BABS Study Plans: Students commencing from 2015 onwards

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. These study plans are only valid for students who will commence their program in 2015 and beyond.

  • Students who commenced their program in 2013 or 2014 must follow the study plans available here.
  • Students who commenced their studies in 2012 must follow the study plans available here.
  • Students who commenced their program before 2012 must follow the study plans 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 study plan page on this website for Stage 3 microbiology courses.

[Study plans last updated April 2016]

Bachelor of Science 3970
Bachelor of Science (Advanced) 3972 & 3962
Bachelor of Life Sciences 3966
BABS Majors in Medical Science 3991 Program

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

Dual Degrees

For Science and Advanced Science Dual programs:

  • If you are undertaking a Dual Degree, you should follow the plan outlined in the Core Science Program box for your chosen BABS major (you are not required to undertake the listed free electives and general education courses).
  • Dual Degree students are only required to complete 96 UOC of a core Science program (compared to 108 UOC for single Degree programs).
  • If you are completing a dual Science program, (Commerce/Science for example), you are required to complete the Core Science Program minus two Science electives.
  • If you are completing a dual Advanced Science program (Advanced Science/Arts for example), you are required to complete the Core Science Program minus 1 or 2 Science electives, depending on the major. The electives that are not relevant to you as a dual program student are marked in the above study plans with a †.
  • The Bachelor of Life Sciences Degree does not currently have any dual programs available.
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: While some majors are in related areas and will have some overlap (enabling the two majors to be completed in less than 144 UOC) other major combinations may require a student to do more than the minimum 144 UOC 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 (