Elective and General Education Course Suggestions

The purpose of this page is to provide those students who are undertaking BABS majors with suggestions for choosing science electives, free electives and general education courses. 

NB: Students need to refer to the UNSW Handbook published the year they started their Program for relevant Program guidelines.

Differences between science electives, free electives and general education courses:

Science electives are courses offered by any School within the Faculty of Science. The prefix for all Schools in the Faculty of Science are listed below. Students are only permitted to select courses with these prefixes for their Science electives.

Free electives can be courses offered by the Faculty of Science (see table above) OR offered by any other Faculty at UNSW. Note that students are NOT permitted to select ‘GEN’-coded courses for their free electives.

General Education courses must be courses that are NOT offered by the Faculty of Science. Further information on General Education courses together with a comprehensive list of courses available can be found in the UNSW Online Handbook. BABS student may choose any course from this list EXCEPT those listed under the Faculty of Science. 

Rules regarding Stage 1 courses

Students are reminded that a maximum of 72 units of credit of Level I courses can be taken throughout their Program. These 72 units of credit include any 'GEN' course or mainstream Level I course taken to fulfil the 12 UOC General Education requirement.

Big Fat Myths (GENS1111/BABS1111)
Weight loss fads in the form of diets and exercise regimes (with mostly unrealistic claims) are ubiquitous in modern day life; however, there is surprising ignorance and confusion about how we lose weight, with most people unable to answer the simplest question: when you lose weight, where does the fat go? Popular (incorrect) answers include energy, heat, faeces and sweat. Surprisingly, this question has also baffled health professionals including general practitioners, dietitians and professional trainers.

This online course will lift the veil on weight loss by tracing every atom you eat into and out of your body, and you will learn the fate of fat during weight loss, that is, it is converted to carbon dioxide and water and exits your body mainly through your lungs. Along the way, you will also learn how humans convert foods into useful energy, what exactly is happening in your bodies during weight loss and weight gain, and by the end you will be able to critically examine popular weight loss claims as well as your own diet and lifestyle. Diet myths and wellness nonsense topple like dominoes along the way.

No prior scientific knowledge is assumed as we aim to provide you with the knowledge to answer this big, fat myth.


GENS1111 Big Fat Myths  Students enrolled in a Faculty of Science program should NOT take this General Education course but can enrol in the equivalent course, BABS1111 Big Fat Myths.

BABS1111 Big Fat Myths  Students enrolled in GENS1111 Big Fat Myths or BABS1201 Molecules, cells and Genes may NOT enrol in this course.


Course offering details:

2018 Summer Session. Wholly online.