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Bachelor of Biological Science

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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

The Bachelor of Biological Science aims to produce high-quality graduates with generic skills, theoretical knowledge and relevant, wide-ranging practical experience in both the laboratory and the field, to gain employment either in the biological field, a related science field or to succeed in further study.


This recently revised course provides the opportunity to study and conduct research projects in zoology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, physiology or ecology to gain real-life experience in your profession. A series of professional practice units will introduce you to a career in biology, while a work placement gives you an insight into laboratory science, field science or an approved alternative. You will also have the opportunity to apply for an Industry Based Learning placement which will allow you to apply and consolidate knowledge gained in your course, experience workplace culture and workplaces practices, explore career options and develop a professional network.


This course has a first year of foundation units followed by a second year focusing on biodiversity and organismal biology. Using electives from second and third year, you are able to pursue a particular interest in biology either by selecting a major in Zoology or Cell and Molecular Biology, or by tailoring your degree with elective units which you may choose from a range of second and third-year biology units or units from any other faculty within the University.


 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

Biological scientists are employed in a vast range of areas including those within the general health and medical industry (hospital scientists, analytical and diagnostic laboratory scientists and research scientists), food and agriculture-based industries, animal health, quarantine, wildlife biology, 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:

  • 15 core units (including 1 restricted level 1 unit and 1 Professional Practice unit at level 3)
  • 9 elective units
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (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  


One unit from:

SEP122 Physics for the Life Sciences  

SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences  ^

SLE102 Physical Geography  

plus one elective unit

* SLE010 is a compulsory 0-credit-point unit.


^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.


Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE203 Plant Biology  

SLE204 Animal Diversity  

SLE234 Microbiology  

SLE251 Research Methods and Data Analysis  


Trimester 2

SLE254 Genetics  

SLE206 Molecular Cell Biology  

plus two elective units


Level 3

Trimester 1

SLE370 Evolution  

plus three elective units


Trimester 2

One unit from:

SLE390 Professional Practice in Bioscience  #

SLE314 Research Project  ^

SLE352 Community Science Project  

plus three elective units


^ SLE314 Research Project is also available in Trimesters 1 and 3 (students would normally be expected to have an approved academic standard of distinction average in level 2 studies, please contact your Course Advisor prior to enrolling in this unit).


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


Cell and Molecular Biology Major: unit set code MJ-S000031


Burwood (Melbourne)


The cell and molecular biology sequence is designed to provide a focused understanding of advanced molecular cell biology, microbiology and human molecular genetics. This sequence will also prepare you to focus and acquire theoretical and practical skills in molecular biology.


Students can use their elective units to obtain a Cell and Molecular Biology Major by completing the following units:

SLE111 Cells and Genes  *

SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences  

SLE206 Molecular Cell Biology  *

SLE212 Biochemistry  

SLE222 Biochemical Metabolism  

SLE234 Microbiology  *

SLE321 Molecular Biology Techniques  

SLE339 Genetics of Disease  


Note: pre-requisites apply.


* Core units within the course


Zoology Major: unit set code MJ-S000054


Burwood (Melbourne)


Study the biology of animals from several aspects ranging from an understanding of how animals function, their evolution and their relationship with the environment.


Students can use their elective units to obtain a Zoology Major by completing the following units:

SLE111 Cells and Genes  *

SLE132 Biology: Form and Function  *

SLE204 Animal Diversity  *

SLE205 Vertebrate Structure and Function  

SLE237 Biogeography  

SLE360 Australian Invertebrates  

SLE395 Palaeobiology  


Plus unit one from:

SLE350 Marine Wildlife  

SLE307 Behavioural Ecology  


* Core units within the course


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