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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science

Managing facultyScience
Abbreviated titleBBiomedSc/BSc
CRICOS code056079C
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

Email: enquiries@sci.monash.edu.au

Notes

  • Students cannot take additional units that exceed the 192 credit points required for the course. Students wishing to take additional units can only do so on a single subject basis (full-fee paying basis) with the approval of the faculty.

Description

The course provides students with an opportunity to combine studies in biomedical sciences with studies in a number of areas of science, and prepares students for honours and postgraduate study or for employment.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will have a broad knowledge in biomedical sciences with the skills necessary to understand and investigate human biology and health as well as advanced training in a 'basic' science and advanced knowledge and training in at least one science discipline. Graduates will be experienced in oral, written and practical skills in relation to this knowledge. Depending on the choice of majors, graduates may gain an in-depth knowledge in a particular biomedical science.

Course progression requirements

Students who wish to undertake honours in science prior to the completion of the BBiomedSc/BSc course must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the BSc requirements. Students who wish to undertake honours in biomedical sciences prior to the completion of the BBiomedSc/Bsc course must have completed at least 144 units of study, including all of the BBiomedSc requirements.

Structure

Areas of study

Students must complete a minor and a major sequence in science, along with a specified number of core units in science and in biomedical sciences. The Faculty of Science requires science studies to be chosen from the science units listed in the section 'Science areas of study and sequences' in this handbook available via http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2010handbooks/undergrad/sci.html.

Students in this course may not take elective units other than science units and approved units from the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Requirements

Science component

Students must complete at least one major sequence and one minor sequence in a different science area of study. Information about 'Science areas of study and sequences' is available via http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2010handbooks/undergrad/sci.html.

The major sequence must be taken from the areas of:

  • chemistry
  • biological sciences
  • genetics
  • physics
  • mathematics
  • statistics.

Students must also satisfy the core requirement for the Bachelor of Science as part of their science studies by completing the core unit:

  • SCI2010 The practice and application of science.

Students must complete 96 points of science units(including the core unit SCI2010), and must take at least 24 points of level three science units and no more than 36 points of level one science units.

Biomedical sciences component

Students must complete the following units:

Depending on the science major and/or minor sequences chosen, some of these units must be replaced with equivalent biomedical science units as follows:

(i.) if a major or minor sequence requires BIO1011 (Biology I) and BIO1022 (Biology II), BMS1021 must be replaced with an elective unit from the biomedical science areas

(ii.) in a physics major or minor sequence, BMS1031 must be replaced with an elective unit from the biomedical science areas.

Note: It is highly recommended that students discuss their choice of science units at each stage with the student services staff in the Faculty of Science office.

Study sequences

Students would normally follow one of the following paths:

BBiomedSc/BSc with a major or minor in a science area that requires BIO1011 and BIO1022

Stage one
Stage two
  • BMS1052 Human neurobiology
  • BMS2011 Structure of the human body
  • BMS2021 Biochemistry of human function
  • BMS2042 Human genetics
  • 12 points of science units to complete a minor sequence in biological sciences or genetics
  • 12 points of science units to complete a minor sequence in a science area of study

BBiomedSc/BSc with a major in physics

Stage one

plus one pair of:

Stage two
  • BMS1052 Human neurobiology
  • BMS2011 Structure of the human body
  • BMS2021 Biochemistry of human function
  • BMS2042 Human genetics
  • 12 points of science units to complete a minor in physics
  • 12 points of science units to complete a minor sequence in a different science area of study

BBiomedSc/BSc with a major in chemistry, mathematics or statistics

Stage one
  • BMS1011 Biomedical chemistry
  • BMS1021 Cells, tissues and organisms
  • BMS1042 Biomedical sciences and society
  • BMS1062 Molecular biology
  • two 12-point level one science sequences
Stage two
  • BMS1031 Medical biophysics
  • BMS1052 Human neurobiology
  • BMS2021 Biochemistry of human function
  • BMS2042 Human genetics
  • 12 points of science units to complete a minor sequence in chemistry, mathematics or statistics
  • 12 points of science units to complete a minor sequence in a different science area of study

For all sequence combinations

Stage three
  • BMS2031 Body systems
  • BMS2052 Microbes in health and disease
  • BMS2062 Introduction to bioinformatics
  • SCI2010 The practice and application of science
  • one science elective unit
  • 6 points of elective units from the biomedical science areas (see 'Biomedical sciences requirements' above), except for students undertaking a major sequence in chemistry or mathematics, in which case BMS2011 will be taken
  • 12 points of science units towards a major sequence in chemistry, biological sciences, genetics, physics, mathematics or statistics
Stage four
  • BMS3021 Molecular medicine and biotechnology
  • BMS3042 Biomedical basis of disease 2
  • at least two level three elective units from the biomedical sciences areas (see 'Biomedical sciences requirements' above)
  • 12 points of science units to complete a major sequence in chemistry, biological sciences, genetics, physics, mathematics or statistics
  • 12 points of elective science units

Award(s)

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Biomedical Science