Undergraduate study

Undergraduate study

We have excellent resources for teaching including modern digital laboratories, plant growth and aquatic laboratory facilities, as well as close proximity to natural environments for study on campus and in the MQ Ecology Reserve. Our students also learn in a range of outdoor environments through field trips to Heron Island and other terrestrial and marine locations.

Biology students at Macquarie study a broad range of areas at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, benefitting from our outstanding researchers. We place a strong emphasis on practical experience, so our students can learn first-hand through laboratory and field classes.

Our graduates find employment in organisations such as museums, zoos, botanic gardens, national parks, research institutes, environmental agencies, local, state & federal government, environmental consultancies, health services and pharmaceutical companies.

Student on Heron Island for BIOL379 field trip doing transects of the reef

Bridging Course

Kick start your Biology career. Our department provides a course to aid in the transition of school students to Macquarie University. “The Kick start your technical lab skills” is a two-day workshop for students who are either:

  1. Studying science at Macquarie University but did not study science at HSC level;
  2. Wanting to gain confidence in their technical lab skills;
  3. Wanting a refresher course in technical lab skills.

It is run at the beginning of each year prior to the beginning of semester one (late February) and is primarily tailored towards students enrolling that year but others may apply and have been included in previous sessions. This course is part of a suite of bridging courses that are on offer for students wanting to pursue a career in science and engineering.

Undergraduate study

At the undergraduate level we offer a number of specialist degrees:

Bachelor of Biodiversity and Conservation

This degree combines study in ecology with units in biological sciences, conservation and biodiversity, environmental and marine sciences.

Click here to find out  more about the Bachelor of Biodiversity and Conservation

Click here to see the handbook information for the Bachelor of Biodiversity and Conservation

Bachelor of Marine Science

This degree builds knowledge across marine biology and geosciences, with additional units in science communication, management and marine chemistry.

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Click here to see the handbook information for the Bachelor of Marine Science

Bachelor of Medical Science

Combining study across the biological, biomolecular and chemical sciences, this degree provides a solid base for further study in medical and allied areas and has a strong focus on research skills.

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Click here to see the handbook information for the Bachelor of Medical Science


We offer several majors to be undertaken within the Bachelor of Advanced Science and Bachelor of Science programs. The Bachelor of Advanced Science is a program for gifted and talented students offering insights into cutting-edge biological research, opportunities for placements in leading research laboratories and engagement with our partners including Taronga Conservation Society and the Australian Museum. Majors offered in the Department are:

Biology (BSc and BAdvSci)

Study every level of biology from cells and developmental biology to microbiology, genetics, physiology, evolution, ecology, behaviour and biodiversity.

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Human Biology (BSc)

This is a flexible program that prepares students for careers in a wide range of areas in health and medical sciences. Students study a core number of anatomy and physiology units.

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Paleobiology (BSc and BAdvSci)

Macquarie is the only university to offer paleobiology as a full major. Students study the evolution of life on Earth with a ‘deep time’ perspective, combining units in palaeobiology with units in evolution, genetics and organismal biology as well as earth sciences.

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View the full list of the undergraduate units we offer.

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