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Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study 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 area of study.

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any 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 Science
CoordinatorDr Emily Goh Joo Kheng


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Biotechnology is an exciting area in modern science that has great potential in the industrial, medical and agricultural sectors. Biotechnology includes practical applications of knowledge involving many biological processes and its strength at Monash is that it draws on advances in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, chemical science/engineering, cell biology, immunology, pharmacology and other disciplines. A major in biotechnology reflecting all facets of this area includes units from various disciplines across faculties, departments and schools.

Learning outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the molecular and chemical processes that underlie the wide variety of functions in all forms of life, including micro-organisms, plants and animals
  • apply critical thinking, quantitative and qualitative techniques to solve biotechnology problems
  • demonstrate ethical, social and international understanding in the context of biotechnology
  • communicate effectively, liaise and cooperate with others in a multidisciplinary setting, and write professionally in the field of biotechnology
  • assess and effectively manage occupational health and safety issues related to biotechnology activities in the laboratory, and in environmental and industrial settings
  • demonstrate understanding of the fundamental concepts of biotechnology business, intellectual property rights, and the regulatory framework governing the biotechnology industry.


Level one

  • BTH1802 Fundamentals of biotechnology

Level two

Level three

  • BTH3711 Food and industrial microbiology
  • BTH3752 Molecular biology and biotechnology

Sequence requirements

Major in biotechnology (48 points)

Extended major in biotechnology (72 points)

Honours requirements

  • 24 points of relevant level-three units, of which normally 18 points are from level three units listed above

Additional information

In addition to the requirements for the sequences listed above, students completing a major or double major sequence in biotechnology may need to complete additional prerequisite units at levels one and two. Students should check the individual unit entries for the level two and three units in the Handbook when planning their selection of units.


Full details regarding entrance requirements and the course structure for honours are outlined in course 0051 Bachelor of Science (Honours).

Relevant courses

Single degrees

  • S2000 Bachelor of Science

Honours degrees

  • 0051 Bachelor of Science (Honours)