Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)

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Year2014 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) 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.

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

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

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

SLE144Aquatic Life

SLE161Aquaculture and the Environment

SLE105Aquatic Pollution

STP010Introduction to Work Placements *

plus one elective unit

Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE244Aquatic Ecology

SLE255Marine Biology

SLE251Research Methods and Data Analysis

SLE263Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

Trimester 2

SLE261Diversity of Fishes

SLE223Water Quality and Ecological Health

SLE232Freshwater Biology

plus one elective unit

Level 3

Trimester 1

SLE301Professional Practice

SLE337Marine Biodiversity

SLE304Geographic Information Systems: Uses in Aquatic Environments

SLE325Human Impacts On Aquatic Ecosystems

Trimester 2

SLE315Comparative Animal Physiology

SLE319Environmental Planning and Assessment

plus two elective units

* SLE010 and STP010 are compulsory 0-credit point units

Available elective units:

SLE162Marine and Coastal Environmental Interpretation


SLE217Aquaculture Nutrition and Seafood Quality

SLE314Research Project

SLE328Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change

SLE350Marine Wildlife

SLE343Fisheries Management

SLE329Aquatic Animal Health and Reproduction