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  • Objectives
    Deakin's Bachelor of Science allows you to start with a broad program then specialise as you progress through the course, developing your interests and career aspirations. The course is available as a single degree course or as a combined degree course with Arts, commerce, Engineering, Law and Teaching. Approved major sequences within the Bachelor of Science include Biology, Biological Chemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Forensic Biology, Information Technology, Mathematical Modelling, Multimedia Technology, Nanotechnology, Psychology and Zoology. See below for which major sequences are offered at which campus. As part of the course you are required to complete a Laboratory Safety Induction Program, as well as Professional Practice/Science Skills units. The Professional Practice stream will allow you to gain valuable work experience, giving you the opportunity to apply and consolidate knowledge gained in your course, experience workplace culture and workplace practices, explore career options and develop a professional network.
  • Entry requirements
    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table. Some courses may have additional entry requirements. Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Science (International Students)
  • Course description
    Fees and charges
    Fee paying place - International (IFP)
    A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

    Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

    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.

    * 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 2009, 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.
    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.


    Career opportunities
    As a graduate of Deakin's Bachelor of Science you may find work in government institutions in roles such as quality assurance, occupational health and safety, research, planning, management or marketing; in science related industries, working in pharmaceutical production or pharmaceutical sales; in biomedical science areas such as research or hospital and laboratory science; in quality assurance in analytical and diagnostic laboratories; in the food industry in quality control; in environment and natural resources, in teaching, information technology, mathematics or in science journalism to name a few.


    Course rules
    To be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree, a student must pass 24 credit points, of which 16 must be selected from science course-grouped units as set out below by campus:

    Geelong students

        * three compulsory Science Skills units
        * completion of SBS010 Laboratory Safety Induction Program (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
        * at least one 8 credit point Science major sequence
        * three Professional Practice units
        * up to 4 credit points of Industry-based Learning (IBL) (STP201, STP202, STP302) is optional
        * out of the remaining 10 credit points, 8 may be selected from units offered by any area of the University.

    Core Science Skills units

    SBB111 Cells, Genes and Diversity  

    SBC131 Principles of Chemistry  

    SEP122 Physics for the Life Sciences  


    Professional Practice units

    Choose one unit from:

    SIT191 Introduction to Statistics  

    SEB121 Management Fundamentals for Engineers and Scientists  

    SBS251 Research Methods and Data Analysis  *

     

    Plus

    EES200 Communicating Science  

     

    Plus choose one unit from:

    SEB323 The Professional Environment for Engineers and Scientists  

    SBS253 Science in Industry  

     

    * SBS251 not offered in 2009 on the Geelong Campus, will be re-offered in 2010


    Melbourne students

        * At least one 4 credit point Science minor sequence (2 credit points at level one and 2 credit points at level two)
        * completion of SBS010 Laboratory Safety Induction Program (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
        * at least one 8 credit point Science major sequence
        * three Professional Practice units
        * up to 4 credit points of Industry Based Learning (IBL) (STP201, STP202, STP302) is optional
        * out of the remaining 9 credit points, 8 may be selected from units offered by any area of the University.

    Professional Practice units

    Choose one unit from:

    SBS251 Research Methods and Data Analysis  

    SIT191 Introduction to Statistics  

    HPS201 Research Methods in Psychology A  

     

    Plus

    EES200 Communicating Science  

    and

    SBS350 Community Science Project  


    Science Minor Study
    Students must complete four units from within one of the Bachelor of Science major sequences, including at least two units from each of levels 1 and 2.

    Of the 24 credit points required for the degree, up to 10 credit points may be taken at level 1, at least 14 credit points must be taken over levels 2 and 3, and there must be at least 6 credit points at level 3 of which at least 4 must be in science course-grouped units.

    Units that count towards the science course-grouped units are based on the Bachelor of Science major sequences and Professional Practice units. In summary, all units commencing with the following codes are science course-grouped: SBB, SBC, SBF, SBS, SEK, SEP, SIT, SQA, SQB, SQE, SQP, STP and HPS. Students should seek advice from their enrolment officer for specific details.

    The course structure offers students the flexibility to articulate into a combined Bachelor of Science course, such as the Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science at Melbourne after the first or second year of the course.

    The Professional Practice stream, plus the optional industry-based learning placement allows students to gain valuable work experience, giving them the opportunity to apply and consolidate knowledge gained in their course, experience workplace culture and workplace practices, explore career options and develop a professional network.


    Major sequences

    Biology (B, G)

    Biological Chemistry (B)
    Biotechnology (G)
    Chemistry (G)
    Earth Science (B)
    Environmental Science (B)
    Forensic Biology (G)
    Information Technology (B, G)
    Mathematical Modelling (B, G)
    Multimedia Technology (B)
    Nanotechnology (G)
    Psychology (B, G)
    Zoology (G)


    The various science majors may also be taken as part of any other course allowing 8 credit points of elective units.


    Admission requirements - general
    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
    Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
    Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.


    Advanced standing - general
    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for advanced standing. You will need to provide your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your advanced standing.
    Your advanced standing is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.


    How to apply

        * Applicant Portal: Use our online application system to submit and track your application now.
        * Apply through a Deakin International office: Fill out an application form and submit it to a Deakin International office.
        * Apply through a Deakin representative: Take your application form to your preferred agent for assistance.

    Tracking your application:
    If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

        * If you applied online, log back into the Applicant Portal using your username and password.
        * If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
        * If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact that office.


    Further study
    Students who have completed a Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent and who have a good academic record may apply to undertake an honours year. Normally an overall level of academic performance at 65% or greater is required to be eligible to join the honours program. The Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree includes a combination of coursework assignments and a research project. Each student will work with a member of staff who is experienced in research and who can assist the student to gain an insight into research and independent investigation. Each honours student must have a suitable research project and a supervisor. Adequate resources must also be available for supporting the student's research.
    Students wishing to apply for honours should seek advice in the first instance from their Enrolment Officer.

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