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

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 PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicableNot applicableNot 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.

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

SLE144Aquatic Life

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

SLE232Freshwater Biology

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