Biotechnology - BIOTA14076

Stream Summary

Faculty: SCI - Faculty of Science

School: School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Science


Program: 4076 - Science/Education (Secondary)


Bachelor of Science (Major)

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Stream Outline

Biotechnology can be defined as the use of various biological processes to make products and perform services. The essential feature of biotechnology therefore is the use of biological processes based on living cells and biochemical macro-molecules such as proteins, DNA and RNA in a rapidly-expanding range of activities of benefit to mankind. As such, biotechnology makes practical use of the recent scientific advances in areas such as molecular genetics.

Graduates in Biotechnology will be able to find employment in industries and other organisations involved with drug development, biopharmaceutical production, food processing as well as agricultural and environmental biotechnology.

Stream Structure

A major in Biotechnology is comprised of 90 units of credit of courses as listed below:

Stage 1

Stage 2
Plus 6 UOC from:
Plus at least 6 UOC from the following Stage 2 electives:

Stage 3
Plus at least 6 UOC from the following Stage 3 electives:
Note: in selecting electives, students may wish to specialise in a particular area of Biotechnology. Some recommended elective choices for these areas are listed below:

Medical Biotechnology
Environmental Biotechnology
Molecular Biotechnology


For information about Honours in Biotechnology see the Biotechnology Honours plan or contact the School of Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences (BABS).

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