Bachelor of Biological Science
Course summary for local students
|Award granted||Bachelor of Biological Science|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)|
|Length||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$8,776* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
|VTAC Codes||1400516061 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|CRICOS course code||001841F|
|Deakin course code||S321|
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- Credit for prior learning - specific
- How to apply
As a graduate of Deakin’s Bachelor of Biological Science you will be sought out as a well-rounded, modern biologist who has studied microbes, plants and animals at the molecular, cellular and organismal levels, as well as the interactions these have with one another and their environments. The course commences with broad-ranging studies of biology and progresses to a focus on experimental design and the Australian biota. You will develop a passion for biology through stimulating classes and practical experience gained in the laboratory and the field, and you will graduate with the theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills that enable employment in one of the many areas of biology or a related science, or equip you for further study.
This course provides opportunities to gain real-life experience in your profession and study overseas. The professional practice stream, plus a merit-based Industry-Based Learning placement, will allow you to apply and consolidate knowledge gained in your course, experience workplace culture and workplace practices, explore career options and develop a professional network.
An honours year is available for high-achieving students upon completion of this degree.
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 the standard full time load for one year of study.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.
* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.
You will have the opportunity to be employed in a wide range of areas including primary industries, wildlife biology, the general health and medical industry (hospital scientists, analytical and diagnostic laboratory scientists and research scientists), animal health, quarantine services, environmental consulting, museums, herbaria and the emerging biotechnology industries.
The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:
- 18 core units
- 6 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
- levels 2 and 3 - at least 14 credit points over both levels
- level 3 - at least 6 credit points
|SLE010||Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program *|
|SLE111||Cells and Genes|
|SLE133||Chemistry in Our World ^|
|SLE103||Ecology and the Environment|
|SLE115||Essential Skills in Bioscience|
|SLE132||Biology: Form and Function|
|SLE136||History of Life|
|SLE155||Chemistry for the Professional Sciences|
plus one elective units
^Note: Students who have completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent may choose to replace SLE133 Chemistry in Our World in Trimester 1 with an elective unit.
|SLE251||Research Methods and Data Analysis|
|STP010||Introduction to Work Placements *|
plus two elective units
|SLE321||Molecular Biology Techniques|
plus one elective unit
|SLE390||Professional Practice in Bioscience #|
plus two elective units
* SLE010 and STP010 are compulsory 0-credit-point units.
# Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)
Entry requirements - general
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.
Entry requirements - specific
Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au
Those aged 21 or over on 1 January and who do not hold VCE or equivalent should apply under Alternative Admission. This category is open to those who do not satisfy normal entrance requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work or life experience.
Credit for prior learning - general
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Credit for prior learning - specific
The Faculty may give credit towards the Bachelor of Biological Science for previous tertiary study and other approved forms of post-secondary study or experience. This previous study need not have led to a complete qualification; for example, a student may be given credit after completing the first year of a course at another institution. All applications for advanced standing must be made initially to the Selection/Enrolment Officer who will advise students of the necessary procedures at enrolment day.
All applications are considered on merit and usually no credit will be given for subjects/courses/units completed more than seven years prior to the request. For the Bachelor of Biological Science the maximum credit for prior learning that can be granted is 16 credit points. This may include up to 8 credits for non-science studies.
How to apply
Applications for Campus and Cloud (online) mode study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).
Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.