BSc - Biological Sciences as a major
From 2018 Biological Sciences will be replaced by Ecology & Biodiversity and Molecular & Cellular Biology at the Hamilton campus. It will still be available as a Postgraduate subject and as a major for the BSc in Tauranga by first enrolling with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.
If you're intrigued by the natural world around you, or enjoy understanding how things work, Waikato's Bachelor of Science (BSc) is what you're looking for. Putting into practice what you learn in your lectures is a major part of this degree. You will gain hands-on experience with some of the most up-to-date and high-tech computing facilities and laboratory equipment.
As a Biological Sciences student at the University of Waikato you will benefit from our practical and innovative approach to teaching, as well as one-on-one time with world-renowned researchers.
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Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
|Start Dates:||Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)|
$6,922 per year
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|Fees (International):||$28,290 per year|
|Entry Requirements:||Undergraduate International|
|*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.|
- Agricultural Researcher
- Biosecurity Officer
- Environmental Microbiologist
- Conservation Officer
- Fisheries Scientist
- Forensic Technician
- Marine Biologist
- Medical Sciences Technician
- Plant Physiologist
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Papers available within Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences incorporates the major traditional biological disciplines of Botany, Microbiology and Zoology with the interdisciplinary subjects of Biochemistry, Physiology, Genetics, Ecology and Behaviour.
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|BIOEB203||Animal Structure and Function||18A (Hamilton) & 18A (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...|
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|BIOL310||Advanced Genetics||18A (Hamilton)|
|A study of advanced microbial and eukaryotic genetics, DNA topology, nucleotide sequencing, regulation of gene expression, uses of recombinant DNA technology, and population genetics.|
|BIOL312||Applied Terrestrial Ecology||18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)|
|A course that explores ecological principles, ecosystem dynamics and functioning, restoration, conservation genetics, conservation ecology, forest ecosystems, pest control and protection of native species.|
|BIOL313||Applied Freshwater Ecology||18A (Hamilton) & 18A (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.|
|BIOL314||Marine Biology and Monitoring||18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)|
|An introduction to the structure and function of marine ecosystems. This paper also covers human impacts on marine environments, including fisheries, as well as the design of ecological surveys and experiments. Field trip and practical classes are integral to the course.|
|BIOL324||Aquaculture Reproduction and Early Life Stages||18B (Tauranga)|
|Students will study the under-lying reproductive physiology and developmental biology of early life cycle strategies used by aquatic animal species. This knowledge will be examined for its use in the husbandry, breeding and production of species in aquaculture.|
|BIOL325||Plant Function||18A (Hamilton)|
|An introduction to the discipline of plant physiological ecology and the interactions of plants with their environment. Includes an emphasis on practical techniques for measuring plant microclimate, photosynthesis and water use.|
|BIOL326||Advanced Topics in Plant Biology||This paper will not be taught in 2018.|
|This paper will not be taught in 2018.|
|BIOL333||Advanced Animal Behaviour||18B (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.|
|BIOL335||Mammalian Physiology||18A (Hamilton)|
|An examination of selected aspects of mammalian physiology, normally including the physiology of respiration, digestion, muscle, reproduction and lactation.|
|BIOL338||Advanced Zoology||18B (Hamilton)|
|An examination of the evolutionary biology of animals, including structure, function and evolutionary adaptation of selected invertebrates and vertebrates.|
|BIOL341||Microbial Physiology and Ecology||18B (Hamilton)|
|A study of the physiology of bacteria with emphasis on their great metabolic diversity and on the unifying principles of energy generation. Includes Archaebacteria and bacteria of extreme environments.|
|BIOL351||Advanced Biochemistry||18B (Hamilton)|
|This paper will examine mechanisms underlying cellular communication and trafficking of proteins between organelles, cellular stress responses, cell death, metabolic regulation in relation to control of enzyme activity and stability as well as human diseases (eg diabetes), mammalian vision, toxicology and inflammation.|
|BIOL362||Molecular Biology and Biotechniques||18C (Block)|
|This paper examines the molecular biological technologies used to analyse and manipulate DNA, RNA and proteins. It includes coverage of the major recombinant DNA techniques during an intensive two week course.|
|Industrial biotechnology, applications of enzymes and micro-organisms, principles of bioreactor and fermenter design and operation, industrial separations, and purifying biological material.|
Scholarships and prizes
Selected scholarships for Biological Sciences students.
New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.
Anne Shannon Scholarship Closed
For students who are studying towards a degree with a major in Biological Sciences or are enrolled in a specified programme including a major in Biological Sciences at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of $2,500 per year for two years.
For students who are enrolled in the second year of full-time study towards an undergraduate degree, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of up to $5,000.
Closing Date: 28 Jun 2018
For students who are enrolled full-time and have completed the second year of the Bachelor of Science (Technology) degree. The scholarship will have a value of $14,000 and a one year placement with the Hamilton Zoo.
The Hicks Scholarship Closed
For students who are enrolled or intend to enrol at any New Zealand University to undertake the research portion of their Masters degree in agriculture, horticulture, arborculture, viticulture or animal husbandry. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $15,000.