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Bachelor of Applied Biology

Campus Waite Campus

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324991

CRICOS 096130G

Place yourself at the forefront of advances in biology. We are ranked in the top 100 in the world for biological sciences, and have a 90% satisfaction ranking by current students of our applied biology program.

The degree gives you a unique combination of theoretical learning and professional practice in applied biology. You’ll explore the world of biodiversity and sustainable food production – essential for the survival of our planet. Study options include a major in Plant Product Innovation, Biochemistry, Genetics, or Microbiology and Immunology.

If you’ve ever thought about studying abroad, there’s also the opportunity to spend a semester at an overseas university, and advanced courses that include placements within a relevant industry, government or research organisation.
  • Entry Requirements

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    SATAC Code 324991
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    CRICOS 096130G
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 75
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 11
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 20
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] 80%
    SAT [US] 1200
    Abitur 3.4
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.5
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.78
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,000

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Our graduates find employment in many industries, including:
    • research institutes and laboratories
    • biotechnology companies
    • agricultural and environmental organisations
    • food and beverage technology
    • government and regulatory offices
    • intellectual property management.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Industry Placement

    Students undertake 300 hours of industry or research placement, developing solutions to real world problems. Flexible options allow students to complete placement in a block or single days over time.

    Opportunities also exist for students to undertake a full semester of overseas study at a University of Adelaide priority partner institution such as North Carolina State University, the University of Nottingham, or any approved university.

    Potential careers

    Laboratory Technician, Medical Scientist, Environmental Scientist, Research Scientist, Food Scientist, Food Technologist

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year1S1 APP BIOL 1510WT Foundations of Applied Biology BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells
    or
    BIOLOGY 1401 Concepts in Biology

    CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA
    or
    CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA
    or
    CHEM 1310 Chemistry IA(S) 
    MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA (Semester 1 or 2)
    or 
    MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM (Semester 1 only)
    or
    STATS 1004 Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences) (Semester 1 or 2)


    S2 SCIENCE 1101WT Principles & Practice of Science for App Biology I  BIOLOGY 1201 Biology I: Human Perspectives
    or
    BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms
    CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB
    or
    CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB
    or
    CHEM 1311 Chemistry IB(S)
    Approved Level I Elective (3 units)
    Year2S1 APP BIOL 2500WT Research Skills for Applied Biology II 
    For a major in Biochemistry:
    BIOCHEM 2500 Biochemistry II: Molecular and Cell Biology (3 units)
    For a major in Genetics:
    GENETICS 2510 Genetics IIA: Foundation of Genetics (3 units)
    For a major in Microbiology & Immunology:
    MICRO 2500 Microbiology II (3 units)
    For a major in Plant Product Innovation:
    AGRIC 2500WT Animal and Plant Biochemistry II (3 units)
    Approved Level II Elective (3 units) Approved Level II Elective (3 units)
    S2 Study Abroad
    APP BIOL 2512WT Study Abroad in Applied Biology (12 units)
    or  
    S2 No Study Abroad
    Approved Level II Elective (3 units)
    For a major in Biochemistry:
    BIOCHEM 2501 Biochemistry II: Metabolism (3 units)
    For a major in Genetics:
    GENETICS 2520 Genetics IIB: Function and Diversity of Genomes (3 units)
    For a major in Microbiology & Immunology:
    MICRO 2501 Immunology & Virology II (3 units)
    For a major in Plant Product Innovation:
    ANIML SC 2501WT Genes and Inheritance II (3 units)


    Approved Level II Elective (3 units) Approved Level II Elective (3 units)
    Year 3S1
    APP BIOL 3560WT Research Practice for Applied Biology III (6 units)

    For a major in Biochemistry:
    BIOCHEM 3000 Molecular and Structural Biology III (6 units)
    For a major in Genetics:
    GENETICS 3111 Genes, Genomes and Molecular Evolution III (6 units)
    For a major in Microbiology & Immunology:
    MICRO 3000 Infection & Immunity IIIA (6 units)
    For a major in Plant Product Innovation:
    PLANT SC 3500WT Biotechnology in the Food and Wine Industries III (3 units)
    and
    FOOD SC 3550WT Brewing Technology and Beer Production III (3 units)

    S2 APP BIOL 3550WT Professional Practice for Applied Biology III (6 units)



    For a major in Biochemistry:
    BIOCHEM 3001 Cancer, Stem Cells & Development Biology III (6 units)
    For a major in Genetics:
    GENETICS 3211 Gene Expression & Human Developmental Genetics III (6 units)
    For a major in Microbiology & Immunology:
    MICRO 3001 Infection & Immunity IIIB (6 units)
    For a major in Plant Product Innovation:
    PLANT SC 3515WT Plant Biotechnology III (3 units)
    and
    PLANT SC 3530WT Plant Production and Global Climate Change III (3 units)

  • Further Information

    Further enquiries
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Last updated: Thursday, 12 Oct 2017