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Bachelor of Biological Science

Course summary for current students

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

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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.

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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:

  • 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

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Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program  *

SLE111 Cells and Genes  

SLE133 Chemistry in Our World  ^

SLE103 Ecology and the Environment  

SLE115 Essential Skills in Bioscience  

 

Trimester 2

SLE132 Biology: Form and Function  

SLE136 History of Life  

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

SLE203 Plant Biology  

SLE204 Animal Diversity  

SLE234 Microbiology  

SLE251 Research Methods and Data Analysis  

 

Trimester 2

STP010 Introduction to Work Placements  *

SLE254 Genetics  

SLE206 Cell Biology  

plus two elective units

 

Trimester 3

SLE237 Biogeography  

 

Level 3

Trimester 1

SLE370 Evolution  

SLE324 Australian Vertebrates  

SLE321 Molecular Biology Techniques  

plus one elective unit

 

 

Trimester 2

SLE390 Professional Practice in Bioscience  #

SLE360 Australian 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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