Biological science

Study a Bachelor of Biological Science at Deakin and you will become 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.

Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
Bachelor of Biological ScienceCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Postgraduate degrees
Master of Science (Research)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

Why study biological science at Deakin?

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Broad-based learning

Our Biological Science course allows you to study a broad-range of biology areas with 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

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Highly sought-after skill set

Our Biological Science course provides you with a range of skills that are highly sought-after by employers including specialist knowledge, practical skills, the ability to think critically and solve problems, and learn independently whilst also being an effective team member.

You will also enjoy the advantages of small class sizes and personal contact with research-active staff.

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Want to study overseas as part of your degree?

Maybe you should apply for the Global Science and Technology Program. The program enables students to achieve their dreams of a truly global education and includes a $3000 scholarship. Visit the Global Science and Technology Program website to find out more about the program, how it works and where our students are studying overseas. You will also find information about how to apply for this amazing opportunity.

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Work-Integrated Learning

Our Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Program allows you to incorporate a full or part-time industry placement as part of your degree, enabling you to develop the skills employers highly value. It also prepares you for real-life settings in which today's science graduates work. WIL placements are designed as elective units and are credited towards your degree. Some placements also come with an industry‑funded scholarship.

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Our teaching and research staff are experts in their respective fields, with broad international links and experiences. Much of Deakin's research in biological science is conducted in partnership with government departments, industry and leading international scientists, and is funded by nationally and internationally competitive granting agencies.

Professional Practice

You will learn in modern teaching environments and gain hands-on experience by participating in laboratory and project work. A compulsory minimum two week professional practice unit together with the opportunity to undertake further research project units will also expose you to a career in biology; whist a work placement gives you an insight into laboratory science and field science.

Honours study

Honours is an optional specialised year of study that allows you to draw together the theory and practical skills gained in previous undergraduate studies. It is offered in all the Deakin science degrees and gives you the opportunity to refine your analytical and research skills while expanding employment and study options. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of your particular discipline through research, additional coursework and training in research techniques.

Career opportunities

You may find employment in a range of areas including those within the general health and medical industry (hospital scientists, analytical and diagnostic laboratory scientists and research scientists), food and agriculture based industries, animal health, quarantine, wildlife biology, environmental consulting, museums, herbaria and the emerging biotechnology industries.

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