Bachelor of

Study Planner Information

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:

  • Molecular Genetics – the structure and organisation of genes, the control of gene expression, mutagenesis, and genetic engineering.
  • Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics – examines genes that affect ecological processes and evolutionary fitness in natural populations. More broadly, EEG uses genetic approaches to address fundamental questions in ecology and evolution.


Pre-medicine Study Planners for the Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science provides an array of possible study plans that also allow students to prepare appropriately for subsequent study in the MD program.  A select few planners have been devised in consultation with the School of Medicine and are available for download.

1st Year Study Planner

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory for program – all BSc 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 - choose a Level 1 course that interests you
Year 1-Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution Prerequisite for major
BIOL1030 Global Challenges in Biology Prerequisite for major
CHEM1100 Chemistry 1 1 Prerequisite for major
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science Recommended
 Year 1-Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data Compulsory for program
BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms Recommended
CHEM1200 Chemistry 2 1  Recommended
Elective Elective

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

Year 2 to 3 Study Planner

Genetics is available as a Single Major. You are required to complete #14 (#6 at Level 2 and #8 at Level 3) from the Genetics course list. The following are suggested study plans for this major and should be used as a guide to planning your program. Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the major requirements.

What do the different columns mean?

  • Sem - Semester
  • Compulsory courses – compulsory for the major.
  • Key courses – electives from the major's course list.
  • Recommended courses – complements the major.

Choose a study plan


Genetics (Single Major) - Molecular Genetics


Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #4 from:
Recommended Electives
1   BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function
2 BIOL2202 Genetics MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology

BIOL2203 Plant Biology
BIOM2208 Differentiation & Development



Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #4 from:
Recommended Courses
Choose at least #2 from:
1 BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics 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


Genetics (Single Major) - Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics


Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #4 from:
Recommended Courses
1   BIOL2006 Biostatistics

BIOL2010 Ecology
BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology

2 BIOL2202 Genetics BIOL2201 Evolution BIOL2203 Plant Biology

BIOL2204 Zoology

MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology
Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #4 from:
Key Courses
Choose at least #2 from:
1 BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics BIOL3203 Plant Molecular Biol & Biotech

BIOL3380 Laboratory Skills in Genetic Research

BIOL3390 Genome Evolution

BIOL3209 Biodiversity Analysis, Discovery & Systematics

BIOL3310 Macroecology & Biogeography

MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology

2 -

BIOL3350 Genetics & Evolution of Complex Traits

BIOL3222 Advanced Genetics

MICR3004 Microbial Genomics
Choose courses from the BSc course list

Careers in Genetics

Whether you are interested in discovering medically significant genes, developing diagnostics for human disease, developing more productive and disease resistant crop plants or domestic animals, conserving endangered wildlife species or understanding changes to conserved ppopulations,  a Genetics major will open up a wide array of career opportunities. The career choices for geneticists are some of the broadest available for any of the biological sciences, ranging from ecology to research to medicine.

  • Molecular Geneticists - work in laboratories around the world, often interacting closely with chemists, biochemists and microbiologists. In fact, many geneticists typically specialise in more than one discipline, making them valuable members of most research teams.
  • Genetic Counsellors - work in hospitals, interacting with members of the public who have inherited disease to understand their condition.
  • Conservation Geneticists - study the genetic diversity in endangered species populations, facilitating the development of breeding programs and conservation efforts to prevent their extinction.
  • Biotechnologists - use genetic engineering to manipulate life at the molecular level to generate products that make our lives better, ranging from vaccines to genetically modified foods.

Many BSc graduates also enter into further research-based studies in Honours, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs.



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