Science and Biomedical Science - S2007

Science and Biomedical Science

Bachelor degree/Bachelor degree

If you wish to gain a solid foundation in fundamental sciences and expand this with biomedical sciences, then this course is for you.
In the right environment, the simplest ideas can grow to have great impact on the way we live. Monash researchers have achieved the world's first IVF pregnancy, developed anti-flu drugs and turned human kidney cells back into embryonic stem cells.

This course will give you the best of both worlds - the knowledge and skills of the applied aspects of biomedical science and the more theoretical focus, available from the science course. It will set you on your way to making a difference to people's lives.

This course leads to two separate degrees:

  • the Bachelor of Science, and
  • the Bachelor of Biomedical Science.


You will gain all the benefits of each degree course (see Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Biomedical Science) and be fully equipped to pursue a career in either field separately or to combine the two in your chosen work.


As both science and biomedical science graduates are highly employable, this double degree course will increase your career prospects. You'll be well prepared to work in the healthcare and medical-related industries, as well as areas that require fundamental science knowledge and skills.


Employment opportunities exist in pharmaceutical industries, research institutes, industry development and product technology, where highly skilled, critical thinkers are valued. Other employment possibilities include hospitals and medical industries, the government sector and health communications and promotion.

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At a glance

ATAR

95.05 Note 2017 clearly in ATAR
85.8 Note 2017 lowest ATAR offer

Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
Duration
  • 4 years (full time)
  • 8 years (part time)
Start date First Semester (February)
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Majors, extended majors and minors

In this course, you can choose from the following majors, extended majors and minors. Some are only available as minors or only in certain locations, so click through to see the full details.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Equivalent Australian Year 12

Prerequisites

All applicants must satisfy the following prerequisites or their equivalents.

English Maths Sciences/Other
Australian VCE subjects Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or 30 in English other than EAL Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 25 in Mathematical Methods (any), Specialist Mathematics or Physics Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry
IB At least 5 in English SL or 4 in English HL or 6 in English B SL or 5 in English B HL At least 4 in Mathematics SL or 4 in Further Mathematics or 3 in Mathematics HL or 4 in Physics SL or 3 in Physics HL At least 4 in Chemistry SL or 3 in Chemistry HL

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course based on your prior studies, use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

Non-School leaver requirements

All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE prerequisites.

Due to strong competition for places, Certificate IV or Diploma graduates are unlikely to be offered a place.

University: Two single units at an Australian higher education institution, that correspond to the VCE prerequisite studies, are required to satisfy minimum entry requirements, but more units may be useful for selection, especially in areas of study related to the course in which admission is being sought. Applicants should have at least a 70% average in their studies.

Studies must have been completed within five years of intended commencement.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.

Semester two (July)

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: S2007

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:

A$9500

Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

Scholarships

We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.

The Bachelor of Science is a comprehensive course, structured in three equal parts. In the double degree course you complete:

A. Science specified study

This will provide you with the mathematical or statistical foundation for your study of science and address the nature of science and its communication. It will also expose you to several science disciplines contributing breadth to your understanding of science and giving you the opportunity to learn about several disciplines before finalising your choice of major.

B. Science listed Major

This will provide you with a focused program of study that will develop your expertise in one discipline area. You will learn to develop, apply and communicate an advanced level of understanding of the concepts and theoretical frameworks that constitute the knowledge base of the discipline.

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science course is a specialist course that provides an interdisciplinary approach to study of biomedical science, with five central themes: molecular and cellular biology, body systems, infection and immunity, disease and society, and diagnostic and research tools.  These themes are interwoven in units throughout the course.

A. Molecular and cellular biology

Through these studies you will learn how the cell functions and replicates itself in health and disease, particularly considering the structure of the cell and its evolution, the function of cells, DNA, genes and proteins, and the regulation of metabolism.

B. Body systems

This theme addresses the principles of major body systems. You will learn how cells come together to form tissues and organs and how they work together in the body to provide it with its metabolic needs and remove waste products. You will study how structure follows function; homeostasis; the nutritional and GI system; the neural system and senses; endocrine, reproductive and renal systems; and cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

C. Infection and Immunity

The focus of these studies is the functional immune system of multicellular organisms and the disease states that result from pathogen infection and from autoimmunity.  You will learn about molecular genetics and recombinant DNA (both important tools for the study of microbial disease and immunity), inflammation and disease, and infection and infection control.

D. Disease and society

In these studies you will learn about disease states that result from abnormal function in various body systems, including the cellular, genetic and molecular causes of the disease, with a focus on mechanisms of disease and patterns of disease and treatment. In studying the basis for human disease, you will also consider the societal and personal impacts of past, present and future diseases and the social, economic and environmental factors that are determinants of health.

E. Diagnostic and research tools

These studies address both the molecular and cellular tools, including specialist imaging techniques, that can be used to study and diagnose diseases.