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As the world becomes more complex and connected, bio design challenges conventional scientific approaches by putting design thinking at the front and centre.

About this minor

The Biological Design minor provides an understanding of the connection between technological progress and its impact on human health and the health of our planet.

There are often significant differences between how scientists and designers approach projects and ways of communicating. The subjects in this minor are delivered in a truly interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to learning and problem solving.

Design students undertaking this minor will have the opportunity to draw on biology as a material input for achieving better design outcomes, while science and engineering students will adopt new approaches to problem finding and solving using design-thinking processes.

Graduate opportunities

The Biological Design minor will prepare you for future careers that will place cutting edge science research into everyday contexts. Join a rapidly emerging sector impacting issues of health, sustainability and security.

Career pathways

Current career opportunities include interaction designer, medical scientist or life scientist. As this is an emerging field, your career path may also include future career opportunities such as synthetic biology entrepreneur, organic computational systems designer, sustainability and circular economy specialist or synthetic life-form developer.

Courses that offer this major

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Units of study in this major

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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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