Biological Sciences (2020)

Biological Sciences incorporates the major traditional biological disciplines of Botany, Microbiology and Zoology with the interdisciplinary subjects of Biochemistry, Physiology, Genetics, Ecology and Behaviour.

Note: From 2018 the Biological Sciences major/subject will be replaced with the two majors/subjects, Ecology & Biodiversity and Molecular & Cellular Biology at the Hamilton campus. It will still be available as a major for the BSc in Tauranga by first enrolling with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. This means there will be no new enrolments in the Biological Sciences major/subject (outside of existing guaranteed credit arrangements), Graduate Certificate, or Graduate Diploma from 2018. You will need to check Ecology & Biodiversity and Molecular & Cellular Biology for the papers offered in what was Biological Sciences. Students enrolled in 2017 or prior should consult the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science for programme advice.


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  • 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.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three 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.

  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    AQCUL201Invertebrate and algal aquaculture20A (Tauranga)
    This paper will introduce key taxa of invertebrates and algae used in aquaculture, focusing on the biology and physiology of their lifecycles, and common husbandry methods. Particular emphasis will be given to species of relevance to the NZ industry.
    AQCUL202Fish Aquaculture20B (Tauranga)
    This paper will introduce key fish species cultured around the world, with a focus on the biology and physiology of their lifecycle as well as common husbandry methods. Particular emphasis will be given to species of relevance to the New Zealand industry.
    BIOEB203Animal Structure and Function20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper is an integrated theoretical and experimental study of the principles of animal structure and function. Comparative aspects will be emphasised in how animals adapt to their environment. Topics covered include homeostasis, the function of major organ systems, ecophysiology, musculoskeletal design and locomotion. An introd...
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOEB301Advanced Animal Behaviour20B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the development, causation, function and evolutionary history of vertebrate and invertebrate behaviour. It applies behavioural information to conservation biology and animal welfare.
    BIOEB302Advanced Zoology20B (Hamilton)
    An examination of the evolutionary biology of animals, including structure, function and evolutionary adaptation of selected invertebrates and vertebrates.
    BIOEB303Terrestrial Ecology20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper explores ecological theory to understand the dynamics, functioning, and restoration of terrestrial ecosystems in New Zealand and across the globe. Labs, workshops, and a weekend field trip are core components of this paper.
    BIOEB304Freshwater Ecology20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    An introduction to the ecology of lakes and rivers. Topics covered include the structure and function of major freshwater communities, fish and fisheries, human impacts and the management of inland waters.
    BIOEB305Marine Ecology20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    An introduction to the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems. The paper explores the fundamentals of ecology (e.g. disturbance/recovery, recruitment, organism interactions with their environment, nutrient cycles, limits on productivity) in a marine setting. We also cover human impacts on marine environments including fishe...
    BIOEB307Advanced Plant Biology20B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the discipline of plant physiological ecology and the interactions between plants and their environment. Includes an emphasis on practical techniques for measuring plant microclimate, photosynthesis and growth.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOL591Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    BIOL592Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    BIOL593Biological Sciences Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    BIOL594Biological Sciences Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    BIOL595Biological Sciences Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    SCIEN589Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    No description available.
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOL800Biological Sciences MPhil Thesis20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOL900Biological Sciences PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
    No description available.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 3 September 2019 10:51am

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