Bachelor of Biological Science
Course summary for current students
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.
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
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 Paying||International Fee Paying|
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.
To complete the Bachelor of Biological 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 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
Level 1 - Trimester 1
|SLE133||Chemistry in Our World ^|
|SLE103||Ecology and the Environment |
|SLE115||Essential Skills in Bioscience |
|SLE010||Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)|
Level 1 - Trimester 2
|SLE132||Biology: Form and Function |
|SLE136||Life On An Evolving Planet |
|SLE155||Chemistry 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
|SLE251||Research Methods and Data Analysis |
Level 2 - Trimester 2
|STP010||Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit points)|
plus two elective units
Level 2 - Trimester 3
Level 3 - Trimester 1
|SLE321||Molecular Biology Techniques |
plus one elective unit
Level 3 - Trimester 2
|SLE390||Professional Practice in Bioscience #|
|SLE360||Australian Invertebrates |
plus two elective units
# Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)
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).