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What will I study?

Microbiology is the oldest core discipline of biotechnology and one in which The University of Queensland has a great depth of knowledge. As an area of study it holds established employment opportunities in diverse bioindustries.

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
1 BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution

CHEM1100 Chemistry 11

[BIOL1030 Biodiversity & Our Environment
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science]    

CSSE1001 Software Engineering I
MATH1050 Mathematical Foundation1

MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra1

MATH1052 Multivariate Calculus1

2 BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms

CHEM1200 Chemistry 21

STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data
CSSE1001 Software Engineering I

MATH1050 Mathematical Foundation1

MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra1

MATH1052 Multivariate Calculus1

PHYS1171 Physical Basis of Biol. System
Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses Elective

BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology

[BIOL2006 Biostatistics
BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function
BIOL2010 Ecology
CHEM2050 Chem Reactions & Mechanisms
CSSE2002 Programming in the Large
SCIE2100 Intro to Bioinfomatics
STAT2003 Probability & Statistics]

BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

BIOL2006 Biostatistics

BIOL2010 Ecology

CHEM2050 Chem Reactions & Mechanisms

CHEM2054 Experimental Chemistry

CSSE2002 Programming in the Large

SCIE2100 Intro to Bioinfomatics

STAT2003 Probability & Statistics

2 BIOL2202 Genetics

BIOT2002 Issues in Biotechnology

MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology
BIOL2203 Plant Biology

CHEM2052 Chemical Biology

CHEM2002 Physical Chemistry

CSSE2002 Programming in the Large


Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses Elective
1 BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics #2 units from - see below)2

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

MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology
BIOL3003 Advanced Immunology

BIOL3009 Arthropods & Human Health

BIOL3201 Fungi & Plant Diseases

CHEE4034 Cell & Tissue Engineering

MICR3002 Virology

Choose a level 3 SCIE Research Project2
2 BIOT3004 Commercialisation of Biotechno

MICR3001 Microbes & Human Health
BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology

BIOL3011 Plant Microbe Insect Interact

BIOL3014 Advanced Bioinformatics

CHEE4305 Biomaterials: Materials in Medicine

MICR3004 Microbial Diversity & Biotech

PARA3002 Biomedical Parasitology

Choose a level 3 SCIE Research project2

1.Students without Queensland Senior Chemistry should complete CHEM1090 before taking any other chemistry course.
2. Students need to choose any #2 from the following courses: offered Semester 1 - BIOL3003 Advanced Immunology, BIOL3009 Arthropods & Human Health, MICR3002 Virology, offered Semester 2 - MICR3004 Microbial Diversity & Biotech, BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology, PARA3002 Biomedical Parasitology, BIOL3011 Plant Microbe Insect Interact, BIOL3014 Advanced Bioinformatics. 3. Choose a project from: SCIE3011, SCIE3220, SCIE3221, SCIE3240, SCIE3241, SCIE3260, or SCIE3261. Please note some courses may also have a summer semester offering.

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/BIOT6123Research 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 Microbial Biotechnology

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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