Biological Sciences

All life shares a common ancestor, so whether your end goal is medical, veterinary or other health sciences, agriculture, ecology, conservation, or just a solid understanding of how the biosphere works, it all starts in the same place.

The Biological Sciences subject set

BIOL10008
Introductory Biology: Life's Machinery

OR

BIOL10009
Biology: Life’s Machinery

BIOL10010
Introductory Biology: Life's Complexity

OR

BIOL10011
Biology: Life’s Complexity

Which Biological Sciences subjects should I take?

That depends! There are several subjects available, and you’ll choose based on your existing biology knowledge. Both the introductory and the standard subjects meet the prerequisites of the Biological Sciences subject set.

Option 1

  • BIOL10008 Introductory Biology: Life’s Machinery
    This subject is for students who did not complete (or scored below 25 in) VCE Biology 3/4 (or equivalent). It forms a subject set with BIOL10010 Introductory Biology: Life’s Complexity.
  • BIOL10010 Introductory Biology: Life’s Complexity
    This subject is for students who did not complete (or scored below 25 in) VCE Biology 3/4 (or equivalent). It forms a subject set with BIO10008 Introductory Biology: Life’s Machinery.

Option 2

  • BIOL10009 Biology: Life’s Machinery
    Choose this subject if you scored 25 or over in VCE Biology 3/4 (or equivalent). It forms a subject set with BIOL10011 Biology: Life’s Complexity.
  • BIOL10011 Biology: Life’s Complexity
    Choose this subject if you scored 25 or over in VCE Biology 3/4 (or equivalent). It forms a subject set with BIOL10009 Biology: Life’s Machinery.

Other Biological Sciences subjects

Interested in biology, but not keen on the Biological Sciences subject set? Or looking to expand upon it? These subjects are available to all BSc students as science electives. Remember, you must complete Level 1 subjects from at least two different areas of science and you can take a maximum of three subjects from any one area.

  • BIOL10001 Biology of Australian Flora and Fauna
    Explore the natural history of Australia and examine the biology of our unique plants, animals and ecological communities across terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.
  • GENE10001 Genetics in the Media
    So CSI: Miami isn’t the real deal?! Learn to evaluate the claims made in films and TV regarding the use of genetic analysis in areas including crime and identification.

Majors linked to Biological Sciences

This subject set is a requirement for the following majors:

Agricultural Science Animal Health and Disease Animal Science and Management Bioengineering Systems
Biotechnology Cell and Development Biology Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyEcosystem Science
Environmental Engineering SystemsEnvironmental ScienceFood ScienceGenetics
Human Structure and FunctionImmunologyInfection and ImmunityMarine Biology
MicrobiologyNeurosciencePathologyPharmacology
PhysiologyPlant ScienceZoology

Biological Science is taught by the School of BioSciences

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Next steps

Now that you’ve learned all about your subject set options, you can start enrolling – if you need additional help, make sure to contact Stop 1.

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