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Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points. Students will graduate from the Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology with the award BForensicBiotech.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology meets the needs of students wishing to develop a career in Forensic Science or Biotechnology or any field of medical research. It also serves the needs of those seeking postgraduate entry into medical degrees or a broad based offering of subjects that will promote entry into postgraduate research.

The expansion of the forensic sciences in Australia and countries overseas has seen an increase in the demand for trained forensic personnel. The Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology is  designed by industry for the biotechnology graduates of tomorrow.

What will I learn?

The course offers a solid base in the four key areas of biotechnology; namely molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology and microbiology. Graduates will be equipped with a good understanding of recent trends and applications of technology in the biotechnology industry with special emphasis on bioinformatics, genomics, intellectual property and ethical issues.

These aims will be achieved by complementing the theoretical material in the course with extensive practical work, case studies, seminars, and report writing.

To make sure you are experienced using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace, our facilities include state-of-the-art laboratories.

This course includes practical experience through workplace learning.

Your course is recognised by industry

All graduates of the Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology will be eligible for membership into AusBiotech and the Australian Society of Biotechnology.

Residential school

Distance education students attend up to eight days of residential school per session at the Wagga Wagga Campus.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Career opportunities exist for graduates in fields such as:

  • biomedical research and the pharmaceutical sector (new generation therapeutics) as research scientists
  • genetic screening in customs and quarantine laboratories (DNA fingerprinting)
  • forensic science, microbiology research and service laboratories
  • specialised disciplines in medical or veterinary diagnostic and service laboratories as scientific and technical officers

Technical expertise in biotechnology is applicable around the world in a diversity of industries and versatile biotechnology. Graduates will readily adapt their expertise to areas like biomining, plant industries (crop production, horticulture), marine biology, paleontology, ecology (biodiversity analysis), as well as environmental pollution control and waste management, where their skills are increasingly in demand.

Course structure

BCM210 Foundations & Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS105 Introductory Medical Science
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
BMS229 Histotechniques
BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
BMS304 Forensic & DNA Technology
BMS305 Genetic Engineering & Bioinformatics
BMS308 Immunology
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
BMS339 Mycology, Virology & Parasitology (16 points)
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
FSC200 Introduction to Forensic Science
FSC201 Crime Scene
LAW107 Applied Legal Studies (Forensics)
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
SCI300 Biotechnology Project (16 points)
STA201 Scientific Statistics

 

Enrolment pattern

By full time study:
Session 1
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
BMS105 Introductory Medical Science
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 2
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
LAW107 Applied Legal Studies (Forensics)

Session 3
BCM210 Foundations & Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
BMS229 Histotechniques
BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1

Session 4
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
FSC200 Introduction to Forensic Science
FSC201 Crime Scene

Session 5
BMS308 Immunology
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(commence)
BMS305 Genetic Engineering & Bioinformatics
BMS339 Virology, Mycology and Parasitology (16 points)(commence)

Session 6
BMS304 DNA & Forensic Technology
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(complete)
BMS339 Virology, Mycology and Parasitology (16 points)(complete)
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology


By part time study:
Session 1
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
BMS105 Introductory Medical Science

Session 2
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
LAW107 Applied Legal Studies (Forensics)

Session 3
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 4
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

Session 5
BCM210 Foundations & Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics

Session 6
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
BMS235 Protein Biochemistry

Session 7
BMS229 Histotechniques
BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1

Session 8
FSC200 Introduction to Forensic Science
FSC201 Crime Scene

Session 9
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(commence)
BMS308 Immunology

Session 10
BMS304 DNA & Forensic Technology
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(complete)

Session 11
BMS305 Genetic Engineering & Bioinformatics
BMS339 Virology, Mycology and Parasitology (16 points)(commence)

Session 12
BMS339 Virology, Mycology and Parasitology (16 points)(complete)
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
 

Professional recognition

Negotiations with the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) for the accreditation of the Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology have commenced. Students from the Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology will be eligible for student membership to the society upon entry into the course and graduates will be eligible for recognition as a registered forensic practitioner after 2 years practice within a forensic discipline. All graduates of the Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology will be eligible for membership into AusBiotech and the Australian Society of Biotechnology.

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

3 years full-time on campus
6 years distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

70

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