Bachelor of Environmental Science (Freshwater Biology)
Course summary for current students
|Award granted||Bachelor of Environmental Science (Freshwater Biology)|
|Duration||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|CRICOS course code||075362J|
|Deakin course code||S382|
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.
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.
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
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 Paying||International Fee Paying|
|Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
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.
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
|SLE103||Ecology and the Environment|
|SLE104||The Blue Planet: Water and Life|
|SLE106||Unit description is currently unavailable ^|
|SLE010||Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program *|
|SLE161||Aquaculture and the Environment|
|SLE105||Human Impacts - Pollution|
plus one elective unit
|SLE251||Research Methods and Data Analysis|
|SLE231||Hydrology and Water Resources Management|
plus one elective unit
|SLE261||Diversity of Fishes|
|SLE223||Water Quality and Ecological Health|
plus one elective unit
|SLE304||Geographic Information Systems: Uses in Aquatic Environments|
plus two elective units
|SLE319||Environmental Planning - Catchments to Coast|
plus three elective units
* SLE010 is a compulsory 0-credit point unit.
Available elective units:
|SLE315||Comparative Animal Physiology|
|SLE162||Marine and Coastal Environmental Communications|
|SLE263||Marine and Coastal Ecosystems|
|SLE328||Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change|
^ Not available as of 2013