Bachelor of Biomedical Science 2017

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 2017 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 2017. 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.

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 Study Planner

The following suggested study plan should be used as a guide to planning your program. Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the program requirements.

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 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 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
CHEM1090 Introductory Chemistry1
PHYS1001 Mechanics & Thermal Physics I
Year 1 Electives - Semester 1 or 2
Course
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

The following are suggested study plans and should be used as a guide to planning your program. Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the program requirements.

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory for program - All student must complete these courses as part of the program requirements.
  • Key Courses - Key courses for the area of study.
  • Recommended Electives - Courses that complement the area of study

Choose a study plan

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
    Year 2
    Sem Compulsory for the Program Key Courses
    At least #4 from:
    Recommended Electives
    1 BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

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

    BIOL2202 Genetics
     

    BIOM2208 Differentiation & Development

    MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology
    Year 3

    Sem

    Compulsory for the Program Key Courses
    at least #10 from 3rd year courses
    Recommended Electives
    1   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 BIOM3200 Biomedical Science 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

    #2 research project (semester 1, 2 or summer) 2
    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
    Sem Compulsory for the Program Key Courses
    At least #4 from:
    Recommended Electives
    1 BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

    BIOM2011 Integrative Cell & Tissue Biol

    BIOM2020 Human Anatomy

    2 BIOL2202 Genetics BIOM2012 Systems Physiology

    BIOM2402 Principles of Pharmacology
    Year 3
    Sem Compulsory for the Program Key Courses
    at least #10 from 3rd year courses
    Recommended Electives
    1  

    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 BIOM3200 Biomedical Science
     

    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

    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.

Honours is available as an additional year of study.

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science will help you embark on a biomedical science career, or provide an excellent pathway to graduate entry into medicine and other allied health programs.

While this degree may be accredited by an official industry accreditation body in Australia, completion of the degree may not result in graduates receiving automatic accreditation. Please contact the relevant registration body for details of any conditions for accreditation.

 

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