Biological science

The Bachelor of Biological Science provides you with a wide range of units in biology, including animal and plant biology, genetics, physiology and evolution. You will learn in a modern teaching environment and gain hands-on experience by participating in laboratory and project work and by undertaking a three-unit professional pathways sequence.

Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
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Why study biological science at Deakin?

Tailor your degree

Our biological science course allows you to study a wide range of units in biology, including animal and plant biology, genetics, physiology and evolution.

You also have the opportunity to tailor your degree using your elective units to obtain a major sequence in cell and molecular biology or zoology furthering your practical experience in both the laboratory and the field in a specific area of study.

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.

Global Science and Technology Program

The Global Science and Technology Program aims to recognise, reward and support high-achieving students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment who would like to conduct part of their studies overseas to help them develop new skills and a broader world view.

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.


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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