Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology
Fees may apply
The Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology is designed to provide a broad based degree with extensive practical laboratory experience. The overall course has been specifically designed to broaden the employment opportunities of all its students by careful subject inclusion.
Wagga Wagga Campus
* available to international students
Normal course duration
Full-time: 3 years (6 sessions)
Part-time: 6 years (12 sessions)
Whilst there are no HSC subjects specified as a prerequisite for admission, school leavers are advised to include 2 unit Mathematics and 2 unit Chemistry in their HSC studies or recognised equivalent.
Successful applicants who believe they do not have an appropriate high school chemistry background are strongly recommended to undertake the chemistry subject offered in the University's Studylink supplementary program prior to commencing study in the course.
Credit packages available:
- NSW TAFE Pathology Technicians Certificate
- NSW TAFE Pathology Technicians Higher Certificate
- NSW TAFE Associate Diploma of Health Science (Pathology Techniques)
- NSW TAFE Associate Diploma of Applied Science (Biological Techniques)
- NSW TAFE Advanced Certificate in Biomedical Techniques
- NSW TAFE Diploma of Health Science (Pathology Techniques)
- NSW TAFE Diploma of Applied Science (Biological Techniques)
To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.
*The number of subjects and specific subject choices are described in the course structure and enrolment pattern for the course.
Students must complete a six-week compulsory professional training component in order to qualify for the award of Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology. Professional training can be carried out in blocks of three weeks if desired, preferably in the last 20 months of the course. Training locations can range from private companies to public research institutes and utilities (e.g. hospitals, CSIRO, medical institutes, forensic laboratories) but the site and project concerned must be approved by the Course Coordinator prior to commencement. Students who can prove at least six to eight months of previous employment in an approved discipline are exempt from this component.
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.
The course consists of 21 core subjects, plus one free elective subject.
BCM210 Foundations & Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS105 Introductory Medical Science
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
BMS304 Forensic & DNA Technology
BMS305 Genetic Engineering & Bioinformatics
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
Students are required to satisfactorily complete a 6 week Professional Placement relevant to the course, in order to meet the graduation requirements.