Biotechnology (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)

Major/Minor/Specialisation !755-BB-MAJ+1006 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015


Associate Professor Ed Newbigin

School of Botany




Major study 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.

Students may only complete this major in conjunction with another life sciences major selected from anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, botany, cell biology, chemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, reproduction and development or zoology.

This major is 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 require advice on an appropriate subject selection to complete this major should contact the Science Student Centre.

The University is committed to ensuring that students are not disadvantaged by recent changes to the curriculum and students may complete a major as defined by the current structure or a structure detailed in a previous year's handbook applicable to any year the student was enrolled in the course.

Learning Outcomes:

The objective of the biotechnology major is to contribute to the academic preparation of graduates who embody the University of Melbourne graduate attributes, as well as additional attributes more specific to the Bachelor of Science.

Structure & Available Subjects:

Completion of 50 points of study including 37.5 points at Level 3

Subject Options:

Biotechnology major

Completion of 50 points of study:

  • At least 25 points at Level 3 in the biotechnology major must be taken from a department different from that responsible for teaching the student's other major.
  • At least 25 points of the combined points at Level 3 for the biotechnology major and the student's other major must be practical laboratory subjects.

Core subject at either Level 2 or Level 3:

One of

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
  • 600-205 Biotechnology in Practice (prior to 2009)

Note that credit exclusions exist between core biotechnology subjects. Please see subject descriptions for more details.

Plus three Level 3 subjects selected from the following biotechnology subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
  • 606-309 Frontiers of Cell Biology (prior to 2010)
  • 610-332 Bio-Organic Chemistry (prior to 2010)
  • 610-333 Molecular Technology (prior to 2010)
  • 652-303 Developmental and Cellular Genetics (prior to 2010)
  • 526-301 Microbial Cells and Genomes (prior to 2010)

And the following Level 3 practical laboratory biotechnology subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 2
Semester 2
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
  • 526-321 Molecular Microbiology Techniques (prior to 2010)
  • 526-326 Projects: Immunology (prior to 2010)
  • 526-327 Projects: Microbiology (prior to 2010)
  • 534-306 Drug Discovery (prior to 2010)
  • 526-324 Immunological Techniques (prior to 2011)

To be awarded two science majors (i.e. the biotechnology major and a second life sciences major), students must complete a minimum of 87.5 points of science study at Level 3.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science

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