Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science

Course summary for current students

Year2014 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

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

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 two elective units

* 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

plus two elective units

Trimester 2

SLE354Disease Ecology and Epidemiology

SLE371Human and Animal Navigation

plus two elective units

Elective unit:

SLE355Evolutionary and Ecological Physiology #

# offered in Trimester 3 only

 

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