Biology

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Biology

For a major in Biology, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points from senior BIOL units of study listed in this subject area.
Please refer to the Science Faculty website for details of the major, http://sydney.edu.au/science/
Junior units of study
BIOL1001
Concepts in Biology
6    A HSC Biology, however, students who have not completed HSC Biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (in February).
N BIOL1911, BIOL1991
Semester 1
Summer Main
BIOL1911
Concepts in Biology (Advanced)
6    P 80+ in HSC 2-unit Biology (or equivalent) or Distinction or better in a University level Biology unit, or an ATAR of 95 or greater
N BIOL1001, BIOL1991.
Semester 1
BIOL1002
Living Systems
6    A HSC Biology, however, students who have not completed HSC biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (in February).
N BIOL1902
Semester 2
BIOL1902
Living Systems (Advanced)
6    P Distinction or better in the BIOL1001 or BIOL1911 or BIOL1991 or BIOL1003 or BIOL1903 or BIOL1993 OR HSC Biology equal to 90 or greater OR an ATAR equal to 95 or greater
N BIOL1002
Semester 2
BIOL1003
Human Biology
6    A HSC Biology, however, students who have not completed HSC biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (in February).
N BIOL1903, BIOL1993.
Semester 1
Summer Main
BIOL1903
Human Biology (Advanced)
6    P HSC Biology result in the 90+, OR Distinction or better in a University level Biology unit OR an ATAR equal to 95 or greater
N BIOL1003, BIOL1993.
Semester 1
BIOL1991
Concepts in Biology (Special Studies)
6    P ATAR of at least 99.0 OR a Band 6 result in Biology HSC OR medalist in International Biology Olympiad
N BIOL1001, BIOL1911, BIOL1993

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
BIOL1993
Human Biology (Special Studies)
6    P ATAR of at least 99.0 OR a Band 6 result in Biology HSC OR medalist in International Biology Olympiad
N BIOL1003, BIOL1903, BIOL1991

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
MBLG1001
Molecular Biology and Genetics (Intro)
6    A 6 credit points of Junior Biology and 6 credit points of Junior Chemistry
N MBLG1901
Semester 2
MBLG1901
Molecular Biology and Genetics (Adv)
6    A HSC Chemistry and Biology OR 6 credit points of Junior Biology and 6 credit points of Junior Chemistry
P UAI (or ATAR equivalent) of 95 or minimum Band 5 in HSC chemistry and biology or by invitation
N MBLG1001
Semester 2
Intermediate units of study
BIOL2009
Intro to Terrestrial Field Ecology
6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 and 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology
P 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901)
N BIOL2909, BIOL3009, BIOL3909.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in EVEN years (2014, 2016), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in ODD years.
Int August
BIOL2909
Intro to Terrestrial Field Ecology (Adv)
6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 and 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology
P Distinction average in either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL2009, BIOL3009, BIOL3909

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in EVEN years (2014, 2016), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in ODD years.
Int August
BIOL2010
Intro to Tropical Wildlife Biology

This unit of study is not available in2014

6    A BIOL1002
P 12cp Junior BIOL; OR 6cp Junior BIOL and 6cp MBLG1001/1901
N BIOL2910, BIOL3010, BIOL3910

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study, based on placement availability and merit. The unit is only available in ODD years (2013, 2015..) but students may apply for entry into an alternative Intermediate field unit in EVEN years.
Int February
BIOL2910
Intro to Tropical Wildlife Biology (Adv)

This unit of study is not available in2014

6    A BIOL1002
P 12cp Junior BIOL; OR 6cp Junior BIOL and 6cp MBLG1001/1901; with Distinction average. These requirements may be varied and students with lower averages should consult the Unit Coordinator.
N BIOL2010, BIOL3010, BIOL3910

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study, based on placement availability and merit. The unit is only available in ODD years (2013, 2015..) but students may apply for entry into an alternative Intermediate field unit in EVEN years.
Int February
BIOL2016
Cell Biology
6    A BIOL1001
P 12cp of Junior BIOL; or 6cp of Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901); or (6cp of Junior Biology and 6cp of Junior Chemistry).
N BIOL2916; all intermediate BMED units


This unit is not available to students in BMedSc.
Semester 1
BIOL2916
Cell Biology (Advanced)
6    A BIOL1001
P Distinction average across either 12cp of Junior Biology, or 6cp of Junior Biology and (MBLG1001 or MBLG901), or 6cp of Junior Biology and 6cp of Junior Chemistry.
N BIOL2016, all intermediate BMED units


This unit is not available to students in BMedSc.
Semester 1
BIOL2020
Introduction to Coral Reef Biology
6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 and 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology
P 12 credit points of Junior BIOL; or 6 credit points of Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL2920, BIOL3016, BIOL3916

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any Intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. This unit is only available in EVEN numbered years (e.g. 2014, 2016...), but students are offered alternative intermediate field units in ODD numbered years.
Int July
BIOL2920
Introduction to Coral Reef Biology (Adv)
6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 and 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology
P Distinction average across either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL2020, BIOL3016, BIOL3916

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in EVEN years (2014, 2016), but students may apply for entry into an alternative Intermediate field unit in ODD years.
Int July
BIOL2021
Zoology
6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902
P 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL2011, BIOL2911, BIOL2012, BIOL2912, BIOL2921
Semester 1
BIOL2921
Zoology (Advanced)
6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902
P Distinction average in either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). These requirements may be varied and students with lower averages should consult the Unit Coordinator.
N BIOL2011, BIOL2911, BIOL2012, BIOL2912, BIOL2021
Semester 1
BIOL2022
Biology Experimental Design & Analysis
6    P 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL3006, BIOL3906, BIOL2922
Semester 2
BIOL2922
Biol Experimental Design & Analysis Adv
6    P Distinction average in either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). These requirements may be varied and students with lower averages should consult the Unit Coordinator.
N BIOL3006, BIOL3906, BIOL2022
Semester 2
BIOL2023
Botany
6    A BIOL1001 OR BIOL1002
P 6cp Junior BIOL and 6cp Junior Sciences
N BIOL2923, PLNT2003, PLNT2903, PLNT2002, PLNT2902, BIOL2003, BIOL2903, BIOL2004,BIOL2904


Students planning to major in Biology or Plant Sciences are recommended to complete (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901) before enrolling in this unit.
Semester 1
BIOL2923
Botany (Advanced)
6    A BIOL1001 OR BIOL1002
P Distinction average in at least 6 credit points of Junior Biology units of study and 6 credit points Junior Sciences.
N BIOL2023, PLNT2003, PLNT2903, PLNT2002, PLNT2902, BIOL2003, BIOL2903, BIOL2004, BIOL2904


Students planning to major in Biology or Plant Sciences are recommended to complete (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901) before enrolling in this unit.
Semester 1
BIOL2024
Ecology and Conservation
6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902
P 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL2924
Semester 2
BIOL2924
Ecology and Conservation (Advanced)
6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902
P Distinction average in either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). These requirements may be varied and students with lower averages should consult the Unit Coordinator.
N BIOL2024
Semester 2
BIOL2028
Introduction to Marine Field Ecology

This unit of study is not available in2014

6    A BIOL1002 and 12 cp of Intermediate Biology
P 12cp Junior BIOL; OR 6cp Junior BIOL and 6cp MBLG1001/1901
N BIOL2928, BIOL3008, BIOL3908

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study, based on placement availability and merit. The unit is only available in ODD years (2013, 2015..) but students may apply for entry into an alternative Intermediate field unit in EVEN years.Dates:14th July- 21st July 2013
Int July
BIOL2928
Introduction to Marine Field Ecology Adv

This unit of study is not available in2014

6    A BIOL1002 and 12 cp of Intermediate Biology
P Distinction average in either 12cp Junior BIOL; OR 6cp Junior BIOL and 6cp MBLG1001/1901. These requirements may be varied and students with lower averages should consult the Unit Coordinator.
N BIOL2028, BIOL3008, BIOL3908

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study, based on placement availability and merit. The unit is only available in ODD years (2013, 2015..) but students may apply for entry into an alternative Intermediate field unit in EVEN years. Dates:14th July- 21st July 2013
Int July
MBLG2072
Genetics and Genomics
6    A 12cp of Junior Chemistry
P 6cp of Junior Biology and (one of MBLG1001 and MBLG1901) and 6cp of Junior Chemistry
N MBLG2972


For students planning a Molecular Biology and Genetics major, 12cp of Junior Chemistry is required.
Semester 2
MBLG2972
Genetics and Genomics (Adv)
6    A 12cp of Junior Chemistry
P Distinction average across 6cp of Junior Biology, 6cp of (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901) and 6cp of Junior Chemistry.
N MBLG2072


For students planning for a Molecular Biology and Genetics major, 12cp of Junior Chemistry is required.
Semester 2
Senior units of study
BIOL3007
Ecology
6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3907
Semester 2
BIOL3907
Ecology (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average in either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3007
Semester 2
BIOL3008
Marine Field Ecology

This unit of study is not available in2014

6    A BIOL2018 or GEOS2115. Prior completion of BIOL3006 or BIOL3906 is very strongly recommended.
P 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and one of (ENVI2111 or ENVI2911) or (GEOS2115 or GEOS2915).
N BIOL3908, BIOL2028, BIOL2928

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is only available in odd numbered years (e.g. 2013, 2015, etc). Students are offered alternative Senior field units in even numbered years. Dates:14th July - 21st July 2013. This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree.
Int July
BIOL3908
Marine Field Ecology (Advanced)

This unit of study is not available in2014

6    A BIOL2018 or GEOS2115. Prior completion of BIOL3006 or BIOL3906 is very strongly recommended.
P Distinction average in 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology; or 6 credit points of Intermediate Biology and one of (ENVI2111 or ENVI2911) or (GEOS2115 or GEOS2915).
N BIOL3008, BIOL2028, BIOL2928

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is only available in odd numbered years (e.g. 2013, 2015, etc). Students are offered alternative Senior field units in even numbered years. Dates: 14th July - 21st July 2013. This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree.
Int July
BIOL3009
Terrestrial Field Ecology
6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3909. BIOL2009, BIOL2909.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any Senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. This unit is only available in EVEN numbered years (e.g. 2014, 2016...), but students are offered alternative Senior field units in ODD numbered years.
Int August
BIOL3909
Terrestrial Field Ecology (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average in either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3009, BIOL2009, BIOL2909.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any Senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. This unit is only available in EVEN numbered years (e.g. 2014, 2016...), but students are offered alternative Senior field units in ODD numbered years.
Int August
BIOL3010
Tropical Wildlife Biology

This unit of study is not available in2014

6    A None, although BIOL2012 or BIOL2912 or BIOL2021 or BIOL2921 would be useful.
P 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology (BIOL/ENVI/PLNT), or equivalent.
N BIOL2010, BIOL2910, BIOL3910

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit runs in February and is only available in odd numbered years (e.g. 2013, 2015, etc). Students are offered alternative Senior field units in even numbered years. This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree.
Int February
BIOL3910
Tropical Wildlife Biology (Adv)

This unit of study is not available in2014

6    A None, although BIOL2012 or BIOL2912 or BIOL2021 or BIOL2921 would be useful.
P Distinction average in 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology (BIOL/ENVI/PLNT).
N BIOL2010, BIOL2910, BIOL3010

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit runs in February and is only available in odd numbered years (e.g. 2013, 2015, etc). Students are offered alternative Senior field units in even numbered years. This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree.
Int February
BIOL3013
Marine Biology
6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972); or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (GEOS2115 or GEOS2915).
N BIOL3913
Semester 2
BIOL3913
Marine Biology (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average in either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972); or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (GEOS2115 or GEOS2915).
N BIOL3013
Semester 2
BIOL3016
Coral Reef Biology
6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3916, BIOL2020, BIOL2920, NTMP3001

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any Senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. This unit of study is only available in EVEN numbered years only (e.g. 2014, 2016...), but students are offered alternative Senior field units in ODD numbered years.
Int July
BIOL3916
Coral Reef Biology (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average in either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3016, BIOL2020, BIOL2920, NTMP3001

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any Senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. This unit of study is only available in EVEN numbered years only (e.g. 2014, 2016...), but students are offered alternative Senior field units in ODD numbered years.
Int July
BIOL3018
Gene Technology and Genomics
6    P (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972) and 6cp from either (MBLG2071 or MBLG2971) or Intermediate BIOL.
N BIOL3918
Semester 1
BIOL3918
Gene Technology and Genomics Advanced
6    P Distinction average across (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972) and 6cp from either (MBLG2071 or MBLG2971) or Intermediate BIOL.
N BIOL3018
Semester 1
BIOL3026
Developmental Genetics
6    P (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972) and 6cp from either (MBLG2071 or MBLG2971) or Intermediate BIOL.
N BIOL3926
Semester 2
BIOL3926
Developmental Genetics (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average across (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972) and 6cp from either (MBLG2071 or MBLG2971) or Intermediate BIOL.
N BIOL3026
Semester 2
BIOL3043
Plant Science
6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3943, PLNT3001, PLNT3002, PLNT3901, PLNT3902
Semester 2
BIOL3943
Plant Science (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average across either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3043, PLNT3001, PLNT3002, PLNT3901, PLNT3902
Semester 2
BIOL3044
Evolution and Biodiversity
6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3944, BIOL3025, BIOL3925, PLNT3003, PLNT3903
Semester 1
BIOL3944
Evolution and Biodiversity (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average across either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3044, BIOL3025, BIOL3925, PLNT3003, PLNT3903
Semester 1
BIOL3045
Animal Ecological Physiology
6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3945, BIOL3011, BIOL3911, BIOL3012, BIOL3912
Semester 1
BIOL3945
Animal Ecological Physiology (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average across either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3045, BIOL3011, BIOL3911, BIOL3012, BIOL3912
Semester 1
BIOL3046
Animal Behaviour
6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3946
Semester 1
BIOL3946
Animal Behaviour (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average across either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3046
Semester 1