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Genetics

Genetics is the study of biologically inherited traits as diverse as those that cause human disease, or allow a rare plant to live in only one isolated spot in the southwest, or result in a desirable characteristic found in a domestic animal used in agriculture.

Introduction

Genetics is transdisciplinary - all biological sciences, including botany, zoology, biochemistry, pathology, molecular biology, microbiology and medicine, cover at least some aspects of genetics. Studies in genetics will provide graduates with a broad overview of the universal principles, potentials and problems associated with DNA-based life, and will provide the skills necessary to become a geneticist.

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Course description, features and facilities

Your studies in the Genetics major will involve an analysis of DNA and the many ways in which it is expressed.

This major will deliver a broad overview of the universal principles, potentials and problems associated with DNA-based life, and provide you with the essential skills of a geneticist. To complement your lectures from renowned experts in their various fields, you will have the chance to discuss, apply and expand on the theory of your unit in weekly practical laboratory classes and structured tutorials.

You will have opportunities to interact with researchers who are active in all fields of genetics.

Equipment and facilities at UWA are those of modern genetics laboratories, including facilities that house genetically diverse lines of plants and animals and equipment that allows investigation of single genes and entire genomes.

Visit the Science website for further information on careers in science, graduate profiles, scholarships and the benefits of choosing science at UWA.


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Student profile

Student profile – Jeremy Curry

Biology was my favourite high school subject and UWA has provided a great environment for me to pursue further studies in this field.  After studying a variety of biology, physics and chemistry units in first year, I chose to follow my interests in biology and concentrated my studies on genetics and zoology in second year.  Having undertaken units more specific to my interests has only increased my enjoyment of the course.  

There are many practical uses for genetics in the fields of medicine, agriculture and breeding.  Whilst many genetic practices are in their early days, there is a lot of research being done worldwide to improve and refine them, making the possibilities for my future in this industry very exciting.  Gene therapy, the use of DNA to replace a mutated gene or else treat its effects, is one such practice that hopefully will in the future become more successful as a treatment for hereditary disease.

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Structure

UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Professional recognition

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Career opportunities

Many genetics graduates find careers in laboratory and field-based research. Other options are teaching, state and federal government agencies associated with science, biotechnological and/or medical policy.

More specifically, your degree can lead you to opportunities in pharmaceuticals, agribusiness, biomedicine and biomedical research, medical laboratory technology, animal and plant biotechnology and breeding, conservation biology, medical and veterinary diagnostics, forensics, patent law and genetic counselling. Further study may be required in some of these fields.

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Further study opportunities

Students with a Genetics major can pursue further studies at honours or postgraduate level.

Other further study options include Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases, Master of Infectious Diseases, Master of Forensic Science, Master of Science Communication or the Master of Science Communication and Education.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
80
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)
29

Additional information

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics 3C/3D
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in HL Chemistry
  • A score of 4 or above in HL Mathematics

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to a undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

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  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
French Baccalaureat
Studies equivalent to WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
12
International Baccalaureate
A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)
29
UWA Foundation Programme (UWAFP)
Mathematics units as specified in UWAFP prospectus
66
GCE or Cambridge Advanced-level Examinations
A minimum grade of B or above in GCSE O-level Mathematics, or E or above in GCE AS-level Mathematics.
8
Western Australian Universities Preparatory Program (WAUPP)
A scaled mark of 50 or more in at least Mathematics 2C/2D
63
Trinity College Foundation Program
Studies equivalent to WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
85
Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY)
Studies equivalent to WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
270
Canadian Matriculation (except Quebec)
Studies equivalent to WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
60
Chinese Unified Examinations (UEC)
A grade of B6 or above in Mathematics; if you do not have Advanced Mathematics (I) or (II), you will be required to complete a mathematics unit in your first year.
12
Chinese Gao Kao
A score of 80 (out of 150) or above in Mathematics
525
All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE)
Studies equivalent to WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
12
Indian School Certificate (CISCE)
Studies equivalent to WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
60
Norwegian Vitnemål
Studies equivalent to WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
4.14
Swedish Slutbetyg
Studies equivalent to WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
15.70
German Abitur
Studies equivalent to WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
3.17
Singapore-Cambridge A-Levels
A minimum grade of B or above in GCSE O-level Mathematics, or E or above in H1-level Mathematics.
8
South African National Senior Certificate
A grade of 3 (40%) or above in Mathematics
4.60

These are the required prerequisites for applicants who have completed these particular qualifications.

If you are applying for a place based on other qualifications you need to demonstrate that you have knowledge at least equivalent to the subjects specified.

Advanced standing

Students with previous tertiary level qualifications will be considered for advanced standing (credit).

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. First semester entry
  2. Second semester entry
  3. Information for…
  4. Contact details - admission information

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: first and second semester.

First semester entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply through the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre.

Contact the Admissions Centre for advice.

Second semester entry

After the closing date, contact the Admissions Centre for advice.

Information for

Contact details - admission information

UWA Admissions Centre (M353)

Address
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35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
Location
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(+61 8) 6488 2477 – General enquiries
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Fax
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Monday – Friday, 9am–4pm

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  2. Second semester entry
  3. Information for…
  4. Contact details - admission information

First semester entry

International undergraduate applicants must complete this application form and submit it through an authorised UWA overseas representative or directly to the UWA International Centre.

You must also:

Second semester entry

International undergraduate applicants must complete this application form and submit it through an authorised UWA overseas representative or directly to the UWA International Centre.

You must also:

Information for

Contact details - admission information

UWA International Centre (M352)

Address
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
Telephone
(+61 8) 6488 3939
Fax
(+61 8) 9382 4071
Contacts
International Centre
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Location
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Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm
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Genetics: the details

Status
Available 2014
Locations offered
Crawley, Albany (selected Level 1 units)
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
16-25 hours teaching time, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSc), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Yes
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agriculture Central building, Crawley campus
sso-science@uwa.edu.au
Ask UWA
(+618) 64887333
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