Why study biology?

Biology is an immensely diverse science, ranging from the study of molecules and their modes of action, through to understanding complex communities and their relationship with the environment. As a biology graduate, you can expect an exciting and rewarding career, contributing to your community in numerous ways through opportunities in business, research, training, education and government.

Junior biology

The topics covered in first year range from the ecology of whole organisms to the cellular interactions and molecular networks that underpin structure and function. You will examine how the various life forms have evolved on this planet, their modes of reproduction and the transfer of genetic information from one generation to the next, through lectures and laboratory exercises.

Intermediate biology

In second year, you can choose from units covering the biology of animals, the biology of plants, genetics, cell biology and conservation biology. These units of study will get you involved in fieldwork activities, while advanced units provide an opportunity to research an area of your special interest, working with research scientists and other professionals.

Senior biology

Third year units are structured to provide you with the essential skills and knowledge required by a professional biologist. The latest technologies and research outcomes are integrated into the teaching resources, which are presented through lecture and laboratory sessions, fieldwork and, in some units, specialised projects.