2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Bionanotechnology (Honours) | 2018

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Bionanotechnology (Honours)



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 757604


UOW's Bachelor of Bionanotechnology (Honours) targets the emerging field of bionanotechnology, an area that combines principles from biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics to understand and control biological processes at the molecular level. Using bionanotechnological approaches, revolutionary advances are being made in the biomedical sciences, varying from the visualization and manipulation of individual molecules, the use of nanoparticles to deliver drugs to specific sites in the body and the development of nanofabricated architecture to read out the sequence of DNA.

The Bachelor of Bionanotechnology draws on the internationally recognised strengths of the University's research in the areas of molecular biophysics, biochemistry, and materials science. It provides rigorous and interdisciplinary training in biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics. In the final year, all students undertake a substantial piece of supervised research, together with other required seminar and/or course work. Graduates may then be eligible for direct enrolment into a research doctorate in their chosen field or into other postgraduate degrees.

A Bachelor of Bionanotechnology (Honours) will place you in a unique position to undertake an exciting, interdisciplinary career in biotech industry, pharmaceutical industry, academic biomedical research, government policy, patent law, and many other fields.

Entry Requirements and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate extensive and coherent knowledge of the principles and concepts associated with bionanotechnology.
2 Demonstrate extensive and coherent knowledge of the principles from biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics associated with the understanding and control of biological processes at the molecular level.
3 Demonstrate technical and cognitive skills associated with bionanotechnology - and its relevant subjects from mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry - by locating, analysing and synthesising information to generate solutions to complex questions and problems.
4 Exercise critical analysis of observations and data from primary and secondary sources.
5 Integrate and apply knowledge and skills associated with bionanotechnology to plan and execute a substantial research project
6 Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to others through a variety of media.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Bionanotechnology (Honours), candidates must satisfactorily complete 192 credit points in accordance with the table below. 

Please note:

  • Students may only count 60 credit points of 100-level subjects towards the degree.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit points of 300-level subjects.
  • Students must have a grade of Pass (not Pass Supplementary) or higher in at least 24 credit points of 300-level core subjects which form part of a Science major.
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
BNAN101Introduction to Bionanotechnology6Autumn
PHYS141Fundamentals of Physics A6Autumn
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104 andCHEM105.
CHEM101Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry6Autumn
CHEM104Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter6Autumn
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
MATH141Foundations of Engineering Mathematics6Autumn, Spring
MATH187Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus6Autumn
BIOL103Molecules, Cells and Organisms6Spring
PHYS142Fundamentals of Physics B6Spring
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
CHEM102Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life6Spring
CHEM105Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures6Spring
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
MATH142Essentials of Engineering Mathematics6Spring, Summer 2018/2019
MATH188Mathematics 2: Series and Integral Calculus6Spring
CHEM106Foundation Chemistry: Properties and Reactivity of Matter6Summer 2018/2019
Note: Students completing CHEM104 and CHEM105 and wishing to enrol in a 200 level CHEM subject may also be required to complete CHEM106. Please check with the Head of Students for confirmation.
Year 2
BIOL213Principles of Biochemistry6Autumn
PHYS205Advanced Modern Physics6Autumn
CHEM212Organic Chemistry II6Autumn
ENGG103Materials in Design6Autumn
BNAN201Biology at the Nanoscale6Spring
BIOL215Introductory Genetics6Spring
CHEM213Molecular Structure, Reactivity and Change6Spring
STAT252Statistics For the Natural Sciences6Spring
Year 3
BIOL343Techniques in Biotechnology and Medical Research6Autumn
Select three of the following subjects:
BIOL340Cell and Molecular Biology6Autumn
MEDI312Fundamentals of Neuroscience6Autumn
CHEM374Molecular Spectroscopy and Structure Elucidation6Autumn
CHEM324Chemical Analysis and Inference6Autumn
PHYS305Quantum Mechanics6Autumn
CHEM325Bioinformatics:Genome, Genes and Biomolecules6Spring
MATE201Structure of Materials6Spring
Select TWO of the following subjects:
BIOL214The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism6Spring
BIOL341Immunity and Infection6Spring
CHEM333Drug Discovery and Medicinal Chemistry6Spring
MATE302Polymeric Materials6Spring
CHEM360Organic Synthesis III6Spring
Year 4
Select either the full-time (48cp) or 48cp of the equivalent part-time subject (2 x 24cp) option below.
BNAN401Honours Project in Bionanotechnology (Full Time)48Not available in 2018
BNAN402Honours Project in Bionanotechnology (Part Time)24Not available in 2018

*If you are required to complete CHEM106 as part of your course schedule you may be eligible to substitute an elective subject, please contact your course coordinator for approval.


The class of Honours awarded is based on performance in third and fourth year subjects, based on a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) formula in accordance with Method 3 in the General Course Rules Section 8

Other Information

For further information please email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 13 February, 2018