Cell and Developmental Biology

    What will I study?


    This major provides you with a broad understanding of cell structure and function and explores genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms of development in a range of organisms and experimental models.

    You will explore cellular processes and experimental approaches used to investigate them. You will also develop generic skills in integrating information from diverse fields, communication and presentation of information, teamwork and independent learning that will equip them for a range of careers in research, biotechnology, government agencies, agriculture, medico-legal and journalism.

    Areas you can specialise in within the major in third year are: Reproduction and Development, Animal Cell Biology, and Plant Cell Biology and Development.

    Your major structure

    This major can be completed through the Bachelor of Biomedicine or the Bachelor of Science.

    Bachelor of Biomedicine

    In your first year you will study 75 points of core subjects (usually six subjects) that most Biomedicine students will take to build an understanding of the structure and function of the body and consideration of the determinants of health and disease, including genetic and environmental influences. You will also undertake breadth studies.

    In second year you will study 50 points of core subjects made up of two semester long subjects as well as elective subjects in biomedicine or science disciplines and breadth studies.

    In your third year you will study 25 points (usually two subjects) of Biomedicine core subjects and 50 points (usually four subjects) that is deep and specialised study in cell and developmental biology as well as other elective or breadth studies.

    Bachelor of Science

    In your first and second year you will complete subjects that are prerequisites for your major as well as other science core and electives and breadth studies.

    In your third year, you will complete 50 points (usually four subjects) of study that is deep and specialised study in cell and developmental biology and you can also complete breadth studies. This major is made up of core and core selective subjects.

    Breadth studies

    Breadth is a unique feature of the Melbourne Model. It gives you the chance to explore subjects outside of science, developing new perspectives and learning to collaborate with others who have different strengths and interests — just as you will in your future career.

    Some of our students use breadth to explore creative interests or topics they have always been curious about. Others used breadth to improve their career prospects by complementing their major with a language, communication skills or business expertise.


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