Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science
CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code075365F
Deakin course codeS369

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science provides students with a broad understanding of the current field of zoology, with an emphasis on exposure to the latest cutting-edge research and the development of a range of practical and evidence-based decision-making skills. As a graduate you may find career opportunities in a range of areas including zoological research, environmental monitoring and management, wildlife biology, private environmental consulting, government quarantine, museums, and universities. Successful completion of the course may also lead to opportunities for further study including postgraduate research training both in Australia and overseas.

During the course you will learn about the diversity, ecology, behaviour, physiology, biochemistry, genetics and evolutionary biology of animals from amoeba through to zebra. This learning will be complemented by a number of practical and field based learning experiences. The potential effects that environmental change may have on the evolution, genetics, disease and physiology of animals is an important part of the course; environmental change will affect all areas of zoology. The social and economic impact that human activity has on animals and their ecosystems and vice versa will also be highlighted. The course has a strong focus on Australian fauna and its unique importance in the global environment and is underpinned by the latest research in zoology.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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
$8,731Not 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:

  • 16 credit points of core (prescribed) units
  • 8 credit points of electives (which can be taken from any area of the University, or can be used to specialise in another area)
  • SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program  (0 credit points)
  • No more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • At least 6 level 3 units, of which 4 must be course grouped to the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment units.

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

SLE133Chemistry in Our World ^ or one elective unit

plus one elective unit

* Note: SLE010 is a compulsory 0-credit point unit

Trimester 2

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SEP122Physics for the Life Sciences

SLE102Physical Geography

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences ^ or one elective 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

SLE204Animal Diversity

SLE251Research Methods and Data Analysis

SLE263Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

SLE205Vertebrate Structure and Function

SLE254Genetics

SLE224Animal Behaviour

plus one elective unit

Level 3

Trimester 1

SLE397Sensory Neurobiology and Behaviour

SLE372Evolutionary Ecology

SLE341Ecological and Conservation Genetics

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

SLE354Disease Ecology and Epidemiology

plus three elective units