Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Students may also study Biomedical Science through the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) (major in Biomedical Science), Bachelor of Science (major in Biomedical Science) or a dual Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Science.

Students who are already enrolled in the BBiomedSc(Hons) may have the option of transferring into the new program. Please contact the Faculty of Science for further advice and information.

 

Program rules and requirements

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Biomedical Science. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with the General Award Rules. The General Award Rules, along with other policies and regulations, can be found on the University Rules page.

If you require assistance at any time please contact the Faculty of Science at enquire@science.uq.edu.au or phone 3365 1888.

Pre-medicine Study Planners for the Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science provides an array of possible study plans that also allow students to prepare appropriately for subsequent study in the MD program. A select few planners have been devised in consultation with the School of Medicine and are available for download.

Study Planner Information

Year 1 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory – all students must complete this course
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution Compulsory
CHEM1100 Chemistry 11 Compulsory
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science Compulsory
BIOL1030 Global Challenges in Biology (or another elective from the list below) Recommended Elective
Year 1 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms Compulsory
STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data 2 Compulsory
CHEM1200 Chemistry 2 (or another elective from the list below) Recommended Elective
PHYS1171 Physical Basis of Biological Systems (or another elective from the list below) Recommended Elective

1.Students without Queensland Senior Chemistry should complete CHEM1090 before taking any other chemistry course.
2.Students complete STAT1301 or STAT1201. STAT1301 is only available in Semester 2.

Year 1 Electives - Semester 1
Course Code & Title
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 I2
MATH1052 Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations
PHYS1002 Electromagnetism and Modern Physics
PSYC1020 Introduction to Psychology: Physiological & Cognitive Psychology
PSYC1030 Introduction to Psychology: Developmental, Social & Clinical Psychology

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

Year 2 and 3 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Required for Major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective

Choose a study plan

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function
    BIOM2011 Integrative Cell & Tissue Biol

    Choose at least 4 units from:

    [ BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology

    2

    BIOM2208 Differentiation & Development
    MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology ]


    BIOL2202 Genetics
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 Choose at least 10 units from:

    [ 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 research project (semester 1, 2 or summer)2

    2

    BIOC3003 Human Molecular Genetics & Disease
    BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology
    BIOC3006 Biochem of Metabolism in Health
    BIOL3350 Genetics & Evolution of Complex Traits (not offered in 2018)
    DEVB3001 Developmental Neurobiology
    MICR3001 Microbes & Human Health
    #2 research project (semester 1, 2 or summer) 2 ]


    BIOM3200 Biomedical Science
    1. BIOM2020 is a pre-requisite for BIOM3002 & BIOM3003
    2. Research project - SCIE3011, SCIE3220, SCIE3221, SCIE3260 or SCIE3261 may be taken in semester 1 or 2 or summer semester before year 3. Only one research course can count towards the #10 required for 3rd year.
  • Body Systems
    Year 2
    Semester Compulsory for the Program Recommended
    1 BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function
    BIOM2011 Integrative Cell & Tissue Biol

    Choose at least 4 units from:

    [ BIOM2020 Human Anatomy

    2

    BIOM2012 Systems Physiology
    BIOM2402 Principles of Pharmacology ]


    BIOL2202 Genetics
    Year 3
    Semester Compulsory for the Program Recommended
    1 Choose at least 10 units from:

    [ BIOM3002 Human Biomedical Anatomy 1
    BIOM3014 Molecular & Cell Physiology
    BIOM3020 Integrated Endocrinology
    BIOM3401 Systems Pharmacology
    BIOT3002 Drug Design & Development
    NEUR3001 Molecular & Cell Neuroscience
    #2 research project (semester 1, 2 or summer) 2

    2

    ANAT3022 Functional Neuroanatomy
    BIOM3003 Funct Musculoskeletal Anatomy 1
    BIOM3015 Physiology & Pathophysiology
    BIOM3402 Advanced Pharmacology
    NEUR3002 The Integrated Brain
    #2 research project (semester 1, 2 or summer) 2 ]


    BIOM3200 Biomedical Science
    1. BIOM2020 is a pre-requisite for BIOM3002 & BIOM3003
    2. Research project - SCIE3011, SCIE3220, SCIE3221, SCIE3260 or SCIE3261 may be taken in semester 1 or 2 or summer semester before year 3. Only one research course can count towards the #10 required for 3rd year.

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.

 

Pre-medicine Study Planners

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science offers students the opportunity to prepare for future study in the MD program.  For study plan options, please refer to the planner for the Bachelor of Science - Extended Major in Biomedical Science.