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Why will I study?

The field of bioinformatics is designed to produce graduates with a strong understanding of bioinformatics and computational biology. Students explore aspects of microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and the commercialisation aspects of biotechnology.

1st to 4th Year Study Planner

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory Courses– all students must complete this course
  • Elective - choose an elective from the list  
Year 1
Sem Compulsory Courses Elective
1 BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution

CHEM1100 Chemistry 12

CSSE1001 Software Engineering I
BIOL1030 Biodiversity & Our Environment

MATH1050 Mathematical Foundation1  

MATH1052 Multivariate Calculus & ODEs 

SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science
2 CHEM1200 Chemistry 23

MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I1,2

MATH1071 Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra I2

STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data
BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms

MATH1052 Multivariate Calculus & ODEs

MATH1061 Discrete Mathematics

1. Available in semester 1 and 2. Students without at least a Sound Achievement in Seniors Maths C are required to take MATH1050 as an elective before MATH1051
2. Students with a high achievement in Seniors Maths C (or a 6 or 7 in MATH1050) are encouraged to take MATH1071 and MATH1072.  Students with a sound achievement in Senior Maths C (or a 4 or 5 in MATH1050) should take MATH1051 and MATH1052
3. Students without Queensland Senior Chemistry should complete CHEM1090 before taking any other chemistry course.

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses Elective
1 BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology

SCIE2100 Intro to Bioinfomatics
BIOL2006 Biostatistics

BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

CSSE2002 Programming in the Large

STAT2003 Probability & Statistics  
2 BIOL2202 Genetics

BIOT2002 Issues in Biotechnology

CSSE2002 Programming in the Large
MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology


Year 3
Year 3 Compulsory Courses Elective
1 BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

BIOT3009 Quality Management Systems in Biotechnology: GMP, GLP, GCP

COSC3000 Visualization, Computer Graphics & Data Analysis

BIOC3000 Biomolecular Structure & Funct Choose a level 3 SCIE Project3  

CHEE4034 Cell & Tissue Engineering

MATH3104 Mathematical Biology

2 BIOL3014 Advanced Bioinformatics

BIOT3004 Commercialisation of Biotechno

[COMP3506 Algorithms & Data Structures
COMP3702 Artificial Intelligence
BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology]

BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology

CHEE4305 Biomaterials: Materials in Medicine

COMP3506 Algorithms & Data Structures

COMP3702 Artificial Intelligence

Choose a level 3 SCIE Research Project3

3. Choose a project from: SCIE3011SCIE3220SCIE3221SCIE3240SCIE3241SCIE3260, or SCIE3261.  Please note some courses may also have a summer semester offering.  

Option for Part B:

Year 4
Year 4 Compulsory Courses Electives
1 RBUS6911 Commerce Honours Seminar

BIOT4070 Biotechnology Research Project  
Choose #2 from Part A 
2 BIOT4002 Literature Review

BIOT4020 Biotechnology Project A
Choose #4 from Part A 

Option for Part C:

Year 4
Year 4 Course Code & Title Requirement
1 RBUS6911 Commerce Honours Seminar

BIOT6121/BIOT6122/BIOT6123 Research Project in Biotechnology1  
2 BIOT6121/BIOT6122/BIOT6123 Research Project in Biotechnology1 Compulsory

1. Student are required to enrol in this course in Semester 1&2 for completion. The enrol code for students who commenced in Semester 1 will be BIOT6121 for both semesters. The enrol code for the student who commenced in Semester 2 will be BIOT6122. For more information about honours, please go here

Careers in Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is an expanding area and there is a worldwide need for people trained in this field, both in research institutions and industry. Work in biotechnology cuts across several industrial and service sectors including health, agriculture, aquaculture environment, forestry, law and commerce. The Bachelor of Biotechnology can lead to career paths in the following areas:

  • Pharmaceutical 
  • Chemical 
  • Food 
  • Diagnostics companies 
  • Legal and consulting companies 
  • Government Agencies 
  • Research Institutes and Universities 

The University of Queensland, with its existing strengths in all of these areas has developed a Biotechnology program which meets the needs of students with diverse interests. For more information on biotechnology courses at the University of Queensland, contact visit the website at:



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