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Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)

Course summary for current students

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

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Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology) will provide you with a unique opportunity to study temperate marine biology, in a marine environment that has some of the highest biological diversity in Australia.

You will undertake fieldwork in natural marine environments on the Victorian coast throughout your course, providing you with an exciting and hands-on program of study.

You can also experience the environment first hand through state-of-the-art, remotely operated underwater vehicles which beam images back to the boat as they are being generated on the sea floor. These images are to bring the marine environment to life, giving you the opportunity to participate in activities like identifying marine plants and animals as the underwater vehicle runs across a reef or along the seabed. The course has a strong ecological focus, linking biological and oceanographic processes in the study of marine environments.

The combination of knowledge and skills gained from this course will give you the capacity as a graduate to contribute significantly to the management of the marine environment in Australia and overseas.


Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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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.

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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

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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

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Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SLE103 Ecology and the Environment  

SLE104 The Blue Planet: Water and Life  

SLE111 Cells and Genes  

SLE150 Environmental Chemistry  

SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program  *


Trimester 2

SLE144 Aquatic Life  

SLE161 Aquaculture and the Environment  

SLE105 Aquatic Pollution  

STP010 Introduction to Work Placements  *

plus one elective unit


Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE244 Aquatic Ecology  

SLE255 Marine Biology  

SLE251 Research Methods and Data Analysis  

SLE263 Marine and Coastal Ecosystems  


Trimester 2

SLE261 Diversity of Fishes  

SLE223 Water Quality and Ecological Health  

SLE232 Freshwater Biology  

plus one elective unit


Level 3

Trimester 1

SLE301 Professional Practice  

SLE337 Marine Biodiversity  

SLE304 Geographic Information Systems: Uses in Aquatic Environments  

SLE325 Human Impacts On Aquatic Ecosystems  


Trimester 2

SLE315 Comparative Animal Physiology  

SLE319 Environmental Planning and Assessment  

plus two elective units


* SLE010 and STP010 are compulsory 0-credit point units



Available elective units:

SLE162 Marine and Coastal Environmental Interpretation  

SLE254 Genetics  

SLE217 Aquaculture Nutrition and Seafood Quality  

SLE314 Research Project  

SLE328 Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change  

SLE350 Marine Wildlife  

SLE343 Fisheries Management  

SLE329 Aquatic Animal Health and Reproduction  


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