Bachelor of Science (Genetics and Genomics)
Genetics is the study of inheritance of variable characters. It contributes to our understanding of almost every biological phenomenon, from personality and hair colour to crop yields and biodiversity.
|Duration||3 years full time
Part time available
|Prerequisites||English; Maths B; Chemistry|
A new field with remarkable potential
The traditional study of genetics examines biological hereditary. From personality, hair colour and health in people to crop yields and biodiversity, genetics is fundamental to modern molecular biology, which in turn drives almost all recent biological advances.
Enter the Human Genome Project – an international quest to sequence the entire human genetic material. From here, a new field known as genomics was born.
Genomics rapidly maps genetic sequence, variation and association with multiple traits. We can now investigate complex relationships between genes, DNA and chromosomes. The implications for human health, global environment and science are enormous.
Research and biotechnology companies now rely on genetic and genomic methods. Ethical, legal and political considerations are also quickly evolving. A genetics and genomics skill set places you at the cutting edge of an emerging science with vast career options.
Study with leaders in the field
JCU is fast becoming recognised as an incubator for the ‘next generation’ of experts in genetics and genomics. You’ll enjoy state-of-the-art research facilities, advanced instrumentation and a world-class faculty.
Our degree is truly multidisciplinary encompassing genetic studies of:
Genetics and genomics is a rapidly evolving field, so we work closely with industry to ensure our curriculum equips you with up-to-the-minute skills, knowledge and technologies.
Our degree has been designed in partnership with field leaders who travel to JCU annually and personally contribute to your learning. You’ll graduate with skills to apply modern genetics and genomics within industry.
Graduates are eligible to join the Genetics Society of AustralAsia, the Human Genetics society of Australasia, the Genetics Society, the Genetics Society of America, the Clinical Genetics Society, the Clinical Molecular Genetics Society, the International Mammalian Genome Society, the International Society for Genomic and volutionary Microbiology, the Science Society of America, the Australasian Society for Immunology, the International Genetic Epidemiology Society, the Society for Epidemiologic Research.
Joint degree options
Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance their career prospects. At JCU, the Bachelor of Science degree can be combined as a joint degree in:
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