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Year 1 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different columns mean?

  • Required for Major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
Year 1
Semester Required for Major Recommended
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
BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms

[ STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data5
OR
STAT1301 Advanced Analysis of Scientific Data5 ]
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 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different columns mean?

  • Required for Major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Stream
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended 
    1 BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    BIOL2106 Advanced Biostatistics

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

    -

    2

    CHEM2002 Physical Chemistry
    CHEM2052 Chemical Biology
    MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology
    SCIE2020 CSI UQ: Introduction to Forensic Science ]


    BIOL2902 Advanced Genetics
     
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOC3000 Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    #2 Research project2

    Choose at least 8 units from:

    [ BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics
    BIOL3006 Molecular Cell Biology

    -

    2

    BIOC3003 Human Molecular Genetics & Disease
    BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology
    BIOC3006 Biochemistry of Metabolism in Heath and Disease ]


    #2 Research project (if it was not completed in semester 1)2
    -
    Summer #2 Research project (if it was not completed in semester 1 or 2)2 -

    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
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOL2010 Ecology
    BIOL2106 Biostatistics & Experimental Design

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies

    GEOM2001 Geographical Information Systems
    MARS2014 Marine Science
    2

    BIOL2203 Plant Biology
    BIOL2204 Zoology ]


    BIOL2902 Advanced Genetics
    BIOL2201 Evolution
    BIOL2205 Insect Science
    3rd Year Study Planner
    Year 3 Required for Major
    1 BIOL3360 Analysis and Communication of Biological Data

    #2 Research Project2
    Choose at least 6 units from:

    [ BIOL3016 Outback Ecology Field Studies
    BIOL3310 Macroecology and Biogeography
    BIOL3370 Ecology and Evolution of Animal-Plant Interactions

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ BIOL3009 Arthropod and Human Health
    BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour
    BIOL3209 Biodiversity Analysis, Discovery and Systematics
    BIOL3340 Fish, Fisheries and Aquaculture
    BIOL3380 Laboratory Skills in Genetic Research
    BIOL3390 Genome Evolution
    CONS3017 Landscape Ecology

    2 #2 Research Project (if it was not completed in semester 1)2

    BIOL3000 Conservation
    BIOL3215 Marine Ecology & Conservation
    BIOL3300 Functional Ecology ]

    BIOL3023 Tropical Marine Ecosystems
    BIOL3204 Plant Adaptation and Global Change
    BIOL3205 Physiological and Integrative Zoology
    BIOL3236 Climate Change Biology
    BIOL3227 Plant Identification and Vegetation Classification
    BIOL3232 Insect Identification and Taxonomy
    BIOL3320 Vertebrate Diversity and Evolution
    BIOL3350 Genetics and Evolution of Complex Traits (not offered in 2018) ]

    Summer #2 Research Project (if it was not completed in semester 1 or 2)2 - -

    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
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    BIOL2106 Biostatistics & Experimental Design
    -
    2 BIOL2201 Evolution
    BIOL2902 Advanced Genetics
    -
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

    #2 Research project2

    Choose at least 8 units from:

    [ 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

    -
    2

    BIOC3003 Human Molecular Genetics & Disease
    BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology
    BIOL3014 Advanced Bioinformatics
    BIOL3222 Model Organisation Genetics
    BIOL3350 Genetics and Evolution of Complex Traits (not offered in 2018)
    MICR3004 Microbial Genetics & Genomics ]


    #2 Research project (if it was not completed in semester 1)2
    -
    Summer #2 Research project (if it was not completed in semester 1 or 2)2 -

    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
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOL2106 Biostatistics & Experimental Design
    MARS2014 Marine Science

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ BIOL2010 Ecology
    BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies

    -
    2

    BIOL2201 Evolution
    BIOL2204 Zoology ]


    BIOL2902 Advanced Genetics
    -
    Year 3
    Year 3 Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOL3360 Analysis and Communication of Biological Data

    #2 Research project2

    Choose at least 8 from:

    [ BIOL3211 Marine Invertebrates
    BIOL3330 Marine Biology Field Studies
    BIOL3340 Fish, Fisheries & Aquaculture
    ERTH3110 Marine Geology and Palaeoceanography

    -
    2

    BIOL3023 Tropical Marine Ecosystems
    BIOL3215 Marine Ecology & Conservation
    ERTH3212 Geology of Coral Reefs
    MARS3012 Physical-Biological Oceanography3 ]


    #2 Research project (if it was not completed in semester 1)2
    -
    Summer #2 Research project (if it was not completed in semester 1 or 2)2 -

    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
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    BIOL2106 Advanced Biostatistics
    -
    2 BIOL2902 Advanced Genetics
    MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology
    -
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 #2 Research project2

    Choose at least 8 units from:

    [ BIOL3003 Advanced Immunology
    BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics
    BIOL3009 Arthropods & Human Health
    MICR3002 Virology
    MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology

    -
    2

    BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology
    MICR3004 Microbial Genomics
    PARA3002 Biomedical Parasitology ]


    MICR3001 Microbes & Human Health
    #2 Research project (if it was not completed in semester 1)2
    -
    Summer #2 Research project (if it was not completed in semester 1 or 2)2 -

    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
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOL2106 Biostatistics & Experimental Design

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ BIOL2010 Ecology

    -
    2

    BIOL2201 Evolution ]


    BIOL2203 Plant Biology
    BIOL2902 Advanced Genetics
     
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major
    1 #2 Research Project2 Choose at least 6 units from:

    [ BIOL3201 Fungi & Plant Diseases
    BIOL3202 Plant Biology II
    BIOL3203 Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ BIOL3004 Genomics and Bioinformatics
    BIOL3016 Outback Ecology Field Studies
    BIOL3310 Macroecology & Biogeography
    BIOL3370 Ecology & Evolution of Animal-Plant Interaction
    PLNT3012 Weed Science

    2 #2 Research Project (if it was not completed in semester 1)2

    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 ]

    BIOL3000 Conservation
    BIOL3210 Fungal Biology
    BIOL3300 Functional Ecology ]

    Summer #2 Research Project (if it was not completed in semester 1 or 2) - -

    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
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOL2106 Advanced Biostatistics

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ BIOL2010 Ecology
    BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies
    MARS2014 Marine Science

    (May also take a first year elective if students wish)
    2

    BIOL2201 Evolution
    BIOL2203 Plant Biology
    BIOL2205 Insect Science ]


    BIOL2204 Zoology
    BIOL2902 Advanced Genetics
     
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major
    1 BIOL3360 Analysis & Communication of Biological Data

    #2 Research Project2
    Choose at least 6 units from:

    [ BIOL3009 Arthroopods & Human Health (Group 1)
    BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour (Group 1)
    BIOL3238 Insect Structure, Function & Physiology (Group 1)

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ 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)

    2 #2 Research Project (if it was not completed in semester 1)2

    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) (not offered in 2018) ]

    Summer #2 Research Project (if it was not completed in semester 1 or 2)    

    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 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different columns mean?

  • Required for Major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
Year 4
Semester Compulsory Courses Recommended
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
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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.

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.