Study Planner Information

What will I study?

Using modern, flexible research-led approaches to teaching and learning, students undertaking a major in Microbiology will study:

  • what bacteria and viruses are and how they grow and multiply
  • how genome sequencing can be used to understand mixed microbial communities
  • the basis of immune recognition and vaccine design
  • infectious diseases and methods of control
  • microbial biotechnology
  • parasitology

Students undertaking this major will have the option of specialising in one of the following areas within microbiology:

  • Bacteriology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Parasitology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Virology

Students will undertake laboratory experiments using sophisticated microbiology and molecular biology equipment and learn cutting edge techniques to address current issues in the field. Students will have the exciting opportunity to contribute to this knowledge in specific research-based laboratory projects. Assessment tasks will vary and include problem-based learning formats, oral/poster presentations, and assignments. In summary, the broad range of skills you will develop in this major will equip you to pursue a career in multiple areas of microbiology.

 

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
CHEM1100 Chemistry 11 Prerequisite for major
BIOL1030 Global Challenges in Biology Recommended
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science Recommended
Year 1- Semester 2*
*Students who commence this program midyear please see footnote 2 below.
Course Code & Title Requirements
STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data Compulsory for BSc
BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms Prerequisite for major
CHEM1200 Chemistry 21 Recommended
Elective Elective

1. Students without Queensland Senior Chemistry should complete CHEM1090 before taking any other chemistry course.
2. Students who commence this program in semester 2 should enrol in BIOL1020, BIOL1040, CHEM1100 and STAT1201 to ensure that you are academically prepared for the following semester. Any mid-year commencing student who would like to vary this course selection should contact the Faculty of Science to arrange an academic advising appointment.

Year 2 to 3 Study Planner

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

 

Microbiology (Single Major) - Bacteriology

 

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #2 from:
Recommended Courses
1 BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function BIOL2006 Biostatistics

BIOL2010 Ecology
2 MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology BIOL2202 Genetics CHEM2052 Chemical Biology

 

Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #6 from:
Recommended Courses
1 - MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology

BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

MICR3002 Virology
BIOL3003 Advanced Immunology
2 MICR3001 Microbes & Human Health MICR3004 Microbial Genetics & Genomics BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology

 

Microbiology (Single Major) - Infectious Diseases

 

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #2 from:
Recommended Courses
1 BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function BIOL2006 Biostatistics

BIOL2010 Ecology
2 MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology BIOL2202 Genetics CHEM2052 Chemical Biology

 

Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #6 from:
Recommended Courses
1   MICR3002 Virology

MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology

BIOL3003 Advanced Immunology

BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics
 
2 MICR3001 Microbes & Human Health - MICR3004 Microbial Genetics & Genomics

 

Microbiology (Single Major) - Parasitology

 

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #2 from:
Recommended Courses
1 BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function BIOL2006 Biostatistics

BIOL2010 Ecology
2 MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology BIOL2202 Genetics CHEM2052 Chemical Biology

 

Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #4 from:
Recommended Courses
1 - BIOL3009 Arthropods & Human Health

BIOL3003 Advanced Immunology
BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

MICR3002 Virology
2 MICR3001 Microbes & Human Health PARA3002 Biomedical Parasitology Choose courses from the BSc course list

 

Microbiology (Single Major) - Plant Pathology

 

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #2 from:
Recommended Courses
1 BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function BIOL2006 Biostatistics

BIOL2010 Ecology
2 MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology BIOL2202 Genetics CHEM2052 Chemical Biology
Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #6 from:
Recommended Courses
1   BIOL3201 Fungi & Plant Diseases1

BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

MICR3002 Virology
MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology
2 MICR3001 Microbes & Human Health BIOL3011 Plant Microbe Insect Interact 1 Choose courses from the BSc course list

1. Students can complete either BIOL3011 or BIOL3201

Microbiology (Single Major) - Virology

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #2 from:
Recommended Courses
1 BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function BIOL2006 Biostatistics

BIOL2010 Ecology
2 MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology BIOL2202 Genetics CHEM2052 Chemical Biology

 

Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #6 from:
Recommended Courses
1   MICR3002 Virology

BIOL3003 Advanced Immunology

BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics
MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology
2 MICR3001 Microbes & Human Health   MICR3004 Microbial Genetics & Genomics

 

Careers in Microbiology

Majoring in microbiology can lead to exciting career opportunities in medical and public health microbiology and in environmental microbiology. The use of microbes to produce commercially important products has a long history but with a greater knowledge of the physiology and genetics of microorganisms, this area is expanding rapidly to create new career options in microbial biotechnology. Microbiology offers some of the most exciting and challenging careers in the fields of science and medicine.

  • Research Microbiologists work in laboratories at universities, biotechnology companies and agricultural, medical and veterinary institutes. They investigate the molecular and physiological mechanisms employed by microorganisms associated with infectious diseases, environmental processes and biotechnology. They also contribute to the development of new approaches to treat and prevent infectious diseases. They use the latest genetic-engineering and molecular-biological techniques.
  • Industrial Microbiologists work in laboratories in analytical and research work, such as checking the purity of food and beverages, or the management of waste treatment.
  • Clinical Microbiologists work in hospital laboratories where they employ advanced diagnostic technology to detect and identify microbes that causes infectious diseases.
  • Microbiologists are also increasingly required by government agencies in specialist areas such as forensics, biosecurity, and quarantine.

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



 

 

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