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You are viewing indicative tuition fee information for domestic students. If you are an international student click here to calculate indicative tuition fees for your course.

Indicative tuition fees provided are estimates based on information available to Edith Cowan University at the time of their calculation and are presented as a guide for comparative purposes only. The fees which are ultimately applicable are subject to change. ECU makes no representations or warranties in relation to the reliability of these estimates or the methodologies used for their calculations.

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First year indicative tuition fees for 2014 undergraduate courses (domestic students)

Commonwealth supported: AUD $8,613.00
Domestic fee paying: AUD $13,600.00

There are two types of domestic tuition fees as displayed above. Read the following information to identify which indicative tuition fee amount may be applicable to you.

Commonwealth Supported Place

Under this arrangement, the Australian Government contributes towards your tuition fees and you are responsible for the remaining tuition fees, called your 'student contribution'.

You are eligible to be Commonwealth Supported if you are studying:

  • a Bachelor's degree;
  • an Associate Diploma;
  • an Honours degree; or
  • selected Commonwealth Government Supported postgraduate courses.

You must also satisfy ONE of the following criteria:

  • You are an Australian Citizen.
  • You hold a Permanent Humanitarian visa.
  • You are a New Zealand Citizen and you are living in Australia whilst studying.
  • You hold an Australian Permanent Residency visa and you are living in Australia whilst studying.

Please note that eligibility for a Commonwealth Supported rate of fees does not determine your eligibility for a Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) loan. For further details and to obtain a more accurate indication of fees, please use the Fees Calculator.

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Domestic tuition fees (unsubsidised full fee amount) will be applicable to you if you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place.

Domestic tuition fees also apply to non-award courses (courses or programs that do not lead to a higher education award, but are studied for general interest, professional purposes, or to gain entry to a degree program through an alternative pathway). More about non-award courses.

We recommend you visit our Fees Calculator for a more comprehensive view of the cost of courses and units.

Indicative tuition fee information for WAAPA VET courses can also be viewed on the Fees Calculator.

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Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)

This course structure will be available to students commencing the course from Semester 1, 2015 onwards.

This course structure contains information about the units which comprise the course as well as the credit points required to successfully complete it.

The course is a 24 unit degree, the total value of the course is 360 credit points.

If you plan to commence this course in Semester 2 2014, please refer to this course structure:

Year One
UnitDescription Points
Semester 1
SCI1125Professional Science Essentials 15
SCI1187Form and Function in Biology 15
SCI1193Introduction to Environmental Science 15
SCC1123Chemistry for the Life Sciences 15
SCC1111General Chemistry 15
Semester 2
SCI1182Case Studies in Science 15
SCI1183Origins and Evolution of Life 15
SCI1185Ecology 15
SCI1192Physical Environments 15

*Students who have completed WACE Chemistry 2A/2B or equivalent MUST enrol into SCC1111 General Chemistry. If students have NOT completed WACE Chemistry 2A/2B or equivalent they MUST enrol into SCC1123 Chemistry for the Life Sciences.

Year Two
UnitDescription Points
Semester 1
SCI2117Genetics 15
SCM2201Soil and Land Processes 15
MAT1114Introductory Statistics 15
Plus one elective unit 15 credit points
Semester 2
SCI2112Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 15
SCI2116Diversity of Life 15
Plus two elective units 15 credit points each

Year Three
UnitDescription Points
Semester 1
SCI3112Evolution and Systematics 15
SCI3114Ecophysiology 15
Plus two elective units 15 credit points each
Semester 2
SCB3201Studies in Ecology 15
SCI3120Natural Sciences Project 15
Plus two elective units 15 credit points each

Recommended Electives
UnitDescription Points
SCC1226Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 15
SCC1111General Chemistry 15
SCC2301Forensic and Analytical Chemistry 15
SCC2211Organic Chemistry 15
SCI2118Australian Biota 15
SCM2104Geographical Information Systems 15
SCI3102Environmental Study Tour 15
SCI3115Wildlife Management 15
SCM3201Conservation Biology 15
ACS2122Aboriginal Perspectives on the Environment**15
SCH2226Human Molecular Genetics 15
SCH2235Applied Microbiology 15

** It is recommended that students complete at least one non-science elective.
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