Faculty of Science

Ecology and Biodiversity

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

This subject is taught by the School of Biological Sciences.


At Victoria's School of Biological Sciences, you'll learn about the huge diversity of plants, animals, and micro-organisms that inhabit the Earth. After a broad introduction, the major in Ecology and Biodiversity focuses on areas of plant, animal, and ecosystem diversity and function.

Topics include physical and biological processes in ecology, genetics and molecular biology, statistics, plant ecology and conservation, animal ecology and behaviour, and evolution. You'll find it helpful to have some elementary knowledge of Biology and Statistics.

Wellington offers access to some unique centres of native biodiversity including Otari-Wilton's Bush, Kapiti Island Nature Reserve and Zealandia, the urban wildlife sanctuary in Karori. Current research interests include tuatara evolution and conservation, insect invasions, and sex in plants.

For a career that has anything to do with the understanding and management of living things and their interactions with people, a Bachelor of Science (BSc) major in Ecology and Biodiversity is ideal.

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Undergraduate information

Ecology and Biodiversity major requirements

  1. BIOL 111, 113, 114, STAT 193
  2. BIOL 222, 227, 228, 241
  3. BIOL 329; 40 further points from BIOL 325, 327, 328

Postgraduate information

Information about postgraduate study in Ecology and Biodiversity can be found on the School of Biological Sciences website.

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How to find out more

Want to find out more about studying at Victoria? Register now to find out more about your study options and keep updated on application and enrolment information, open days and events.

If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email course-advice@vuw.ac.nz.

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty office for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

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 RyanProgramme Director Ecology and Biodiversity
Phone: 04 463 6083

Mary Murray
School Administrator
Phone: 04 463 5339
Email: biosci@vuw.ac.nz

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