As with all our science degrees, you start your degree building on the fundamentals of science with courses such as biology, chemistry and maths. The Honours year is a compulsory part of this degree and provides practical experience working in a biotechnology lab.
Students in the Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) (Honours) complete 24 courses plus an Honours year, taken over 4 years.
The courses required for this degree are listed on the program page for 3053 Bachelor of Science Biotechnology (Honours) in the Online Handbook.
The required First Year courses are:
Students must enrol in a minimum of 6 UoC and a maximum of 24 UoC per semester.
|A program at UNSW is your degree and will have a four-digit program code (e.g. 3970 Bachelor of Science).|
|A major is a defined sequence of study within a program (e.g. Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry). In some programs, it's possible to do more than one major.|
|All programs and majors at UNSW are made up of courses. Courses are like subjects at school. Each course has an 8-digit course code (e.g. CHEM1011) and usually involve lectures, tutorials and labs. In Science there are 5 types of courses:|
|Core Courses are compulsory courses that must be taken for a program or major.|
|Science Electives are courses that start with the codes listed on Table 1.|
|Free Electives are courses that may be taken from anywhere across the university; either from Science or another Faculty.|
|Recommended Electives are not compulsory but are considered good complimentary courses for a program or major.|
|General Education Courses are courses that must be taken from outside the Faculty of Science (i.e. no courses listed on Table 1 can count as General Education).|
|Within each Faculty at UNSW are a number of schools who teach the courses in their area of expertise. In Science, there are 9 schools:|
|The School of Medical Science (which is part of the Faculty of Medicine) also teaches many courses in Science.|
|Units of Credit (UoC)|
|Courses, majors and programs at UNSW are measured in Units of Credit (UoC). Most courses in Science are worth 6 UoC each, and a full-time load is 24 UoC per semester (i.e. 4 x courses).|
|A prerequisite is a course that must be taken before you can enrol in another course. A co-requisite is a course that must be taken at the same time as another course.|
|Assumed Knowledge is the level of understanding you are expected to have before taking a course. Nobody will check that you have the correct level of assumed knowledge, but you will be at a disadvantage if you don't.|
|Bridging Courses are available to if you don’t have sufficient assumed knowledge for the course you want to take.|