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Monash University Handbook 2011

A broad range of science units and sequences are offered at the Clayton campus for the Bachelor of Science and related courses, taught by the faculties of Science, Arts, Information Technology, and Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Within the requirements of their course, students can construct a program of study to meet their individual needs and interests.

The entry for each science area of study includes the science units that are offered and the detailed requirements for the minor and major sequences*. Some recommendations are provided on particular choices of units. It is important that students plan their course by consulting these requirements and recommendations at every stage of their enrolment. Students should also consult individual unit entries for details of prerequisites, prohibitions and scheduling. Note that some sequences require the completion of additional prerequisite units beyond those that comprise the sequence. These additional units must be taken as elective units within the total credit points required for the degree.

Some entries for a science area of study may refer students to an associated area of study; in these instances the reference is to the relevant area of study for the same campus.

For more information on the structure of sequences, such as the limitations on counting level two and three units for more than one sequence, refer to

The large majority of students entering the faculty have completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), and references to desirable perquisite studies are to the prerequisite VCE subjects. Some domestic and international students enter the faculty with equivalent qualifications, and advice about unit choice for students with qualifications other than the VCE may be obtained from the faculty administration offices.

* If specific units must be studied, in each science area of study they are referred to by the full unit code and title in the first instance and by their code only thereafter. Where units can be chosen from a group of related units, these are referred to by the three-letter prefix common to all of the units in that group (eg ASP - astrophysics units).

Science major or minor sequences are offered at the Clayton campus in the following areas of study:

Areas of study

Astronomy and astrophysics

  • Minor in astronomy and astrophysics
  • Major in astrophysics

Atmospheric science

  • Minor in atmospheric science
  • Major in atmospheric science

Biochemistry and molecular biology

  • Minor in molecular biology
  • Minor in biochemistry
  • Major in biochemistry
  • Major in biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Double major in biochemistry and molecular biology


  • Minor in chemistry
  • Major in chemistry
  • Double major in chemistry

Computer science

  • Minor in computer science
  • Major in computer science
  • Double major in computer science

Developmental biology

  • Minor in molecular biology
  • Minor in developmental biology
  • Major in developmental biology

Ecology and conservation biology

  • Minor in ecology and conservation biology
  • Major in ecology and conservation biology


  • Minor in genetics
  • Major in genetics
  • Major in genetics and molecular biology

Geographical science

  • Minor in soil science
  • Minor in geographical science
  • Major in geographical science
  • Double major in geographical science


  • Minor in geosciences
  • Major in geosciences
  • Double major in geosciences


  • Minor in immunology
  • Major in immunology
  • Major in human pathology
  • Major in immunology and human pathology

Marine and freshwater biology

  • Major in marine and freshwater biology

Materials science

  • Minor in materials science
  • Major in materials science

Mathematics and statistics

  • Minor in mathematics
  • Minor in applied statistics
  • Minor in statistics
  • Major in mathematics
  • Major in computational mathematics
  • Major in pure mathematics
  • Major in applied mathematics
  • Major in mathematical statistics
  • Double major in mathematics
  • Double major in pure mathematics
  • Double major in applied mathematics
  • Double major in mathematics and mathematical statistics


  • Minor in molecular biology
  • Minor in microbiology
  • Major in microbiology
  • Major in microbiology and molecular biology
  • Double major in microbiology and molecular biology


  • Minor in pharmacology
  • Major in pharmacology


  • Minor in physics
  • Major in physics
  • Double major in physics


  • Minor in physiology
  • Major in physiology

Plant sciences

  • Minor in plant sciences
  • Major in plant sciences


  • Minor in psychology
  • Major in psychology


  • Major in zoology

Other science units

Other science units