Cell pathology is the study of disease using the techniques of modern cell biology. The aim is to understand how cellular and molecular mechanisms interact during disease processes. Cell pathology is also an introduction to the world of biomedical research. By studying scientific papers, and discussing them in tutorials, you will discover the scientific approach to a problem. You will study various experimental approaches and learn to criticise assumptions made by the great experimenters while investigating the milestones of scientific discovery. During the experimental component of the major, you learn to apply this knowledge. Some experiments carried out during the unit are closely modelled on certain classic studies that significantly advanced scientific knowledge. Others are related to the current research interests of departmental staff, and may never have been carried out before.
For more information on the program structure and content, view the Science Undergraduate Handbook.
To prepare for your cell pathology major, it is recommended that you take a combination of molecular biology and genetics, junior biology units, junior chemistry and junior psychology units.
You will complete the intermediate units of study which are prerequisites for your senior units of study. Depending on what your senior units are, you will take some combination of anatomy, biochemistry, molecular biology, biology, microbiology, pharmacology or physiology units. It is important that you plan ahead and have an idea of which senior units you will take, so that you enrol in the correct intermediate units.
You will complete 24 credit points worth of units, including CPAT3201 and CPAT3202, plus any two of the senior units listed in the Science Handbook for the cell pathology major. Among the senior units you can choose from are microscopy and histochemistry, cells and development, medical and metabolic biochemistry, microbial biotechnology and more.
Pathogenesis of Human Disease
Microscopy and Histochemistry
Human Molecular Cell Biology
Medical and Metabolic Biochemistry
Microbes in Infection
Human Cellular Physiology
A major in cell pathology is advantageous if you plan to proceed to honours research, to professional courses such as medicine, dentistry or physiotherapy, or to careers in biomedical research areas such as hospital science. This major fulfils the pathology requirements of the Centre for Chiropractic at Macquarie University.
Further study for major
A year of honours is available in pathology for eligible students, allowing you to develop closer links with academic and technical staff, the opportunity to attend various seminars and participate in national conferences. Honours is a unique way to explore your research potential by designing an independent project and producing a thesis of your work.
Higher degrees by research are also available in the Discipline of Pathology.
Related subject areas
Anatomy and Histology