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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Area of Study

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Science component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Science
Offered bySchool of Biological Sciences
Course coordinatorDr Coral Warr (School of Biological Sciences) - genetics sequences; Dr Richard Burke (School of Biological Sciences) - genetics and molecular biology sequence


Genetics is the study of genes - their structure, function, transmission and evolution. It lies at the centre of biology because the same genetic principles apply to microbes, plants, animals and humans.

Genetics and molecular biology are complementary disciplines that underpin many exciting areas of science such as biomedical science, biotechnology, conservation genetics, and forensics. Students completing this major will obtain a wide perspective across both disciplines, and an understanding of how they can be applied jointly in basic and applied science.


On completion of the sequence in genetics students will:

  • have developed an understanding of genetics, its principles, approaches and techniques, at the molecular, cellular, organismal and population levels
  • have developed practical skills in experimental methods relevant to genetics, which may include: culture and breeding of microorganisms, whole animals and plants; histochemical and cytological techniques; molecular biology techniques involving recombinant DNA technologies; analysis of transgenic organisms; contemporary methods in genotyping and field sampling methods, including the use of modern equipment and software towards these ends
  • be familiar with genetic bioinformatics and the utility of genomics for contemporary biological research
  • be familiar with principles of experimental design, culture and manipulation of model genetic organisms
  • be competent in data collection, data analysis, data presentation, and data interpretation
  • have developed skills in critical, analytical and independent thinking, synthesis of literature, and written and oral communication
  • have developed knowledge and appreciation of the application of genetics in the community at the medical, agricultural and environmental levels
  • be fully prepared for further study, teaching, research and employment in the practical applications of genetics.


Level two

  • GEN2041 Foundations of genetics
  • GEN2052 Human and population genetics

Level three

  • GEN3030 Genetics of development
  • GEN3040 Genomics and molecular genetics
  • GEN3051 Medical and forensic genetics
  • GEN3062 Conservation and ecological genetics
  • GEN3990 Genetics in action research project

Sequence requirements


Minor sequence in genetics (24 points)

Major sequence in genetics (48 points)

Genetics and molecular biology

Major sequence in genetics and molecular biology (48 points):

A list of related units are provided in the 'biological sciences' entry in this section of the Handbook.

* This unit has compulsory level-two prerequisites.