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Deakin’s Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science lets you take your science career beyond the lab. Pair specialist science knowledge with a strong foundation in business disciplines and graduate ready to lead, innovate and disrupt in your chosen field.
Combined skills in science and business can set you up for a lucrative career. Are you ready to take control of your future?
Whether you’re aspiring to a marketing or management role in science, or want to complement your business acumen with evidence-based decision-making skills, this combined course arms you with a unique skill set that makes you stand out from the pack.
Underpinned by real-life work experience, the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science trains you in authentic science and business scenarios that prepare you to hit the ground running once you graduate.
The commerce stream builds a foundation of robust business and personal skills, as well as giving you the freedom to pursue your passions in a range of specialised areas of business, from accounting to marketing.
You’ll graduate with key skills built around three pillars grounded in the everyday realities of business:
- financial planning
- market knowledge
- personal, professional skills.
Led by a team of academics who are experts in their field, our science stream trains you to be a scientific explorer, ready to solve tomorrow’s global issues through science and discovery. You’ll build your foundational knowledge by studying a range of science-related study areas before focusing on one of 10 majors:
- animal biology
- cell biology
- chemistry and materials science
- environmental science
- human biology
- mathematical modelling
- plant biology.
Our broad spectrum of science specialisations allows you to tailor your degree to your unique career aspirations. Follow a lifelong passion and get more out of your degree by learning more about the things that matter to you.
Best of all, learning extends beyond the classroom. You’ll gain practical experience through programs in modern science laboratories, completion of a Community Science Project, undertaking industry-based learning placements and getting a taste of the international business world with overseas internship programs.Read More
To complete the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science, students must attain a total of 32 credit points, consisting of 16 credit points from the Faculty of Business and Law and 16 credit points from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point unit, MAI010 Academic Integrity. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.
Credit points from Faculty of Business and Law
Credit points from Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
Total credit points
Compulsory 0-credit point unit (to be completed in first trimester of study):-
- 8 credit points of core units (MAA103, MAE101, MAF101, MIS171, MLC101, MMK101, MMM132 and MWL101)
- Completion of MAI010 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory module)
- an 8 credit point major sequence
- Level 3 - at least 4 credit points (which must be course grouped to a Faculty of Business and Law undergraduate degree)
The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Science include:-
- 8 credit points of core units
- a 6 credit point approved science major sequence
- 2 credit points of elective units
- Level 3 - a least 4 credit points of Science units
- SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit point unit)
- STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0 credit point unit)
2020 course information
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory student checks
As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.
Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Ask a question about studying a at Deakin
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an ATAR of at least 50 and pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL.
Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au
Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on their performance in:
- a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
- a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of Diploma in a related discipline OR
- successful completion of relevant study equivalent to at least two Deakin University units at an accredited higher education institution OR
- evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including a Foundation program approved by Faculty Board or relevant work or life experience
Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.
Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.
You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.
Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Recognition of prior learning
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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees.
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships
How to apply
Applications through VTAC have now closed.
Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.
For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
View pathways into the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science with our pathways finder.
Frequently asked questions
What are the key study start dates?
Browse all start and finish dates for Deakin’s main study periods. You’ll also find dates relating to applications and prospective student events, plus a list of all public holidays and study breaks.
How much does it cost to study at Deakin?
Your tuition fees will depend on the type of student you are, the course you study and the year you start. Fees are based on an annual amount; they don't cover the entire duration of the course.
Use our fee estimator to gauge what your fees could be per year.
Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?
Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.
Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?
Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.
Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?
In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).
Why choose Deakin
Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.
Employment opportunities for Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science graduates exist in just about every area of business, science and government. Your technical prowess in science and business, combined with sought-after soft skills like leadership and critical thinking, will make you a sought-after candidate in a range of roles including:
* research scientist
* scientific editor
* environmental manager or consultant
* park ranger
* financial planner
* IT and systems professional
* marketing manager
* human resources manager
Deakin Business School is accredited by AACSB International, the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools in the world. Only 5% of business programs worldwide are AACSB accredited.
Deakin’s Bachelor of Commerce is internationally recognised and EPAS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). This quality benchmark for business programs sets you up for a global career.
Our courses are developed and reviewed with industry and professional input. Thanks to our close links with the sector, government departments, professional associations and other educational providers, commerce graduates can apply for membership to these key professional bodies (depending on units taken):
* Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
* Association of Financial Advisers (AFA)
* Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
* Australian Marketing Institute (AMI)
* Certified Practising Accountants (CPA)
* Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)
* Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA)
* Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA)
* Institute of Managers and Leaders (IML)
* Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)
Students should consult with a course adviser to identify any additional requirements for membership for each professional body, and also consult with the professional body.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Please refer to the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of each of the single degrees.
*ARWU Rankings 2019
^QS Stars University Ratings 2016-2017
** Application close dates vary. Some courses have limited places, apply early to avoid missing out.