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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, perhaps under the sea or on a kilometre of Antarctic ice, biology is for you.

Career Opportunities

  • Biochemical Technician
  • Biosecurity Officer  
  • Conservation Officer  
  • Ecologist  
  • Geneticist
  • Medical Research Assistant  
  • Ranger  
  • Zoo Curator  

Potential Employers

  • Agricultural and Fisheries Sectors
  • Biotechnology Industry
  • Conservation Sector
  • Crown Research Industries
  • Local Bodies and Regional Councils
  • Medical and Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratories

Biological Sciences incorporates the major traditional biological disciplines of botany, microbiology and zoology with the interdisciplinary subjects of biochemistry, physiology, genetics, ecology and behaviour. In Biological Sciences you have many opportunities: you can be an ecologist with interests in ecosystems, a physiologist aiming to understand how organisms function, or a geneticist using DNA as the key to identifying diseases or organisms.

Students may choose a specialisation in:

School subjects required

As well as biology, you will find chemistry and mathematics useful. If you have no credits in NCEA Level 3 Biology you are advised to discuss your options with the first-year student mentor.

PLANNING YOUR DEGREE

To complete a major in Biological Sciences, students must complete 120 points above 100 Level, including 60 points at 300 Level from Biological Sciences papers, as set out below.

The other papers needed to complete the degree requirements of the BSc and BSc(Tech) may come from further optional papers in Biological Sciences, other science subjects, or may even include a few papers from other faculties/schools of study.

Papers are worth 15 points.

Required prerequisites

Students wishing to major in Biological Sciences or a related field should take the two core papers:
  • BIOL101 – Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL102 – The Biology of Organisms

Students are advised to refer to the latest handbook for relevant specialisations and general programmes, as these that have been designed to allow development of the major to a particular theme.

Papers at 200 Level are worth 20 points unless specified.

Students intending to major in Biological Sciences are required to take at least 60 points from 200 Level Biological Sciences papers.

Students are advised to refer to the latest handbook or use the advanced search function in the Paper Catalogue online to find available papers. The specialisations and general programmes set out in the handbook provide a good guide for students interested in particular areas.

Papers at 300 level are worth 20 points unless specified.

Students intending to major in Biological Sciences must also gain at least 60 points at 300 Level from the Biological Sciences papers. Please note that BIOL307 – Special Topic may not be counted toward a major at 300 Level.

Students are advised to refer to the latest handbook or use the advanced search function in the Paper Catalogue online to find available papers. The specialisations and general programmes set out in the handbook provide a good guide for students interested in particular areas.

Postgraduate Studies

In the first instance, students are advised to refer to the latest Graduate Handbook for information on pursuing further study and research at graduate and postgraduate levels.

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Complementary Subjects

If you are interested in Biological Sciences, you might also be interested in:

Biochemistry
Biotechnology
Chemical & Biological Engineering
Chemistry
Electronic Engineering

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Ashleigh Bright
BSc; MSc in Biological Sciences

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Available Degrees

You can study Biological Sciences-related subjects in the following degrees:

BSc(Tech)
MSc
BSc
MSc(Research)
BSc(Hons)
MSc(Tech)
PhD

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

Autumn 2014

Scholarships

The following scholarships are available for Biological Sciences students

Anne Shannon Scholarship

Hilary Jolly Memorial Scholarship

School of Science Masters Research Scholarships