Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Pre-2015)

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science will give you foundation skills in chemistry, biology, physics, statistics and the important research skills necessary for a career in this rapidly growing industry.

Study Planner Information

What will I study?

You will be encouraged to specialise in your second and third year in one of the following streams:

  • Developmental Biology is the study of the molecular and cellular events underlying the formation of living organisms. Researchers work to interpret genomes and provide ways for understanding how genes make organs and tissues. Development biology research will contribute to advances in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, reproductive technologies, functional genomics and transplantation sciences.
  • Human Genetics, the study of the human genome. Sequencing of the human genome is allowing scientist to read and interpret the genetic “instructions” it contains and is increasing our understanding of human development both normal and abnormal.
  • Research into Immunology and Infectious Diseases is important to address this major ongoing threat to global health. Areas covered include the basic biology of disease transmission, host pathogen interactions, the molecular basis of immune recognition, vaccine and drug development, molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry.
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology is the study of molecules made by living organisms in a cellular context. These complementary disciplines underpin all of the contemporary biological sciences including developmental biology, neurobiology and immunology.
  • Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system of animals and humans. The nervous system coordinates and regulates all movement, detects environmental changes and adjusts the metabolic activity in living things. Neuroscience research is aiding in the development of new therapeutic strategies to treat neurological and mental illnesses.
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology research into the molecular mechanism of the action of drugs is of major importance in the biomedical sciences. This understanding can lead to the discovery of new drugs as well as better use of existing drugs for the treatment of human diseases.
  • Physiology encompasses the study of how the body works, from the molecular and cellular levels to the integrative control of tissues, organs and systems. Research aims to understand these normal processes in the body and the changes that occur in cells, tissues and organs that lead to disease.

Year 1 Study Planner

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory for program – all students must complete this course.
  • Elective - choose a Level 1 course that interests you.
Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution Compulsory
CHEM1100 Chemistry 11 Compulsory
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science3 Compulsory
Elective - See list below Elective
Year 1 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms Compulsory
CHEM1200 Chemistry 21 Compulsory
STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data4 Compulsory
PHYS1171 Physical Basis of Biological Systems2 Compulsory

1.Students without Queensland Senior Chemistry should complete CHEM1090 before taking any other chemistry course. 

2.Students may complete PHYS1001 which is available in Semester 1, in lieu of PHYS1171.

3.Students may complete SCIE1100 which is available in Semester 1, in lieu of SCIE 1000.

4.Students may complete SCIE1301 which is available in Semester 1, in lieu of SCIE 1201.

 

Year 1 Electives - Semester 1
Course Code & Title
BIOL1030 Global Challenges in Biology
CHEM1090 Introductory Chemistry1
PHYS1001 Mechanics & Thermal Physics I

 

Year 1 Electives - Semester 1 or 2
Course Code & Title
CSSE1001 Introduction to Software Engineering I
MATH1050 Mathematical Foundations
MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I3
PHYS1002 Electromagnetism and Modern Physics
PSYC1020 Introduction to Psychology: Physiological & Cognitive Psychology
PSYC1030 Introduction to Psychology: Developmental, Social & Clinical Psychology
Year 1 Electives - Semester 2
Course Code & Title
CSSE1000 Introduction to Computer Systems

1. Students without Queensland Senior Chemistry should complete CHEM1090 before taking any other chemistry course.
3. Students without Queensland Senior Maths C should complete MATH1050 before MATH1051.

Year 2 to 3 Study Planner

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory for program – all students must complete this course
  • Recommended Elective - choose an elective from the list

Choose a study plan

 Developmental Biology

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses Recommended Electives
1 BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology

BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

BIOM2013 Integrative Cell & Tissue Biol
Choose #2 units from the elective list below
(May also take a first year elective if you wish)
2 BIOL2202 Genetics

At least two courses (#4) from the following:

BIOM2208 Differentiation & Development (Essential)

BIOM2012 Systems Physiology(Recommended)

BIOM2402 Principles of Pharmacology(Recommended)

CHEM2052 Chemical Biology

MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology(Recommended)
Choose #2 units from the  elective list.
Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses Recommended Electives
1 #2 Research Project 1 DEVB3002 Molec Mechanisms of Devel (Essential)

BIOM3401 Systems Pharmacology
2 BIOM3333 BBiomedical Science Capstone Course
#2 Research project1
DEVB3001 Developmental Neurobiology (Essential)

1. Students are required to complete a #2 research project. Students may complete SCIE3220, SCIE3221, SCIE3240, SCIE3241, SCIE3250, SCIE3251, SCIE3260 or SCIE3261. These courses are available in semester 1, 2 or Summer. Please contact the school that you wish to undertake the research project in for more information. 

 Human Genetics

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses Recommended Electives
1 BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology

BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

BIOM2013 Integrative Cell & Tissue Biol
 
Choose #2 units from the major's elective list
(May also take a first year elective if you wish)
2 BIOL2202 Genetics

At least two courses (#4) from the following:

BIOM2012 Systems Physiology

BIOM2208 Differentiation & Development

BIOM2402 Principles of Pharmacology

CHEM2052 Chemical Biology

MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology
Choose  #2 units from the major's  elective list
Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses Recommended Electives
1 #2 Research Project 1
 
BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics(Essential)
2 BIOM3333 BBiomedical Science Capstone Course  
#2 Research Project1
 
BIOC3003 Human Molec Genetics & Disease (Essential)

BIOL3222 Advanced Genetics(Essential)

1. Students are required to complete a #2 research project. Students may complete SCIE3220, SCIE3221, SCIE3240, SCIE3241, SCIE3250, SCIE3251, SCIE3260 or SCIE3261. These courses are available in semester 1, 2 or Summer. Please contact the school that you wish to undertake the research project in for more information. 

  Immunology & Infectious Disease

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses Recommended Electives
1 BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology

BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

BIOM2013 Integrative Cell & Tissue Biol
Choose #2 units from the  elective list.
(May also take a first year elective if you wish)
2 BIOL2202 Genetics

At least two courses (#4) from the following:

BIOM2012 Systems Physiology

BIOM2208 Differentiation & Development (Recommended)

BIOM2402 Principles of Pharmacology(Recommended)

CHEM2052 Chemical Biology(Recommended)

MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology(Essential)
Choose #2 units from the major's elective list
Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses Recommended Electives
1 #2 Research project1
 
BIOL3003 Advanced Immunology(Essential) MICR3002 Virology

MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology
2 BIOM3333 BBiomedical Science Capstone Course  
#2 Research project1
MICR3001 Microbes & Human Health (Essential)

1. Students are required to complete a #2 research project. Students may complete SCIE3220, SCIE3221, SCIE3240, SCIE3241, SCIE3250, SCIE3251, SCIE3260 or SCIE3261. These courses are available in semester 1, 2 or Summer. Please contact the school that you wish to undertake the research project in for more information. 

 Molecular & Cellular Biology

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses Recommended Electives
1 BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology

BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

BIOM2013 Integrative Cell & Tissue Biol
Choose #2 units from the major's elective list.
(May also take a first year elective if you wish)
2 BIOL2202 Genetics

At least two courses (#4) from the following:

BIOM2012 Systems Physiology(Essential)

BIOM2208 Differentiation & Development (Recommended)

BIOM2402 Principles of Pharmacology(Recommended)

CHEM2052 Chemical Biology(Recommended)

MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology(Essential)
Choose #2 units from the  elective list.
Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses Recommended Electives
1 #2 Research project1
 
BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

BIOL3006 Molecular Cell Biology

BIOM3014 Molecular & Cell Physiology
2 BIOM3333 BBiomedical Science Capstone Course  
#2 Research project1
 
BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology

1. Students are required to complete a #2 research project. Students may complete SCIE3220, SCIE3221, SCIE3240, SCIE3241, SCIE3250, SCIE3251, SCIE3260 or SCIE3261. These courses are available in semester 1, 2 or Summer. Please contact the school that you wish to undertake the research project in for more information. 

  Neuroscience

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses Recommended Electives
1 BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology

BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

BIOM2013 Integrative Cell & Tissue Biol
Choose #2 units from the major's elective list.
(May also take a first year elective if you wish)
2 BIOL2202 Genetics

At least two courses (#4) from the following:

BIOM2012 Systems Physiology(Essential)

BIOM2208 Differentiation & Development (Recommended)

BIOM2402 Principles of Pharmacology (Recommended)

CHEM2052 Chemical Biology

MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology (Recommended)
Choose #2 units from the  elective list.
Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses Recommended Electives
1 #2 Research project1
 
NEUR3001 Molecular & Cell Neuroscience (Essential)
2 BIOM3333 BBiomedical Science Capstone Course  
#2 Research project1
 
NEUR3002 The Integrated Brain(Essential)

BIOM3015 Physiology & Pathophysiology

1. Students are required to complete a #2 research project. Students may complete SCIE3220, SCIE3221, SCIE3240, SCIE3241, SCIE3250, SCIE3251, SCIE3260 or SCIE3261. These courses are available in semester 1, 2 or Summer. Please contact the school that you wish to undertake the research project in for more information. 

 Pharmacology & Toxicology

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses Recommended Electives
1 BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology

BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function
 

BIOM2013 Integrative Cell & Tissue Biol
 
Choose #2 units from the  elective list.
(May also take a first year elective if you wish)
2 BIOL2202 Genetics

At least two courses (#4) from the following:

BIOM2012 Systems Physiology(Recommended)

BIOM2208 Differentiation & Development

BIOM2402 Principles of Pharmacology(Essential)

CHEM2052 Chemical Biology(Recommended)  

MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology(Recommended)
Choose  #2 units from the elective list.
Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses Recommended Electives
1 #2 Research project1
 
 
BIOM3401 Systems Pharmacology(Essential)

BIOT3002 Drug Design & Development
2 BIOM3333 BBiomedical Science Capstone Course  
#2 Research project1
 
BIOM3402 Advanced Pharmacology (Essential)

BIOM3015 Physiology & Pathophysiology

1. Students are required to complete a #2 research project. Students may complete SCIE3220, SCIE3221, SCIE3240, SCIE3241, SCIE3250, SCIE3251, SCIE3260 or SCIE3261. These courses are available in semester 1, 2 or Summer. Please contact the school that you wish to undertake the research project in for more information. 

 Physiology

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses Recommended Electives
1 BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology

BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

BIOM2013 Integrative Cell & Tissue Biol
Choose #2 units from the  elective list.
(May also take a first year elective if you wish)
2 BIOL2202 Genetic

At least two courses (#4) from the following:

BIOM2012 Systems Physiology(Essential)

BIOM2208 Differentiation & Development (Recommended)

BIOM2402 Principles of Pharmacology(Recommended)

CHEM2052 Chemical Biology

MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology(Recommended)
Choose #2 units from the  elective list
Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses Recommended Electives
1 #2 Research project1 BIOM3014 Molecular & Cell Physiology (Essential)

BIOL3230 Endocrinology & Metabolism
2 BIOM3333 BBiomedical Science Capstone Course  
#2 Research project1
BIOM3015 Physiology & Pathophysiology (Essential)

NEUR3002 The Integrated Brain

1. Students are required to complete a #2 research project. Students may complete SCIE3220, SCIE3221, SCIE3240, SCIE3241, SCIE3250, SCIE3251, SCIE3260 or SCIE3261. These courses are available in semester 1, 2 or Summer. Please contact the school that you wish to undertake the research project in for more information. 

Electives

Year Semester 1 Semester 2
1 BIOL1030 Biodiversity & Our Environment

CHEM1090 Introductory Chemistry

CSSE1001 Software Engineering I

MATH1050 Mathematical Foundations

MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I

PHYS1001 Mechanics & Thermal Physics I

PHYS1002 Electromagn, Optics, Relativ

PSYC1020 Intro to Psych: Phys & Cog Psy

PSYC1030 Intro to Psych: Dev, Soc & Clin

SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science
CSSE1000 Intro to Computer Systems
 
CSSE1001 Software Engineering I
 
MATH1050 Mathematical Foundations

MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I

PHYS1002 Electromagn, Optics, Relativ

PSYC1020 Intro to Psych: Phys & Cog Psy

PSYC1030 Intro to Psych: Dev, Soc & Clin
2 BIOL2006 Biostatistics

CHEM2002 Physical Chemistry

CHEM2050 Chem Reactions & Mechanisms

SCIE2100 Intro to Bioinfomatics

MATH2000 Calculus & Linear Algebra II

MATH2010 Analysis of ODEs

PHYS2020 Thermodyn & Condensed Matter

PSYC2050 Learning & Cognition  

STAT2003 Probability & Statistics
BIOM2012 Systems Physiology

BIOM2208 Differentiation & Development

BIOM2402 Principles of Pharmacology

BIOL2201 Evolution  

BIOL2203 Plant Biology

BIPH2000 Foundations of Biophysics

CHEM2052 Chemical Biology

CHEM2054 Experimental Chemistry

COSC2500 Num Meth in Computational Sci

MATH2000 Calculus & Linear Algebra II

MATH2010 Analysis of ODEs

MATH2011 Analysis of PDEs

MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology

PHYS2041 Quantum Physics

PSYC2050 Learning & Cognition
3 BIOC3000 Biomolecular Structure & Funct

BIOL3003 Advanced Immunology

BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

BIOL3006 Molecular Cell Biology

BIOL3009 Arthropods & Human Health

BIOL3212 Advanced Evolutionary Biology

BIOL3230 Endocrinology & Metabolism

BIOM3002 Human Biomedical Anatomy

BIOM3014 Molecular & Cell Physiology

BIOM3401 Systems Pharmacology

BIOT3002 Drug Design & Development

CHEM3001 Synthesis & Mechanism Organic

CHEM3004 Determinat of Molecular Struc

CHEM3010 Bio-inorganic Chemistry

CHEM3013 Nanoscience: Self-assembly

DEVB3002 Molec Mechanisms of Devel

MATH3104 Mathematical Biology

MICR3002 Virology

MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology

NEUR3001 Molecular & Cell Neuroscience

PSYC3172 Basic Processes in Cognition

PSYC3222 Psychophysiol: Method & Applic
ANAT3022 Functional Neuroanatomy (Psyc)

BIOC3003 Human Molec Genetics & Disease

BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology

BIOL3014 Advanced Bioinformatics

BIOL3222 Advanced Genetics

BIOL3239 Brain to Behaviour: Invertebrate Neuroethology

BIOM3003 Functional Musculoskeletal Ana

BIOM3015 Physiology & Pathophysiology

BIOM3402 Advanced Pharmacology

BIPH3000 Molecular & Membrane Biophysic

BIPH3001 Frontiers in Biophysics

CHEM3008 Medicinal Chemistry

CHEM3011 Physical & Computational Chem

CHEM3014 Nanoscience: Synthesis

DEVB3001 Developmental Neurobiology

MICR3001 Microbes & Human Health

MICR3004 Microbial persity & Biotech

NEUR3002 The Integrated Brain

PARA3002 Biomedical Parasitology

PSYC3192 Perception & Attention

Year 4 Study Planner

Students are privilleged to choose between Part B or Part H options for their final year. Part B option will grant a Bachelor Degree with Pass principles and Part H option will grant a Bachelor Degree with Honours. The latter, will involve Research works completion as part of the awarding requirement. 

Option for Part B: 

Year 4
Sem Compulsory Electives
1 BIOM6520 Biomedical Science Perpectives A Choose #6 from major's elective list.
2 BIOM3200 Biomedical Science

BIOM6521Biomedical Science Perspectives B
Choose #4 from major's elective list.

 Option for Part H: 

Year 4
Sem Compulsory Electives
1 BIOM6501/BIOM6502/BIOM6503 
Research Project in Biomedical Science
-
2 BIOM6501/BIOM6502/BIOM6503 
Research Project in Biomedical Science
-

1. Student are required to enrol in this course in Semester 1&2 for completion. The enrol code for students who commenced in Semester 1 will be BIOM6501 for both semesters. The enrol code for the student who commenced in Semester 2 will be BIOM6502. For more information about honours, please go here.  

Careers in Biomedical Science

Employment prospects for graduates of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science program are excellent in research environments, government, education and industry.

Careers in biomedical science include:

  • technical and scientific positions on research projects funded by government and private agencies
  • academic and research pathways in universities
  • research institutes and hospitals, government and industry
  • biotechnology companies developing and marketing reagents and kits for medical diagnosis, laboratory work in molecular and cellular biology, and
  • when combined with a teaching qualification, high schools and other educational institutions.

 

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