Bachelor of Environmental Science (Freshwater Biology)

Course summary for current students

Award granted Bachelor of Environmental Science (Freshwater Biology)
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code075362J
Deakin course codeS382

Note: Offered to continuing students only.

Continuing students should contact their course advisor for further information.

Further course structure information can be found in the handbook archive.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Environmental Science (Freshwater Biology) is a course of study designed to provide theoretical and practical expertise in a range of biological, ecological and environmental processes and issues in the freshwater environment. The course is designed to enable graduates to contribute in a professional capacity to the study and management of waterways in Australia and overseas.

You will gain knowledge, understanding and skills in the interdisciplinary study of freshwater organisms and their interactions with the living and non-living environment; the influence of biotic, physical and chemical processes on the dynamics of freshwater ecosystems; and the impacts of humans on, and management of, the freshwater environment and its resources.

This unique course is delivered in a novel way to ensure that you are provided with an undergraduate experience that is exciting and provides marketable skills. The course features hands-on work, field-based practical experiences, and training in high demand professional skills in a variety of freshwater habitats in western Victoria.

Students who do well in their Bachelor of Environmental Science (Freshwater Biology) studies may apply to undertake a fourth (honours) year. Honours courses lead to the postgraduate research degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Course expenses

In addition to student contribution fees, students may be required to meet their own expenses in connection with food and accommodation while on fieldwork.

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
Not applicableNot applicableNot applicable

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

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 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 of which at least 4 must be science course-grouped

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

SLE144Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE104The Blue Planet: Water and Life

SLE106Unit description is currently unavailable ^

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program *

Trimester 2

SLE161Aquaculture and the Environment

SLE105Human Impacts - Pollution

SLE150Environmental Chemistry

plus one elective unit

Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE251Research Methods and Data Analysis

SLE231Hydrology and Water Resources Management

SLE244Aquatic Ecology

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

SLE232Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE261Diversity of Fishes

SLE223Water Quality and Ecological Health

plus one elective unit

Level 3

Trimester 1

SLE301Professional Practice

SLE304Geographic Information Systems: Uses in Aquatic Environments

plus two elective units

Trimester 2

SLE319Environmental Planning - Catchments to Coast

plus three elective units

* SLE010 is a compulsory 0-credit point unit.

Available elective units:


SLE315Comparative Animal Physiology

SLE314Research Project

SLE162Marine and Coastal Environmental Communications

SLE263Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

SLE350Marine Wildlife

SLE328Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change

^ Not available as of 2013