BABS Study Plans: Students who commenced 2013-14

The following study plans depict the courses required for completion by students to be awarded with majors in Biotechnology, Genetics, Microbiology or Molecular and Cell Biology. Note: These study plans are only valid for students who  commenced their program in 2013 and 2014.

  • Students commencing their program in 2015 and beyond must follow student plans available available here.
  • Students who commenced their program in 2012 must follow the study plans available available here.
  • Students who commenced their program before 2012 must follow the study plans available available here.

Study plans are provided for Science (3970) and Advanced Science (3972). Further information can also be found in the UNSW Online Handbook

NB: For program rules applying to your enrolment, please ensure that you refer to the UNSW handbook of the year in which you started your degree – not the current year's handbook. The exception to this rule is Stage 3 of the microbiology major. Please refer to the relevant microbiology major study plan below for Stage 3 microbiology courses.

Bachelor of Science 3970
Bachelor of Science (Advanced) 3972
BABS Majors in Medical Science 3991 Program

There are three BABS majors to choose from in Stage 3 of the 3991 Program:

Dual Degrees

If you are undertaking dual degrees, you should follow the plan outlined in the “Core Science Program” box for your chosen BABS major. For example, a Commerce/Science student wishing to major in microbiology should follow the Core Science Program in the 3970 microbiology study plan. A student undertaking Advanced Science/Arts however would need to follow the Core Science Program in the 3972 microbiology study plan if they wished to major in microbiology.

Double Majors

Science Electives and Free Electives may be used to complete a double major. You may overlap as many courses as you wish between two majors. For example, a Science (3970) student who is majoring in Biotechnology also wishes to major in Microbiology. The student compares the 3970 Biotechnology plan with the 3970 Microbiology plan to see how many courses overlap. The student will use their science and free electives to complete any courses which do not overlap between these two majors.

Note: Whilst some majors are in related areas and will have some overlap (enabling the two majors to be completed in less than 144 units of credit), other major combinations may require a student to do more than the minimum 144 units of credit for the degree. This will result in additional cost and time to complete the degree requirements for the student and may have visa implications for international students.

Need help?

If you require further assistance with planning your degree, please arrange an appointment with the BABS Student Advisor (