Bachelor of Biological Science

Course summary for current students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Biological Science
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code001841F
Deakin course codeS321

Course sub-headings

Course overview

As a graduate of Deakin’s Bachelor of Biological Science you will be sought out as a well-rounded, modern biologist who has studied microbes, plants and animals at the molecular, cellular and organismal levels, as well as the interactions these have with one another and their environments. The course commences with broad-ranging studies of biology and progresses to a focus on experimental design and the Australian biota. You will develop a passion for biology through stimulating classes and practical experience gained in the laboratory and the field, and you will graduate with the theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills that enable employment in one of the many areas of biology or a related science, or equip you for further study.

This course provides opportunities to gain real-life experience in your profession and study overseas. The professional practice stream, plus a merit-based Industry-Based Learning placement, will allow you to apply and consolidate knowledge gained in your course, experience workplace culture and workplace practices, explore career options and develop a professional network.

An honours year is available for high-achieving students upon completion of this degree.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Career opportunities

You will have the opportunity to be employed in a wide range of areas including primary industries, wildlife biology, the general health and medical industry (hospital scientists, analytical and diagnostic laboratory scientists and research scientists), animal health, quarantine services, environmental consulting, museums, herbaria and the emerging biotechnology industries.

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:

  • 18 core units
  • 6 elective units
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • level 1 - up to 10 credit points
  • levels 2 and 3 - at least 14 credit points over both levels
  • level 3 - at least 6 credit points

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program *

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE133Chemistry in Our World ^

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

SLE115Essential Skills in Bioscience

Trimester 2

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE136History of Life

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences

plus one elective units

^Note: Students who have completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent may choose to replace SLE133 Chemistry in Our World in Trimester 1 with an elective unit.

Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE203Plant Biology

SLE204Animal Diversity

SLE234Microbiology

SLE251Research Methods and Data Analysis

Trimester 2

STP010Introduction to Work Placements *

SLE254Genetics

SLE206Cell Biology

plus two elective units

Trimester 3

SLE237Biogeography

Level 3

Trimester 1

SLE370Evolution

SLE324Australian Vertebrates

SLE321Molecular Biology Techniques

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

SLE390Professional Practice in Bioscience #

SLE360Australian Invertebrates

plus two elective units

* SLE010 and STP010 are compulsory 0-credit-point units.

 

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



 

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