The BABS BSc (Hons) Degree provides an opportunity for students to experience the thrill of scientific research first-hand. Honours students become part of a research team within one of the research labs in the School, and complete a supervised research project and thesis during the year-long program. Students normally complete an Honours project in the research area of their major, but there is some flexibility depending on student interest and supervisor availability.
BABS offers Honours programs in the following areas:
- Microbiology and Microbiomes
- Genomics and Bioinformatics
- Molecular and Cell Biology
Benefits of an Honours Degree
The Honours degree is an important first step for students who intend to enrol in a graduate degree program. However, this is not the only reason for completing Honours. Evidence gathered over recent years shows that Honours graduates have acquired much greater competencies and confidence in the practice of scientific methods than students at the end of the third year.
Recognised industry skills
These attributes are well recognised by employers, greatly increasing the possibilities of gainful employment in industry, agriculture, hospitals or research organisations.
To achieve these outcomes, BABS Honours students will be exposed to:
- extensive use of information technology
- extensive training in oral and written presentation skills
- extensive use of online database manipulation and data analysis
- exposure to industrial research collaborations and commercialisation of science, nationally and internationally
- development of critical thinking skills
Honours Indigenous Scholarship
The School of BABS is committed to improving Indigenous education opportunities and recognises that there may be impediments – financial or otherwise – that restricts Indigenous students from pursuing research avenues in science. As part of this commitment the School will offer a scholarship of $5,000 to successful applicants who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. For more details, see here
Study at your pace
Another benefit of the Honours year is that it provides a different type of learning experience. The pace is largely determined by the individual student, who is not burdened by the pressures of undergraduate coursework and exams.
Further, it is not just an additional year of study, but also a time for the student to enjoy unhurried, rational decision making about their scientific future. While successful completion of an Honours research project and thesis requires a large commitment, the student's dedication is rewarded with a high level of enjoyment and personal satisfaction.
BABS Honours students in 2021 are being supported by DataCamp for the Classroom. DataCamp supports education around the world by providing free access to over 350 courses in R, Python, Shell, data visualisation, machine learning and more. DataCamp’s learn-by-doing methodology combines short expert videos and hands-on-the-keyboard exercises to help learners retain knowledge. You can find out more here.