Biology (ES003)

Explore human responses to disease and extend your practical laboratory skills in our state-of-the-art laboratories.

Biology at RMIT offers a world of possibilities for enquiring minds.

The Biology extension program offers course credit in RMIT’s biomedical, applied science, chemistry, physics, biological sciences, biotechnology, food technology and nutrition programs. 

What you will study

Outbreak: The detection and control of infectious disease (Semester 1)

Available for study online.

In Outbreak you will learn how society responds to outbreaks of infectious diseases. Including outbreaks that result from changing human society and environment. The course will create simulated outbreaks where you will work online in your own role as a member of an investigative team.

For complete information on course assessment tasks and learning outcomes check the course guide.

Introduction to microbiology, immunology and genetics (Semester 2)

Attendance at practical classes is mandatory. All other study is available online or on campus.

You will explore the root of infectious disease through the organisms involved (microbiology), the human body's response (immunology), and human susceptibility to disease (genetics). You will practise critical analysis and problem-solving. You will learn to work safely with, grow, and examine microbes, using microscopes and microbiological techniques.

Allow one evening to listen to microbiology lectures and complete online assignments.

Please allow two hours per week for the practical class (held on campus) and one-and-a-half hours a week for the lecture (available online).

For complete information on course assessment tasks and learning outcomes check the course guide.

Entry requirements

You must be in your final year of your VCE studies and will have completed or be concurrently enrolled in VCE Units 3 and 4 of any Mathematics and VCE Units 3 and 4 Biology.

Acceptance into this course requires a recommendation from your Year 12 coordinator and your school principal. Parental/guardian permission is also necessary.

For more information email

Get ready to start

Applications will open in August 2021.

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