Bachelor of Science

Course summary for international students

Award granted Bachelor of Science
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud (online)No
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$31,000 AUD
LevelUndergraduate
CRICOS course code083996G
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

VTAC Codes1400314403 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514403 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Deakin course code S320
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Science allows you to start with a broad science education program then specialise as you progress through the course, developing your interests and career aspirations.

Science at Deakin is not just about laboratory work, but prepares you for a range of real-life settings in which today's science graduates work. You will gain experience through practical programs undertaken in modern teaching laboratories.

The course is available as a single degree course or as a combined degree course with Arts, Commerce, Information Systems, Law and Teaching (Science).  Approved major sequences within the Bachelor of Science include Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Chemistry and Materials Science, Environmental Science, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Freshwater Biology, Human Biology, Mathematical Modelling, Natural History and Plant Biology.  Please refer below for information on the campus of offer for major sequences.

As part of the course you will complete a Laboratory Safety and Fieldwork Induction Program.  You will also be required to complete a Community Science Project, plus you will have an opportunity to undertake an optional Industry-Based Learning placement, which will provide you with valuable work experience, giving you the opportunity to apply and consolidate what you are learning in your course, as well as experience workplace culture and workplace practices, explore career options and develop a professional network.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year of study. Each unit you study, has an EFTSL value. You can add each EFTSL together to calculate your study load for each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The annual course fee shown has been provided as a guide only. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course a student enrols in and the study load (EFTSL) of the units undertaken. The EFSTL value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

To calculate the cost of each unit you can multiply the course price by the EFTSL value of all units undertaken.

The course based fees may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on these course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course may find career opportunities in government institutions, in roles such as quality assurance, occupational health and safety, research, planning, management or marketing; science related industries, working in pharmaceutical production or pharmaceutical sales; biomedical science areas such as research or hospital and laboratory science; quality assurance in analytical and diagnostic laboratories; the food industry in quality control; environment and natural resources, fisheries resource management, aquaculture management, teaching, information technology, mathematics or science journalism to name a few.

Course rules

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • at least 16 credit points from science course grouped units
  • 8 core science units
  • At least one 6 credit point approved Science major sequence
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)
  • Level 1 – up to 10 credit points
  • Level 3 - at least 6 credit points (at least 4 must be Science course grouped)

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Students must complete at least one major from the following areas:

Animal Biology
Cell Biology
Chemistry
Chemistry and Materials Science
Environmental Science
Freshwater Biology*
Fisheries and Aquaculture*
Human Biology
Mathematical Modelling
Natural History
Plant Biology

* Warrnambool campus: The major sequences in Fisheries and Aquaculture and Freshwater Biology are only available at the Warrnambool Campus. Warrnambool students may also complete the Mathematical Modelling major which is offered cloud (online).  Students who wish to complete the freshwater biology or fisheries and aquaculture major may commence their study at Melbourne Burwood Campus or Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and then relocate to the Warrnambool Campus to complete the requirements of these majors.

Course structure

Core Science Units:

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

SIT191Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

SEP122Physics for the Life Sciences

SLE209History and Philosophy of Science

EES200Communicating Science

SLE352Community Science Project #

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program *

STP010Introduction to Work Placements *

* SLE010 and STP010 are compulsory 0-credit point units

Chemistry - choose one from:

SLE133Chemistry in Our World ^

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences ^

^Note: Students who have not completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent may choose to do SLE133 Chemistry in Our World in Trimester 1.  Students who have completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent may choose to do SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences in Trimester 2.

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

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au