Biological Sciences

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biological Sciences

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Do you want to know more about the building blocks of life? Explore life in all its forms from microorganisms to plants and animals while getting extensive training and experience in the biological sciences.

Key details for

  • Selection Rank

    • 70
  • Course Code

    • B1317
    • B1317A
  • Study Mode

    • Part or full-time
      (Student visa holders must study full-time)
  • Course Duration

    • 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
  • CRICOS Code

    • 002977D
  • Course Code

    • B1317
    • B1317A
  • Study Mode

    • Part or full-time
      (Student visa holders must study full-time)
  • Course Duration

    • 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course Description

If you’re passionate about biology, studying Biological Sciences will give you extensive training and experience across a broad range of topics.  

Explore the evolution, biochemistry, genetics, ecology and behaviour of life – from genes, cells and microorganisms invisible to the naked eye, to some of Earth’s largest animals and most adaptive plant species. You’ll learn the kind of analysis and observational skills that are in high demand from employers including advanced training in laboratory and field techniques from staff with applied experience.  

You’ll be encouraged to ask questions, make observations and solve problems both in and out of the laboratory to enrich your learning experience.

8 reasons to study Biological Sciences

  • Murdoch has a living campus, so you’ll have the opportunity to do fieldwork in Murdoch’s native bushlands and gardens every semester.
  • Learn in well-equipped laboratory facilities, and learn from teaching staff with applied experience in the biological sciences.
  • Depending on the units you select, you can learn through fieldwork from your first year of study to gain proficiency in a range of laboratory and technical skills.
  • Have the opportunity to study overseas through Murdoch’s Outbound Study Abroad and Exchange Program.
  • Benefit from Murdoch’s industry connections to experience work integrated learning, volunteer work, guest lecturers and industry seminars and workshops.
  • Do you have a particular topic you’d like to explore further? You can by studying a specialist project unit during your course. You may even complete a project with an industry partner or organisation.
  • A major in Biological Sciences is especially versatile if combined with other majors or minors including Conservation and Wildlife Biology, Marine Biology, Biomedical Science, Environmental Science, Molecular Biology and many others. You could even become a teacher with further study.
  • Have the opportunity to specialise with postgraduate studies including post-graduate diplomas, certificates, masters and PhDs.

Some of the things you’ll learn

  • biochemistry and cell biology
  • microbiology
  • animal and plant diversity
  • environmental biology and ecology
  • genetics and evolutionary biology.

Your future career

A major in Biological Sciences will give you opportunities to pursue a career in a wide range of fields, including agriculture, food production industries and research.

Careers could include:

  • Biologist
  • Ecologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Educator.

You could work in the private sector in environmental consultancy, in government agencies, non-government organisations, research and development institutions, or education.

Recommended double majors

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

  • Location

    • Perth Campus (some units external)
  • Mid-year Intake

    • Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
    • Mid-year start available (International students)
  • Study Area(s)

Course Structure

Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.

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Special Requirements

Students will not be required to kill any vertebrate animal, although they may be required to work with vertebrate tissues or products. Some collection of invertebrate specimens is required.

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At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.

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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.

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At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your offer, however you can use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.

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Be welcomed into the Murdoch University community with one of our three different Welcome Scholarships: the International Welcome Scholarship, International Welcome Scholarship – Australia or International Honours Welcome Scholarship.

The Australian Government also offers scholarships to students from developing countries through the Australia Awards Scholarship program.

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Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

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Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

 

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  • Completed official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion
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Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have some or all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.

  • Complete or incomplete official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion – both original and English translated versions
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