Genetics is the foundation for studies in biology. It is the study of the variation between living things and how this variation is inherited. Genetics can include studies of gene regulation, development, neurogenetics, population genetics and evolution along with genetic disease detection, prevention and treatment in humans and other animals and plants.

A major in Genetics will include molecular genetics, human genetics, evolutionary genetics and genomics which can be applied in areas such as biology, biomedical science, biotechnology, ecology and conservation. You will also develop skills in experiment design, data recording and analysis, and scientific writing.

This major is available in the Bachelor of Biomedicine and the Bachelor of Science.

  • Career Options

    Students with a Genetics major can work in areas such as medical genetics, agriculture, ecology and conservation, and biotechnology. Employers include research institutes, hospitals, universities, museums, zoos, and federal and state authorities. Career opportunities are also available in industries such as biotechnology and scientific supply companies. You can also pursue a career using the knowledge and skills gained from the major as a teacher, counsellor, policy maker, journalist or publisher.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Biomedicine graduates with a Genetics 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.

    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

Bachelor of Biomedicine - Genetics Major

Year 1
Semester 1 BIOL10002
Biomolecules & Cells
Experimental Design & Data Analysis
Chemistry for Biomedicine
Wellbeing, Motivation & Performance
Semester 2 BIO10003
Genes & Environment
Mathematics for Biomedicine
Physics for Biomedicine
Our Planet, Our Health
Year 2
Semester 1 BIOM20001
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
Principles of Genetics
Genetics, Health and Society
Semester 2 BIOM20002
Human Structure & Function
Experiments in Genetics
Drugs That Shape Society
Year 3
Semester 1 BIOM30002
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics
Genes: Organisation & Function
Global Health, Security & Sustainability
Semester 2 BIOM30001
Frontiers in Biomedicine
Genetic Analysis
Human and Medical Genetics
Living Longer: A Global Diagnosis

*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.


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

Genetics Major Handbook page