Biotechnology

Our understanding of how the molecules of life actually work is increasing every day and opens up an exciting new world of possibilities in biotechnology.

Biotechnology is the use of biological knowledge to develop new processes and products for use in industry, health, agribusiness and other areas of human technology. Biotechnology advances can be based on knowledge from biological sciences, chemical sciences, physical sciences or engineering.

You can tailor you Biotechnology major to suit your interests. For example, agricultural biotechnology will normally involve some core crop and food technology and molecular biotechnology will normally involve some core molecular biology.

This major will provide you with training in a relevant discipline area, with specialisations in agrifood, molecular and biomedical biotechnology. You will also discover how the products of scientific research are commercialised.

  • Career Options

    Training in biotechnology provides skills for jobs in many fields, including medical and veterinary sciences, food technology, forensic science, agriculture and waste management. Employment opportunities can also be found in a wide range of industries within both the private and public sector.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Biomedicine graduates with a Biotechnology major are very well placed for further study in honours, graduate professional entry degrees or, upon completion of appropriate research training preparation following the Bachelor of Biomedicine, research higher degrees.

    Honours
    Depending on the major undertaken, students may apply for an Honours program upon completion of the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

    Graduate Professional Entry Degrees
    For students who wish to continue professional studies at graduate level, the degree provides a pathway into a range of graduate professional entry programs, some of which also provide research training.

    Research Higher Degrees
    For students who wish to explore biomedicine research questions in greater depth, there will be opportunities to proceed to Research Higher Degrees at masters and doctoral level. Research training preparation within the Honours year, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters degree will be required as preparation for a research higher degree.

    MDHS Graduate Pathways advice is available at the Health Hub.

Sample Course Plan

Note: Additional specialisations and streams are available in this major. Please see the handbook page for the full list.

Bachelor of Biomedicine - Biotechnology Major, Molecular Biotechnology Specialisation, Cell and Developmental Biology stream

Year 1
Semester 1 BIOL10002
Biomolecules & Cells
MAST10011
Experimental Design & Date Analysis
CHEM10006
Chemistry for Biomedicine
HPSC10002
Science and Pseudoscience
Semester 2 BIO10003
Genes & Environment
MAST10016
Mathematics for Biomedicine
PHYC10007
Physics for Biomedicine
MULT10001
Aboriginalities
Year 2
Semester 1 BIOM20001
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
CEDB20003
Fundamentals of Cell Biology
POPH20001
Genetics, Health & Society
Semester 2 BIOM20002
Human Structure & Function
BTCH20002
Biotechnology
MULT20011
Communicating Science & Technology
Year 3
Semester 1 BIOM30002
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
BTCH30003
Biotechnology in Practice
CEDB30002
Concepts in Cell & Developmental Biology
EDUC20073
Relating Health and Learning
Semester 2 BIOM30001
Frontiers in Biomedicine
CEDB30003
Developmental Biology
CEDB30004
Stem Cells in Development & Regeneration
PHIL30047
Objectivity and Value

*This is a sample course plan only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. Current subject offerings available in the University Handbook.
*The breadth subjects featured in this plan are examples only. You must complete at least four breadth subjects in this degree.

Key/Legend

  Course  Core Subjects   Major   Core Subjects   Other science areas of study to complement the major
  Subjects leading to major   Major Elective Subjects   Breadth Subjects

Bachelor of Biomedicine - Biotechnology Major, Biomedical Biotechnology Specialisation, Biochemistry stream

Year 1
Semester 1 BIOL10002
Biomolecules & Cells
MAST10011
Experimental Design & Date Analysis
CHEM10006
Chemistry for Biomedicine
EDUC10056
Learning and the Digital Generations
Semester 2 BIO10003
Genes & Environment
MAST10016
Mathematics for Biomedicine
PHYC10007
Physics for Biomedicine
EDUC10059
Performance, Potential & Development
Year 2
Semester 1 BIOM20001
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
BCMB20005
Techniques in Molecular Science
EDUC20073
Relating Health and Learning
Semester 2 BIOM20002
Human Structure & Function
BTCH20002
Biotechnology
EDUC20076
AUSLAN and Visual Communication
Year 3
Semester 1 BIOM30002
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
BTCH30003
Biotechnology in Practice
BCMB30002
Functional Genomics & Bioinformatics
MULT30014
Leading Change in a Complex World
Semester 2 BIOM30001
Frontiers in Biomedicine
BCMB30001
Protein Structure and Function
BCMB30010
Advanced Techniques in Molecular Sciecne
EDUC30067
Youth and Popular Culture

*This is a sample course plan only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. Current subject offerings available in the University Handbook.
*The breadth subjects featured in this plan are examples only. You must complete at least four breadth subjects in this degree.

Key/Legend

  Course  Core Subjects   Major   Core Subjects   Other science areas of study to complement the major
  Subjects leading to major   Major Elective Subjects   Breadth Subjects

Biotechnology Major Handbook page