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UAC code482150 - Newcastle
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.3 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
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English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.0, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 059879B
Program Code10981
Selection Rank
71.85 (Median SR)
Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Program handbook


Biotechnology harnesses the natural biochemical and genetic processes of living organisms for our own use. Right now we are using it in genetic engineering, human health, pharmaceuticals, plant and animal agriculture, food production, fuels and waste management. The diversity of jobs available in biotechnology continues to increase and it is expected to become one of the growth areas of the 21st Century.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • In-depth knowledge and skills in biotechnology.
  • An understanding of the biotechnology industry and its requirements.
  • The ability to effectively collect, analyse and organise biotechnology-related information.
  • Skills in problem solving and critical analysis.
  • A high level of skill in communication using written, oral and graphical presentation techniques appropriate to the audience.
  • Ethical awareness, professional practice and awareness of the relationship between biotechnology and society.


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Program code10981
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 3 years full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian
Callaghan Campus64.6571.85

Find out more about Selection Ranks

Assumed knowledgeHSC Mathematics Advanced or equivalent and HSC Chemistry or equivalent
Recommended studiesHSC Biology or equivalent and HSC Physics or equivalent
Term typeSemesters
  • International students - AUD40,100 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
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CRICOS Code059879B

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here. Admission information for international students can be found here. During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible. 

Enrolling in mathematics - Maths placement test

Your degree includes either compulsory or optional courses in maths. To maximise your likelihood of academic success, it is recommended that you select the course which matches your existing knowledge and understanding of maths concepts.

Answer a few questions now to find out what mathematics you should enrol in.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.0 with no subtest result below 6.0.

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

Credit may be granted for studies completed at another institution. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology in accordance with the relevant policies approved by the University.

Professional recognition

Australian Institute of Biology

Graduates may apply for membership to the Australian Institute of Biology.

Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Graduates may apply for membership to the Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Australia's Biotechnology Organisation

Graduates may apply for membership to AusBiotech - Australia's Biotechnology Organisation.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

240 units

Program duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

Students are required to complete a total of, but no more than, 240 units, comprised of the following:

  • 200 units of core courses
  • 20 units of chemistry directed courses
  • 10 unit mathematics directed course
  • 10 unit elective

In addition, the program must also include:

  • No more than 100 units at 1000 level.
  • At least 40 units at 2000 level.
  • At least 60 units at 3000 level.

Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

Additional documents

Transition arrangements

2021 Revision

From 2021 there are changes to the program. For students who commenced the program prior to 2021, please refer to the 2021 Transition Arrangements in the Additional Documents section for more information.

2020 Revision

For those commencing in 2020, a minimum of 60 units must be taken at the 3000 level. 

2018 Revision

The Bachelor of Biotechnology was revised in 2017, and changes to the Program were implemented for Semester 1 2018.  Transition arrangements will be as follows:

BTEC3220 Biotechnology Finance and Commercialisation was discontinued and offered for the last time in Semester 2 2017.  New course, BTEC1000 Introduction to the Biotechnology Sector, was introduced in Semester 1 2018 as a core course at the 1000 level.  Continuing students who decide to take the Placement option (in 2017; BTEC3200, BTEC3220 and BTEC3250) and who still have not completed BTEC3220 will be required to take new course BTEC1000.  Continuing students who are taking the Non-Placement option (30 units of directed courses and 20 units of elective courses) are not required to take the new core course BTEC1000.

PHYS1200 was introduced as a core course to the program.  Pre-2018 students are still required to select 20 units of directed MATH/PHYS courses at the 1000 level, and therefore, are not required to take PHYS1200 as core.  New students from 2018 must take PHYS1200 as a core course.

The 20 unit BTEC3250 Biotechnology Placement course was discontinued and replaced with the 30 unit BTEC3251 Biotechnology Placement course.  Students choosing the Placement Grouping must select 30 unit BTEC3251 as a compulsory course in this grouping from 2018 onwards.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
BIOL1001Molecules, Cells and Organisms
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
  • Winter - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
BIOL1002Organisms to Ecosystems
  • Summer 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
BIOL1003Professional Skills for Biological Sciences 1
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
BTEC1000Introduction to the Biotechnology Sector
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHYS1200Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT1070Statistics for the Sciences
  • Summer 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
BIOL2001Molecular Laboratory Skills for Biological Sciences
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL2002Laboratory Skills in Biological Systems
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL2050Molecular Genetics
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL2090Microbial Biology
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL3001Advanced Laboratory Skills in Biological Sciences
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL3020Animal Physiology, Reproduction and Development
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL3090Molecular Biology
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
BTEC3200Cellular Biotechnology
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
BTEC3251Biotechnology Placement
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
30 units

Mathematics Directed Courses

Complete 10 units from the following directed courses. Which course you should complete will depend on your previous mathematical background, please refer to each course handbook for more information.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
MATH1001Preparatory Studies in Mathematics
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1002Foundational Studies in Mathematics
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (UNCIE)
10 units
MATH1110Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 1
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (UNCIE)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (UNCIE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (BCA Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units

Directed Chemistry Courses

Complete a 20 unit course pair from either [CHEM1010 and CHEM1020] or [CHEM1110 and CHEM1120].

CHEM1010 and CHEM1020
CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CHEM1010Introductory Chemistry I
  • Summer 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Winter - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
CHEM1020Introductory Chemistry II
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
CHEM1110 and CHEM1120
CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CHEM1110Chemistry for the Life Sciences I
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
CHEM1120Chemistry for the Life Sciences II
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units


Complete 10 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

10 units

Suggested electives

Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them. However, the Faculty suggests the following course options that may complement your program or major.

A full list of courses that are available to study as an elective can be found in the course handbook.

ABOR1110Introduction to Aboriginal Studies10 units
ABOR1370Working with Aboriginal Communities10 units
ABOR1420Communicating with Aboriginal People Across Genres10 units
BIOL2220Plant Adaptation to Climate Change10 units
COMP1010Computing Fundamentals10 units
DESN1101Typography10 units
ENVS1001Environmental Science Concepts and Methods10 units
ENVS1003Environmental Values and Ethics10 units
ENVS1004Social Development and the Environment10 units
EXSS3030Nutrition for Health, Fitness and Sport10 units
FSHN1030Introduction to the Nutritional, Physical and Psychological Aspects of Wellness10 units
GEOS1040Earth: The Dynamic Planet10 units
INFO1010Introduction to Information Systems10 units
INFT1000Information Technology in Business10 units
INFT1004Introduction to Programming10 units
MARI1000Our Oceans10 units
MATH1510Discrete Mathematics10 units
MNGT1002Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation10 units
MNGT3008Advanced Innovation Management10 units
PHYS2100Introduction to Astronomy10 units
PSYC1010Psychology Introduction 110 units
PSYC1800Sex, Drugs and Serial Killers10 units
SCIE1001Professional Scientific Thinking10 units
SCIE2001Professional Employment Skills10 units
SCIE2019Astrobiology: Life Beyond our Planet10 units
SCIE2222Science of Surfing Performance10 units
SCIE2223Weather and Waves10 units
SCIE3600International Study Experience10 units


An Honours year is available to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements. For more information about Honours in Biotechnology please see the  Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) Program Handbook.

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

It is recommended that students undertake the maths diagnostic quiz prior to enrolment to assist in selecting the appropriate level of maths. For more information please follow the link below:


Students taking MATH1001, Preparatory Studies in Mathematics, are recommended to do so prior to commencing STAT1070.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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