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 Aotearoa New Zealand.
Biotechnology research is directed towards developing technology with both economic and environmental outcomes. The OECD has predicted that, by 2030, biotechnology will assume a major role in the global economy with the advances from research in the tertiary sector.
Te Kura Pūtaiao Koiora | School of Biological Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science endorsed in Biotechnology to students majoring in Biological Sciences. Students follow one of two pathways:
- environmental biotechnology
- plant biotechnology.
Year 13 biology, statistics, and chemistry is strongly recommended. Some knowledge of physics is also helpful.
All students should have adequate English skills.
To complete an endorsement in Biotechnology (and the Biological Sciences major), you will need to take the following courses throughout the degree:
- BCHM 112 Structure and Reactivity in Chemistry and Biochemistry
- BIOL 111 Cellular Biology and Biochemistry
- BIOL 112 Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
- BIOL 113 Diversity of Life
- STAT 101 Statistics 1
It is also recommended to take one Chemistry and Mathematics course in your first year. Students who have not taken chemistry or mathematics with calculus to Year 13 level are strongly advised to take CHEM 114 Foundations of Chemistry and MATH 101 Methods of Mathematics.
- BIOL 209 Biological Data Analysis
- BIOL 213 Microbiology
- BIOL 271 Evolution
- BIOL 231 Foundations in Molecular Biology or BCHM 202 Foundations in Molecular Biology
- BIOL 253 Cell Biology I or BIOL 254 Principles of Plant Physiology
- BCHM 305 Protein Science
- BCHM 306 Biochemical Pathology
- BIOL 313 Advanced Microbiology
- BIOL 333 Molecular Genetics
- BIOL 352 Plant Development and Biotechnology
Plus at least two courses chosen from:
- BIOL 332 Genetics, Evolution and Ecology of Invasive Species
- BIOL 351 Cell Biology 2
- BIOL 371 Evolutionary Ecology
You may also choose to structure your degree studies towards a particular field. UC offers pathways in Environmental Biotechnology or Plant Biotechnology. For more information or help planning your courses for these pathways, contact a College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao Student Advisor.
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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