Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)

Undergraduate degree

Learn how to handle native animals, survey wildlife populations and conduct sustainability assessments as a wildlife and conservation biology student.

Gain international experience through study tours

Pathway to EIANZ accreditation

Learn in the environment with yearly field trips

Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
74.2
Lowest selection rank

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021
Very late VTAC entry closes 4 December 2020 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Deakin’s Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) gets you out of the classroom and into nature. Learn how to capture and handle native animals, measure the health of ecosystems, survey wildlife populations, develop conservation strategies and even have the opportunity to visit global biodiversity hotspots.

Deakin is a leader in the environmental science education sector, with this specialised course being the first of its kind to be offered in Victoria.

This course focuses on developing real-world solutions to global wildlife and conservation issues. You’ll gain theoretical and practical experience in wildlife ecology, biodiversity, fire ecology and more. Hone your practical skills through regular field work and a yearly field studies camp and gain valuable industry experience that prepares you for your future career by undertaking work placements and work-integrated learning programs.

Do you want to create a better world for future generations?

If you’re passionate about the environment and wildlife, this course allows you to focus on 'real-world' problem-solving and applied solutions to wildlife and conservation issues. Throughout your studies, you’ll acquire knowledge, skills and practical expertise in a range of areas, such as:

  • biodiversity
  • wildlife and landscape ecology
  • landscape and vegetation management
  • conservation (such as planning and managing park/reserve networks, saving threatened species, and reducing threats)
  • wildlife biology and behaviour
  • fire ecology
  • wildlife monitoring and research.

Study alongside students and academics who share your love for wildlife and conservation, and work together on projects that reflect the real challenges facing the environment today. You’ll be part of a cohort that focuses on fieldwork and hands-on experience out in the wild. You can take part in a remote field studies camp each year of your course, professional work placements within environmental agencies and have extensive opportunities to broaden your horizons through overseas study experiences. There are also regular practical classes at every year level with extended wildlife field trips planned to get you outside and learning in nature.

Professional work placements are an important feature of this course and you’re encouraged (and can even get credit) to volunteer in local, regional and international environmental programs. This strong focus on professional skills development will prepare you for an exciting career in a diverse range of industries. An additional six to 12 months of paid, relevant industry experience may be available through the work-integrated learning program.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology), students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 24 credit points, you’ll need to study 24 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points which must include the following:

  • 18 core units
  • Six (6) elective units (six credit points)
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • No more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • At least 14 credit points over levels 2 and 3

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

18

Core units

6

Elective units

24

Total units

Core

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)
  • Cells and Genes
  • Ecology and the Environment
  • Biodiversity: A Global Perspective
  • Foundation for Environmental Science
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Physical Geography
  • Introduction to Parks and Wildlife Conservation
  • Biology: Form and Function
  • Career Tools for Employability (0 credit points)
  • plus one elective unit (one credit point)


    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Society and Environment
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Landscape Evolution
  • plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Environmental Team Based Research
  • Bushfire Management
  • plus two elective units (two credit points)


    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Professional Practice #
  • Pest Plants and Animals
  • Landscape Ecology
  • plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Australian Vegetation and Its Management
  • Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Scientists
  • plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    # Must have successfully completed STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0 credit point unit)

    Electives

    Select from a range of elective units offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).

    It is important to note that some elective units may include compulsory placement, study tours, work-based training or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400514171 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    S393
    CRICOS code?
    055286D
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    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

    In addition to student contribution fees, students may be required to meet their own expenses in connection with food and accommodation while on fieldwork.

    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

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Workload

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Students commencing in Trimester 3 will be required to complete units in Trimester 3.

    Work experience

    The course includes a compulsory professional practice unit that requires you to undertake at least 80 hours of work experience in a course-related host organisation. deakin.edu.au/sebe/wil.

    Elective units may also provide additional opportunities for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 35 in any English, any Mathematics or any Science equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in any English, any Mathematics or any Science equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 10 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the 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. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    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 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - 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

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees.

    The estimated tuition fee for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) is not currently available due to the Job-ready Graduates Package – higher education reforms recently announced by the Australian Government.

    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.

    Scholarship 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

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    VTAC applications are now open for:

    • current Year 12 students.

    Apply to VTAC after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications are now open for:

    • recent Year 12 students who completed secondary education in the past two years
    • applicants with work and life experience
    • applicants with TAFE experience
    • applicants with higher education experience.
    • Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply through VTAC.

      Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Download the course flyer

    To learn more about what the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) at Deakin has to offer, download our course flyer.

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

    Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
    School of Life and Environmental Sciences
    deakin.edu.au/life-environmental-sciences

    Prospective student enquiries
    Are you looking to apply for this course or would like further information?
    Call 1800 693 888 or email us at myfuture@deakin.edu.au
    Enquire online

    Current student course and enrolment enquiries
    Call 03 9244 6699 or email us at sebe-enquire@deakin.edu.au
    Submit an online enquiry

    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.

    Top 1% of universities worldwide*

    Learn from teachers at the forefront of research in their field

    #1 university in Victoria for student satisfaction^

    Build a professional network through industry-based placement

    Career outcomes

    As a graduate of the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology), you’ll be qualified for a career in wildlife conservation and management, or in environmental science more generally, and ready to take up challenging roles such as:

    • wildlife officer
    • conservation officer
    • wildlife manager
    • park ranger
    • project officer
    • environmental consultant
    • research scientist
    • wildlife biologist
    • conservation biologist
    • landscape ecologist.

    Opportunities exist to work with wildlife, including their habitats and threats, and the policies and strategies that guide management. You could obtain these types of jobs in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors.

    Once you’ve gained five years’ experience working in the environmental industry, you may be eligible to become a Certified Environmental Practitioner through the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ). For full membership details, visit https://www.eianz.org/membership-information/membership-categories.

    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.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate a broad and coherent theoretical, applied and technical knowledge of wildlife and conservation biology, with particular knowledge of its relevance and application to biodiversity conservation.  Use a broad set of field techniques and approaches to contribute to research and/or monitoring programs in field locations.

    Communication

    Clearly and coherently communicate information, conclusions and arguments regarding wildlife conservation and ecosystem management to a range of audiences for a range of purposes and using a variety of modes.

    Digital literacy

    Demonstrate and apply technologies to find, use, critically evaluate and, where appropriate, share scientifically valid information pertaining to wildlife and conservation biology.

    Critical thinking

    Identify and evaluate the importance of topical issues, problems and questions in wildlife and conservation biology.  Evaluate, select and integrate established knowledge to formulate potential solutions to issues regarding biodiversity conservation.

    Problem solving

    Apply traditional and contemporary information technologies and methods to scope and solve real world (authentic) problems in discipline-specific and professional contexts.  Develop appropriate hypotheses, collect relevant data and apply contemporary analytical tools and approaches, to solve environmental issues and interpret the findings.

    Self-management

    Take personal, professional and social responsibility for their own learning, including the capacity to engage in life-long learning by reflecting on learning, working responsibly and safely, understanding and demonstrating appropriate ethical conduct and behaviour.  Demonstrated ability to document and show evidence of skills, attributes and experiences relevant to making the transition into the professional sphere.

    Teamwork

    Engage in, and contribute to, effective teams to deliver high quality, coherent outcomes.

    Global citizenship

    Recognise the social, cultural, ethical and economic drivers of environmental change, both locally and globally.  Apply cultural awareness and professionalism in the workplace and/or academic settings.  Integrate cultural and social considerations into possible wildlife conservation and management through appreciation of, and effective consultation with, key stakeholders.

    Approved by Faculty Board 27 June 2019

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