- Length 3 year full-time
- Minimum 144 Units
- Academic plan BBIOT
- Post Nominal
- CRICOS code 036660M
- UAC code
Mode of delivery
- In Person
Field of Education
- Food Science and Biotechnology
- Academic contact
The Bachelor of Biotechnology requires completion of 144 units, of which:
A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses
A minimum of 30 units must come from completion of 3000-level courses from the Science course list
A minimum of 96 units must come from completion of courses from the Science course list
The 144 units must consist of:
54 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:
BIOL1003 Evolution, Ecology and Genetics (6 units)
BIOL1004 Molecular and Cell Biology (6 units)
BIOL2161 Genes: Replication and Expression (6 units)
BIOL2162 Molecular Genetic Techniques (6 units)
BIOL3161 Genomics and its Applications (6 units)
BIOL3191 Bioethics and Society (6 units)
CHEM1101 Chemistry 1 (6 units)
CHEM1201 Chemistry 2 (6 units)
CHEM2211 Chemical Biology I (6 units)
6 units from completion of a Quantitative Skills course from the following list:
BIAN3014 Research Design and Analysis in Biological Anthropology (6 units)
BIOL2001 Introduction to Quantitative Biology (6 units)
BIOL2202 Experimental Design and Analysis in Biology (6 units)
ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research (6 units)
PSYC2009 Quantitative Methods in Psychology (6 units)
12 units from completion of courses from the following list:
BIOL2142 General Microbiology (6 units)
BIOL2171 Biochemistry and Nutrition (6 units)
BIOL2174 Cell Physiology in Health and Disease (6 units)
CHEM2208 Chemical Biology II (6 units)
6 units from completion of a 2000- or 3000-level courses from the subject areas:
18 units from completion of 3000-level courses from the following subject areas:
48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU
|Year 1 48 units||BIOL1003 Biology 1: Evolution, Ecology and Genetics 6 units||CHEM1101 Chemistry 1 6 units||Science or non-Science elective 6 units||Science or non-Science elective 6 units|
|BIOL1004 Biology 2: Molecular and Cell Biology 6 units||CHEM1201 Chemistry 2 6 units||Science or non-Science elective 6 units||Science or non-Science elective 6 units|
|Year 2 48 units||BIOL2161 Genes: Replication and Expression 6 units||CHEM2211 Chemical Biology 1 6 units||B.Biotech elective from list 6 units||Science or non-Science elective 6 units|
|BIOL2162 Molecular Gene Technology 6 units||B.Biotech elective from list 6 units||B.Biotech elective from list 6 units||Science or non-Science elective 6 units|
|Year 3 48 units||BIOL3161 Genomics and its Applications 6 units||BIOL3191 Bioethics and Society 6 units||3000 level BIOL/ CHEM/ NEUR course 6 units||Science or non-Science elective 6 units|
|3000 level BIOL course 6 units||3000 level BIOL/ CHEM/ NEUR course 6 units||3000 level BIOL/ CHEM/ NEUR course 6 units||Science or non-Science elective 6 units|
Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications and including any eligible adjustments:
- An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
- A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
- At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
- An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.
Domestic students completing an Australian Year 12 or the IB program (November session) in Australia in 2019 apply directly to The Australian National University by submitting an Admission, Scholarships and Accommodation application here. All students will still need to meet the published entry requirements for the program they have applied for.
In addition to meeting the published entry requirements, school leavers are required met the co-curricular or service requirement (CCS). The CCS functions as a threshold that is either met or not met, you can learn more about the CCS and check if you’ve met the CCS requirement here.
You will be directed to the appropriate application system when you select ‘Apply’.
Domestic Non-School leavers
Domestic non-school leavers (including students transferring to ANU, mature age applicants and students who are otherwise not a school-leaver) can apply to ANU via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).
You will be directed to the appropriate application system when you select ‘Apply’
International applicant entry requirements
International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants.
Additional Information for applicants
More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found on the ANU website.
The National Register of higher education providers is an authoritative source of information that will help you confirm your institution of choice is registered to deliver higher education in Australia.
The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website allows you to do side-by-side comparisons of Australian universities, so you can find out more about the universities that interest you.
The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.
The admission requirements listed on this page are a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.
- International Baccalaureate:
ACT: Chemistry (Major); NSW: Chemistry or equivalent. More information about interstate subject equivalencies can be found here.
Students who do not meet the chemistry requirement may be admitted into the program via a different pathway. Students who:
- Commence the Bachelor of Science program after completion of the chemistry bridging course available in February through the ANU Research School of Chemistry (or equivalent) and complete CHEM1101 and BIOL1003, may then apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Biotechnology.
Adjustment factors are additional points added to an applicant's Selection Rank (for example an applicant's ATAR). ANU offers adjustment factors based on performance and equity principles, such as for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies.
Selection Rank adjustments are granted in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustment factors and maximum 10 equity-based adjustment factors) can be awarded.
You may be considered for adjustment factors if you have:
- applied for an eligible ANU Bachelor degree program
- undertaken Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate
- achieved an ATAR or equivalent at or above 70
- not previously attempted tertiary study.
Please visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.
Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- Annual indicative fee for international students
For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees
All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)
The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.
For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments
ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.
Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.
For further information see the Scholarships website.
Place yourself at the forefront of innovation with the ANU Bachelor of Biotechnology.
Biotechnology is about applying new technologies to agriculture, food and medicine production, and environmental problems in the context of research, industry and the applied health sciences.
In this cutting-edge degree, you’ll learn the foundations of biology such as molecular and cellular biology, biotechnology and microbiology, as well as contemporary topics such as societal and ethical issues of biotechnology and intellectual property.
Find out more about biotechnology, the degree structure, the university experience, career opportunities and student stories on our website.
Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an ANU student by visiting our student blog.
This program is not available for Semester 2 commencement.
ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.
We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.
Bachelor of Biotechnology
graduates are sought after by government and industry employers in chemical,
plant and agricultural, and medical biotechnology.
You may also find positions in hospitals, food and pharmaceutical industries, or continue on to a career in research.See where a Bachelor of Biotechnology could take you: our career wheel will help you turn your interests into a career in science.
understand and evaluate the significance of biotechnological discoveries in educational and professional contexts;
- apply a range of technological skills and laboratory techniques to addressing specific problems in the field of biological research;
- use a range of analytical techniques for the interpretation of biological data to address specific hypotheses;
- convey and relate professional and disciplinary information and ideas to diverse audiences in effective and appropriate ways;
- function in public and professional situations as an interpreter of biotechnological information in the public domain;
- exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.
Information on inherent requirement is currently not available for this program.
Want to learn more about the structure of the Bachelor of Biotechnology or wish to map out your degree? Click here to see a short program presentation video and access the study plan.
Students interested in incorporating an internship into their degree can find out more from the College of Science website.
Vertical Double Degree pathway UGRD-PGRD (not available in FDD)
- This program is part of the Vertical Double Degree pathway structure offered by the College of Science and the College of Health and Medicine. The Vertical Double Degree pathway presents students with the opportunity to complete a 3-year undergraduate single degree offered by the ANU College of Science or the College of Health and Medicine with a cognate 2-year Masters degree in 4 years (full-time) instead of 5 years (full-time). For more information on applicable combinations, benefits and how to apply, eligibility and conditions, please visit https://science.anu.edu.au/vertical-double-degrees or https://health.anu.edu.au/vertical-double-degrees
- Students who are interested in pursuing a Vertical Double Degree pathway with this program, are advised to contact the College of Science Student Services Office at email@example.com and seek academic advice. Students who are already in an undergraduate degree offered by the College of Science or College of Health & Medicine should seek academic advice before completion of the first 72 units of their undergraduate studies.
- This pathway is not available to students in an undergraduate Flexible Double Degree.
- Students in the Bachelor of Biotechnology who have opted for the Vertical Double Degree pathway must achieve a minimum GPA of 5.0 in the first 96 units attempted to commence the 24 units of Masters courses in their Bachelor degree. Students who do not achieve this GPA will be able to complete and graduate from their Bachelor degree but will not be able to undertake Masters courses.
- If the total number of units attempted exceeds 96 in the same teaching period in which the 96th unit is attempted, all courses attempted will be used in the calculation of the GPA.
drought resistant crops and bionic eyes may sound like things of the distant
future, but these are just some of the projects our biotechnologists are
working on today.
Biotechnology is a fast moving field where scientists use living organisms and their products, to solve real world problems facing modern society. This exciting field has broad applications in medicine, biology, agriculture, manufacturing, renewable energy and engineering.
You will learn the foundations of biology, from genes through to ecology, while examining important questions about ethics and intellectual property.
An ANU Bachelor of Biotechnology gives you the knowledge to develop the fuel sources, foods and medical treatments of the future, while teaching you to think ethically about how they will change our society.
This program is not available for Semester 2 commencement.
The Bachelor of
Biotechnology can also be taken as a part of many double degrees.
- This degree requires 144 units
- A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses
- A minimum of 30 units 3000 level Science courses
- Other courses from the Science course list or another ANU College (48 units maximum non-science courses allowed)
- This degree requires 96 units Science courses
- A maximum of 36 units of 1000 level Science courses
- A minimum of 30 units 3000 level Science courses
- Other courses from the Science course list
About this degree
In a Bachelor of Biotechnology single degree program you will study a total of 144 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 courses across your whole degree.
You will need to complete a minimum of 16 science courses (96 units) but will also get to choose eight courses (48 units) from other ANU Colleges. You can try a range of courses or take a major or minor in a non-Science subject, such as history or marketing. The choice is yours.
In a Bachelor of Biotechnology double degree program you will study a total of 96 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 16 courses across your whole degree. However, for each semester you are likely to take 2 courses from your Biotechnology degree and then 2 courses from the other half of your double degree – still a total of 4 courses a semester.
It is possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester but it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be enrolled full-time in 24 units each semester.
- You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
- You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.
- You may take
1000-level courses later in your program.
But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units)
towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your
Biotechnology half of the double degree.
Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses
There are 4 compulsory 1000 level Science courses you must take in your first year:
Remember you can choose up to 8
courses from another ANU College if you are undertaking the single Bachelor of
Bachelor of Biotechnology - single degreeThis is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Biotechnology.
|Year 1 48 units||CHEM1101 Chemistry 1 6 units||BIOL1003 Biology 1: Evolution, Ecology and Genetics 6 units||Science or non-science course 6 units||Science or non-science course 6 units|
|CHEM1201 Chemistry 2 6 units||BIOL1004 Biology 2: Molecular and Cell Biology 6 units||Science or non-science course 6 units||Science or non-science course 6 units|
Bachelor of Biotechnology - double degreeThis is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Biotechnology with another three year degree, such as the Bachelor of Arts. Please note that for some double degrees (e.g. with Bachelor of Engineering) you may only be able to take one course in semester 1 for your science degree. In these circumstances it is recommended that in your first year you take CHEM1101, CHEM1201 and BIOL1004. You can then take BIOL1003 in your second year of study.
|Year 1 48 units||CHEM1101 Chemistry 1 6 units||BIOL1003 Biology 1: Evolution, Ecology and Genetics 6 units||Degree B Course 6 units||Degree B Course 6 units|
|CHEM1201 Chemistry 2 6 units||BIOL1004 Biology 2: Molecular and Cell Biology 6 units||Degree B Course 6 units||Degree B Course 6 units|
For further information, you can:
- Visit the Research School of Biology webpage here, or
- Download the Science first year course guide available here, or
- View our program presentation videos located on our New commencers & first year students page, or
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or
- Come and talk to someone face-to-face. You can make an appointment with an academic advisor here or by calling Science Central on 6125 2809
Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?
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