Bachelor of Science

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Science
Campus

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool*

Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code083996G
Deakin course codeS320

*Please note that there is no intake into this course at the Warrnambool campus in 2016.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Science at Deakin is a flexible degree that allows you to explore a diverse range of science-related study areas before you choose to specialise in at least one area of interest as you progress through the course. The degree is about more than just laboratory work, and prepares you for a diverse range of real-life settings in which today's science graduates work. Specialisations are available in Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Chemistry and Materials Science, Environmental Science, Human Biology, Mathematical Modelling, Natural History and Plant Biology.

Throughout the course you’ll gain experience through practical programs undertaken in modern teaching laboratories, complete a Community Science Project and have an opportunity to undertake an Industry-Based Learning placement, which will provide you with valuable work experience before you graduate.

This course is available as a single degree or as a combined degree course with Arts, Commerce, Law and Teaching.

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, fisheries resource management, aquaculture management, teaching, information technology, mathematics or science journalism to name a few.

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$8,807Not applicable$31,000

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Science, 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 24 credit points include 8 core units (these are compulsory), 10 elective units (you can choose which ones to study) and 6 units from a major study (you will be required to complete at least one major).

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)

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Students must complete at least one major from the following areas:

 

* Warrnambool campus: not available in 2016

The major sequences in Fisheries and Aquaculture and Freshwater Biology are only available at the Warrnambool Campus. Warrnambool students may also complete the Mathematical Modelling major which is offered cloud (online).  Students who wish to complete the freshwater biology or fisheries and aquaculture major may commence their study at Melbourne Burwood Campus or Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and then relocate to the Warrnambool Campus to complete the requirements of these majors.

Course structure

Core

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

SIT191Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

SEP122Physics for the Life Sciences

SLE209History and Philosophy of Science

EES200Communicating Science

SLE352Community Science Project #

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

STP010Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit points)

Chemistry - choose one from:

SLE133Chemistry in Our World ^

SLE155Chemistry 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.

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

Electives

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).

Details of major sequences

Animal Biology

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)


Unit set code

MJ-S000064


Overview

This major sequence provides an introduction to different aspects of animal biology including animal structure and function, evolution and evolutionary biology.


Units

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE204Animal Diversity

SLE205Vertebrate Structure and Function

SLE315Comparative Animal Physiology

SLE350Marine Wildlife (Tri-3)

plus

SLE370Evolution or

SLE372Evolutionary Ecology


 


Cell Biology

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)


Unit set code

MJ-S000065


Overview

This major sequence provides an introduction to the molecular and biochemical basis of cells, including their physiological properties, development, function and interaction with their environment. Students will also learn about the molecular basis of disease.


Units

SLE212Biochemistry *

SLE254Genetics

SLE206Cell Biology

SLE222Biochemical Metabolism

SLE346Molecular Basis of Disease

plus

SLE340Genomes and Bioinformatics or

SLE321Molecular Biology Techniques

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


 

Chemistry

Campus

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)


Unit set code

MJ-S000009


Overview

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


Units

SLE210Chemistry the Enabling Science *

SLE213Introduction to Spectroscopic Principles

SLE214Organic Chemistry

SLE229Introduction to Separation Science

SLE316Analytical Chemistry

SLE318Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry

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


 

Chemistry and Materials Science

Campus

Burwood (Melbourne)


Unit set code

MJ-S000066


Overview

This major sequence provides students with an initial grounding in chemistry and builds towards specialised skills in materials chemistry (which involves the study and design of new materials) and electrochemistry (which deals with the interaction between electrical energy and chemical change).


Units

SLE210Chemistry the Enabling Science *

SLE214Organic Chemistry

SLE235Chemical Systems (Tri-3)

SLE212Biochemistry

SLE330Materials Chemistry

SLE338Electrochemistry for a Sustainable Future

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


 

Environmental Science

Campus

Burwood (Melbourne)


Unit set code

MJ-S000011


Overview

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


Units

SLE102Physical Geography

SLE239Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

SLE231Hydrology and Water Resources Management

SLE202Landscape Evolution

SHD301Creating Sustainable Futures

SLE322Landscape Ecology


 

Freshwater Biology (not available in 2016)

Campus

Warrnambool


Unit set code

MJ-S000067


Overview

Freshwater biology is the study of freshwater ecosystems and the relationships between freshwater organisms and their physical and chemical environment. Focused on understanding and managing rivers, lakes and wetlands, you will develop the knowledge and skills to manage freshwater ecosystems and resources, whilst participating in fieldwork opportunities and industry placements. 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.


Units

SLE263Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

SLE244Aquatic Ecology

SLE223Water Quality and Ecological Health

SLE348Freshwater Biology

SEV322Hydrology and Hydraulics

SLE304Geographic Information Systems: Uses in Aquatic Environments


 

Fisheries and Aquaculture (not available in 2016)

Campus

Warrnambool


Unit set code

MJ-S000072


Overview

This major sequence provides you with comprehensive training in fisheries resource management, aquaculture management, and fisheries biology, with a focus on environmental sustainability, particularly renewable resource exploitation and culture of marine and freshwater species. You will learn about fisheries and aquaculture from a global perspective, including topics such as fish markets, nutrition and farm certification processes, the history of Australian fisheries, fisheries methods and impacts of fishing.


Units

SLE134Recreational Fisheries Science (Tri-3)

SLE262Aquaculture and the Environment #

SLE261Diversity of Fishes

SLE217Aquaculture Nutrition and Seafood Quality

SLE329Aquatic Animal Health and Reproduction

SLE343Fisheries Management

# available from 2017


 

Human Biology

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)


Unit set code

MJ-S000068


Overview

This major sequence enables you to discover how the body works and why it works that way through studies covering a broad range of areas relevant to human biology, including physiology and genetics, and their relationship to human disease.


Units

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE254Genetics

SLE211Principles of Physiology

SLE221Systems Physiology

SLE323Advanced Topics in Biomedical Science

plus

SLE339Human Genetics or

SLE340Genomes and Bioinformatics


 

Mathematical Modelling

Campuses

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


Unit set code

MJ-S000007


Overview

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.


Units

SIT192Discrete Mathematics

SIT194Introduction to Mathematical Modelling

SIT291Mathematical Methods for Information Modelling

SIT292Linear Algebra for Data Analysis

SIT396Complex Analysis

SIT399Computational 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

SIT192Discrete Mathematics

SIT190Introductory Mathematical Methods

SLE251Research Methods and Data Analysis

SIT292Linear Algebra for Data Analysis

OR

SIT281Cryptography


 

Natural History

Campus

Burwood (Melbourne)


Unit set code

MJ-S000069


Overview

Natural history involves the study of plants and animals in their natural environment, and leans more towards observational than experimental study methods. This major sequence emphasises the biological aspects of natural history, and includes studies in zoology, botany and palaeontology.


Units

SLE136Life On An Evolving Planet

SLE204Animal Diversity

SLE203Plant Biology

SLE237Biogeography (Tri-3)

SLE370Evolution

SLE395Palaeobiology


 

Plant Biology

Campus

Burwood (Melbourne)


Unit set code

MJ-S000070


Overview

This major sequence is ideally suited to those interested in botany and includes studies in plant morphology, identification, reproduction and evolution, as well as vegetation management and biogeography.


Units

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE203Plant Biology

SLE237Biogeography (Tri-3)

SLE310Pest Plants and Animals

SLE317Australian Vegetation and Its Management

SLE370Evolution