Bachelor of Science

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Science
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code083996G
Deakin course codeS320

Course sub-headings

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, Law and Teaching (Science).  Approved major sequences within the Bachelor of Science include Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Chemistry and Materials Science, Environmental Science, Fisheries and Aquaculture, 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, 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

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:

Animal Biology
Cell Biology
Chemistry and Materials Science
Environmental Science
Freshwater Biology*
Fisheries and Aquaculture*
Human Biology
Mathematical Modelling
Natural History
Plant Biology

* Warrnambool campus: 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 Science Units:

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 *

STP010Introduction to Work Placements *

* SLE010 and STP010 are compulsory 0-credit point units

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)

Details of major sequences

Animal Biology - unit set code MJ-S000064

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

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

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE204Animal Diversity

SLE205Vertebrate Structure and Function

SLE315Comparative Animal Physiology

SLE350Marine Wildlife (Tri-3)


SLE370Evolution or

SLE372Evolutionary Ecology

Cell Biology - unit set code MJ-S000065

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

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.

SLE212Biochemistry *


SLE206Cell Biology

SLE222Biochemical Metabolism

SLE346Molecular Basis of Disease


SLE340Genomes and Bioinformatics or

SLE321Molecular 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.

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 - unit set code MJ-S000066

Burwood (Melbourne)

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).

SLE210Chemistry the Enabling Science *

SLE214Organic Chemistry

SLE235Chemical Systems (Tri-3)


SLE330Materials Chemistry

SLE338Electrochemistry 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 aspects of environmental science, and aims to provide a balance between environmental studies on the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.

SLE102Physical Geography

SLE239Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

SLE231Hydrology and Water Resources Management

SLE202Landscape Evolution

SHD301Creating Sustainable Futures

SLE322Landscape Ecology

Freshwater Biology - unit set code MJ-S000067


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.

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 - unit set code MJ-S000072


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.

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 - unit set code MJ-S000068

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

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.

SLE132Biology: Form and Function


SLE211Principles of Physiology

SLE221Systems Physiology

SLE323Advanced Topics in Biomedical Science


SLE339Human Genetics or

SLE340Genomes 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.

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



Natural History - unit set code MJ-S000069

Burwood (Melbourne)

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.

SLE136Life On An Evolving Planet

SLE204Animal Diversity

SLE203Plant Biology

SLE237Biogeography (Tri-3)



Plant Biology - unit set code MJ-S000070

Burwood (Melbourne)

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.

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE203Plant Biology

SLE237Biogeography (Tri-3)

SLE310Pest Plants and Animals

SLE317Australian Vegetation and Its Management