Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science
Course summary for local 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||$8,616* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|VTAC Codes||1400315481 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|CRICOS course code||075365F|
|Deakin course code||S369|
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- 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
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.
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 postgraduate 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
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.
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.