Biotechnology is of national and international importance. It considers and develops knowledge about biochemical, molecular, ecological and evolutionary processes. Biotechnology tools are applied in research underpinning biodiversity and biosecurity throughout New Zealand. Biotechnology research is directed towards developing technology with both economic and environmental outcomes. The OECD have predicted that, by 2030, biotechnology will assume a major role in the global economy with the advances from research in the tertiary sector.
The School of Biological Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science endorsed in Biotechnology to students majoring in Biological Sciences. Students follow one of two pathways: an environmental biotechnology pathway or a plant biotechnology pathway.
Year 13 biology, statistics and chemistry is strongly recommended. However, students who have not completed Year 13 chemistry may find the Headstart summer preparatory course very useful.
For certain disciplines, some knowledge of physics is helpful.
All students should have adequate English skills.
If you want to enrol in the Bachelor of Science with an endorsement in Biotechnology you must take the following courses in the first year:
- BIOL111 Cellular Biology and Biochemistry
- BIOL112 Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
- BIOL113 Diversity of Life
- CHEM112 Structure and Reactivity or CHEM114 Foundations of Chemistry
200-level and beyond
If you are enrolled in the BSc with an endorsement in Biotechnology you will study a number of required courses at 200-level. These courses will establish a scientific basis for more advanced topics in biotechnology. All students majoring in BSc must take BIOL209 Introduction to Biological Data Analysis.
As an emerging field with both national and international importance, biotechnology provides many career opportunities in universities, business, government agencies, Crown Research Institutes and in ministries concerned with the environment, agriculture and forestry.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Biotechnology.
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