Molecular and Cell Biology Major

Recent advances in molecular cellular biology, especially the continuing development of recombinant DNA technology, have revolutionised our understanding of the structure, function and regulation of individual genes. Cell biology is the subdiscipline of biology that studies the basic unit of life, the cell, including cell anatomy, cell division, and cell processes such as cell respiration and cell death.

Molecular Biology is a marriage of biochemistry, microbiology and cell biology, and will have an increasingly important role to play in many aspects of modern medicine, genetics, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genomics. Molecular Biology has made extensive contributions to the fields of medical DNA analysis, immunology, tissue transplantation, environmental monitoring and many other diverse areas affecting daily life and health.

Course Structure

  • BIOC2201: Principles of Molecular Biology (offered in T3)
  • BABS2202: Molecular Cell Biology 1 (offered in T2)
  • BIOC2101: Principles of Biochemistry (offered in T2)
  • 6 UoC from Stage 2 Electives - MICR2011: Microbiology 1 (offered in T1) or BABS2204: Genetics/BABS2264: Genetics Advanced (offered in T3)
  • BABS3121: Molecular Biology of Nucleic Acids (offered in T1)
  • BIOC3271/BIOC3671: Molecular Cell Biology 2 (offered in T2)
  • BIOC3261: Human Biochemistry (offered in T3)
  • BIOC3111: Molecular Biology of Proteins (offered in T2)

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
  • 4 Science Elective subjects
  • 4 Free Elective subjects

Full course structure:

Single Degree – 3970 Bachelor of Science with a major in Molecular and Cell Biology (BIOCM13970)