Biological sciences Major

Why study a biological sciences major at the University of Newcastle?

When you study biological sciences as a major within the Bachelor of Science, you will learn about the key principles of life and living organisms, and will have exposure to the discipline's strong research interests.

The study of biology is an integral part of society due to our reliance on the natural world for our survival. Biological sciences span a wide range of interests from cells and genes, to ecosystems and the environment.

In your first year of the Bachelor of Science biology major your courses will look at plant and animal biology plus cell and molecular biology, genetics and evolution. In your second and third year you will be able to study courses of interest in greater depth that most suit your career plans.

You will also have the option to gain practical experience in laboratory techniques which is highly suggested for this major.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Science with a biological sciences major, you could go on to find jobs in a variety of areas including medical research teams in hospitals, biology teaching in secondary schools or professional consulting. Some of the potential job opportunities for biology graduates include:

  • animal biologist
  • biochemist
  • botanist/plant scientist
  • environmental/ecological biologist
  • pathology assistant
  • research assistant

Suitable for biology students with:

  • An interest in investigating and experimenting to learn more about living organisms.
  • Goals to work in diverse research contexts in science, medicine or education.
  • A commitment to understanding cells, genes, ecosystems and more to actively respond to environmental issues, such as energy usage, food availability and disease.

What do you learn in a biological sciences major?

The biological sciences major contains a course program that will teach you about the physiology of living creatures:

  • Molecular Biology: Courses in molecular biology will see students learn about the nature of cells, genes and molecules. Your study will focus on how these organisms function as the building blocks of life on planet Earth.
  • Animal Physiology: Biology students will have the option to study animal physiology. You will learn about the systems which sustain the bodies of various wildlife, and the mechanisms which comprise physiological processes.
  • Biochemistry: Every system contains biomolecules which play an important function in the operation of the body.  Students will develop a deeper understanding of amino acids, sugars, nucleotides and the metabolic processes they support and connect.

Which degrees include this major?

The Bachelor of Science and any associated degree program allow you to study a major in Biological Sciences.

The biological sciences major within the Bachelor of Science is only available at our Newcastle (Callaghan) campus.