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.
For more information or help planning your courses for the Biotechnology endorsement, contact a College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao Student Advisor or view the Biological Sciences Undergraduate Handbook.
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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College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
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