Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Biomedical science forms the basis of our understanding of how human and animal bodies function, and the responses of the body to various diseases, exercise, diet, internal disturbances and environmental influences.The Bachelor of Biomedical Science will immerse you in this broad subject. You will build an understanding of the human body and how it interacts with disease: how it occurs, what happens, and how we can control, cure and prevent it. Biomedical sciences involve an understanding of anatomy and human physiology as well as biochemistry.In addition to a fundamental understanding of biomedical sciences you’ll have the opportunity to select specialist electives in your final year. You will also gain an understanding of the research process and experience with the modern technologies used in biomedical research.The degree is an ideal preparation for graduate entry into health sciences degrees such as medicine, physiotherapy, and dentistry, allowing you to meet all necessary prerequisites.There are opportunities within the degree for study abroad or to obtain international experience.
Year 1 - You'll cover chemistry, human biology, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, and statistics. Year 2 - You'll study biochemistry, human physiology, cell biology and anatomy. Depending on your area of specialisation, you may choose electives in microbiology or histology. Year 3 - You have a choice of studying molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, anatomy, advanced physiology, pathology or microbiology. You'll also undertake a short research project or work experience placement.
Standard entry requirements
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12. Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL and units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in Chemistry and units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of any Mathematics or Physics, or equivalent studies.
Depending on the courses chosen in the final year of study and meeting specific criteria, students may be eligible to apply for membership of the following societies: Ausbiotech; Australasian Society for Human Biology (ASHB); Australian and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology (ANZSCDB); Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists (AACB); Australian Physiological Society (AuPS); Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR); Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB); Genetics Society of Australia (GSA); Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA); Mutagenesis and Experimental Pathology Society of Australia (MEPSA).
Graduates of the RMIT Associate Degree in Applied Science who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 are guaranteed entry with credit of one year and up to 120 credit points. Graduates with a GPA of less than 2.0 can still apply and may be eligible for credit if successful in gaining a place. Graduates of the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing) and the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology) who achieve a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 may receive up to one year's credit.
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The type of careers this qualification leads to may include biomedical research, diagnostic laboratories, health promotion and administration, medical and pharmaceutical industries, research in universities and hospitals.