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Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science

Course summary for current students

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

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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.

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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:

  • 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.

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Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program  

SLE111 Cells and Genes  

SLE103 Ecology and the Environment  

SLE133 Chemistry in Our World  ^ or two elective units


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


Trimester 2

SLE132 Biology: Form and Function  

SEP122 Physics for the Life Sciences  

SLE102 Physical Geography  

SLE155 Chemistry 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

SLE204 Animal Diversity  

SLE251 Research Methods and Data Analysis  

SLE263 Marine and Coastal Ecosystems  

plus one elective unit


Trimester 2

SLE205 Vertebrate Structure and Function  

SLE254 Genetics  

SLE224 Animal Behaviour  

plus one elective unit



Level 3

Trimester 1

SLE397 Sensory Neurobiology and Behaviour  

SLE372 Evolutionary Ecology  

plus two elective units


Trimester 2

SLE354 Disease Ecology and Epidemiology  

SLE371 Human and Animal Navigation  

plus two elective units


Elective unit:


SLE355 Evolutionary and Ecological Physiology  #


# offered in Trimester 3 only


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