Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science

Managing facultyScience
Abbreviated titleBSc(Biotech)
CRICOS code042520F
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland, Sunway)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Email: (Gippsland); Email: (Sunway)

Course coordinator

Ms Jenny Mosse (Gippsland); Dr Emily Goh Joo Kheng (Sunway)


  • 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 144 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.


This interdisciplinary laboratory-based program has a core of basic science studies including principles of modern instrumentation, experimental design and data analysis, biochemical and microbiological techniques and recombinant DNA technology.

The industrial strand offered at Gippsland incorporates food microbiology, environmental microbiology and chemistry, providing opportunities for local employment in the dairy and water and waste industries; links with regional industries enable final-year students to participate in directed biotechnological research in an applied research project.

The generic strand offered at the Sunway campus requires students to acquire skills and applications from a broader area of biotechnology. Emphasis will be given to molecular biology, genetics, genomics as well as plant biotechnology which are relevant to the rapidly emerging biotechnology industries in Malaysia.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will have:

  • an understanding of how scientists, working in a world-wide community, build upon and recognise the work of others
  • an awareness of OHS issues relating to scientific research
  • an appreciation of the role and benefits of science in society
  • a capacity to contribute and work in an international context


This course consists of specified core units at each year level, elective units and at stages two and three, the appropriate strand-specific units as described below.


Students must complete all of the following:

  • BTH1802 Fundamentals of biotechnology
  • BTH2732 Recombinant DNA technology
  • BTH2741 Biochemistry
  • BTH2752 Cellular metabolism
  • BTH3752 Molecular biology and biotechnology
  • CHM2922 Spectroscopy and analytical chemistry
  • MIC2011 Introduction to microbiology and microbial biotechnology
  • SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning or STA1010 Statistical methods for science
  • SCI2010 Scientific practice and communication
  • SCI3716 Laboratory and workplace management
  • five 6-point strand-specific units
  • one 6-point science elective unit
  • two 6-point level one biology units
  • two 6-point level one chemistry units
  • additional elective units to take the total credit points to 144.

Note: Students must complete:

  • at least 36 points of science units at level one and at least 24 points of science units at level three
  • no more than 48 points of units offered by another faculty, subject to meeting any entry requirements of that faculty
  • no more than 60 points of level one units overall.

Recommended program of study

Stage one

  • BTH1802
  • SCI1020 or STA1010
  • 12 points of level one biology units
  • 12 points of level one chemistry units
  • 12 points of elective units

Stage two

Stage three

  • SCI3716
  • BTH3752
  • one science elective unit
  • 12 points of electives
  • 18 points of strand specific units

Strand-specific units


Industrial strand
  • BTH3711 Food and industrial microbiology
  • BTH3732 Environmental microbiology
  • CHM2762 Design of molecules and macromolecules
  • CHM3930 Medicinal chemistry
  • STA2216 Data analysis for science


Generic strand
  • BTH2820 Crop science
  • BTH3820 Plant biotechnology
  • GEN2041 Foundations of genetics
  • GEN3040 Advanced molecular genetics and its applications
  • GEN3051 Medical and forensic genetics


Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)