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.
- environmental biotechnology
- plant biotechnology.
- UC has New Zealand's top-ranked department for research in molecular, cellular and whole organism biology (the latest Tertiary Education Commission 2012 PBRF Assessment).
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 study towards a Bachelor of Science with an endorsement in Biosecurity you will need to take the following courses in your first year:
- BIOL 111 Cellular Biology and Biochemistry
- BIOL 112 Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
- BIOL 113 Diversity of Life
- CHEM 112 Structure and Reactivity in Chemistry or Biochemistry or CHEM 114 Foundations of Chemistry
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science with an endorsement in Biotechnology will study a number of required courses at 200-level. These courses will establish a scientific basis for more advanced topics in biotechnology.
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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