Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2015 academic year unless otherwise specified.
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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 specialise in any of the hottest fields of contemporary biology, from genetics to ecology. You can study for a Bachelor of Science (BSc) with a major in one of five areas:
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
Please note: the list below shows undergraduate-level courses only. For a complete course listing, see the list of all Biological Sciences courses.
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|100 Level Courses|
BIOL 111 – Cell Biology
BIOL 113 – Biology of Plants
BIOL 114 – Biology of Animals
BIOL 116 – Human Reproduction, Evolution and Sexuality
BIOL 132 – Biodiversity and Conservation
|200 Level Courses|
BIOL 219 – New Zealand Flora and Fauna
BIOL 222 – Ecology and Environment
BIOL 227 – Plants and Algae: Function and Diversity
BIOL 228 – Animal Diversity
BIOL 234 – Special Topic
BIOL 236 – Environmental Microbiology
BIOL 241 – Genetics
BIOL 243 – Physiology and Pharmacology
BIOL 244 – Introductory Biochemistry
BIOL 252 – Cell and Developmental Biology
BIOL 271 – Introductory Marine Biology
|300 Level Courses|
BIOL 325 – Global Change Biology
BIOL 327 – Population and Community Ecology
BIOL 328 – Behaviour and Conservation Ecology
BIOL 329 – Evolution
BIOL 334 – Cell and Immunobiology
BIOL 335 – Advanced Physiology
BIOL 336 – Special Topic
BIOL 339 – Cellular Regulation
BIOL 340 – Genes and Genomes
BIOL 343 – Advanced Genetics
BIOL 370 – Field Marine Biology
BIOL 371 – Marine Ecology
BIOL 372 – Applied Marine Biology