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Bachelor of Science

Course summary for current students

Award granted Bachelor of Science
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code076198G
Deakin course codeS320

Note: Offered to continuing students only.

Continuing students should contact their course advisor for further information.

Further course structure information can be found in the handbook archive.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Science allows you to start with a broad program then specialise as you progress through the course, developing your interests and career aspirations.

 

Science at Deakin is not just about laboratory work, but prepares you for a range of real-life settings in which today's science graduates work. You will gain experience through practical programs undertaken in modern teaching laboratories.

 

The course is available as a single degree course or as a combined degree course with Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Law and Teaching (Science).  Approved major sequences within the Bachelor of Science include Biology, Biological Chemistry, Chemistry,  Environmental Science, Mathematical Modelling and Zoology.  See below for information on the campus of offer for major sequences.

 

As part of the course you will complete a Laboratory Safety and Fieldwork Induction Program, as well as Professional Practice/Science Skills units.  The Professional Practice stream, plus an optional Industry-Based Learning placement, will allow you to gain valuable work experience, giving you the opportunity to apply and consolidate what you are learning in your course, as well as experience workplace culture and workplace practices, explore career options and develop a professional network.

 

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course may find career opportunities in government institutions, in roles such as quality assurance, occupational health and safety, research, planning, management or marketing; science related industries, working in pharmaceutical production or pharmaceutical sales; biomedical science areas such as research or hospital and laboratory science; quality assurance in analytical and diagnostic laboratories; the food industry in quality control; environment and natural resources, teaching, information technology, mathematics or science journalism to name a few.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

 

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • at least 16 credit points from science course grouped units (which includes all core and optional core units, all units within the approved science majors)
  • 7 core science units
  • At least one 8 credit point approved Science major sequence
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Level 1 – up to 10 credit points
  • Level 3 - at least 6 credit points (at least 4 must be Science course grouped)
  • Up to 8 cp of electives may be selected from units offered by any area of the University

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Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

 

 

Biology

Biological Chemistry

Chemistry

Environmental Science

Mathematical Modelling

Zoology

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Course structure

Core Science Units:

SLE111 Cells and Genes  

SLE103 Ecology and the Environment  

EES101 Communicating Science  

 

Chemistry - choose one from:

SLE133 Chemistry in Our World  ^

SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences  ^

 

^Note: Students who have not completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent may choose to do SLE133 Chemistry in Our World in Trimester 1.  Students who have completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent may choose to do SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences in Trimester 2.

 

Physics - choose one from:

SEP122 Physics for the Life Sciences  

SEP101 Engineering Physics  

 

Quantitative Skills - choose one from:

SIT191 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis  

SIT194 Introduction to Mathematical Modelling  

HPS201 Research Methods in Psychology A  

SLE251 Research Methods and Data Analysis  

 

Professional Practice unit: At least one credit point from:

SLE390 Professional Practice in Bioscience  #

SLE314 Research Project  

SLE352 Community Science Project  

STP321 Industry Based Learning - Science  

 

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

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Details of major sequences

Biology - unit set code MJ-S000008

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

 

The biology major sequence is suitable for students who wish to obtain experience in a broad range of biological sub-disciplines. It offers the flexibility to choose units from disciplines ranging from human biology to ecology and environment.

 

SLE111 Cells and Genes  

SLE132 Biology: Form and Function  

 

Plus 6 additional Biology course grouped units from the list below (minimum of 2 at levels 2 and 3)

 

Level 1

SLE136 History of Life  

 

Level 2

SLE203 Plant Biology  

SLE204 Animal Diversity  

SLE205 Vertebrate Structure and Function  

SLE206 Cell Biology  

SLE211 Principles of Physiology  

SLE212 Biochemistry  

SLE221 Systems Physiology  

SLE222 Biochemical Metabolism  

SLE234 Microbiology  

SLE254 Genetics  

SLE208 Forensic Biology  

SLE220 Wildlife Ecology  

SLE224 Animal Behaviour  

SLE237 Biogeography  

 

 

Level 3

SLE307 Behavioural Ecology  

SLE315 Comparative Animal Physiology  

SLE321 Molecular Biology Techniques  

SLE334 Medical Microbiology and Immunology  

SLE339 Genetics of Disease  

SLE340 Genomes and Bioinformatics  

SLE346 Molecular Basis of Disease  

SLE370 Evolution  

SLE395 Palaeobiology  ^

SLE397 Sensory Neurobiology and Behaviour  

SLE312 Toxicology  

SLE309 Wildlife Conservation  

SLE310 Pest Plants and Animals  

SLE317 Australian Vegetation and Its Management  

SLE322 Landscape Ecology  

SLE350 Marine Wildlife  

SLE372 Evolutionary Ecology  

 

^ not available in 2015 (available in 2016)

Biological Chemistry - unit set code MJ-SU00012

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

 

The biological chemistry major sequence provides the fundamental language of chemistry and chemistry arithmetic for students wishing to understand the more chemically-oriented facets of modern biology.

 

Students must complete 8 units from the following (must include a minimum of 2 credit points at level 2 and a minimum of 2 credit points at level 3):

 

SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences  

SLE210 Chemistry the Enabling Science  

SLE212 Biochemistry  

SLE214 Organic Chemistry  

SLE222 Biochemical Metabolism  

SLE213 Introduction to Spectroscopic Principles  

SLE235 Chemical Systems  (Tri-3)

SLE311 Chemical Hazards  

SLE312 Toxicology  

SLE344 Chemistry Research Project  ^

 

 

^ Students would normally be expected to have an approved academic standard of distinction average in level 2 chemistry studies. Please contact your Course Advisor prior to enrolling in this unit.

Chemistry - unit set code MJ-S000009

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

 

This major sequence provides an introduction to the synthesis, separation, detection and measurement of chemical substances, their properties and reactions.

 

SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences  

SLE210 Chemistry the Enabling Science  

SLE213 Introduction to Spectroscopic Principles  

SLE214 Organic Chemistry  

SLE229 Introduction to Separation Science  

 

Plus at least 3 from the following list:

SLE212 Biochemistry  

SLE235 Chemical Systems  *

SLE316 Analytical Chemistry  

SLE318 Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry  

 

Either:

SLE311 Chemical Hazards  or

SLE312 Toxicology  

 

* SLE235 is offered in Trimester 3 in alternate years (even numbered years)

Environmental Science - unit set code MJ-S000011

Burwood (Melbourne)

 

This major sequence focuses on the technical science aspects of environmental science, and aims to provide an even balance between environmental studies on the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.

 

SLE103 Ecology and the Environment  

SLE102 Physical Geography  

SLE202 Landscape Evolution  

SHD301 Creating Sustainable Futures  

 

One of:

SLE237 Biogeography  or

SLE231 Hydrology and Water Resources Management  

One of:

SLE322 Landscape Ecology  or

SLE317 Australian Vegetation and Its Management  

 

 

Plus 2 'restricted elective' units from the following list (at least 1 unit from level 2 or 3):

 

SLE151 Biodiversity: A Global Perspective  

SLE101 Techniques in Environmental Science  ^

SLE239 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  

SLE204 Animal Diversity  

SLE203 Plant Biology  

SLE220 Wildlife Ecology  

SLE237 Biogeography  

SLE231 Hydrology and Water Resources Management  

SLE322 Landscape Ecology  

SLE317 Australian Vegetation and Its Management  

SLE342 Risks to Healthy Environments  

 

^ recommended elective

Mathematical Modelling - unit set code MJ-S000007

Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

 

Studies in mathematical modelling provide you with a strong critical knowledge base and develops powers of analysis, logical thinking and problem solving, as well as a high level of numerical ability.

 

SIT192 Discrete Mathematics  

SIT194 Introduction to Mathematical Modelling  

SIT281 Cryptography  

SIT291 Mathematical Methods for Information Modelling  

SIT292 Linear Algebra for Data Analysis  

SIT396 Complex Analysis  

SIT392 Public-Key Cryptography  

SIT399 Computational Decision Analysis  

 

Sub-major sequence for D351 Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science students

  

For students who have not completed VCE Mathematical Methods 3 & 4

 

SIT192 Discrete Mathematics  

SIT190 Introductory Mathematical Methods  

SLE251 Research Methods and Data Analysis  

SIT292 Linear Algebra for Data Analysis  

OR

SIT281 Cryptography  

Zoology - unit set code MJ-S000025

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

 

Study the biology of animals from several aspects ranging from an understanding of how animals function, their evolution and their relationship with the environment.

 

SLE111 Cells and Genes  

SLE132 Biology: Form and Function  

SLE204 Animal Diversity  

SLE254 Genetics  

SLE205 Vertebrate Structure and Function  

SLE315 Comparative Animal Physiology  

SLE397 Sensory Neurobiology and Behaviour  

 

And one of:

SLE370 Evolution  

SLE372 Evolutionary Ecology  

 

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