discipline

Biological science

Study microbes, plants and animals at molecular, cellular and organismal levels. Through classes and practical experience gained in the laboratory and the field, you’ll graduate ready for employment in biology or science related areas, or for further study.

Integrated learning: gain practical and industry relevant experience as part of your degree

Deakin's graduate employability ranking: top 3 in Australia*

Career opportunities

You'll have the opportunity to be employed in a wide range of areas, including:

  • animal health
  • environmental consulting
  • emerging biotechnology industries
  • herbaria
  • museums
  • primary industries
  • wildlife biology
  • quarantine services
  • the general health and medical industry.

*2016 Times Higher Education graduate employability rankings

Undergraduate

Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Research

Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Through Deakin, I have developed a passion for wildlife research, the environment and sustainability.

Darcy Watchorn

Bachelor of Biological Science

More than a degree

Our biological science course offers an experience, not just a classroom degree. Cultivate a deep understanding of biology through developments in informatics and technology, and learn what's needed to reduce our impact on living resources and ecosystems.

Research with us

What does the future of science hold for us? If you’ve got a great idea that you’d like to develop, we’ll help take it to the next level with a higher degree by research.

Learn more about researching with us

Recent Deakin research

Biological properties of the Hendra virus envelope proteins

Matthew Paul Stevens examines immunological, ultrastructural and expressional studies of the viral envelope proteins using recombinant poxviruses and DNA vectors to improve our understanding of the biology of the Hendra virus.

Industry connections

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences runs an annual careers evening for current students every April, in conjunction with student-led societies and guest industry speakers (who are often past students). 

The popular and successful Life and Environmental Sciences Careers Evening is held at our Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool campuses. These events give our students and staff the opportunity to network with industry.

To become work-ready graduates, students also complete an 80-hour work placement within industry or a relevant company as part of our professional practice units. Students have the option of completing placements locally or internationally, in addition to the study abroad and international study tour options.

What do our students and staff say?

Lachie and Peter's story

Lachie and Peter share their stories of studying and teaching biological and biomedical science at Deakin.

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