Biological Sciences incorporates the major traditional biological disciplines of Botany, Microbiology and Zoology with the interdisciplinary subjects of Biochemistry, Physiology, Genetics, Ecology and Behaviour.
Biological Sciences is available as a major for the BSc and BSc(Tech). Biological Sciences may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.
To complete a major in Biological Sciences, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Biological Sciences, including 60 points above 200 level. Students must include at least 15 points in each of molecular biology and organism biology, as outlined in the Faculty of Science and Engineering Undergraduate Handbook. It is recommended that students intending to major in Biological Sciences include BIOL101 and BIOL102 in the first year of their programme of study.
Within the BSc and BSc(Tech) Biological Sciences majors, a specialisation in Restoration Ecology is available. Details of the specialisation requirements can be obtained from the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Prospective MSc candidates should discuss their 300 level papers with the Subject Convenor in order to ensure that a suitable number and combination of papers are taken.
Note: NCEA Level 3 Biology is recommended for students intending to study Biological Sciences. Students who do not have credits in NCEA Level 3 Biology, or equivalent, are advised to discuss their options with the first-year student mentor. Foundation Biology provides the prior knowledge required for studying 100 level papers in Biological Sciences. Amendments to the requirements of the BSc(Hons) are subject to approval by the Universities New Zealand Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP).
Note on Assessment: Maori language tutorials can be arranged on request, subject to the availability of tutors. However, because of the technical nature of the terminology and accepted international practice, this subject requires that assessment for all papers be presented in English.
| 100 level | 200 level | 300 level | Prescriptions for the GradCert(BioSc) and GradDip(BioSc) | Prescriptions for the PGCert(BioSc), PGDip(BioSc), BSc(Hons), MSc and MSc(Tech) | Prescriptions for the MPhil | Prescriptions for the PhD |
|BIOL101 - 14B (SEC) & 14B (HAM) - Cellular and Molecular Biology|
|BIOL102 - 14A (SEC) & 14A (HAM) - The Biology of Organisms|
|CHEM100 - 14A (TGA) & 14A (HAM) - Chemistry for the Life and Environmental Sciences|
|CHEM112 - 14B (SEC) & 14B (HAM) - Chemical Reactivity|
|ENVS101 - 14B (HAM) - Environmental Science|
|BIOL201 - 14A (HAM) - Evolution and Diversity of Life|
|BIOL210 - 14B (HAM) - Introduction to Genetics|
|BIOL212 - 14A (HAM) - Ecology|
|BIOL223 - 14B (HAM) - Plant Biology and Ecology|
|BIOL224 - 14B (TGA) - Aquaculture Reproduction and Early Life Stages|
|BIOL226 - 14T (HAM) - Flora of Aotearoa/New Zealand|
|BIOL227 - Flora of the Pacific|
|BIOL234 - 14A (TGA) & 14A (HAM) - Functional Animal Biology|
|BIOL235 - 14B (HAM) - Humans and Other Mammals: Structure and Function|
|BIOL241 - 14A (HAM) - Microbiology: Form, Function and Metabolism|
|BIOL251 - 14A (HAM) - Biochemistry|
|ENMP222 - 14B (HAM) - Biotechnology: Food and Bioresources|
|BIOL307 - 14A (HAM), 14B (TGA), 14B (HAM), 14C (HAM) & 14Y (HAM) - Special Topic|
|BIOL310 - 14A (HAM) - Advanced Genetics|
|BIOL312 - 14A (TGA) & 14A (HAM) - Applied Terrestrial Ecology|
|BIOL313 - 14B (TGA) & 14B (HAM) - Applied Freshwater Ecology|
|BIOL314 - 14A (TGA) & 14A (HAM) - Marine Biology and Monitoring|
|BIOL325 - 14A (HAM) - Plant Function|
|BIOL326 - Advanced Topics in Plant Biology|
|BIOL333 - 14B (HAM) - Advanced Animal Behaviour|
|BIOL335 - 14A (HAM) - Mammalian Physiology|
|BIOL338 - 14B (HAM) - Advanced Zoology|
|BIOL341 - 14B (HAM) - Microbial Physiology and Ecology|
|BIOL351 - 14A (HAM) - Advanced Biochemistry|
|BIOL362 - 14C (BLK) - Molecular Biology and Biotechniques|
|ENMP322 - 14B (HAM) - Biotechnology|
Prescriptions for the GradCert(BioSc) and GradDip(BioSc)
A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Biological Sciences at an advanced level in their first degree.
Prescriptions for the PGCert(BioSc), PGDip(BioSc), BSc(Hons), MSc and MSc(Tech)
Students in masters degrees are normally required to take a thesis and a selection of papers. Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is only by invitation of the Chairperson. Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Subject Convenor.
|BIOL502 - 14B (HAM) - Research Methods and Skills|
|BIOL503 - 14A (HAM) - Data Analysis and Experimental Design|
|BIOL560 - 14A (HAM) - Freshwater Ecology|
|BIOL561 - 14B (HAM) - Aquatic Ecosystem Modelling|
|BIOL562 - 14A (HAM) - Marine and Estuarine Ecology|
|BIOL563 - 14B (HAM) - Aquatic Field Methods|
|BIOL564 - 14B (HAM) - Restoration Ecology|
|BIOL565 - 14A (HAM) - Molecular Ecology|
|BIOL570 - 14A (HAM) - Plant Ecology|
|BIOL571 - 14B (HAM) - Plant Function|
|BIOL572 - 14B (HAM) - Animal Behaviour|
|BIOL573 - 14A (HAM) - Conservation Biology|
|BIOL574 - 14A (HAM) - Mammalian Physiology|
|BIOL575 - 14B (HAM) - Applied Topics in Physiology|
|BIOL576 - 14A (HAM) - Animal Ecophysiology|
|BIOL577 - 14B (BLK) - Aquatic Toxicology|
|BIOL580 - 14A (HAM) - Human and Applied Microbiology|
|BIOL581 - 14B (HAM) - Microbial Ecology|
|BIOL582 - 14A (HAM) - Biomolecular Structure and Function|
|BIOL583 - 14B (HAM) - Molecular Biochemistry and Metabolism|
|BIOL584 - 14A (HAM) - Molecular Genetics|
|BIOL585 - 14B (HAM) - Human Genetics|
|BIOL588 - 14A (HAM) & 14B (HAM) - Special Topic|
|BIOL590 - 14C (HAM) & 14D (HAM) - Directed Study|
|BIOL591 - 14C (HAM) - Dissertation|
|BIOL592 - 14C (HAM) - Dissertation|
|BIOL593 - 14C (HAM) - Biological Sciences Thesis|
|BIOL594 - 14C (HAM) - Biological Sciences Thesis|
|BIOL595 - 14C (HAM) - Biological Sciences Thesis|
|SCIE501 - 14B (HAM) - Research Methods in the Sciences|
Prescriptions for the MPhil
The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
|BIOL800 - 14C (TGA) & 14C (HAM) - Biological Sciences MPhil Thesis|
Prescriptions for the PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy is a two year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
|BIOL900 - 14C (HAM) - Biological Sciences PhD Thesis|
Current information as of 22 November 2013 1:11pm