Study Planner Information

You will study life processes and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution and distribution. As a biologist you will play a major role in confronting the growing number of issues facing our planet in areas as diverse as agriculture, health and medicine, and management of sensitive environments.

From your first year you will be immersed in your chosen discipline and challenged with advanced content and research opportunities. In the first three years you will follow a well defined pathway taking courses that are driven by research inquiry. In your fourth year you will join a research group to undertake an extended research project  to gain your Honours qualification. You will also learn the critical thinking, writing and communication skills essential for a career in research. You will graduate with specialised skills and knowledge in your chosen discipline as well as an understanding of other science areas.

When you select Biology as your BAdvSc(Hons) major you will specialise in one subdisciplines: 

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Marine Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Plant Science
  • Zoology

BAdvSc(Hons) students will complete #64 units in total, comprising of:

  • #6 for Part A (STAT1301, SCIE1100 and SCIE2011)
  • #6 (science or non-science) electives
  • #52 for the requirements for a major as per the course list (including #30 level 3 or above).

To fulfil the Biology major, you are required to complete a total of #52 including:

  • #44 of Compulsory Courses
  • #8 from the BAdvSc(Hons) or BSc course list, which are listed outside of your specialty

Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the major requirements.

How do I use the Study Plans?

  1. Take all Compulsory courses from the First Year Biology study plan.
  2. Choose a Specialisation within Biology.
  3. Take all Compulsory Courses in each semester.
  4. Select required number of units in Key Courses for each year level.
  5. Fill any gaps in each semester with Key Courses or electives to ensure you meet the BAdvSc(Hons) requirements and rules.

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory – all students must complete this course
  • Key courses – electives from the major's course list.
  • Elective - Biology students take #8 from the BAdvSc(Hons) or BSc course list, which are listed outside of your specialty. Plus an additional #6 science or non-science electives.

The following are suggested study plans for this major and should be used to assist in planning your program. First year Biology students will enrol in a set #12, alongside #4 of electives. In second year Biology students will choose their Specialty and follow the relevant study plan for that area. In the fourth year all students in these streams will enrol in the same courses.

Year 1

  • 1st Year - All Students
    Sem Compulsory Courses
    Complete all courses
    Key Courses

    Elective

    1 SCIE1100 Advanced Theory and Practice in Science

    BIOL1020 Global Challenges in Biology

    BIOL1030 Genes, Cells & Evolution
    -  

    Elective

    2 STAT1301 Advanced Analysis of Scientific Data

    BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms

    SCIE2111 Introduction to Science Research
     
       

    Elective

Year 2 to 3

  • Ecology
    2nd Year
    Year 2 Compulsory Courses
    Complete all courses
    Key Courses
    Choose at least #6 from:
    Elective
    Sem 1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design

    BIOL2010 Ecology

     
    BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies

    MARS2014 Marine Science
    Please refer to the Course List
    Sem 2 - BIOL2201 Evolution

    BIOL2203 Plant Biology

    BIOL2204 Zoology

    BIOL2205 Insect Science
    Please refer to the Course List
    3rd Year
    Year 3 Compulsory Courses
    Complete all courses
    Key Courses
    Choose at least #10 from:
    Elective
    Sem 1 SCIE3241 Special Project in Biology2 BIOL3016 Outback Ecology Field Studies1

    BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour

    BIOL3209 Biodiversity Analysis, Discovery & Systematics

    BIOL3211 Marine Invertebrates

    BIOL3215 Marine Ecology & Conservation

    BIOL3310 Macroecology and Biogeography

    BIOL3360 Analysis and Communication of Biological Data

    BIOL3380 Laboratory Skills in Genetic Research

    BIOL3390 Genome Evolution

    CONS3017 Landscape Ecology
     
    -
    Sem 2 - BIOL3000 Conservation

    BIOL3023 Tropical Marine Ecosystems

    BIOL3200 Advanced Topics and Applications in Plant Science

    BIOL3204 Plant Adaptation and Global Change

    BIOL3205 Physiological and Integrative Zoology

    BIOL3227 Plant Identification and Vegetation Classification

    BIOL3236 Climate Change Biology

    BIOL3300 Functional Ecology

    BIOL3350 Genetics and Evolution of Complex Traits
    -

    1. Field Trip course, additional costs apply.
    2. Course is avaliable in Semester 1, 2 and Summer Semester.

  • Genetics
    2nd Year Study Planner - Genetics
    Sem Compulsory Courses
    Complete all courses
    Key Courses Elective
    Sem 1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design

    BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    - Please refer to the Course List
    Sem 2 BIOL2201 Evolution

    BIOL2202 Genetics
    - Please refer to the Course List
    3rd Year Study Planner-Genetics
    Year 3 Compulsory Courses
    Complete all courses
    Key Courses
    Choose at least #12 from:
    Elective
    Sem 1 SCIE3241 Special Project in Biology2 BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

    BIOL3006 Molecular Cell Biology

    BIOL3202 Plant Biology II

    BIOL3203 Plant Molecular Biology& Biotechnology

    BIOL3310 Macroecology and Biogeography

    BIOL3360 Analysis and Communication of Biological Data

    BIOL3380 Laboratory Skills in Genetic Research

    BIOL3390 Genome Evolution

    DEVB3002 Molecular Mechanisms of Development

    GNET3001 Quantitative Genetics

    MICR3002 Virology

    MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology
    -
    Sem 2 - BIOC3003 Human Molecular Genetics & Disease

    BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology

    BIOL3014 Advanced Bioinformatics

    BIOL3350 Genetics and Evolution of Complex Traits

    MICR3004 Microbial Genetics & Genomics

    PARA3002 Biomedical Parasitology
    -

    2. Course is avaliable in Semester 1, 2 and Summer Semester.

  • Marine Biology
    2nd Year
    Sem Compulsory Courses
    Complete all courses
    Key Courses
    Choose at least #6 from:
    Elective
    Sem 1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design

    MARS2014 Marine Science
    BIOL2010 Ecology

    BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies
    -
    Sem 2 BIOL2204 Zoology BIOL2201 Evolution

    BIOL2202 Genetics
    -
    3rd Year
    Year 3 Compulsory Courses
    Complete all courses
    Key Courses
    Choose at least #10 from:
    Elective
    Sem 1 SCIE3241 Special Project in Biology2

     
    BIOL3211 Marine Invertebrates

    BIOL3215 Marine Ecology & Conservation

    BIOL3330 Marine Biology Field Studies (first offered in 2017)

    ENVM3200 Coastal Processes & Management

    ERTH3110 Marine Geology and Palaeoceanography

    MARS3012 Physical-Biological Oceanography
    -
    Sem 2 - BIOL3023 Tropical Marine Ecosystems

    BIOL3222 Model Organism Genetics

    BIOL3340 Fish, Fisheries & Aquaculture

    ERTH3212 Geology of Coral Reefs
    -

    2. Course is avaliable in Semester 1, 2 and Summer Semester.

  • Plant Science
    2nd Year Study Planner-Plant Science
    Sem Compulsory Courses
    Complete all courses
    Key Courses Elective
    Sem 1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design

    BIOL2010 Ecology
    - Please refer to the Course List
    Sem 2 [BIOL2201 Evolution
    OR
    [BIOL2202 Genetics

    BIOL2203 Plant Biology
    - Please refer to the Course List
    3rd Year Study Planner-Plant Science
    Year 3 Compulsory Courses
    Complete all courses
    Key Courses
    Choose at least #10 from:
    Elective
    Sem 1 SCIE3241 Special Project in Biology2 BIOL3201 Fungi & Plant Diseases

    BIOL3202 Plant Biology II

    BIOL3203 Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    BIOL3310 Macroecology & Biogeography

    BIOL3360 Analysis & Communication of Biological Data

    BIOL3370 Ecology & Evolution of Animal-Plant Interaction
    -
    Sem 2 BIOL3200 Advanced Topics and Applications in Plant Science BIOL3000 Conservation

    BIOL3011 Plant Microbe & Insect Interactions

    BIOL3204 Plant Adaptation and Global Change

    BIOL3227 Plant Identification and Vegetation Classification

    BIOL3300 Functional Ecology
    -

    2. Course is avaliable in Semester 1, 2 and Summer Semester.

  • Zoology
    2nd Year
    Sem Compulsory Courses
    Complete all courses
    Key Courses
    Choose at least #4 from:
    Elective
    Sem 1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design BIOL2010 Ecology

    BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies

    MARS2014 Marine Science
    Please refer to the Course List
    Sem 2 BIOL2204 Zoology BIOL2201 Evolution

    BIOL2205 Insect Science
    Please refer to the Course List
    3rd Year
    Year 3 Compulsory Courses
    Complete all courses
    Key Courses
    Choose at least #6 from:
    Elective
    Sem 1 SCIE3241 Special Project in Biology2

    BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour
    BIOL3009 Arthroopods & Human Health

    BIOL3016 Outback Ecology Field Studies1

    BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour

    BIOL3209 Biodiversity Analysis, Discovery and Systematics

    BIOL3211 Marine Invertebrates

    BIOL3236 Climate Change Biology

    BIOL3238 Insect Structure, Function & Physiology

    BIOL3310 Macroecology & Biogeography

    BIOL3360 Analysis & Communication of Biological Data

    BIOL3370 Ecology & Evolution of Animal-Plant Interactions
     
    Sem 2 BIOL3205 Physiological and Integrative Zoology BIOL3000 Conservation

    BIOL3015 Rainforest Ecology Field Studies

    BIOL3023 Tropical Marine Ecosystems

    BIOL3205 Physiological & Integrative Zoology

    BIOL3206 Australian Marine Vertebrates

    BIOL3208 Applied Insect Biology

    BIOL3228 Advances in Marine Biology and Biotechnology

    BIOL3239 Brain to Behaviour: Invertebrate Neuroethology

    BIOL3300 Functional Ecology

    BIOL3320 Vertebrate Diversity & Evolution

    BIOL3350 Genetics & Evolution of Complex Traits
    -
    Summer - BIOL3232 Insect Identification Taxonomy  

    2. Course is avaliable in Semester 1, 2 and Summer Semester.

Year 4

  • Year 4
    Year
    4
    Compulsory Courses
    Complete all courses
    Sem 1 BIOL6402/ BIOL6403 Advanced Reading in Integrative & Evolutionary Biology3

    BIOL6501/ BIOL6502/ BIOL6503 BSc (Hons) Research in Biological Sciences3
    Sem 2 -

    3. Students can consult the School of Biological Sciences for advice on which code to enrol in.

Biology - ecology stream

The following are suggested study plans for this major and should be used to assist in planning your program.

Choose a study plan:

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Microbiology