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Bachelor of Medical Science / Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 256 points for both the Bachelor of Medical Science / Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology and Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathology) / Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology.
Students must also have satisfactorily completed a clinical experience placement for the minimum specified time. The minimum requirements for the Bachelor of Medical Science / Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology are a minimum of six weeks in an approved forensic setting. The minimum requirements for the Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathology) / Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology are a minimum of 10 weeks - six weeks in an approved pathology setting and four weeks in an approved forensic setting.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU offers this double degree combining relevant course content from the nationally accredited Bachelor of Medical Science and the recently updated Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology program. Students may specialise in Pathology within the Bachelor of Medical Science.

Graduates of this course will enhance their professional standing by doubling their knowledge, skills and experience without having to double the time spent at university.

What will I learn?

You have the option to choose the generic program or Pathology specialisation. The generic course provides graduates with a range of expertise in the Medical Science discipline area. The Pathology specialisation enhances and expands the forensic aspects of biotechnology while encompassing attributes and skills required in biotechnology disciplines.

Areas of study include:

  • applied immunology
  • applied microbology
  • biomedical science
  • cell culture biotechnology
  • oncology, cytology, genetic engineering
  • forensic biocology
  • forensic science
  • genetic engineering
  • medical biotechnology
  • medical microbiology
  • molecular genetics
  • monoclonol antibody production
  • physiology
  • virology
  • pathology

Your course is recognised by industry

All courses within the School of Biomedical Sciences are designed to provide a variety of levels of eligibility for membership with a range of professional bodies, such as:

  • AIMS - Australian Institute of Medical Scientists
  • AACB - Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists
  • ASC - Australian Science Communicators
  • ASBMB - Australian Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • ASMR - Australian Society for Medical Research
  • APSA - Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association
  • ANZSRS - Australian & New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science
  • ASM - Australian Society for Microbiology
  • HGSA - Human Genetics Society of Australasia

Graduates from the accredited Pathology specialisation are eligible for corporate membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

Residential schools

Distance education students will attend eight days of residential school per session at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga Campus.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

By choosing the double degree combination carefully, you can ensure your profile in the medical industry is unique. The skills and knowledge gained from the combined program means you are highly employable. If career prospects are important to you, then taking the double degree program is a must.

Course structure

Bachelor of Medical Science (generic) / Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology
The Bachelor of Medical Science (generic) / Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology double degree consists of 256 points. The structure is as follows:

Compulsory subjects common to both courses (88 points):
BCM210 Foundations & Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS105 Introductory Medical Science
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
BMS308 Immunology
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Additional subjects derived from the B Forensic Biotechnology course (96 points)
BMS229 Histotechniques
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
BMS339 Virology, Mycology and Parasitology (16)
BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
BMS304 DNA & Forensic Technology
BMS305 Genetic Engineering & Bioinformatics
FSC200 Introduction to Forensic Science
FSC201 Crime Scene
LAW107 Applied Legal Studies (Forensics)
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16)

Additional subjects derived from the B Medical Science (generic) course (72 points)
IKC100 Indigenous Health
BMS237 Integrated Clinical placement 1

Students will select 7 subjects from the following list of restricted electives:
BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1
BMS216 Introductory Haematology
BMS352 Molecular Pathology
BMS302 Clinical Biochemistry 2
BMS337 Histopathology
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
BMS306 Advanced Haematology
BMS324 Immunohaematology & Blood Transfusion
BMS208 Human Nutrition
BMS233 Nutritional Physiology
BMS243 Nutrition, Metabolism & Human Disease
BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
BMS256 Exercise Science for Health Practice
BMS305 Genetic engineering & Bioinformatics
BMS342 Medicinal and Indigenous Foods
BMS406 Human Reproductive Biology
PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
SCI301 International Practical Experience
PSY214 Health Psychology
BMS239 Clinical Measurement
BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
BMS301 Medical Science Special Topic
BMS321 Clinical Neuroscience
BMS329 Clinical Neurophysiology
BMS335 Clinical Cardiovascular Physiology
RSC201 Cardiorespiratory Anatomy and Physiology
RSC301 Asthma Management
RSC431 Advanced Pulmonary Function Testing
RSC441 Advanced Respiratory Laboratory Diagnostics

Subject equivalences in the double degree program

  • 5 subjects from the BForensicBiotech are counted towards the electives required in the BMedSc
  • Completion of the subject BMS237 Integrated Clinical placement 1 satisfies the placement requirement of the BForensicBiotech and is an elective for the BMedSc

Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathology) / Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology
The Pathology/ Forensic double degree consists of 264 points. The course structure is as follows:

Subjects common to both courses (120 points)
BCM210 Foundations & Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS105 Introductory Medical Science
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
BMS229 Histotechniques
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
BMS308 Immunology
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
BMS339 Virology, Mycology & Parasitology (16)
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Additional subjects taken from B Medical Science (Pathology) course (80 points)
BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1
BMS216 Introductory Haematology
BMS237 Integrated Clinical placement 1
BMS352 Molecular Pathology
BMS302 Clinical Biochemistry 2
BMS337 Histopathology
BMS306 Advanced Haematology
BMS324 Immunohaematology & Blood Transfusion
BMS351 Integrated Clinical Placement 2
IKC100 Indigenous Health

Additional subjects taken from B Forensic Biotechnology course (64 points)
BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
BMS304 DNA & Forensic Technology
BMS305 Genetic Engineering & Bioinformatics
FSC200 Introduction to Forensic Science
FSC201 Crime Scene
LAW107 Applied Legal Studies (Forensics)
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16)

The course structure allows graduates automatic admission as members of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists upon completion.

Enrolment pattern

Bachelor of Medical Science [generic course] / Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology

By full-time on campus study:

Session 1 (S1)
BMS105 Introductory Medical Science
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
IKC100 Indigenous Health
 
Session 2 (S2)
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
LAW107 Applied Legal Studies (Forensics)
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
 
Session 3 (S1)
BCM210 Foundations & Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
STA201 Scientific Statistics
[restricted elective]
 
Session 4 (S2)
BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]
 
Session 5 (S1)
BMS229 Histotechniques
BMS305 Genetic Engineering & Bioinformatics
BMS308 Immunology
[restricted elective]
 
Session 6 (S2)
BMS304 DNA & Forensic Technology
FSC200 Introduction to Forensic Science
FSC201 Crime Scene
[restricted elective]
 
Session 7 (S1)
BMS339 Virology, Mycology and Parasitology (16 points)(commence)
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(commence)
[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]
 
Session 8 (S2)
BMS339 Virology, Mycology and Parasitology (16 points)(complete)
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(complete)
[restricted elective]

By Part-time distance education study:
Session 1 (S1)
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
BMS105 Introductory Medical Science

Session 2 (S2)
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
LAW107 Applied Legal Studies (Forensics)

Session 3 (S1)
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
IKC100 Indigenous Health 

Session 4 (S2)
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

Session 5 (S1)
BCM210 Foundations & Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics

Session 6 (S2)
BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology

Session 7 (S1)
BMS229 Histotechniques
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 8 (S2)
FSC200 Introduction to Forensic Science
[restricted elective]

Session 9 (S1)
[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]

Session 10 (S2)
FSC201 Crime Scene
[restricted elective]

Session 11 (S1)
BMS305 Genetic Engineering & Bioinformatics
BMS308 Immunology

Session 12 (S2)
BMS304 DNA & Forensic Technology
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology

Session 13 (S1)
BMS339 Virology, Mycology and Parasitology (16 points)(commence)
[restricted elective]

Session 14 (S2)
BMS339 Virology, Mycology and Parasitology (16 points)(complete)
[restricted elective]

Session 15 (S1)
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(commence)
[restricted elective]

Session 16 (S2)
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(complete)
[restricted elective

Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathology)/ Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology

By full-time on campus study:
Session 1 (S1)
BMS105 Introductory Medical Science
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
IKC100 Indigenous Health 

Session 2 (S2)
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
LAW107 Applied Legal Studies (Forensics)
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

Session 3 (S1)
BCM210 Foundations & Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
BMS216 Introductory Haematology
BMS229 Histotechniques

Session 4 (S2)
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1
BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
FSC200 Introduction to Forensic Science

Session 5 (S1)
BMS305 Genetic Engineering & Bioinformatics
BMS306 Advanced Haematology
BMS 237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1

Session 6 (S2)
BMS337 Histopathology
BMS324 Immunohaematology
FSC201 Crime Scene
BMS352 Molecular Pathology

Session 7 (S1)
BMS302 Clinical Biochemistry 2
BMS339 Virology, Mycology and /Parasitology (16 points)(commence)
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(commence)
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 8 (S2)
BMS304 DNA & Forensic Technology
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
BMS339 Virology, Mycology and /Parasitology (16 points) (complete)
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(complete)

Session 9 (S1)
BMS308 Immunology
BMS351 Integrated Clinical Placement 2

By Part-time distance education study:
Session 1 (S1)

BMS105 Introductory Medical Science
CHM104 Chemistry 1A

Session 2 (S2)
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

Session 3 (S1)
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
IKC100 Indigenous Health

Session 4 (S2)
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
LAW107 Applied Legal Studies (Forensics)

Session 5 (S1)
BCM210 Foundations & Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics

Session 6 (S2)
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1

Session 7 (S1)
BMS216 Introductory Haematology
BMS229 Histotechniques

Session 8 (S2)
BMS337 Histopathology
BMS235 Protein Biochemistry

Session 9 (S1)
BMS306 Advanced Haematology
BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1

Session 10 (S2)
FSC200 Introduction to Forensic Science
BMS324 Immunohaematology & Blood Transfusion

Session 11 (S1)
BMS305 Genetic Engineering & Bioinformatics
BMS308 Immunology

Session 12 (S2)
FSC201 Crime Scene
BMS352 Molecular Pathology

Session 13 (S1)
BMS302 Clinical Biochemistry 2
BMS339 Virology, Mycology and /Parasitology (16 points)(commence)

Session 14 (S2)
BMS339 Virology, Mycology and /Parasitology (16 points) (complete)
BMS304 DNA & Forensic Technology

Session 15 (S1)
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(commence)
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 16 (S2)
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(complete)

Session 17 (S1)
BMS351 Integrated Clinical Placement 2

Professional recognition

BACHELOR OF MEDICAL SCIENCE CONSTITUENT COURSE

Graduates from the Pathology specialisation of this course are eligible for corporate membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

In addition, this course is designed to provide a variety of levels of eligibility for membership of a range of professional bodies, such as AACB, ASC, ASBMB, ASMR, ASPA, ANZRS, ASM and HGSA.

BACHELOR OF FORENSIC BIOTECHNOLOGY CONSTITUENT COURSE

All graduates of the Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology will be eligible for membership into AusBiotech, Australian Society for Microbiology, Australia and New Zealand Forensic Science Society and the Australian Society of Biotechnology.

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

4 years full-time on campus
8 years distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

70

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