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.
The School of Biological Sciences | Te Kura Pūtaiao Koiora offers the Bachelor of Science endorsed in Biotechnology to students majoring in Biological Sciences. Students follow one of two pathways:
- environmental biotechnology
- plant biotechnology.
- UC has Aotearoa 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. Some knowledge of physics is also 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, and combine it with the Biological Sciences major:
- 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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