A Genetics major includes studies in molecular genetics, human genetics, evolutionary genetics and genomics – key foundational knowledge for studies in the fields of biology, biomedical sciences, biotechnology, ecology and conservation. You’ll also develop skills in experimental design, data recording and analysis, and scientific writing.

Your major structure

You can study this major in the Bachelor of Biomedicine or Bachelor of Science.


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 Genetics. To complete this major you will also need to select 2 pre-requisite subjects (25 points) in your second year.

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


In your first and second years you will complete subjects that are prerequisites for your major, including biology and foundational genetics subjects.

In your third year, you will complete 50 points (four subjects) of deep and specialised study in genetics.

Throughout your degree you will also take science elective subjects and breadth (non-science) subjects, in addition to your major subjects and prerequisites.

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