Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)
Course summary for current students
|Year||2017 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)|
If you started your course before 2017, please refer to the plan your study page.
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)|
|Duration||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|CRICOS course code||055286D|
|Deakin course code||S393|
|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.|
- Course overview
- Indicative student workload
- Career opportunities
- Fees and charges
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Work experience
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.
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.
Indicative student 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.
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.
In addition to student contribution fees, students may be required to meet their own expenses in connection with food and accommodation while on fieldwork.
Fees and charges
Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.
Course Learning Outcomes
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.
2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.
3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.
4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.
5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.
6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.
7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.
8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context
Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016
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 course comprises a total of 24 credit points which must include the following:
- 17 core units
- 7 elective units
- Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
- Completion of STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
- No more than 10 credit points at level 1
- At least 14 credit points over levels 2 and 3 with a minimum of 6 credit points at level 3
Level 1 - Trimester 1
|SLE111||Cells and Genes|
|SLE103||Ecology and the Environment|
|SLE151||Biodiversity: A Global Perspective|
|SLE010||Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)|
plus one elective unit
Level 1 - Trimester 2
|SLE114||Introduction to Parks and Wildlife Conservation|
|SLE132||Biology: Form and Function|
|STP010||Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit points)|
plus one elective unit
Level 2 - Trimester 1
|SLE201||Society and Environment|
Level 2 - Trimester 2
|SLE226||Environmental Team Based Research|
plus three elective units
Level 3 - Trimester 1
|SLE301||Professional Practice #|
|SLE310||Pest Plants and Animals|
plus one elective unit
Level 3 - Trimester 2
|SLE317||Australian Vegetation and Its Management|
|SLE332||Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Scientists|
plus one elective unit
# Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)
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).
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.