Study Planner Information

What will I study?

Your courses will cover the broad areas of molecular and cellular biology (biochemistry and molecular biology, human genetics, developmental biology and immunology and infectious diseases) through to body systems (physiology, neuroscience, anatomy and pharmacology). You will have the opportunity to specialise in one or more of these areas in your third year if you wish. You will learn the scientific process through activities ranging from experimental design and hands-on experiments to computer modelling.

 

Courses focussing on molecular and cellular biology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

You will examine the molecules made by living organisms in a cellular context, and the application of this knowledge in all areas of biomedical science. You will gain the research tools to address questions on how cells divide, grow, communicate and die, and understand the structure, function and interactions of nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids, and their contribution to cellular activities and processes.

Human Genetics

Study the human genome and its significance as the instruction book of life. You can contribute to the ethical debate on the use of genetic information and be a part of future discoveries identifying the genetic mechanisms that define what it is to be human. It will allow you to employ statistical and mathematical skills needed to analyse large biological data sets generated from sequencing the human genomes.

Developmental Biology

Examine how organisms and cells grow and develop according to their genetic blueprint, which will give you an understanding of how genes contribute to the development of organs and tissues. This knowledge is central to understanding the basis of human health and disease. It also provides essential knowledge needed for bioengineering and nanotechnology.

Immunology and Infectious Diseases

You will examine the principles of immunological responses in the body. The biology of microbes, including bacteria, fungi, viruses, etc will lead to examining examples of infectious diseases, including HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, SARS, and exotic influenzas. These are all a threat to global health. Study molecular diagnostics to understand how new vaccines and therapeutic treatments are developed.

 

Courses focussing on body systems 

Physiology

Examine how the body works, taking knowledge at the molecular and cellular levels to understand integrative control of tissues, organs and systems. Physiology aims to understand normal processes in the body, and the changes that occur in disease. You will gain a unique insight into physiology from many different perspectives.

Neuroscience

This area is a rapidly growing field examining the nervous system. The nervous system is a complex array of billions of interconnected cells responsible for integrating, processing and coordinating sensory information and motor commands. Examine how neuroscience and neural stem cells are being used in new therapeutic strategies to treat neurological and mental illnesses.

Anatomy

Understand human anatomy and anatomical data analysis. Using human cadavers, you will learn about the macroscopic structure of human organ systems including the musculoskeletal, nervous and visceral systems. You will collect and evaluate anatomical data, gaining insights into human variation in health and disease.

Pharmacology

Learn about the principles that underpin how drugs impact on the functioning of the human body and are useful in prevention and treatment of disease. You will also discover how pharmacologists are significantly improving therapies for diseases through advances in drug design and development, leading to new drugs or better use of existing drugs.

Year 1 - 4 Study Planner

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 study plan.
  2. Choose a Specialisation.
  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 Courses Prerequisites for Major Recommended Electives
    1

    SCIE1100 Advanced Theory and Practice in Science
     

    BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution

    CHEM1100 Chemistry 1 1
     

    2 SCIE1200 Introduction to Science Research

    STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data3
    OR
    STAT1301 Advanced Analysis of Scientific Data3
    BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms
     
    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 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

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
    Year 2
    Sem Compulsory for the Major Key Courses
    At least #2 from:
    Recommended Electives
    1 BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

    BIOM2011 Integrative Cell & Tissue Biol
    BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology
    2

    BIOL2902 Advanced Genetics
     

    BIOM2208 Differentiation & Development

    MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology
    Year 3

    Sem

    Compulsory for the Major Key Courses
    at least #8 from 3rd year courses
    Recommended Electives
    1 #2 research project (semester 1, 2 or summer) 3 BIOC3000 Advanced Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

    BIOL3003 Advanced Immunology

    BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

    BIOL3006 Molecular Cell Biology

    DEVB3002 Molec Mechanisms of Devel

    MICR3002 Virology

    MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology
    2 BIOM3333 BBiomedical Science Capstone Course
    #2 research project (semester 1, 2 or summer) 3
    BIOC3003 Human Molecular Genetics & Disease

    BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology

    BIOC3006 Biochem of Metabolism in Health

    BIOL3350 Genetics & Evolution of Complex Traits

    DEVB3001 Developmental Neurobiology

    MICR3001 Microbes & Human Health
    1. Research project - SCIE3220, SCIE3221, SCIE3260 or SCIE3261 may be taken in semester 1 or 2 or summer semester before year 3.
  • Body Systems
    Year 2
    Sem Compulsory for the Major Key Courses
    At least #2 from:
    Recommended Electives
    1 BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

    BIOM2011 Integrative Cell & Tissue Biol

    BIOM2020 Human Anatomy

    2 BIOL2902 Advanced Genetics BIOM2012 Systems Physiology

    BIOM2402 Principles of Pharmacology
    Year 3
    Sem Compulsory for the Major Required for the major
    at least #8 from 3rd year courses
    Recommended Electives
    1 #2 research project (semester 1, 2 or summer) 3

    BIOM3002 Human Biomedical Anatomy

    BIOM3014 Molecular & Cell Physiology

    BIOM3020 Integrated Endocrinology

    BIOM3401 Systems Pharmacology

    BIOT3002 Drug Design & Development

    NEUR3001 Molecular & Cell Neuroscience

     

    2 BIOM3333 BBiomedical Science Capstone Course
    #2 research project (semester 1, 2 or summer) 3
     

    ANAT3022 Functional Neuroanatomy

    BIOM3003 Funct Musculoskeletal Anatomy

    BIOM3015 Physiology & Pathophysiology

    BIOM3402 Advanced Pharmacology

    NEUR3002 The Integrated Brain

    1. Research project - SCIE3220, SCIE3221, SCIE3260 or SCIE3261 may be taken in semester 1 or 2 or summer semester before year 3.

Year 4

  • Year 4
    Sem Compulsory for the Major Key Courses
    At least #2 from:
    Recommended Electives
    1

    BIOM6501 Research Project in Biomedical Science 4

     
    2 BIOM6501 Research Project in Biomedical Science 4  
    1. This is a year long course code for students commencing in semester 1. For student commencing in semester 2, please select BIOM6502. For part-time, please select BIOM6503. Students must re-enrol in the same code.

Careers

The Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) majoring in Biomedical Science is an excellent choice if you are considering a career in fundamental or clinical research.

Breakthroughs in understanding human disease or its control (vaccines for polio, measles, influenza, antibiotics, cancer genetics) have been, and continue to be, dependent on fundamental research into biological mechanisms at the cellular and molecular level.

Clinical research is essential to determine the efficacy of new treatment options. Through your studies, you can build a career designed to contribute to these and new breakthroughs to support modern healthcare.

The Advanced Science (Honours) (major in Biomedical Science) can lead to:

  • Research work in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies developing diagnostics for disease and new drugs for treatments
  • Academic and research positions in universities, research institutes and hospitals
  • Working in scientific sales and marketing
  • Basis for entry to PhD program

 

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