|Major Code: 7283
||Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
|Delivery Mode(s): Classroom
||Admission Status: Undergraduate
|Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
The Bachelor of Science in Genomics and Molecular Genetics focuses on coursework and practical training to prepare students for graduate studies or entry-level positions in tomorrow’s biotechnology workforce. The program provides students with access to modern genetic, genomic, cellular and molecular approaches to the study of biology. In addition to the relevant coursework in biology, the program features a solid foundation in chemistry, biochemistry, physics and mathematics. Students are encouraged to seek out individual research experiences with departmental faculty for course credit. The final year focuses on an open-lab experience to empower students as independent thinkers with the technical and troubleshooting skills in demand in academic and government research labs, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Research opportunities include antimicrobial development, the effects of climate change on the molecular biology of marine organisms, the molecular biology of fertilization, aging, marine toxicology, protein-folding disorders, chemical communication in bacterial populations, and other areas This degree is eligible for the fast track program, allowing students to complete a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in biotechnology in five years.
Students intending to apply for admission to a major in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering and Sciences are strongly encouraged to complete at least one year each of high school biology, chemistry and physics. Prospective students should also have at least three years of high school mathematics including second-year algebra and trigonometry.
Candidates for the bachelor’s degree in genomics and molecular genetics must complete the minimum course requirements outlined in the following curriculum. Electives are selected in consultation with the faculty advisor to reflect the knowledge a student needs either for employment or graduate school.