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

Study Zoology and Animal Science at Deakin and you’ll gain a broad understanding of the current field of zoology with an emphasis on the latest research and the development of practical and evidence-based decision-making skills.

The course has a strong focus on Australian fauna and its unique importance in the global environment. Throughout your course you’ll explore the potential effects environmental change may have on the evolution, disease and physiology of animals and how they adapt to a changing environment. The social and economic impact that human activity has on animals and their ecosystems will also be highlighted.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn from experienced staff, and combine your on-campus work with off-campus excursions.

As a graduate you may find career opportunities in a range of areas including environmental monitoring and management, wildlife biology, private environmental consulting, government quarantine, museums and zoological research. Successful completion of the course may also lead to opportunities for further study including postgraduate research training both in Australia and overseas.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

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 eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Zoology and Animal 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:

  • 17 credit points of core (prescribed) units
  • 7 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

Core

Level 1 - Trimester 1

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

SLE133Chemistry in Our World ^ or one elective unit

plus one elective unit

Level 1 - 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

Level 2 - Trimester 2

SLE205Vertebrate Structure and Function

SLE254Genetics

SLE224Animal Behaviour

plus one elective unit

Level 2 - Trimester 3

SLE355Evolutionary and Ecological Physiology (Tri-3)


 

Level 3 - Trimester 1

SLE397Sensory Neurobiology and Behaviour

SLE372Evolutionary Ecology

SLE341Ecological and Conservation Genetics

plus one elective unit

Level 3 - Trimester 2

SLE354Disease Ecology and Epidemiology

plus two elective units

Electives

Select from the range of elective units offered across many courses, including, in some cases, the option to choose elective units from a completely different field (subject to meeting unit requirements).