.

Key facts

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Deakin’s Bachelor of Science (Honours) provides you with exposure to a range of possible career paths and a deep understanding of your chosen discipline through research exploration in either life and environmental sciences, chemistry or mathematics. You will get the chance to undertake focused research in your area of interest and develop skills before launching into a successful career.

You will be exposed to research of national and international significance and acquire generic skills in research design and implementation, critical thinking and data analysis, digital literacy and scientific communication. You will also develop valuable skills for life-long learning; an essential professional attribute in this ever-evolving field.

The coursework component of the honours program provides you with essential knowledge in areas that underpin research - experimental design, quantitative analysis and science professionalism. The research project component enables you to develop the research skills necessary to investigate an area of interest.

You will have the support and supervision of our experienced staff throughout your honours program and will graduate with skills that provide you with a competitive edge in the job market and an ideal pathway to further study and research training (including Masters and PhD programs).

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Science (Honours), students must attain 8 credit points.

The 8 credit points include:

  • 6 core units within your chosen specialisation
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core

Students are required to complete all units within one of the following discipline areas:

Biology -  unit set code SP-S000066

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Honours Biology Research 1A SLE420
  • Honours Biology Research 1B SLE421
  • Honours Biology Research 2 SLE422 (2 credit points)
  • Honours Biology Research 3 SLE423 (2 credit points)
  • Science Professionalism SLE451
  • Research Design and Data Analysis SLE452

  • Chemistry - unit set code SP-S000067

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Honours Chemistry Research 1A SLE430
  • Honours Chemistry Research 1B SLE431
  • Honours Chemistry Research 2 SLE432 (2 credit points)
  • Honours Chemistry Research 3 SLE433 (2 credit points)
  • Science Professionalism SLE451
  • Advanced Topics in Chemistry SLE453

  • Mathematics - unit set code SP-S000068

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Science Professionalism SLE451
  • Research Design and Data Analysis SLE452
  • Honours Mathematics Research 1 SIT490 (2 credit points)
  • Honours Mathematics Research 2 SIT492 (2 credit points)
  • Honours Mathematics Research 3 SIT493 (2 credit points)
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    S400
    CRICOS code?
    063355G
    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 8.

    Campuses by intake

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

    Semester 1 - January

    • Start date: January
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Semester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

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

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    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 will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree or major in a related discipline with a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of at least 65% in all level 3 and level 4 units (for Deakin awards) or final year units (for awards from other providers) OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

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

    Admissions 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 first intake of 2018 students (PDF, 783.5KB) - 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)?
    $9,359 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.

    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

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin
    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

    How to apply


    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.


    Entry pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelor’s degree include: 1. Through Deakin – start the same course at a difference campus or start a related course then meet the requirements and apply to transfer, or complete and associate degree then apply for your coal course; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe or a private provider (RTOS)  – Complete one-year diploma, then apply for recognition of prior learning and your Deakin course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning

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    Disclaimers:
    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.

    Further study options

    Graduates may wish to apply for further study in Higher Degrees by Research.

    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

    Frequently asked questions

    How do I apply?

    We provide step-by-step guidance online to make applying to Deakin easy. And, with three study periods a year, the next intake is never far away. Learn more about the application process and entry requirements by visiting our How to apply page.

    When do applications close?

    Application deadlines depend on the course and trimester you’re applying for.

    Find out the application open and close dates for your course by visiting our Key dates page.

    Missed the application cut-off? The good news is Deakin has three study periods a year, which means the next intake is never far away.

    How do fees work?

    Fees are paid according to the units you study each trimester.

    Don’t worry, you don’t need to pay your course fees upfront. There are different loans available depending on the type of student you are and the course you’re applying for.

    For more information on fees, including payment assistance, and understanding what type of student you are, visit our Fees hub.

    If we haven’t answered your question, our student enquiries team is ready to help.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    The Bachelor of Science (Honours) will produce high quality graduates with the generic skills, theoretical knowledge, and specialised practical skills to either gain employment in their relevant discipline (Biology, Chemistry or Mathematics) or to succeed in further study such as Higher Degrees by Research.

    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

    Graduates will have advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in one of biology, chemistry or mathematics.

    Communication

    Communicate effectively the design and outcomes of research using a range of verbal, graphical and written forms customised for diverse audiences.

    Digital literacy

    Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, employ, evaluate, critique, and disseminate outcomes from the research project.

    Critical thinking

    Use critical and analytical thinking to identify problems and the design of solutions using established theories, models, constructs and practice.

    Problem solving

    Apply theoretical constructs, advanced skills and critical analysis to demonstrate well developed judgement adaptability and evaluation of solutions to research problems.

    Self-management

    Develop and apply knowledge and skills in creative ways to demonstrate advanced levels of autonomy, initiative and ethical and professional behaviour in research.

    Teamwork

    Work independently and/or collaboratively within a research team, receiving advice and guidance from supervisor/s that contributes to achieving the outcomes of the Honours project.

    Global citizenship

    Apply scientific knowledge and skills with a high level of autonomy, judgement, responsibility and accountability in collaboration with stakeholders to articulate the place and importance of scientific inquiry in the local and global context.

    Approved by Faculty Board 7 June 2018

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