Study Planner Information

What will I study?

The field of process technology is designed to produce graduates with a strong understanding of process engineering and process technology. It incorporates aspects of microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry, and the commercialisation of biotechnology.

1st to 4th Year Study Planners

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
Choose at least #2:
1 BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution

CHEM1100 Chemistry 13

MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I1,2
MATH1052 Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra I2
BIOL1030 Biodiversity & Our Environment

MATH1050 Mathematical Foundation

SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science
2 CHEM1200 Chemistry 22

MATH1052 Multivariate Calculus & ODEs2
MATH1072 Advanced Multivariate Calculus & ODEs2

STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data
BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms

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 Key Courses
Choose #2 from:
1 BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology

CHEE2001 Process Principles

2 BIOL2202 Genetics

BIOT2002 Issues in Biotechnology
CHEM2002 Physical Chemistry

CHEM2052 Chemical Biology

MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology
Year 3
Year 3 Compulsory Courses Key Courses
Choose #4 from:
1 BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

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

CHEE4020 Bioprocess Engineering A  
BIOL3003 Advanced Immunology

CHEE3002 Heat & Mass Transfer

CHEE3003 Chemical Thermodynamics

CHEE3301 Polymer Engineering

CHEE4002 Impact & Risk in the Process Industries

CHEE4034 Cell & Tissue Engineering

MATH3104 Mathematical Biology

MICR3002 Virology

MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology
2 BIOT3004 Commercialisation of Biotechnology BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology

BIOL3011 Plant Microbe & Insect Science

BIOL3014 Advanced Bioinformatics

CHEE4012 Wastewater & Solid Waste Mgt

CHEE4028 Metabolic Engineering

CHEE4305 Biomaterials: Materials in Medicine

MICR3001 Microbes & Human Health

MICR3004 Microbial Diversity & Biotech

PARA3002 Biomedical Parasitology

Option for Part B:

Year 4
Sem 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
Sem 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 Bioprocess Technology

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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