Bachelor of
Science:

Study Planner Information

Year 1 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory – all students must complete this course
  • Prerequisite for major – course required for this major
  • Recommended – other science course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
  • Elective – an elective course from the course list, or as permitted by the program rules
Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science Compulsory
BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution Prerequisite for major
CHEM1100 Chemistry 1 1 Prerequisite for major
BIOL1030 Global Challenges in Biology Prerequisite for major
 Year 1 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
[ STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data
OR STAT1301 Advanced Analysis of Scientific Data2 ]
Compulsory for program
BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms Recommended
[CHEM1200 Chemistry 2 1, 3
OR Elective]
Recommended
Elective
Elective Elective

1. Students without Queensland Senior Chemistry should complete CHEM1090 before taking any other chemistry course.

2. Students with an interest in advanced mathematics and at least a high achievement in Maths C or a 6 in MATH1050, are encouraged to take STAT1301.

3. CHEM1200 is strongly recommended for students wanting to specialise in the Molecular Genetics Stream.

Year 2 to 3 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different columns mean?

  • Required for Major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
  • Ecological Genetics
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 Choose at least 4 units from:

    [ BIOC2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design
    BIOL2010 Ecology

     

    2

    BIOL2201 Evolution ]

    BIOL2202 Genetics

     
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

    Choose at least 6 units from:

    [ BIOL3390 Genome Evolution
    BIOL3209 Biodiversity Analysis, Discovery & Systematics
    BIOL3310 Macroecology & Biogeography

     
    2

    BIOL3350 Genetics & Evolution of Complex Traits (not offered in 2018) ]

     
  • Evolutionary Genetics
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 Choose at least 4 units from:

    [ BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design
    BIOL2010 Ecology

     
    2

    BIOL2201 Evolution ]


    BIOL2202 Genetics
     
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

    Choose at least 6 units from:

    [ BIOL3390 Genome Evolution
    BIOL3209 Biodiversity Analysis, Discovery & Systematics
    BIOL3310 Macroecology & Biogeography

     
    2

    BIOL3350 Genetics & Evolution of Complex Traits (not offered in 2018) ]

    Suggested elective:
    BIOL3320 Vertebrate Diversity & Evolution

  • Molecular Genetics
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 Choose at least 4 units from:

    [ BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

    BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function
    2

    MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology
    BIOL2203 Plant Biology ]

    BIOL2202 Genetics

    BIOM2208 Differentiation & Development
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

    Choose at least 6 units from:

    [ BIOL3203 Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
    MICR3002 Virology

    BIOL3202 Plant Biology II
    DEVB3002 Molecular Mechanisms of Develop
    MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology

     
    2

    BIOC3003 Human Molecular Genetics and Disease
    BIOL3222 Model Organism Genetics
    MICR3004 Microbial Genomics 
    BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology ]

     
  • Plant Genetics
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 Choose at least 4 units from:

    [ BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design
    BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

     
    2

    BIOL2203 Plant Biology ]


    BIOL2202 Genetics
     
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

    Choose at least 6 units from:

    [ BIOL3202 Plant Biology II1
    BIOL3203 Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology1
    BIOL3222 Model Organism Genetics
    BIOL3380 Laboratory Skills in Genetic Research
    BIOL3209 Biodiversity Analysis, Discovery & Systematics

     
    2

    BIOL3350 Genetics & Evolution of Complex Traits (not offered in 2018) ]

     

    1. BIOL3202 and BIOL3203 are strongly recommended for students wanting to specialise in the Plant Genetics stream.

What will I study?

Students who undertake a major in Genetics will learn key concepts and techniques that are applicable to a vast array of careers, particularly those with a research focus. It is noteworthy that genetics subjects are recommended as part of almost every major in the biological sciences – this is because the discipline of genetics underlies and contributes to most others. Genetics is an important major in its own right but is also suitable to be taken in combination with other majors such as microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biology, computational science and biomedical science.

Students will have the option of choosing to specialise in:

  • Ecological genetics - is the study of genetics in natural populations. Ecological geneticists typically examine traits affecting fitness, where fitness differences may arise as a result of an organism interacting with its environment or other organisms (within and between species). Ecological genetics makes contributions to understanding how the environment affects evolutionary change over human-relevant time scales, such as assessing species’ capacities for rapid adaptive change, uncovering dynamics of pests and invasive species, and identifying genetic changes within species arising from human influences. Modern ecological geneticists use field and laboratory experiments and many also employ genomic tools and approaches.          
  • Evolutionary genetics - is the study of change in heritable variation over time and, thus, forms the fundamental underpinning of evolutionary biology. Evolutionary geneticists examine genetic changes over all time scales from the origin of life on earth to predicting future evolution; they seek to understand relationships among organisms and how genetic changes contribute to phenotypic differences, and how evolutionary forces operate and interact to shape genetic variation. Evolutionary genetics provides important insights to medicine, agriculture, fisheries and wildlife management, and conservation biology. Modern evolutionary geneticists draw upon approaches that may include genomics, analyses of DNA and phenotypic data from wild or laboratory populations, and mathematical models.
  • Molecular Genetics – is the study of the structure and organisation of genes, the control of gene expression, mutagenesis, and genetic engineering.
  • Plant Genetics encompasses research to understand both how plants develop and respond to external stimuli as well as how we can harness this fundamental knowledge in order to improve yield, resilience, and resource usage in existing crops and develop new ones. Plant geneticists work on a variety of plant species and use diverse genetic approaches, often combining molecular, quantitative, and population genetics in their work. Modern plant genetics relies heavily on advances in genomics and bioinformatics to characterize plant genomes, study gene expression patterns and identify gene regulatory mechanisms, and to understand genetic variation in crops and wild relatives.