Genetics Major

Genetics is the study of the behaviour of the genes that are fundamental to all living organisms. In humans and all other species, genes influence every characteristic, from chemistry to appearance to behaviour to disease. Because genes affect every characteristic of every organism, each new development in genetics has had far-reaching consequences. The combination of molecular and more traditional genetics has allowed the solving of problems ranging from molecular genetics to human disease, plant breeding, microbiology, and conservation biology.

The BABS genetics major offers a general introduction to the discipline during the first years of study and then allows students to diversify into the more specialised areas of genetics, including molecular genetics, human genetics, plant and microbial molecular biology and conservation biology. The study of genetics has taken a more computer/systems approach and the major has a significant focus in this discipline integration of these approaches at the cellular, whole organism and population levels.

Course Structure

You must take each of the courses below:

  • BABS2204: Genetics or BABS2264: Genetics Advanced (offered in T3)
  • BABS2202: Molecular Cell Biology 1 (offered in T2)
  • BIOC2201: Principles of Molecular Biology (offered in T3)
  • MICR2011: Microbiology 1(offered in T1)
  • 6 UoC from Stage 2 Electives - BIOC2101: Principles of Biochemistry (offered in T2) OR BINF2010: Introduction to Bioinformatics (offered in T2)
  • BABS3121: Molecular Biology of Nucleic Acids (offered in T1)
  • BABS3291: Genes, Genomes and Evolution (offered in T2)
  • 2 x 6 UoC from Stage 3 Electives: BABS3021: Microbial Genetics/MICR3621 (offered in T3), BABS3151: Human Genetics (offered in T1) & BINF3010: Applied Bioinformatics (offered in T1)

Additional Subjects

*Above are the core courses you must take.

During the course of your degree, you will also need to take:

  • 2 General Education subjects
  • 3 Science Elective subjects
  • 4 Free Elective subjects

Full course structure:

Single Degree – 3970 Bachelor of Science with a major in Genetics (BIOCC13970)