Bachelor of Biotechnology

Bachelor of Biotechnology

Course code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B, Chemistry

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

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

Course learning outcomes

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Biotechnology at James Cook University will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the discipline of biotechnology, with depth in the underlying concepts and principles of aquaculture and biotechnology applications to aquaculture

  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of science generally, and biotechnology and aquaculture particularly, in the creation of sustainable futures in the tropics, worldwide

  • Demonstrate broad understanding of methods of applied science, including the creative processes involved in developing scientific knowledge and the contestable and testable nature of that knowledge

  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources

  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratories, field studies or industry-focussed projects, by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools

  • Organise, analyse and interpret scientific and industry data using mathematical, statistical and technological skills

  • Convey scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral communication skills and a variety of media

  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems relating to biotechnology and aquaculture by applying knowledge and skills with initiative and well-developed judgement

  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts and interdisciplinary teams

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.

Course Structure


Level 1

BM1000:03 Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

BZ1001:03 Introduction to Biological Processes

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

MA1401:03 Statistics and Data Analysis 1


Select 9 credit points of specified level 1 subjects from List 1

List 1

BM1002:03 Anatomy: Principles and Systems

BM1004:03 Anatomy: Structure and Movement

BZ1007:03 Introduction to Biodiversity

BZ1008:03 Functional Biology

MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations

MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques

MB1110:03 Introductory Marine Science

PH1001:03 Preparatory Physics

PH1005:03 Advanced Stream Physics 1

PH1007:03 Advanced Stream Physics 2

SC1101:03 Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems


Select a major or no specified major

No specified major

Level 2

BC2013:03 Principles of Biochemistry

BC2023:03 Molecular Genetics

BZ2001:03 Quantitative Methods in Science

BZ2420:03 Ecological Genetics

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 2 subjects from List 2 or Select 9 credit points of level 2 Science subjects


Select 3 credit points of specified subjects from List 3


Select 12 credit points of specified level 3 subjects from List 4

List 2

AQ2001:03 Introduction to Aquaculture

AQ2002:03 Aquaculture of Tropical Species

BC2024:03 Cell Regulation

CH2103:03 Analytical Chemistry

MB2060:03 Marine Ecology and Environmental Assessment

MI2021:03 Introductory Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology

List 3

BC3202:03 Special Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

AQ3015:03 Sustainable Aquaculture

SC5901:03 Special Topic 1

SC5902:03 Special Topic 2

List 4

AQ3002:03 Aquaculture: Feeds and Nutrition

AQ3003:03 Aquaculture: Propagation

AQ3004:03 Aquaculture: Stock Improvement

AQ3007:03 Aquatic Animal Ecophysiology

AQ3008:03 Aquaculture: Systems Design

AQ3015:03 Sustainable Aquaculture

BC3102:03 Advanced Cell Biology

BZ3215:03 Conservation Biology

BZ3220:03 Population and Community Ecology

BZ3615:03 Plant Survival in a Land of Fire, Flood and Drought

BZ3061:03 Behavioural Ecology

EV3014:03 Managing Tropical Fisheries

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


Type of major


Credit points in major

48 credit points




Aquaculture Science and Technology








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


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Not permitted for core subjects

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and 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 student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

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

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Any major may appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable


Honours availability

Not available