Bachelor of Applied Biology

Campus Waite Campus
Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324991
CRICOS 096130G

Find solutions in nature

Applied biology is about understanding the biology of plants, animals and microorganisms in order to solve real-world problems. It aims to produce healthier foods, a cleaner environment and a better standard of living.

With 90% student satisfaction for this degree and ranking in the top 100 in the world for biological science*, we place you at the forefront of advances in the field.

What will you do?

In our Bachelor of Applied Biology you’ll:

  • delve into molecular, microbial, animal and plant biology
  • explore the world of biodiversity and sustainable food production
  • learn about biochemistry in agricultural and medical sectors
  • develop expertise and reliable research standards in the laboratory
  • build professional skills through work placements.

You’ll focus your interests in any of the following areas: 

  • Plant Product Innovation
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology & Immunology.

You can also spend a semester at an overseas university and pursue placements through advanced courses.

Where could it take you?

You could create plant-based foods that combine new tastes with environmental sustainability and health benefits. You might research the treatment of depression using drugs made from Indian gooseberries. Perhaps you’ll develop non-toxic pesticides or more sustainable crop farming methods. You could work on genetic diseases or move into media and education, sharing science with politicians and the public.

*QS World University Rankings 2018 and Student Experience Survey Overall Experience Satisfaction Level 2015-2016

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324991
    2018 CSP ATAR 67.75
    2018 CSP IB 24
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2018 Admissions Data for school leavers
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 64.75
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 80.15
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 95.45
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 67.75
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 86.15
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 98.4
    Minimum eligibility score 65
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors ).
    Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    Vocational Education and Training (VET) study You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    Work and life experience You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2019 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2018 or 2017), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2017). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324991

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2018
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    2 15.4%
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    4 30.8%
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    7 53.8%
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
      (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    N/A N/A
    International students N/A N/A
    All students 13 100.0%

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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
    C1 Advanced 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 Selection Rank (International) 75
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 27
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 18
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 20
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.8
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 80
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] 80%
    SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1200
    AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 7
    Abitur 3.4
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.5
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.78
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 74
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    ANU Foundation Studies 66
    Monash Foundation Year 70
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 72
    UNSW Foundation Year 7.0
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.7
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 59
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.2
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 74
    SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate) 80
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,250

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    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $36,500


    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

  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year1 S1 APP BIOL 1510WT Foundations of Applied Biology IA BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells
    BIOLOGY 1401 Concepts in Biology
    BIOLOGY 1001 Fundamentals of Biology (Summer)
    CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA
    CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA
    CHEM 1310 Chemistry IA(S) 
    MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA (Semester 1 or 2)
    MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM (Semester 1 only)
    STATS 1004 Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences) (Semester 1 or 2)

    S2 APP BIOL 1520WT Foundations of Applied Biology IB BIOLOGY 1201 Biology I: Human Perspectives
    BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms
    CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB
    CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB
    CHEM 1311 Chemistry IB(S)
    Approved Level I Elective (3 units)
    Year2 S1 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:
    ENV BIOL 2500 Botany II (3 units)
    PLANT SC 2510WT Foundations in Plant Science 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)
    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:
    Approved Level II Elective (3 units)

    Approved Level II Elective (3 units) Approved Level II Elective (3 units)
    Year 3 S1
    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
    2 of the following 4 courses:
    PLANT SC 3500WT Biotechnology in the Food and Wine Industries III (3 units)
    FOOD SC 3550WT Brewing Technology and Beer Production III (3 units)
    PLANT SC 3510WT Plant Health III (3 units)
    PLANT SC 3200WT Plant Breeding 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)
    PLANT SC 3530WT Plant Production and Global Climate Change III (3 units)

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Last updated: Thursday, 27 Jun 2019