Microbiology 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 - BIOL (12 or 6cp), MBLG1001 (6cp), CHEM (12cp), MATH (6cp) plus other (6 or 12 cp).
Refer to the Special Interests section for ‘other’ unit recommendations.
Students who have not taken HSC Chemistry enrol in CHEM1001 and 1002.

Second year - 6cp MICR required but 12cp recommended

Semester 1 Credit points   Semester 2 Credit points
MICR2021 or 2921 6   MICR2022 or 2922 6
Other 18   Other 18

Third year - 24cp MICR required
All Microbiology units, except for Bachelor of Medical Science second year, start with ‘MICR’ or ‘VIRO’

Semester 1 Credit points   Semester 2 Credit points
MICR3011 or 3911 6   MICR3032 or 3932 6
VIRO3001 or 3901 6   MICR3042 or 3942 6
      VIRO3002 6
Other 12   Other 6

Special interests

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

Special interest in

Medical Microbiology - Anatomy & Histology, Biochemistry, Cell Pathology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology, Physiology, Virology

Environmental Microbiology - MICR2022 and 2024; PLUS units in Agricultural Chemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Geography, Soil Science

Industrial Microbiology (Biotechnology) - Chemistry, Biochemistry

Molecular Microbiology - MBLG2071 or 2971 and MBLG2072 or 2972, Biochemistry, Chemistry

Food or Dairy Microbiology - BCHM2072, Agricultural Chemistry

Agricultural Microbiology - Soil Science, Agricultural Chemistry

Course structure in Bachelor of Medical Science

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

First year - CHEM, MATH, PHYS (12cp each), BIOL (6cp), MBLG1001 (6cp)


Second year - BMED2401, 2402, 2403, 2404, 2405 and 2406


Third year - at least 36 cp of Senior Medical Science electives (includes MICR and VIRO), maximum 12 cp of other units

Semester 1 Credit points   Semester 2 Credit points
MICR3011 or 3911 6   MICR3032 or 3932 6
VIRO3001 or 3901 6   MICR3042 or 3922 6
      VIRO3002 6
Other 12   Other 6

Course structure in Bachelor of Liberal Studies

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

First year - BIOL (6cp), MBLG1001 (6cp), CHEM (12cp), Language (12cp), MATH or ENGL1005 or LNGS1005 (12cp)

Second, third and fourth years – MICR as for 2nd and 3rd year in the BSc, plus other Science and Arts units to satisfy the degree requirements.