Undergraduate biosciences

No matter which undergraduate degree you're studying, or which year you're in, there's a way for you to study biology, zoology, plant science or genetics.

Bioscience majors in the Bachelor of Science

We offer the following biological science majors in the Bachelor of Science:

BiotechnologyComputational BiologyEcology and Evolutionary BiologyEnvironmental Science
GeneticsMarine BiologyPlant ScienceZoology

Read more about the Bachelor of Science

Bioscience electives in the Bachelor of Science

Biological sciences subjects can also be taken as electives to complement another Bachelor of Science major.

For example, you could major in Mathematics and Statistics and complete one or more electives in genetics.

See all biology, genetics, plant science and zoology subjects in the University of Melbourne Handbook

Biosciences as breadth

If you're studying an undergraduate course other than the Bachelor of Science, you can still dip into biological sciences by studying individual breadth subjects or following a breadth track (three or more subjects that will progressively develop your knowledge and skills).

See all biological sciences breadth subjects in the University of Melbourne Handbook

We have breadth tracks in:

Australian FloraAustralian WildlifeCell and Developmental BiologyEcology
Ecology, Evolution and HumanityGeneral GeneticsGenetics and SocietyHuman Genetics

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

If you want to extend your skills in research, consider adding an honours year in BioSciences to your Bachelor of Science.

Honours is a one-year program that builds on what you've learned to date in your Bachelor of Science. It is a pathway to further studies in research higher degrees such as a PhD.

Other options

Other options for studying biological sciences at an undergraduate level with us are:


The University of Melbourne has one of the most generous scholarship programs in Australia. With over 1200 scholarships and prizes available for new and current students, it's more than likely there is one that you're eligible for either when you start your course or during your studies.

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