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Bachelor of Biotechnology,
Bachelor of Biotechnology Advanced

Biotechnology is the application of exciting advances in molecular and cell biology to medicine, agriculture, and the environment. Through modern technologies, such as genetic engineering, biotechnology is shaping diverse aspects of medicine (cancer, vaccines, therapy and diagnosis of genetic diseases), food production (transgenic plants) and industry (bioremediation).

Biotechnology encompasses the rapidly evolving fields of monoclonal antibody technology, proteomics and genetic engineering. A new generation of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, hormones and anti-inflammatory agents are being developed using these technologies.

The degree is an interdisciplinary program featuring:

  • A major in cellular and molecular biology, including genetics, immunology, bioinformatics
  • A major strand of chemistry
  • Skills in “state-of-the-art” nucleic acid, protein and monoclonal antibody technologies
  • An optional strand in human anatomy and physiology
  • Other relevant areas such as ethics and management
  • The flexibility in first year to explore other options
  • Specialised training in “cutting-edge” technologies in the fourth year
  • Your own research project (4th year Honours)

Entry Requirements / Assumed Knowledge
Bachelor of Biotechnology (744): New South Wales HSC University Admission Index (UAI) of 85 (or equivalent). The UAI is reviewed each year.

Bachelor of Biotechnology Advanced (744A): New South Wales HSC University Admission Index (UAI) of 90 (or equivalent). The UAI is reviewed each year.

Assumed knowledge: Chemistry and Mathematics. Students who have not completed Chemistry and/or Biology at the HSC are strongly recommended to enrol in bridging courses offered in February each year. Students without at least Mathematics Band 4 may take a special Maths subject in the first year or consider early entry to complete this subject in Summer Session prior to commencement of the course.

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Biotechnology: This is a prescribed program of study comprising core and optional subjects as set out below.

Bachelor of Biotechnology Advanced: Students who are eligible for this degree fulfil all the same requirements as Bachelor of Biotechnology candidates but are also eligible for additional benefits and challenges. For further information refer to the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Advanced (741A) and consult the Degree Coordinator.

Progression requirements: Students must satisfactorily complete at least 144 credit points before proceeding to enrol in fourth year subjects. In addition, satisfactory performance must be achieved (an average of 65% or greater in 300-level Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biomedical Science subjects) for entry into the 4th year of the Bachelor of Biotechnology degree. Students with an average below 65% in 300-level Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biomedical Science subjects may only progress into the 4th year of the Bachelor of Biotechnology with the approval of the Head of the Department of Biological Sciences. Students who do not gain entry into the 4th year of the Bachelor of Biotechnology degree will normally be required to transfer into the Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) degree.

Course Program

Subjects   Credit Points
100 Level
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6
BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6
CHEM101 Chemistry 1A (or CHEM104 Chemistry 1D) 6
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B (or CHEM105 Chemistry 1E) 6
MATH151 General Mathematics 1A (if required) 6
Plus other elective subjects to give a total credit point value of 48, at least 6 of which should be one of the following:
PHYS132* Physics for the Environmental and Life Sciences 6
STS100# Science and Technology Studies: Introduction to Science and Technology studies in their social context. 6
BMS101 Systemic Anatomy 6
BMS112 Human Physiology I: Principles and Systems 6
* Strongly recommended
# STS100 is compulsory for those students taking an approved course of study which does not include STS250.
200 Level
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6
BIOL214 The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism 6
BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6
BIOL240 Functional Biology of Plants and Animals 6
STAT252 Statistics for the Natural Sciences 6
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6
CHEM214 Analytical and Environmental Chemistry II 6
Plus one of the following subjects:
STS250 From Molecular Genetics to Biotechnology 8
BMS202 Human Physiology II: Control Mechanisms 6
300 Level
BIOL303 Biotechnology: Applied Cell and Molecular Biology 8
CHEM320 Bioinformatics: From Genome to Structure 8
BIOL320 Molecular Cell Biology 8
BIOL321 Cellular and Molecular Immunology 8
Plus one Session 1 subject chosen from the following:
CHEM350 Principles of Pharmacology  
BIOL332 Ecological & Evolutionary Physiology 8
BIOL392 Advanced Biology Project 8
MGMT308 Introduction to Management for Professionals B 8
BMS344 Cardiorespiratory Physiology 8
Plus one Session 2 subject chosen from the following:
CHEM321 Organic Synthesis and Reactivity 8
PHIL280 Bioethics 8
BIOL392 Advanced Biology Project 8
Or other subjects approved by the Coordinator.
400 Level
BIOL421 Cell, Protein & Nucleic Acid Technology 12
BIOL423 Biotechnology Project 36

The Degree of Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) is awarded for meritorious performance in 3rd and especially 4th year subjects.

Please note: There are special requirements for progression to the fourth year. Refer to the section “Course Requirements” above.

Professional Recognition
Graduates qualify to apply for membership of the Australian Institute of Biology, the Australian Society of Microbiology and the Australian Biotechnology Society.

Other Information
For further information contact the Faculty of Science Office, 41.258, or telephone 42213481, web site: www.uow.edu.au/science/

Or for more detailed course information contact the Professional Officer, Julie-Ann Green, telephone: 4221 3100, email: jagreen@uow.edu.au

The Coordinator of the degree is Associate Professor Mark Wilson – School of Biological Sciences.


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