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Undergraduate subject

Biological Sciences

Mātai Pūtaiao Koiora

23 October 2023

‌Biology means the study of living things, investigating animals, plants, and microbes in many different ways.



Biological Sciences


Biology is the study of living things, from animals to plants to microbes. The scale varies from molecules and cells to organisms, populations, and ecosystems.

We need to know how the living world interacts with the environment to better understand and prepare for the future.

Biological Sciences

What will my study involve?

  • Lab work to examine cell biology, biodiversity, microorganisms, and more.
  • We have the most extensive network of field stations of any university in Aotearoa. You get to explore Te Waipounamu South Island to enhance your practical field skills.
  • You can focus your interests as you progress in your studies.
  • Our Biological Sciences major has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), the first in Aotearoa to be internationally recognised in this way. This means that when you graduate you will be equipped with well-rounded knowledge and skills, making you highly employable.

Biological Sciences


Biological Sciences major

For the major in the Bachelor of Science, complete the following courses:


It is also recommended to take one Chemistry and Mathematics course in your first year. If you have not taken chemistry or mathematics with calculus to Year 13 level, you are strongly advised to take CHEM114 Foundations of Chemistry and MATH101 Methods of Mathematics.



60 points chosen from the following:

BIOL309 Experimental Design and Data Analysis for Biologists is recommended if you intend to go onto postgraduate studies in Biological Sciences.

Biological Sciences minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Psychological Science, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:


Biological Sciences

Career opportunities

A Biological Sciences major indicates you have the ability to access, understand, analyse, and communicate complex information. You can develop further technical knowledge in areas that interest you like biosecurity, marine biology, evolutionary ecology, soil restoration, and biotechnology.

Career pathways could include:

  • forensics
  • primary industries
  • ecology
  • pharmaceutical and governmental industries.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Biological Sciences.

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