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Areas of study
Within the Bachelor of Science , at least eight units will make up your Science major . You ’ ll also have eight units of free electives , which offer you the flexibility to shape your course in a number of different ways – such as extending your major to add depth , adding a second major or a minor from the same or another course , or studying a range of units from across the University .
Course structure
During your first year , you ’ re encouraged to choose a range of subjects that can give you a breadth of science knowledge . Areas such as chemistry , biology , and statistics can go hand-in-hand with exciting subjects like earth to microbiology , biotechnology , environmental biology , and psychology . Throughout the course , you can opt to focus entirely on science or pursue complementary interests with the free-elective component of the degree .
Applied microbiology * Study microorganisms such as bacteria , fungi , parasites and viruses . This knowledge can be used to prevent food spoilage and biofouling , stop the spread of infectious diseases , solve environmental problems by removing pollutants ( bioremediation ), and harnessing useful compounds like enzymes and bioactive compounds for industrial and pharmaceutical applications .
Biotechnology Understand and utilise various biological systems and / or living organisms to develop new technologies and processes of value to the healthcare industry , agricultural and industrial sectors , and the environment . Useful concepts and applications on genetics , molecular biology , cloning and recombinant technology will be explored .
Genetics and bioinformatics Study the total genetic makeup of organisms and the diverse range of analytical methods and tools applied to genomic data . These allied fields contribute to superior healthcare , enhanced food security and more .
Medicinal chemistry Study the design , development , biological activities and properties of drugs . You ’ ll learn how to seek new active chemical compounds from natural products such as rainforest plants , and design novel synthetic compounds .
This course is structured in three equal parts :
A . Science specified study This will expose you to several science disciplines , contributing breadth to your understanding of science and giving you the opportunity to learn more about several disciplines before finalising your choice of major . It ’ ll also provide you with the mathematical or statistical foundation for your study of science and address the nature of science and its communication .
B . Science listed major This will provide you with a focused course of study that will develop your expertise in one discipline area . You ’ ll learn to develop , apply and communicate an advanced level of understanding of the concepts and theoretical frameworks that constitute the knowledge base of the discipline .
C . Free elective study This will enable you to further develop your knowledge of your chosen major , or the sciences more broadly , or study a second science major . Alternatively , you can select units from any school in which you ’ re eligible to enrol .
Recommended program of study
Your program of study is dependent on the combination of compulsory units , major sequence and other units . Below is an example :
Psychology * Study the human mind , mental processes and resulting behaviour . This is a broad scientific discipline that includes investigations of the brain , memory , perception , reasoning , and mental health and wellbeing .
Tropical environmental biology * Study the behaviour of living systems with a strong focus on ecological and environmental issues of global importance such as climate change , biodiversity and conservation . Sustainable approaches to environmental conservation and biodiversity preservation are also explored .
Chemistry ( minor ) Study the science of matter and energy , how atoms and molecules react and interact , and how that behaviour can be harnessed to transform materials , medicine and technology .
Genetics and genomics ( minor ) Study the structure , function , transmission and evolution of genes . Genetics underpins many exciting areas such as biomedical science , conservation biology and forensics .
Four units of level one science sequences
Introduction to statistical reasoning
One science level 1 unit
Two units from science or another school
Four units of a science major
Scientific practice and communication
Three units from science or another school
Four units of a science major
Four units from science or another school
* Available as a minor .