After developing a solid grounding in science and mathematics from the core units in first year this group of units allows you to pursue a breadth minor in Molecular Biology.

This biotechnology minor concentrates on the chemical basis of life with a particular focus on the relationship between genes, the proteins they encode and the impact these have on organisms.  This minor provides knowledge of biochemistry and genetics that can be utilised across a broad range of industries, from DNA-based technologies in forensic science and conservation biology, to the diagnosis of disease using biochemical and genetic analyses, to the genetic engineering of cells and organisms.  This minor includes practical training in the techniques used in biochemical analysis, investigation of gene and protein function and genetic engineering.  This minor also investigates the ethical implications of these technologies and their broader impact on society.

This minor is appropriate for students undertaking major studies in a range of science discipline areas who wish to complement their studies with an understanding of the molecular basis of life and how that knowledge can be utilised in a broad range of settings, including medical, forensic, conservation, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries.

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