Bachelor of Science

Course summary for current students

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Award granted Bachelor of Science
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
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.

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

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

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Biology
Biological Chemistry
Chemistry
Environmental Science
Mathematical Modelling
Zoology

Course structure

Core Science Units:

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Chemistry - choose one from:

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^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:

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Quantitative Skills - choose one from:

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Professional Practice unit: At least one credit point from:

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

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.

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

Level 1

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Level 2

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Level 3

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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):

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SLE344Unit description is currently unavailable ^

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

^ 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.

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Plus at least 3 from the following list:

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Either:

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* 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.

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One of:

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One of:

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

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^ 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.

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

  

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

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OR

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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.

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And one of:

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