Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science
Course summary for international students
|Award granted||Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science|
|Campus||Offered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
|Length||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$29,090* AUD|
|CRICOS course code||075365F|
Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org
|VTAC Codes||1400315483 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place|
|Deakin course code||S369|
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
Deakin’s Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science provides students with a broad understanding of the current field of zoology, with an emphasis on exposure to the latest cutting-edge research and the development of a range of practical and evidence-based decision-making skills. As a graduate you may find career opportunities in a range of areas including zoological research, environmental monitoring and management, wildlife biology, private environmental consulting, government quarantine, museums, and universities. Successful completion of the course may also lead to opportunities for further study including postgraduate research training both in Australia and overseas.
During the course you will learn about the diversity, ecology, behaviour, physiology, biochemistry, genetics and evolutionary biology of animals from amoeba through to zebra. This learning will be complemented by a number of practical and field based learning experiences. The potential effects that environmental change may have on the evolution, genetics, disease and physiology of animals is an important part of the course; environmental change will affect all areas of zoology. The social and economic impact that human activity has on animals and their ecosystems and vice versa will also be highlighted. The course has a strong focus on Australian fauna and its unique importance in the global environment and is underpinned by the latest research in zoology.
Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.
Fees and charges
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.
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.
* 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.
Students with this degree may be employed as:
- Research assistants
- Environmental managers
- Quarantine officers
- Pest management officers
- Collection managers of aquaria and zoological gardens
- Primary and secondary teachers (with suitable teaching qualifications)
- Museum curators (with suitable post graduate degrees)
- Research scientists (with suitable postgraduate degrees)
- University academics (with suitable postgraduate degrees)
Students with this degree may be suited to undertake postgraduate research training either in Australia or overseas. Students with the zoology degree plus suitable postgraduate qualifications may then be employed as:
- Research scientists
- University academics
- Museum curators
The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:
- 16 credit points of core (prescribed) units
- 8 credit points of electives (which can be taken from any area of the University, or can be used to specialise in another area)
- SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)
- No more than 10 credit points at level 1
- At least 6 level 3 units, of which 4 must be course grouped to the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment units.
|SLE010||Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program|
|SLE111||Cells and Genes|
|SLE103||Ecology and the Environment|
|SLE133||Chemistry in Our World ^ or one elective unit|
plus one elective unit
* Note: SLE010 is a compulsory 0-credit point unit
|SLE132||Biology: Form and Function|
|SEP122||Physics for the Life Sciences|
|SLE155||Chemistry for the Professional Sciences ^ or one elective unit|
^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.
|SLE251||Research Methods and Data Analysis|
|SLE263||Marine and Coastal Ecosystems|
plus one elective unit
|SLE205||Vertebrate Structure and Function|
plus one elective unit
|SLE397||Sensory Neurobiology and Behaviour|
|SLE341||Ecological and Conservation Genetics|
plus one elective unit
|SLE354||Disease Ecology and Epidemiology|
plus three elective units
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
- Applicant Portal: Use our online application system to submit and track your application now OR
- Apply through a Deakin International office: Fill out an application form and submit it to a Deakin International office OR
- Apply through a Deakin representative: Take your application form to your preferred agent for assistance.
Tracking your application
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