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What is Genetics?

Genetics is the study of the behaviour of genes which are fundamental to all living organisms and constitute the blueprint of life. Genes influence every characteristic of an organism, such as its appearance, behaviour, and susceptibility to disease. Genes interact with one another and with the environment, to develop and maintain whole organisms.

The combination of molecular and more traditional genetics has allowed us to solve problems in applications ranging from molecular genetics, to human disease, plant breeding, microbiology, and conservation biology.

Geneticists find work in hospitals, biomedical labs, forensic science, bioinformatics, food and agricultural industries, as well as environmental and conservation agencies. Combining genetics with law or commerce opens opportunities to work in genetics patent law and policy.

Genetics as part of your Diploma

UNSW Diploma students learn the fundamentals required for their future studies in discipline-specific diploma courses that are equivalent to First Year undergraduate courses at UNSW Sydney.

The added support that diploma students receive will equip them with academic and English skills and ensure they are well prepared for their journey into Second Year at UNSW Sydney.

Genetics Diploma Courses

View an example of the courses you will be studying in your First Year at UNSW Global below.

  • Mathematics 1A
  • Mathematics 1B
  • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy
  • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life
  • Molecules, Cells and Genes
  • Applied Biomolecular Sciences
  • Evolutionary & Functional Biology
  • Communication & Academic Literacy

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