Genetics major

Genetics is the study of biologically inherited traits as diverse as those that cause human disease, allow a rare plant to live in a single, isolated location, or result in a desirable characteristic found in a domestic animal used in agriculture. Your studies in genetics involve the analysis of DNA and the many ways in which it is expressed. The knowledge acquired by studying the Genetics major is important for study in all biological sciences including agriculture, biochemistry, botany, conservation biology, ecology, medicine, microbiology, molecular biology and zoology. This major delivers a broad overview of the universal principles, potentials and problems associated with DNA-based life, and provides you with the essential skills of a geneticist.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) appreciate that as genetics is the study of inheritance, it is a cornerstone of the biological sciences; (2) demonstrate knowledge of how traits are inherited and the molecular nature of these patterns, how genetic processes control development and disease and are affected by the environment and evolution, and how and why genomes are studied; (3) demonstrate oral and written communication skills; (4) practise technologies used in various fields of genetics; and (5) demonstrate skills in critical thinking, experimental design, data analysis and interpretation, and teamwork.

Degree-specific major

Genetics can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP004 Bachelor of Science
BP006 Bachelor of Biomedical Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Genetics is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
  • five Level 1 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Prerequisites:
(Human Biology: ATAR
or
equivalent;
or
Biology: ATAR
or
equivalent;
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human;
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human;
or
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology;
or
IMED1001 Form and Function) and (Chemistry: ATAR
or
equivalent
or
a Level 1 Chemistry unit)
Incompatibility:
SCIE2225 Molecular Biology passed in
or
before 2004
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
S1 BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
Complementary units
Students with WACE Chemistry, take STAT1400 and either CHEM1001 or CHEM1004 (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics
Prerequisites:
ATAR Chemistry
or
WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
or
TEE Chemistry
or
equivalent
or
CHEM1105 Introductory Chemistry
or
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility:
CHEM1101 Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, CHEM1104 Biological Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
S2 CHEM1004 Biological Chemistry
Prerequisites:
ATAR Chemistry, WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
or
TEE Chemistry
or
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
or
equivalent
S1, S2 STAT1400 Statistics for Science
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
equivalent
or
higher
Incompatibility:
STAT1510 Statistics A, STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
Complementary units
Students without WACE Chemistry, take all complementary units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility:
This unit is not available to students who have a satisfactory performance (scaled score of 50 per cent
or
more) in Chemistry ATAR
or
WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
or
TEE Chemistry,
or
equivalent.
S1, S2 STAT1400 Statistics for Science
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
equivalent
or
higher
Incompatibility:
STAT1510 Statistics A, STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
Prerequisites:
12 points of Level 1 biology, six points of which must be SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
S1 GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Incompatibility:
GENE2204 Principles of Genetics, GENE2240 Introduction to Genetics

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 GENE3340 Molecular Genetics II
Prerequisites:
GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
Incompatibility:
GENE3330 Molecular Genetics and Genomics
S2 GENE3350 Evolution and Development
Prerequisites:
GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
Incompatibility:
ANIM3302 Genetics and Evolution
S1 GENE3370 Genomics
Prerequisites:
GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
Incompatibility:
GENE3330 Molecular Genetics and Genomics
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ANIM
or
GENE unit
Incompatibility:
ANIM3302 Genetics and Evolution, ANIM8302 Genetics and Evolution, GENE3360 Evolutionary Genetics
S1 PATH3305 Medical Genetics
Prerequisites:
completion of Level 2 of a major in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Biomedical Science
or
Genetics; for pre-2012 courses: GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
and
GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Incompatibility:
GENE3320 Medical Genetics

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Genetics degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biomedical Science course.

With WACE Chemistry
Course Study Plan: CSP004-GENET-1
Without WACE Chemistry
Course Study Plan: CSP004-GENET-2

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Genetics degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biomedical Science course.

With WACE Chemistry
Course Study Plan: CSP004-GENET-Generic-1
Without WACE Chemistry
Course Study Plan: CSP004-GENET-Generic-2

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Genetics can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Genetics can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Genetics second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Second major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Prerequisites:
(Human Biology: ATAR
or
equivalent;
or
Biology: ATAR
or
equivalent;
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human;
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human;
or
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology;
or
IMED1001 Form and Function) and (Chemistry: ATAR
or
equivalent
or
a Level 1 Chemistry unit)
Incompatibility:
SCIE2225 Molecular Biology passed in
or
before 2004
Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
S1 BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology

Level 2

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
Prerequisites:
12 points of Level 1 biology, six points of which must be SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
S1 GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Incompatibility:
GENE2204 Principles of Genetics, GENE2240 Introduction to Genetics

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 GENE3340 Molecular Genetics II
Prerequisites:
GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
Incompatibility:
GENE3330 Molecular Genetics and Genomics
S2 GENE3350 Evolution and Development
Prerequisites:
GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
Incompatibility:
ANIM3302 Genetics and Evolution
S1 GENE3370 Genomics
Prerequisites:
GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
Incompatibility:
GENE3330 Molecular Genetics and Genomics
Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ANIM
or
GENE unit
Incompatibility:
ANIM3302 Genetics and Evolution, ANIM8302 Genetics and Evolution, GENE3360 Evolutionary Genetics
S1 PATH3305 Medical Genetics
Prerequisites:
completion of Level 2 of a major in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Biomedical Science
or
Genetics; for pre-2012 courses: GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
and
GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Incompatibility:
GENE3320 Medical Genetics

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Genetics can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-GENET

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Genetics can also be taken as a degree-specific major.