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Introduction to Biology

Begin your path towards a career in biology, health or other science-related industries.

The online biology courses available through us explore the building blocks of life on earth—from genetics, cell structures and molecular biology through to marine science and human evolution.

Start by comparing what’s available with leading universities below. You can study a one-off subject in an area of biology that interests you, or major in biology as part of a full science qualification.

Whatever you choose, we can provide advice on entry requirements, flexible study options and course fees.

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University of South Australia


Foundations of Human Biology 1

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 01 Apr 2024, 16 Sep 2024

Curtin University


Introduction to Health Sciences

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024, 26 Aug 2024

University of Tasmania

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024, 04 Nov 2024

La Trobe University

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 29 Jul 2024

Online biology degrees

Macquarie University


Bachelor of Science

Learn from international leaders in science

Benefit from the guidance of teachers whose research findings are known on a global scale. Use this research to conduct case studies. Take a hands-on approach with a lab component. Specialise in biology, including genetics, genes and life processes.

Online & on-campus

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

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  • Core Zone: Major in Biology,  
Southern Cross University


Diploma of Science

A pathway to the lab or further science studies

An online science course with specialisations in forestry, marine, or Earth and environmental systems. You’ll explore chemistry, physics, biology and geology. Think about the role science plays solving big issues like climate change and pollution. 

Online & on-campus

1 year full time or part time equivalent

University of Tasmania

Learn the science behind food and drink production

Want to create innovative products in the food and beverage space? This specialised course will give you the knowledge you need to excel in brewing, winemaking or food fermentation. You’ll study key areas like microbiology, chemistry and quality management.

Online & on-campus

2 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Edith Cowan University


Master of Bioinformatics

Harness bioinformatics in a real-life industry project

Hone skills in working with complex data sets – combining biology, computer science and information engineering. Work on a project under the eyes of an industry professional. Make workplace connections. Become a bioinformatition or informatician.

Online & on-campus

2 years full time or part time equivalent

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