Biomedical science is one of the most contemporary areas of medicine - think IVF, a cure for cancer and new life-saving vaccines. This rapidly-growing industry requires people with the skills to commercialise biomedical research, or apply commercial knowledge and understanding in research environments.
Within this double degree course you have the opportunity to develop the technical and research skills required in the biomedical fields, while also developing a strong understanding of the realities of research as a commercial endeavour.
You can combine your majors to explore areas of interest or develop new ones:
- Study human genetics and actuarial studies to look at the implications of genetic disease for health providers or insurance companies.
- Combine immunology with economics to gain an understanding of how disease impacts political, legal, social and cultural activities around the world.
- Use your marketing skills to promote medical research or health campaigns.
- Work in a business development role in international biomed companies to create new opportunities for research.
NOTE: For learning outcomes and other relevant information of this double degree, refer to the single degree entries:
Subject to unit choice, the Bachelor of Commerce degree is accredited by relevant Australian professional bodies. Refer to the Monash Business School professional recognitionprofessional recognition (http://www.monash.edu/business/future-students/undergraduate-study-options/after-you-graduate/professional-recognition) page.
The requirements below detail what you must study in order to complete this double-degree course and receive the awards.
The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/maps/map-b2021.pdf) provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Units are 6 points unless otherwise specified. You must complete 192 points:
1. 96 points must be completed in Parts A and B as described below in Bachelor of Commerce component, of which:
- at least 24 points must be completed at level 3
2. 96 points must be completed in Parts A, B, C and D as described below in Bachelor of Biomedical Science component.
Bachelor of Commerce is a comprehensive course, and in the double degree course you complete commerce specified study and a commerce listed major.
Part A. Commerce specified study (48 points)
This will provide you with a broad foundation for your study of commerce and expose you to several commerce disciplines. This will contribute breadth to your knowledge of commerce and address the graduate course outcomes. It will also give you the opportunity to learn more about each discipline before finalising your choice of major.
You must complete:
a. The following 6 units (36 points):
- ACC1100 Introduction to financial accounting or ACC1200 Accounting for managers
- BTC1110 Commercial law
- ECC1000 Principles of microeconomics
- ETC1000 Business and economic statistics
- MGC1010 Introduction to management
- MKC1200 Principles of marketing
b. One elective unit (6 points) from the Faculty of Business and Economics on the Clayton campus
c. One capstone, project, international or internship experience unit (minimum 6 points) chosen from the units listed below.
If you are completing a major in accounting do not complete this section. The following units meet this course requirement: ACC3100/ACF3100 Advanced financial accounting and ACC3200/ACF3200 Management accounting.
Note: If you choose a 12 or 24 point unit you must discuss course progression with the Faculty.
- BEX3150 Sustainability practice and organisations
- BEX3500 Current issues in commerce
- ACX3500 International study program in accounting
- BEX3622 Issues in global business
- BEX3722 Engaging with international business - Australia
- BEX3723 Engaging with international business - North America
- BEX3724 Engaging with international business - Asia
- BEX3725 Engaging with international business - Europe
- BEX3728Not offered in 2019 Engaging with international business (12 points)
- BFX3871 International study program in banking and finance
- BSA3004 Innovation and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley
- MKX3521 Global study programs in marketing
Part B. Commerce listed major (48 points)
This will provide you with a focused program of study that will develop your expertise in one discipline area. You will develop, apply and communicate an advanced level of understanding of the concepts and theoretical frameworks that constitute the knowledge base of your major area of study.
You must complete a commerce listed major. A major requires eight units with no more than two units (12 points) at level 1 and at least three units (18 points) at level 3.
Depending on the major you choose, you may have already studied one of the units as part of your commerce specified study. If so, you must complete an additional commerce unit offered at Clayton campus to bring the combined commerce study to at least 96 points from the Faculty of Business and Economics.
If you intend to undertake an honours year, you should ensure you complete the specific units required for honours in your chosen major area of study.
Minors and majors
Refer also to the table of majors and minorsmajors and minors (http://monash.edu/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/bus-minor-major-extended-major-specialisation.html) which also details if an area of study is available as a minor or major.
Biomedical science component
The biomedical science component of this double degree course develops through five central themes covering: Part A. Molecular and cellular biology, Part B. Body systems, Part C. Infection and immunity, Part D. Disease and society, and Part E. Diagnostic and research tools. These themes are interwoven in units throughout the course.
You must complete the following units (96 points):
- BMS1011 Biomedical chemistry
- BMS1021 Cells, tissues and organisms
- BMS1031 Medical biophysics
- BMS1042 Public health and preventive medicine
- BMS1052 Human neurobiology
- BMS1062 Molecular biology
- BMS2011 Structure of the human body: An evolutionary and functional perspective
- BMS2021 Human molecular cell biology
- BMS2031 Body systems
- BMS2042 Human genetics
- BMS2052 Microbes in health and disease
- BMS2062 Introduction to bioinformatics
- BMS3031 Molecular mechanisms of disease (12 points)
- BMS3052 Biomedical basis and epidemiology of human disease (12 points)
You may be eligible to exit the double degree program and graduate with either a Bachelor of Commerce or a Bachelor of Biomedical Science after three years, depending on the units studied.
If you wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce prior to the completion of the double degree you must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the requirements in Part A, B and C for the Bachelor of Commerce degree.
If you wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science prior to the completion of the double degree you must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the requirements in Part A, B, C, D, E and F for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree.
You may be eligible to apply for a one-year honours course once you have successfully completed this double degree, or have completed all of the requirements for one of the single degrees including a total of 144 points. The following honours courses apply:
- B3701 Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
- M3702 Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours)
You are usually eligible to apply for honours if you achieve a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant discipline units at level 3. In addition, some majors require particular units to be taken for admission to honours. The details are provided with the requirements for each major to which this applies.