Undergraduate degrees

The dynamic 3-4 year curriculum for each BABS undergraduate degree program is designed to give students rigorous training in the modern sciences and foster an analytical approach to problem-solving. The first year of each degree provides students with a strong foundation in biology, chemistry and mathematics, forming a solid base of knowledge for the advanced coursework specific to each subject area, known as a major.

School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences Undergraduate Degree Programs

3 years duration

This degree provides the widest range of options for study in more than 20 fields of science, providing flexibility and choice as well as insights into different scientific fields. This program also allows students to choose electives from the Faculties of Business, Arts, Social Science or Engineering.

4 years duration

The Advanced Science program is designed to challenge talented students, providing an early window into the thinking and practice of research. This program differs from the Bachelor of Science by the inclusion of advanced level courses, an Honours year, and options tailored to an individual's aptitude and interests. Students will develop a working knowledge in areas of scientific investigation, and gain practical experience in research and discovery techniques.

Advanced Science degrees:

4 years duration

Specialised degrees offer a more structured study program directed towards employment in a particular professional career. The Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) provides comprehensive training in all aspects of the multi-disciplinary field of biotechnology. The program includes fundamental teaching in the life sciences, applications of these principles and discussion of commercial and patent considerations. It also incorporates a research-based Honours year providing students with greater experience and confidence in the practice of scientific methods.

Program Structure

4 years duration

The Bachelor of Science (International) degree offers flexibility and choice, with more than 20 fields of study combined with a study exchange to an overseas partner institution. The program comprises a science-based major; a minor in a language; electives that cover cultural studies, international business, development studies and globalisation; and an overseas exchange for 2 sessions at an approved partner university. The Faculty of Science provides students with a contribution towards the expenses of the overseas exchange.

3 years duration

The Bachelor of Science and Business degree allows students to follow their passion for science and, at the same time, gain vitally important business knowledge to expand their career options. In addition to completing a science major, students select business courses in marketing, business law and/or management.

Bachelor of Science and Business degrees:

3 years duration

The Life Sciences degree has been designed for students who seek a generalist degree with an emphasis on the life and health sciences. Life Sciences brings together the biological, environmental and medical sciences, and will appeal to those with an innate curiosity about life – from the way things work at the molecular level to the study of entire ecosystems.

Life Sciences degrees:

3 years duration

UNSW Bachelor of Medical Science is a three-year, full-time degree that underpins the practice of medicine and delves into how the human body functions and responds to disease and drug treatments. This degree is jointly offered by UNSW Science and UNSW Medicine.

Upon completion, students will have the opportunity to undertake an honours year and specialise in a research project. Areas of specialisation include human pathology, biomedical science, medical pharmacology, molecular genetics and neurobiology. 

Medical Science degrees:

3991 - Bachelor of Medical Science with a major in Molecular Biology

3991 - Bachelor of Medical Science with a major in Molecular Genetics

3991 - Bachelor of Medical Science with a major in Medical Microbiology


4 to 6 years duration

The Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Advanced Science can be combined with other degree programs. These are known as dual degrees - two degree programs taken in parallel resulting in the award of two degrees. Dual degrees enable students to combine a Science program with a program from another faculty (eg. Law, Education, Arts, Business, Engineering, Social Sciences) offering greater flexibility to explore individual interests, expand skill bases and broaden career prospects.