Molecular Biology and Genetics Major Study Guide

Course structure in Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Advanced)

A standard full-time enrolment is 24 credit points per semester.

First year - Refer to the Special Interests section for ‘other’ unit recommendations.

If you have not taken HSC Chemistry, you should enrol in CHEM1001 and CHEM1002 and are strongly advised to take a Chemistry bridging course before Semester 1.

Semester 1 Credit points   Semester 2 Credit points
BIOL 6   MBLG1001 6
CHEM 6   CHEM 6
MATH 6   MATH 6
Other 6   Other 6

Second year - MBLG2071 and MBLG2072 and at least 6cp from BCHM2071 and BCHM2072

Semester 1 Credit points   Semester 2 Credit points
MBLG 2071 or 2971 6   MBLG2072 or 2972 6
BCHM2072 or 2972 6     AND / OR BCHM2071 or 2971 6
Other 12 or 18   Other 12 or 18

Third year - 24cp of the following BCHM and BIOL units of study

Semester 1 Credit points   Semester 2 Credit points
BCHM3071 or 3971 6   BCHM3072 or 3972 6
BIOL3018 or 3918 6   BIOL3026 or 3926 6
Other 12   Other 12

Special interests

Students can best prepare themselves to work in the following areas of interest by combining required units with some of the recommended units below, subject to timetable compatibility.

Special interest in Biology

Second Year:
MICR2021, 2022; MBLG2072 and other BIOL units

Third Year:
MICR3011 and VIRO3001 plus MICR3032 and 3042
or BIOL3018 and BIOL3026

Special interest in Chemistry/Structure

Second Year:
CHEM2401, 2402, 2403
PCOL2011, 2012

Third Year:
CHEM3110/1/4/5/6/7

Special interest in Medical Sciences

Second Year:
IMMU2101; MICR2022; PHSI2005, 2006; PCOL2011, 2012

Third Year:
IMMU3102, 3202; MICR3011, MICR3032, MICR3042; NEUR3001, 3002, 3003, 3004;
PCOL3011, 3012, 3021, 3022; PHSI3005, 3006, 3007, 3008; VIRO3001, 3002

Course structure in Bachelor of Medical Science

A standard full-time enrolment is 24 credit points per semester.

First year

Semester 1 Credit points   Semester 2 Credit points
BIOL 6   MBLG1001 6
CHEM 6   CHEM 6
MATH 6   MATH 6
PHYS or PSYC 6   PHYS or PSYC 6


Second year

36cp of BMED units of study required (can be taken all in second year or staggered over second and third years - see Faculty of Science Handbook for details); for a major in Molecular Biology and Genetics: 2 units of MBLG and BMED2401 and BMED2405.


Regular Option

Semester 1 Credit points   Semester 2 Credit points
MBLG 2071 or 2971 6   MBLG2072 or 2972 6
BMedSc core 18   BMedSc core 18


Staggered Option

Semester 1 Credit points   Semester 2 Credit points
MBLG 2071 or 2971 6   MBLG2072 or 2972 6
BMedSc core (including BMED2401) 12   BMedSc core (including BMED2405) 12
Other 6   BCHM2071 or 2971 (or other) 6


Third year - 24cp of the following BCHM and BIOL units of study

Semester 1 Credit points   Semester 2 Credit points
BCHM3071 or 3971 6   BCHM3072 or 3972 6
BIOL3018 or 3918 6   BIOL3026 or 3926 6
Other  12   Other 12