Major/Minor/Specialisation !R01-AA-MAJ+1015 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012


Professor Michael Hynes

Department of Genetics



Overview: Students completing a Genetics major will be prepared for careers or advanced study which involve the application of fundamental genetics, genomics, evolutionary, population and ecological genetics to all areas of biology, biomedical sciences and biotechnology. Graduates will develop knowledge and skills in the theory of genetics and molecular biology, population genetics and evolution and in experimental design, data recording and analysis and scientific writing, which are essential preparation for roles in universities, research institutes, government departments, hospitals and in the biotechnology industry. This major will integrate knowledge across the breadth of genetics, including an integrated practical capstone subject in which the students develop an understanding of the application of experimental analysis to solving problems in biology. Students will gain experience preparing them for the workplace by participating in problem-solving, synthesis of information, written work, and independent as well as collaborative activities. The transferable skills developed in this major can be used in broad careers in science, including conservation, teaching, forensics, publishing, genetic counselling and research and in careers beyond the field of science.

By the end of this major a student should have:

  • knowledge of genes and genomes from the perspective of understanding population genetics, how evolutionary forces shape the gene pool, the impact of natural selection, and the processes of speciation;
  • understood how genomes are characterised and compared, how they are physically and genetically mapped and how this knowledge can be applied to understanding development, phylogenetics and human biology;
  • studied gene structure, function and regulation, which form the molecular basis of many important biological phenomena such as short-term organismal and cellular responses to rapid changes in environmental conditions and long-term controls of development;
  • used modern molecular approaches involved in combining classical genetics with recombinant DNA analysis and genomics and their application to specific biological problems;
  • applied laboratory techniques and analytical approaches in different areas of genetics including the analysis and interpretation of data derived from experiments;
  • gained experience in the written and oral presentation of scientific data and developed an appreciation of the scientific literature.
Structure & Available Subjects: Completion of 50 points of study at Level 3.
Subject Options: All three of
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Plus one elective selected from
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Notes: This major is available to new generation Bachelor of Science students (B-SCI) and Bachelor of Biomedicine students. It is also available to Bachelor of Science students who commenced prior to 2008. The published structure of this major includes subjects available in the current year. Pre-2008 Bachelor of Science students who completed one or more Level 3 science subjects towards this major prior to 2010 should contact the EPSC for advice on appropriate subjects to complete this major.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Biomedicine
Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Information Systems

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