Bachelor of Biotechnology

Course Code





Science and Engineering

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B, Chemistry

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 7) Guidelines for Bachelor degrees.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule II of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements


Special admission requirements


Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

A maximum of 30 credit points may be taken at level 1

Additional completion requirements

A minimum of 15 credit points must be taken at level 2

Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Bachelor degree Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 7).

Course Structure

Core Subjects

Level 1

BM1000:03 Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

BZ1001:03 Fundamentals of Biology

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

MA1401:03 Statistics and Data Analysis

Level 2

BC2013:03 Principles of Biochemistry

BC2023:03 Molecular Genetics

BZ2001:03 Quantitative Methods in Biology

BZ2420:03 Genetics for Biology

MI2011:03 Microbial Diversity

Level 3

BC3101:03 Genes, Genomes and Development

BC3201:03 Biotechnology

BZ3450:03 Ecological and Conservation Genetics


Select 9 credit points of specified level 1 subjects

AT1210:03 Introductory Human Anatomy and Histology

BZ1003:03 Introduction to Plant Science

BZ1004:03 The Diversity of Animal Life

CP1500:03 Conceptual Modelling

HS1000:03 Epidemiology

PP1201:03 Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology

SC1102:03 Systems Modelling and Visualisation


Select 9 credit points of specified level 2 subjects

AQ2001:03 Introduction to Aquaculture

BC2024:03 Cell Regulation

CH2103:03 Analytical Chemistry

MB2060:03 Marine Ecology and Environmental Assessment

MI2021:03 Introductory Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology


Select 3 credit points of specified AQ, BC, BZ level 3 and AQ, BC and BZ level 5 subjects

BC3202:03 Special Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

AQ5021:03 Aquaculture: Special Topic 1

BZ5501:03 Special Topic 1

BZ5502:03 Special Topic 2


Select 12 credit points of specified level 3 subjects

AQ3003:03 Aquaculture: Propagation

AQ3004:03 Aquaculture: Stock Improvement

BC3102:03 Advanced Cell Biology

BZ3615:03 Climate Change and Plant Survival

BZ3625:03 Tropical Agroforestry

BZ3710:03 Animal Behaviour

MB3150:03 Fisheries Science

MI3021:03 Clinical Microbiology

MI3041:03 Food Microbiology

MI3051:03 Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases

MI3061:03 Advanced Immunobiology

PP3150:03 Chemical Pharmacology







Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression requisites

Must complete 12 credit points at level 1 before attempting any level 2 subject

Must complete 18 credit points at level 2 before attempting any level 3 subject

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Not permitted for core subjects

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 6 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3.

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable


Honours availability

Not available


Not applicable