2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Bionanotechnology (Honours) | 2020

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:

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.
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
BNAN101 Introduction to Bionanotechnology 6 Autumn
PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6 Autumn
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.
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
MATH141 Foundations of Engineering Mathematics 6 Autumn, Spring
MATH187 Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus 6 Autumn
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
PHYS142 Fundamentals of Physics B 6 Spring
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
MATH142 Essentials of Engineering Mathematics 6 Spring, Summer 2020/2020
MATH188 Mathematics 2: Series and Integral Calculus 6 Spring
CHEM106 Foundation Chemistry: Properties and Reactivity of Matter 6 Summer 2020/2020
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
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
PHYS205 Advanced Modern Physics 6 Autumn
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
ENGG103 Materials in Design 6 Autumn
BNAN201 Biology at the Nanoscale 6 Spring
BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6 Spring
CHEM213 Molecular Structure, Reactivity and Change 6 Spring
STAT252 Statistics For the Natural Sciences 6 Spring
Year 3
BIOL343 Techniques in Biotechnology and Medical Research 6 Autumn
Select three of the following subjects:
BIOL340 Cell and Molecular Biology 6 Autumn
MEDI312 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 6 Autumn
CHEM358 Pharmacology 6 Autumn
CHEM374 Molecular Spectroscopy and Structure Elucidation 6 Autumn
CHEM324 Chemical Analysis and Inference 6 Autumn
PHYS305 Quantum Mechanics 6 Autumn
CHEM325 Bioinformatics:Genome, Genes and Biomolecules 6 Spring
MATE201 Structure of Materials 6 Spring
Select TWO of the following subjects:
BIOL214 The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism 6 Spring
BIOL341 Immunity and Infection 6 Spring
CHEM333 Drug Discovery and Medicinal Chemistry 6 Spring
MATE302 Polymeric Materials 6 Spring
CHEM360 Organic Synthesis III 6 Spring
Year 4
Select either the full-time (48cp) or 48cp of the equivalent part-time subject (2 x 24cp) option below.
BNAN401 Honours Project in Bionanotechnology (Full Time) 48  
BNAN402 Honours Project in Bionanotechnology (Part Time) 24  

*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 a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) formula in accordance with Method 1 in the Coursework Rules

Other Information

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

Last reviewed: 15 January, 2020