Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)
CampusOffered at Warrnambool
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code053749E
Deakin course codeS399

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology) enables students to experience learning about everything marine: from coral reefs to icebergs, estuaries to oceans, the surf zone to the deep abyss.

This course provides students the opportunity to explore the diversity in aquatic systems and expand their knowledge of living and non-living components in marine and coastal ecosystems and catchments.

Students will be able to develop and apply their understanding of environmental sustainability, and use scientific methods and tools to practice sustainable management of natural resources within marine and coastal environments, relevant to both Australia and overseas.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Course expenses

In addition to student contribution fees, students should be aware that they 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
$8,906Not applicable$31,000

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:

  • 20 core units
  • 4 elective units
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • level 1 - up to 10 credit points
  • 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

SLE104The Blue Planet: Water and Life

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE150Environmental Chemistry

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program *

Trimester 2

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE161Aquaculture and the Environment

SLE105Human Impacts - Pollution

STP010Introduction to Work Placements *

plus one elective unit

Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE219Marine Invertebrates

SLE265Marine Botany

SLE251Research Methods and Data Analysis

SLE263Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

Trimester 2

SLE261Diversity of Fishes

SLE223Water Quality and Ecological Health

SLE244Aquatic Ecology

plus one elective unit

Level 3

Trimester 1

SLE301Professional Practice #

SLE348Freshwater Biology

SLE304Geographic Information Systems: Uses in Aquatic Environments

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

SLE315Comparative Animal Physiology

SLE319Environmental Planning - Catchments to Coast

SLE325Human Impacts - Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment

plus one elective unit

* SLE010 and STP010 are compulsory 0-credit point units

# Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)