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Bachelor of Science

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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 code083996G
Deakin course codeS320

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Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Science allows you to start with a broad science education 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, Information Systems, Law and Teaching (Science).  Approved major sequences within the Bachelor of Science include Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Chemistry and Material Science, Environmental Science, Freshwater Biology, Human Biology, Mathematical Modelling, Natural History and Plant Biology.  Please refer 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.  You will also be required to complete a Community Science Project, plus you will have an opportunity to undertake an optional Industry-Based Learning placement, which will provide you with 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
  • 8 core science units
  • At least one 6 credit point approved Science major sequence
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)
  • Level 1 – up to 10 credit points
  • Level 3 - at least 6 credit points (at least 4 must be Science course grouped)

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Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

 


Animal Biology

Cell Biology

Chemistry

Chemistry and Material Science

Environmental Science

Freshwater Biology*

Human Biology

Mathematical Modelling

Natural History

Plant Biology

 

* The major sequence in Freshwater Biology is only available at the Warrnambool Campus. As such, students wishing to study freshwater biology are required to commence a Bachelor of Science at the Melbourne Burwood Campus or Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.  After one or two years of study, students must then complete the requirements of the Freshwater Biology major sequence at the Warrnambool Campus.

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Course structure

Core Science Units:

 

SLE111 Cells and Genes  

SLE103 Ecology and the Environment  

SIT191 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis  

SEP122 Physics for the Life Sciences  

SLE209 History and Philosophy of Science  +

EES200 Communicating Science  

SLE352 Community Science Project  #

 

SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program  *

STP010 Introduction to Work Placements  *

 

* SLE010 and STP010 are compulsory 0-credit point units

 

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.

 

+ Available from 2016

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

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Details of major sequences

Animal Biology - unit set code MJ-S000064

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

 

This major sequence provides a broadly focused introduction to different aspects of animal biology and evolution.

 

SLE132 Biology: Form and Function  

SLE204 Animal Diversity  

SLE205 Vertebrate Structure and Function  

SLE315 Comparative Animal Physiology  

SLE350 Marine Wildlife  (Tri-3)

plus

SLE370 Evolution  or

SLE372 Evolutionary Ecology  



Cell Biology - unit set code MJ-S000065

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

 

This Cell Biology major sequence provides an introduction to the molecular and biochemical basis of cell development, function and interactions, and to the molecular basis of disease.

 

SLE212 Biochemistry  *

SLE254 Genetics  

SLE206 Cell Biology  

SLE222 Biochemical Metabolism  

SLE346 Molecular Basis of Disease  

plus

SLE340 Genomes and Bioinformatics  or

SLE321 Molecular Biology Techniques  

 

* prerequisite unit applies (SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences)

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.

 

SLE210 Chemistry the Enabling Science  *

SLE213 Introduction to Spectroscopic Principles  

SLE214 Organic Chemistry  

SLE229 Introduction to Separation Science  

SLE316 Analytical Chemistry  

SLE318 Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry  

 

* prerequisite unit applies (SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences)

Chemistry and Materials Science - unit set code MJ-S000066

Burwood (Melbourne)

 

This sequence provides a broad grounding in chemistry during the first and second years of study, then specialised training in materials chemistry and electrochemistry during the final year of study.

 

SLE210 Chemistry the Enabling Science  *

SLE214 Organic Chemistry  

SLE235 Chemical Systems  (Tri-3)

SLE212 Biochemistry  

SLE330 Materials Chemistry  

SLE338 Electrochemistry for a Sustainable Future  

 

* prerequisite unit applies (SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences)

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 and biosphere.

 

SLE102 Physical Geography  

SLE239 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  

SLE231 Hydrology and Water Resources Management  

SLE202 Landscape Evolution  

SHD301 Creating Sustainable Futures  

SLE322 Landscape Ecology  

* Freshwater Biology - unit set code MJ-S000067

Warrnambool

 

Freshwater biology is the study of freshwater ecosystems and the relationships between freshwater organisms and their physical and chemical environment. Offered as a major sequence within the Bachelor of Science, freshwater biology at Deakin focuses on real-world problem-solving, and addresses the challenges facing Australia’s freshwater systems.

 

* The major sequence in Freshwater Biology is only available at the Warrnambool Campus. As such, students wishing to study freshwater biology are required to commence a Bachelor of Science at the Melbourne Burwood Campus or Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.  After one or two years of study, students must then complete the requirements of the Freshwater Biology major sequence at the Warrnambool Campus.

 

SLE263 Marine and Coastal Ecosystems  

SLE244 Aquatic Ecology  

SLE232 Freshwater Biology  

SLE223 Water Quality and Ecological Health  

SEV322 Hydrology and Hydraulics  

SLE304 Geographic Information Systems: Uses in Aquatic Environments  

Human Biology - unit set code MJ-S000068

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

 

This major sequence covers a broad range of areas relevant to human biology, including physiology and genetics, and their relationship to human disease.

 

 

SLE132 Biology: Form and Function  

SLE254 Genetics  

SLE211 Principles of Physiology  

SLE221 Systems Physiology  

SLE323 Advanced Topics in Biomedical Science  

plus

SLE339 Genetics of Disease  or

SLE340 Genomes and Bioinformatics  

 

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  

SIT291 Mathematical Methods for Information Modelling  

SIT292 Linear Algebra for Data Analysis  

SIT396 Complex Analysis  

SIT399 Computational Decision Analysis  

 

Mathematical Modelling 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  

Natural History - unit set code MJ-S000069

Burwood (Melbourne)

 

This major sequence emphasises the biological aspects of natural history, and includes a cross-discipline sequence of units covering the areas of zoology, botany and palaeontology.

 

SLE136 History of Life  

SLE204 Animal Diversity  

SLE203 Plant Biology  

SLE237 Biogeography  (Tri-3)

SLE370 Evolution  

SLE395 Palaeobiology  

Plant Biology - unit set code MJ-S000070

Burwood (Melbourne)


This major sequence includes studies on plant morphology, identification, reproduction and evolution, as well as vegetation management and biogeography.

 

SLE132 Biology: Form and Function  

SLE203 Plant Biology  

SLE237 Biogeography  (Tri-3)

SLE310 Pest Plants and Animals  

SLE317 Australian Vegetation and Its Management  

SLE370 Evolution  

 

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