Cell and Developmental Biology

    What will I study?


    Within this major you can choose to focus on:

    • reproduction and development
    • animal cell biology
    • plant cell biology and development.

    You’ll cover cell and developmental biology concepts, particularly the cellular mechanisms that underlie the processes that lead to formation of living organisms from a single fertilised cell.

    You’ll also gain awareness of the scientific methods and research skills used to investigate cell and developmental biology problems.

    Your major structure

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

    Bachelor of Biomedicine

    You will take 10 core subjects (150 points) across your degree that will 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 (6 in first year, 2 in second year and 2 in third year).

    In third year you will also complete 50 points (four subjects) of study that is deep and specialised study in Cell and Developmental Biology.

    Throughout your degree you will also take elective and breadth (non-science) subjects.

    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.

    Throughout your degree you will also take science elective subjects and breadth (non-science) 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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