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This subject is taught by the School of Biological Sciences.
Biology permeates all aspects of modern life. The current debate over genetic engineering and biotechnology demonstrates how quickly Biology crosses over into other fields of study, such as law, ethics, commerce, media theory, and philosophy.
At Victoria's School of Biological Sciences you can study for a Bachelor of Science (BSc) with major in one of five areas—Biotechnology, Cell and Molecular Bioscience, Ecology and Biodiversity, Marine Biology or Biology. With the Biology major you can combine elements of the other majors for a more flexible Bachelor of Science degree.
While first-year courses lay the foundation for more advanced study, it is helpful to have some elementary knowledge of Biology and Statistics.
Careers in government, Crown Research Institutes, veterinary and clinical laboratories, and many industries are among those open to Biology graduates.
Biology major requirements
- BIOL 111, 113, 114; STAT 193 or equivalent
- 60 200-level points from (BIOL, BMSC, BTEC)
- 60 300-level points from (BIOL, BMSC, BTEC)
This major enables students to take an integrated selection of courses from any or all of the majors listed above, provided that the appropriate prerequisite courses have been passed.
First-year courses lay the foundations for in-depth study of the biological sciences. Courses cover the conceptual frameworks and basic understandings that underpin study at more advanced levels.
Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOL 241 and BIOL 329. You should seek academic advice from the School before taking up the Biology major because your programme must be integrated and coherent.
Note: Students with a Biology major who wish to progress into Honours or Master's in Biological Science must ensure that they have the pre-requisite courses for entry into a 400-level programme.
For a full listing, see postgraduate qualifications on the School of Biological Sciences website.
You can order more information on this subject by registering on our Request for Study Material database.
Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.
Contact the Science Faculty Office for information on Admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites and your Application to Study.
Biological Sciences courses are taught within the School of Biological Sciences. The School office is located on Level 5, New Kirk Building, Kelburn campus.
Associate Professor Ken Ryan
Programme Manager Biology
Phone: 04 463 6083
Phone: 04 463 5339