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School of Science

School of Science

Science at Waikato University

The newly formed School of Science brings together the former Departments of Biological SciencesChemistry and Earth sciences into a cohesive cross-disciplinary unit providing greater opportunities in teaching and research.

The Grand Challenges facing society currently require research that transcends disciplinary boundaries, requiring an increased flexibility in the ways we seek to understand the world and the ways we prepare students for the future.  

The School of Science Reception is located in F Block, F1.07.

The School of Science is home to the Bachelor of Science (BSc), an internationally recognised general science degree, and the Bachelor of Science (Technology) (BSc(Tech)) will help put you on the first step of your career ladder, giving you valuable paid work experience alongside practicing scientists and technologies.

The following majors and specialisations are offered:


Find out more about the staff in the University of Waikato's School of Science.

Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences is for those who love life. Whether you want to stand in a metre of mud, on top of a tree, under the sea or on a kilometre of Antarctic ice, biology is for you. >>Find out more


Chemistry is the science of substances - their structures, their properties and reactions that transform them into other substances. Knowledge of basic chemical principles is important in all branches of science and for a wide range of industries. >>Find out more

Earth Sciences

An understanding of Earth sciences is vital if we are to sustainably manage Earth's energy, water, mineral, soil, coastal and biological resources. Earth sciences are also the key to predicting and managing natural hazards such as floods, earthquakes, tsunami, landslides and volcanic eruptions. >>Find out more

Study Science with us

Interested in studying science at the University of Waikato? Want to experience our facilities and campus without leaving home? Now you can - simply view the video below.

Join past student Aaron Huesser as he gives you a taster for what it's like to study science at Waikato.

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Contact the Faculty

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0800 438 254
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Available Degrees

You can study Chemistry; Earth & Ocean Sciences; Biological Sciences-related subjects in the following degrees:


We also offer Diplomas and Certificates at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels in some subjects. Contact us for more information.

Complementary Subjects

If you are interested in Chemistry; Earth & Ocean Sciences; Biological Sciences, you might also be interested in:

Animal Behaviour
Biological Sciences
Earth Sciences
Environmental Planning
Environmental Sciences

Our People

Catherine Kirby

Catherine Kirby
BSc; MSc in Biological Sciences

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Winter 2015