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3528

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science

Managing facultyScience
Partner facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
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)
Admission, fee and application details http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/3528
Contact details

Science: telephone +61 3 9905 4604, email sci-enquiries@monash.edu or visit http://monash.edu/science/current/undergraduate/help/

Biomedical Science: email biomed@monash.edu

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • The maximum time for completion of the course is 10 years, including any periods of intermission. Students cannot take additional units that exceed the 192 credit points required for the course. Students wishing to take units above the minimum course requirements can enrol on a single unit (non-award) basis (full-fee paying) 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.

Outcomes

Refer to the outcomes for the single degrees 2230 Bachelor of Biomedical Science and 0050 Bachelor of Science.

Structure

This course consists of a major sequence in an area of science, along with a specified number of elective and core units in both science and biomedical sciences. The major sequence in science must be taken from a specified list of science areas of study (listed under the science component below).

Students in this course cannot take units from faculties other than the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science.

The Faculty of Science requires the science units to be chosen from the science units listed in the section Areas of study and sequences - ClaytonAreas of study and sequences - Clayton (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/sci-aos-clayton.html) in this Handbook.

Requirements

Students must complete 192 credit points - 96 credit points of science units and 96 credit points of biomedical science units including all of the following:

Biomedical science component

Students must complete the following units:

Science component

Students must complete 96 points of science units including:

(a.) a minimum of four level-one science units (24 points) covering at least two level-one approved sequences. The approved level one sequences are listed in the section Approved level one sequences in ScienceApproved level one sequences in Science (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/sci-sequences.html).

(b.) one major sequence in a science area of study (48 points). The science major sequence must be chosen from those listed below

(c.) the core unit SCI2010 Scientific practice and communication or SCI2015 Scientific practice and communication (advanced)

(d.) a minimum of ten science units (60 points) at level two and three (including either SCI2010 or SCI2015), with at least four science units at level three

(e.) additional science units to take the total credit points to 96.

Available areas of study

The Science major sequence must be taken from offerings at the Clayton campus in one of the following areas:

It is possible within the 96 points of the Science component to complete a second major. The second major, and elective units, must be chosen from the science units listed in the section Science areas of study and sequences - ClaytonScience areas of study and sequences - Clayton (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2013handbooks/undergrad/sci-aos-clayton.html) in this Handbook.

Notes:

Within the science component a maximum of six level-one science units (36 points) can be taken overall.

Depending on the science major and/or science elective units chosen, some of the core biomedical science units must be replaced with an elective biomedical science unit as follows:

(i.) if a science major sequence requires BIO1011 (Biology I) and BIO1022 (Biology II), then 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.

Students should contact the Faculty of Science before enrolling in any stage of the double degree to ensure that the program they wish to follow will satisfy pre-requisites necessary for higher stages. For information relating to course planning, science units and sequences students should refer to the Science Faculty InformationFaculty Information (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/sci.html) section in this Handbook.

Recommended program of study

Students would normally follow one of the following paths:

Major sequence 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 towards a major sequence in ecology and conservation biology, marine and freshwater biology, plant sciences or zoology
  • 12 points of science elective units. It is recommended that students complete studies in a different science area of study.

Stage three and four, see below.

Major sequence in physics

Stage one

plus one pair of:

Note: Students with a strong mathematics background and a keen interest in the subject could replace the units MTH1030 and MTH2010 with their advanced versions MTH1035 and MTH2015 respectively. Students will need to seek permission to enrol in these units at the Faculty of Science, Student Academic Services officeStudent Academic Services office (http://monash.edu/science/current/undergraduate/help/).

Stage two
  • BMS1052 Human neurobiology
  • BMS2011 Structure of the human body + BMS2021 Biochemistry of human function
  • BMS2042 Human genetics
  • 12 points of science units towards a sequence in physics
  • MTH2010 (if not completed at stage one) and MTH2032
  • 6 credit points of science elective units

Stage three and four, see below.

Major sequence in chemistry or mathematics and statistics

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

Stage three and four, see below.

All students

All remaining units to complete the course requirements will be completed at stages three and four.

Within the science component the units studied at stages three and four must take into account the requirement of a minimum of ten science units at level two and three (including SCI2010 or SCI2015), with at least four science units at level three.

Students intending to undertake honours in science should ensure that they complete the specific units required for honours in their chosen area of study.

Stage three
  • BMS2031 Body systems
  • BMS2052 Microbes in health and disease
  • BMS2062 Introduction to bioinformatics
  • SCI2010 Scientific practice and communication or SCI2015 Scientific practic and communication (advanced)
  • one science elective unit
  • one 6-point elective unit from the biomedical science areas (see 'Biomedical science requirements' above), except for students undertaking a major sequence in chemistry or mathematics, in which case BMS2011 must be taken in place of the elective
  • 12 points of science units towards a major sequence in chemistry, ecology and conservation biology, marine and freshwater biology, physics, plant sciences, mathematics and statistics, or zoology
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 science requirements' above)
  • 12 points of science units to complete a major sequence in chemistry, ecology and conservation biology, marine and freshwater biology, physics, plant sciences, mathematics and statistics, or zoology
  • 12 points of elective science units

Progression to further studies

Students may apply for admission to an honours program in science or biomedical science following the completion of an approved combination of at least 144 points of units including all of the science or biomedical science requirements for the double degree.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may be eligible to exit the double degree program and graduate with either a Bachelor of Biomedical Science or a Bachelor of Science after three years, depending on the units studied.

Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Science prior to the completion of the double degree course must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the science requirements for the double degree course. Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science prior to the completion of the double degree course must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the biomedical science requirements for the double degree course.

Award(s)

Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Bachelor of Science