Commencing semesters, 2019

Semester 1
Semester 2

Program level


Program code



Humanities and Social Sciences
Science Faculty


School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences


St Lucia

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Course List

View the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Genetics single major.


Australian/domestic students

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Phone: 07 3365 1333

International students

International Student Advisor


Phone: Outside Australia: + 61 3 8676 7004
Within Australia (Free Call): 1800 671 980

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Why study Genetics?

Genetics, more than any other discipline, is transforming modern biology. Genetics is the study of inheritance: the structure and expression of genes, the genetic basis of traits, and the interaction between genes and the environment at the population and species level. The growing availability of completely sequenced genomes, computational analysis and molecular analytic tools is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology.

The analysis of vast collections of genomic data has spawned the new discipline of bioinformatics that has required the development of new analytical and programming tools.

Genetics is an appropriate major to be taken on its own or in combination with any other biological major or Computer Science.

More information about what can be studied in the Genetics Major.


View the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Genetics single major.

Employment opportunities

University research laboratories, research institutes, hospital medical research laboratories, state departments of agriculture and state departments of health. Similarly, quarantine departments, departments of natural resources or fisheries, university laboratories involved in terrestrial or marine ecology and species conservation are all beginning to use genetics as a central part of their studies.

Whether you are interested in discovering medically significant genes, developing diagnostics for human disease, developing more productive and disease-resistant crop plants or domestic animals, conserving endangered species of wildlife or understanding changes to populations being conserved, a genetics major will enhance your prospects of employment.

Currently, there is a shortage of geneticists with computational bioinformatics skills. Opportunities exist internationally for individuals with strong statistical and programming qualifications.

What it costs

Please view the Bachelors of Music (Honours)/Science for indicative fees.

How to apply

Please view the Bachelors of Music (Honours)/Science for information on key dates and how to apply.