Study Planner Information

What will I study?

You will study life processes and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution and distribution. As a biologist you will play a major role in confronting the growing number of issues facing our planet in areas as diverse as agriculture, health and medicine, and management of sensitive environments.

When you select Biology as your BAdvSc(Hons) major you will specialise in one of the sub-disciplines of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Plant Science or Zoology.

1st to 4th Year Study Planners

The following are suggested study plans for this major and should be used as a guide to assist in planning your program. BAdvSc(Hons) students will complete #64 units in total, comprising:

  • #6 for Part A (either STAT1201 or STAT1301 plus SCIE1100 and SCIE1200)
  • #36 for the requirements for a major as per the course list (including #28 level 3 or above).
  • #6 from the BAdvSc(Hons) or BSc course list
  • #16 (science or non-science) electives

Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the program and major requirements.

How do I use the Study Plans?

  1. Take all Compulsory courses from the First Year Biology study plan.
  2. Choose a Specialisation within Biology.
  3. Take all Compulsory Courses in each semester.
  4. Select required number of units in Key Courses for each year level.
  5. Fill any gaps in each semester with Key Courses or electives to ensure you meet the BAdvSc(Hons) requirements and rules.

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory for the Program – All student must complete these courses as part of the program requirements.
  • Prerequisites for Major – First year prerequisites for the major
  • Compulsory for the Major – All student must complete these courses as part of the major requirements.
  • Key Courses – Electives from the major's course list.
  • Recommended Electives – Courses that complement the major but can be substituted for another elective.

Choose a study plan

Year 1

  • Year 1 - All Students
    Sem Compulsory for the Program Prerequisites for Major Recommended Electives
    1 SCIE1100 Advanced Theory and Practice in Science BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution

    BIOL1030 Global Challenges in Biology

    CHEM1100 Chemistry I1
    -
    2

    SCIE1200 Introduction to Science Research

    STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data5
    OR
    STAT1301 Advanced Analysis of Scientific Data5

    BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms
    Please refer to course list

1. Students without Queensland Senior Chemistry should complete CHEM1090 before taking any other chemistry course.
5. Students who intend to major in Mathematics should take STAT1301.  Other students with an interest in advanced mathematics and at least a high achievement in Maths C or a 6 in MATH1050 are encouraged to take STAT1301.

Year 2 to 3

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Stream
    2nd Year Study Planner
    Year 2 Compulsory for the Major Key Courses
    At least #2 from
    Recommended Electives
    Sem 1 BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

    BIOL2106 Advanced Biostatistics
    BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

     

    Sem 2 BIOL2902 Advanced Genetics CHEM2002 Physical Chemistry

    CHEM2052 Chemical Biology

    MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology

    SCIE2020 CSI UQ: Introduction to Forensic Science
     
    3rd Year Study Planner
    Year 3 Compulsory for the Major
    #2 for a research project (semester 1, 2 or summer)
    Key Courses
    plus at least #8 from 3rd year courses
    Recommended Electives
    Sem 1 BIOC3000 Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    #2 Research project2

    BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

    BIOL3006 Molecular Cell Biology

     

    Sem 2 #2 Research project2 BIOC3003 Human Molecular Genetics & Disease

    BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology

    BIOC3006 Biochemistry of Metabolism in Heath and Disease
     
    Summer      

    2. Research project - SCIE3241, SCIE3260, SCIE3261, SCIE3270 or SCIE3271 may be taken in semester 1 or 2 or summer semester before year 3.

     

  • Ecology Stream
    2nd Year Study Planner
    Year 2 Compulsory for the Major Key Courses
    At least #2 from:
    Recommended Electives
    Sem 1 BIOL2010 Ecology

    BIOL2106 Biostatistics & Experimental Design
    BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies

    GEOM2001 Geographical Information Systems

    MARS2014 Marine Science

    Sem 2 BIOL2902 Advanced Genetics BIOL2203 Plant Biology

    BIOL2204 Zoology
    BIOL2201 Evolution

    BIOL2205 Insect Science
    3rd Year Study Planner
    Year 3 Compulsory Courses
    #2 for a research project (semester 1, 2 or summer)
    Key Courses
    plus at least #6 from "Group 1" - 3rd year courses
    plus at least #2 from "Group 2" - 3rd year courses
    Recommended Electives
    Sem 1 BIOL3360 Analysis and Communication of Biological Data

    #2 Research Project2

    BIOL3016 Outback Ecology Field Studies (Group 1)

    BIOL3310 Macroecology and Biogeography (Group 1)

    BIOL3370 Ecology and Evolution of Animal-Plant Interactions (Group 1)


    BIOL3009 Arthropod and Human Health (Group 2)

    BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour (Group 2)

    BIOL3209 Biodiversity Analysis, Discovery and Systematics (Group 2)

    BIOL3340 Fish, Fisheries and Aquaculture (Group 2)

    BIOL3380 Laboratory Skills in Genetic Research (Group 2)

    BIOL3390 Genome Evolution (Group 2)

    CONS3017 Landscape Ecology (Group 2)





     

    Sem 2 #2 Research Project2 BIOL3000 Conservation (Group 1)

    BIOL3215 Marine Ecology & Conservation (Group 1)

    BIOL3300 Functional Ecology (Group 1)


    BIOL3023 Tropical Marine Ecosystems (Group 2)

    BIOL3204 Plant Adaptation and Global Change (Group 2)

    BIOL3205 Physiological and Integrative Zoology (Group 2)

    BIOL3236 Climate Change Biology (Group 2)

    BIOL3227 Plant Identification and Vegetation Classification (Group 2)

    BIOL3232 Insect Identification and Taxonomy (Group 2)

    BIOL3320 Vertebrate Diversity and Evolution (Group 2)

    BIOL3350 Genetics and Evolution of Complex Traits (Group 2)
     
    Summer      

    2. Research project - SCIE3241, SCIE3260, SCIE3261, SCIE3270 or SCIE3271 may be taken in semester 1 or 2 or summer semester before year 3.

     

  • Genetics Stream
    2nd Year Study Planner
    Sem Compulsory for the Major Key Courses Recommended Electives
    Sem 1 BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

    BIOL2106 Biostatistics & Experimental Design
    -  
    Sem 2 BIOL2201 Evolution

    BIOL2902 Advanced Genetics
    -  
    3rd Year Study Planner
    Year 3 Compulsory for the Major
    #2 for a research project (semester 1, 2 or summer)
    Key Courses
    plus at least #8 from 3rd year courses
    Recommended Electives
    Sem 1

    BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

    #2 Research project2

    BIOL3006 Molecular Cell Biology

    BIOL3203 Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

    BIOL3360 Analysis and Communication of Biological Data

    BIOL3380 Laboratory Skills in Genetic Research

    BIOL3390 Genome Evolution

    MICR3002 Virology

    MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology

    -
    Sem 2 #2 Research project2 BIOC3003 Human Molecular Genetics & Disease

    BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology

    BIOL3014 Advanced Bioinformatics

    BIOL3222 Model Organisation Genetics

    BIOL3350 Genetics and Evolution of Complex Traits

    MICR3004 Microbial Genetics & Genomics
    -

    2. Research project - SCIE3241, SCIE3260, SCIE3261, SCIE3270 or SCIE3271 may be taken in semester 1 or 2 or summer semester before year 3.

  • Marine Biology Stream
    2nd Year Study Planner
    Sem Compulsory for the Major Key Courses
    At least #2 from:
    Recommended Electives
    Sem 1 BIOL2106 Biostatistics & Experimental Design

    MARS2014 Marine Science
    BIOL2010 Ecology

    BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies
     
    Sem 2 BIOL2902 Advanced Genetics BIOL2201 Evolution

    BIOL2204 Zoology
     
    3rd Year Study Planner
    Year 3 Compulsory for the Major
    #2 for a research project (semester 1, 2 or summer)
    Key Courses
    plus at least #8 from 3rd year courses:
    Recommended Electives
    Sem 1

    BIOL3360 Analysis and Communication of Biological Data

    #2 Research project2

    BIOL3211 Marine Invertebrates

    BIOL3330 Marine Biology Field Studies

    BIOL3340 Fish, Fisheries & Aquaculture

    ERTH3110 Marine Geology and Palaeoceanography
    -
    Sem 2 #2 Research project2 BIOL3023 Tropical Marine Ecosystems

    BIOL3215 Marine Ecology & Conservation

    ERTH3212 Geology of Coral Reefs

    MARS3012 Physical-Biological Oceanography3
    -

    2. Research project - SCIE3241, SCIE3260, SCIE3261, SCIE3270 or SCIE3271 may be taken in semester 1 or 2 or summer semester before year 3.
    3. MARS3012 ‘Physical-biological Oceanography’ will not be offered in semester 2 2017. If you were due to enrol in MARS3012 in semester 2 2017, please contact Student Administration for advice.

  • Microbiology Stream
    2nd Year Study Planner
    Sem Compulsory for the Major Key Courses Recommended Electives
    Sem 1 BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

    BIOL2106 Advanced Biostatistics
    -  
    Sem 2 BIOL2902 Advanced Genetics

    MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology
    -  
    3rd Year Study Planner
    Year 3 Compulsory for the Major
    #2 for a research project (semester 1, 2 or summer)
    Key Courses
    plus at least #8 from 3rd year courses:
    Recommended Electives
    Sem 1 #2 Research project2 BIOL3003 Advanced Immunology

    BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

    BIOL3009 Arthropods & Human Health

    MICR3002 Virology

    MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology
     
    Sem 2 MICR3001 Microbes & Human Health

    #2 Research project2
    BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology

    MICR3004 Microbial Genomics

    PARA3002 Biomedical Parasitology
     
    Summer - - -

    2. Research project - SCIE3241, SCIE3260, SCIE3261, SCIE3270 or SCIE3271 may be taken in semester 1 or 2 or summer semester before year 3.

  • Plant Science Stream
    2nd Year Study Planner
    Sem Compulsory for the Major Key Courses
    At least #2 from
    Recommended Electives
    Sem 1 BIOL2106 Biostatistics & Experimental Design BIOL2010 Ecology  
    Sem 2 BIOL2203 Plant Biology

    BIOL2902 Advanced Genetics
    BIOL2201 Evolution  
    3rd Year Study Planner
    Year 3 Compulsory for the Major
    #2 for a research project (semester 1, 2 or summer)
    Key Courses
    plus at least #6 from "Group 1" - 3rd year courses
    plus at least #2 from "Group 2" - 3rd year courses
    Recommended Electives
    Sem 1 #2 Research Project2 BIOL3201 Fungi & Plant Diseases (Group 1)

    BIOL3202 Plant Biology II (Group 1)

    BIOL3203 Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Group 1)


    BIOL3004 Genomics and Bioinformatics (Group 2)

    BIOL3016 Outback Ecology Field Studies (Group 2)

    BIOL3310 Macroecology & Biogeography (Group 2)

    BIOL3370 Ecology & Evolution of Animal-Plant Interaction (Group 2)

    PLNT3012 Weed Science (Group 2)
     
    Sem 2 #2 Research Project2 BIOL3011 Plant Microbe & Insect Interactions (Group 1)

    BIOL3200 CurrentTopics in Plant Science (Group 1)

    BIOL3204 Plant Adaptation and Global Change (Group 1)

    BIOL3227 Plant Identification and Vegetation Classification (Group 1)


    BIOL3000 Conservation (Group 2)

    BIOL3210 Fungal Biology (Group 2)

    BIOL3300 Functional Ecology (Group 2)
     
    Summer - -  

    2. Research project - SCIE3241, SCIE3260, SCIE3261, SCIE3270 or SCIE3271 may be taken in semester 1 or 2 or summer semester before year 3.

  • Zoology Stream
    2nd Year Study Planner
    Sem Compulsory for the Major Key Courses
    At least #2 from
    Recommended Electives
    Sem 1 BIOL2106 Advanced Biostatistics BIOL2010 Ecology

    BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies

    MARS2014 Marine Science
    (May also take a first year elective if students wish)
    Sem 2 BIOL2204 Zoology

    BIOL2902 Advanced Genetics
    BIOL2201 Evolution

    BIOL2203 Plant Biology

    BIOL2205 Insect Science
     
    3rd Year Study Planner
    Year 3 Compulsory for the Major
    #2 for a research project (semester 1, 2 or summer)
    Key Courses
    plus at least #6 from "Group 1" - 3rd year courses
    plus at least #2 from "Group 2" - 3rd year courses
    Recommended Electives
    Sem 1 BIOL3360 Analysis & Communication of Biological Data

    #2 Research Project2
    BIOL3009 Arthroopods & Human Health (Group 1)

    BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour (Group 1)

    BIOL3238 Insect Structure, Function & Physiology (Group 1)


    BIOL3016 Outback Ecology Field Studies (Group 2)

    BIOL3209 Biodiversity Analysis, Discovery and Systematics (Group 2)

    BIOL3211 Marine Invertebrates (Group 2)

    BIOL3310 Macroecology & Biogeography (Group 2)

    BIOL3370 Ecology & Evoluation of Animal-Plant Interactions (Group 2)

    MATH3104 Mathematical Biology (Group 2)
     
    Sem 2 #2 Research Project2 BIOL3205 Physiological & Integrative Zoology (Group 1)

    BIOL3232 Insect Identification and Taxonomy (Group 1)

    BIOL3239 Brain to Behaviour: Invertebrate Neuroethology (Group 1)

    BIOL3320 Vertebrate Diversity & Evolution (Group 1)


    BIOL3000 Conservation (Group 2)

    BIOL3236 Climate Change Biology (Group 2)

    BIOL3300 Functional Ecology (Group 2)

    BIOL3340 Fish, Fisheries and Aquaculture (Group 2)

    BIOL3350 Genetics and Evolution of Complex Traits: From Humans to Non-Model Organisms  (Group 2)
     
    Summer -   -

    2. Research project - SCIE3241, SCIE3260, SCIE3261, SCIE3270 or SCIE3271 may be taken in semester 1 or 2 or summer semester before year 3.

Year 4

  • Year 4
    4th Year Study Planner-Biology
    Year
    4
    Compulsory Courses Key Courses Recommended Electives
    Sem 1 School of Agriculture and Food Sciences:
    AGRC6631 Agricultural Research Methodologies3

    AGRC6001/AGRC6002 Honours Research Project3


    School of Biological Sciences:
    BIOL6402/BIOL6403 Advanced Reading in Integrative & Evolutionary Biology4

    BIOL6501/BIOL6502/BIOL6503 BSc (Hons) Research in Biological Sciences4
    - -
    Sem 2 - -  

    3. Students completing research through the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences should enrol in these courses.  Please contact the School for further advice.
    4. Students can consult the School of Biological Sciences for advice on which code to enrol in.

 

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