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Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)

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.

Entry Requirements / Assumed Knowledge
New South Wales HSC University Admission Index (UAI) of 85 (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
This is a prescribed program of study comprising core and optional subjects as set out below.

Course Program

Subjects   Credit Points
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6
BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6
CHEM101 Chemistry 1A 6
CHEM104 Chemistry 1D 6
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B 6
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# Social aspects of Science and Technology 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

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 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
BIOL303 Biotechnology : Applied Cell and Molecular Biology 8
BIOL320 Molecular Cell Biology 8
BIOL321 Cellular and Molecular Immunology 8
CHEM320 Bioinformatics: From Genome to Structure 8

Plus one Session 1 subject chosen from the following:

CHEM350 Principles of Pharmacology 8
BIOL332 Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology 8
MGMT310 Introduction to Management for Professionals B 8
BMS344 Cardiorespiratory Physiology 8
BIOL392 Advanced Biology Project 8

Plus one Session 2 subject chosen from the following:

CHEM321 Organic Synthesis and Reactivity 8
BIOL392 Advanced Biology Project 8
PHIL380 Bioethics 8
Or other subjects approved by the Coordinator.

If the required academic standard is attained the BSc (Biotechnology) student may transfer to the Biotechnology fourth Honours year. This consists of special coursework plus a research project.

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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