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BSc - Biomedical Sciences as a major

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.

Biomedical Sciences investigates the biological basis of human health and disease to improve healthcare outcomes.

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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,821 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $36,830 - $38,305 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). *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.

Career opportunities

  • Clinical laboratory scientist
  • Health and safety inspector
  • Laboratory technician/scientist in research institutes
  • Medical/Pharmaceutical/Biotech industries and universities
  • Medical science writer
  • Research technician
  • Study/research coordinator

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Biomedical Sciences takes a multi-faceted and applied approach to improving the hauora of our communities. It embraces an integrative approach to developing biomedical understandings and skills that will allow students to work across the health sector.

Biomedical Sciences is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Health (BHealth) and the Bachelor of Science (BSc). Biomedical Sciences may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Biomedical Sciences as a single major for the BHealth, or the BSc, students must gain 135 points from the papers listed for Biomedical Sciences, including 105 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete BIOMD101, BIOMO101, BIOMO202, BIOMO204; 30 points from BIOMD205, BIOMO201, BIOMO203, HPSCI203, PSYCH203; and BIOMD301, BIOMD303, BIOMD306.

To complete Biomedical Sciences as part of a double major for the BHealth, BSc or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Biomedical Sciences, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete BIOMD101, BIOMO101, BIOMO202, BIOMO204; 15 points from BIOMD205, BIOMO201, BIOMO203, HPSCI203, PSYCH203; BIOMD301, BIOMD303 and BIOMD306.

To complete a minor in Biomedical Sciences, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Biomedical Sciences major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

Biomedical Sciences is also available as a subject in the Certificate in Health and Wellbeing. To complete the Certificate in Health and Wellbeing in Biomedical Sciences, students must complete 120 points at 100 level or above, including BIOMD101, BIOMO101, HELTH102, HELTH120 and at least two of: BIOEB101, CHEMY100, HMDEV100, HPSCI101, HTHPR101, MAORI150, PSYCH100, SDCOA101, SDCOA102.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
BIOEB101Concepts of Biology - Ngā Huatau o te Koiora15.024A (Hamilton)
An introduction to the foundations of biology, including the structure and functioning of cells, evolution, the origins and diversity of life, and a tour of the major forms of life and their defining characteristics. He whakataki tenei pepa i nga matapono o te koiora taea noatia te hanganga me nga whainga o te putau, o te kuneroa...
BIOMD101Introduction to Human Biology - Tinana Tangata Koiora15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
This paper will introduce the student to the basics of human anatomy and physiology. He whakataki tenei pepa i te hunga tauira ki nga tuapapa o te matai tinana me te matai whaiaroaro o te ira tangata.
BIOMO101Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology - Mātai Pūtau a Mātai Rāpoi Ngota Koiora15.024B (Hamilton)
An introduction to the central concepts of Molecular and Cellular Biology, including the ultrastructure and function of cells, the biochemical processes involved, and the role of DNA in cellular function, inheritance and evolution. He whakataki tenei pepa i nga aria pokapu o te Matai Putau, Matai Rapoi hoki, tae atu ana ki te ngota...
CHEMY100Chemistry in Context - Matū o te Ao15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
This paper covers a broad range of chemical concepts that are fundamental to the sciences and engineering. A strong emphasis is made to teach concepts through real-life examples from the world around us. He toro na tenei pepa i nga tumomo tuapapa o te matai matu kei te tuapapa o nga horopaki putaiao, pukaha hoki He kaha hangai te ...
HELTH102Drugs in Sport and Society15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
This paper introduces students to foundational academic skills using the context of drug use for purposes of recreation and performance enhancement.
HELTH120Navigating Hauora in Aotearoa and the Pacific15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
This paper explores Hauora in Aotearoa from Maori and Pacific perspectives. Students will develop an understanding of the significance, relevance, and adoption of cultural concepts and perspectives, Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi, and a range of Maori and Pacific hauora models and frameworks in national, regional, and loca...
HMDEV100Lifespan Development15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Online) & 24B (Tauranga)
HMDEV100 focuses on understanding and enhancing human development through an exploration of biological, psychological, social and cultural factors that influence patterns of development and learning over the lifespan.
HPSCI101Introduction to Human Performance Science15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
This paper will provide an introduction to Human Performance Science.
HTHPR101Promoting Mental and Physical Health15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
This paper provides a broad introduction to health promotion. It includes an overview of core models for health promotion from medicine, psychology, sociology, and education. A range of key aspects of mental and physical health that are a focus of health promotion will be introduced.
MAORI150Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
This paper seeks to provide a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It reviews historical and contemporary interpretations and takes into account the interplay of contextual issues of the time.
PSYCH100Brain, Behaviour and Cognition15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
This paper introduces perceptual systems, mechanisms of learning, emotions and motivation, the biological basis of psychology, such as brain structure and functioning, processes underlying behaviour, memory and cognition.
SDCOA101Sport, Culture and Development: Trends and Issues15.024B (Hamilton), 24B (Online) & 24B (Tauranga)
In this paper students will gain an introduction to sociological understandings of sport and movement cultures. They will develop new ways of critically thinking about the important role sport plays in contemporary society, including the economy, politics, tourism, the media, and our sense of identity, belonging and community. Stud...
SDCOA102The Coaching Process15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
Understanding the coaching process is fundamental to supporting the development of athletes across participation, development, and high-performance contexts. The purpose of this paper is to introduce students to the study of sport coaching, providing students with the knowledge and skills required to design and deliver high quality...

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
BIOMO201Biochemistry15.024B (Hamilton)
The aim of this paper is to familiarize students with the structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates (as fundamental molecules of life). Students will be introduced to molecular techniques used to study these molecules and gain an appreciation of how they interact in living organisms in health and d...
BIOMO202Genetics15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper deals with genetics in the widest sense from the molecular and cellular to the applied and evolutionary. Both prokaryote and eukaryote genetics are discussed with respect to DNA replication, hereditary, gene expression and control, and the role of mutations at both the DNA and chromosomal levels. The paper provides a pat...
BIOMO203Microbiology15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper will focus on microbial cell structure, function, and metabolism. Content and context will be drawn from both human and environmental examples. Students will acquire skills in microbiological laboratory techniques, data collection, data analysis, and report presentation. This paper is required for the Molecular and Cellu...
BIOMO204Cell and Organ Physiology in Health and Disease15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper integrates basic cell physiology with organ-based physiology and histology, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the structure-function relationships in physiological processes. Intercellular communication, tissue/organ structure and systems physiology will be discussed in the context of health and di...
HELTH220Facilitating Hauora in Aotearoa and the Pacific15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
This paper explores conceptual and applied understandings of Maori and Pacific health and wellbeing, with a focus on dual impacts of colonisation and social determinants of health. It also explores the relationship between traditional whenua-based practices of hauora and their relevance to modern society. Underpinning the paper is ...
HPSCI203Nutrition for Health and Exercise15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
This paper will include an overview of nutrition in the context of sport and health related settings, with focus on understanding the roles of macro and micro-nutrients, energy balance, measurement of resting, exercising energy expenditure, chronic lifestyle related disease and influences on current diet practices.
PSYCH203Cognitive Neuroscience15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
This paper will provide students with an overview of current findings and theories of cognitive neuroscience, cognitive development, and cognitive processes such as memory, attention, language, and decision making.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
BIOMD301Anatomy and Pathophysiology15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper will build on the core principles of human anatomy and physiology and explore how it relates to hauora and human disease.
BIOMD303Infection and Immunity15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper will focus on the understanding of specific infectious diseases, infection control and the functioning of the immune system in the host.
BIOMD306Molecular Biology and Health15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper will provide the application of molecular biology knowledge and skills in the health sciences. This paper is specifically designed to bring together the areas of genetics, biochemistry, microbiology and physiology and look at how they are informing the prevention and treatment of human diseases. Throughout the paper, Uni...

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
BIOMD501Technology in Biomedicine: From Drug Discovery and Development to Precision Medicine15.024B (Hamilton)
In this paper, students will gain an understanding of how technology, including artificial intelligence, is used in disease diagnosis, drug development and precision medicine.
BIOMD592Dissertation60.024X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
BIOMO502Molecular Genetics in Health and Disease15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper explores how modern molecular approaches are contributing to our understanding of molecular genetics and how this information can be exploited to benefit animal and human health.
BIOMO504Biomedical Physiology15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper examines select topics in human/animal physiology in the context of functioning of the organism in health and disease. Elements of molecular biology, genetics, animal models of diseases, and pharmacology are used to present students with an integrated approach to physiological research.
BIOMO511Current Topics in the Biomedical Sciences15.024A (Hamilton)
There is a significant amount of research addressing global biomedical challenges such as obesity, cancer, neurological diseases, cardiovascular disease and microbial infections. This paper will introduce students to the issues faced by researchers in the biomedical space and the current approaches being used to come up with soluti...
HSHUP501Research Methods in Health, Sport and Human Performance30.024A (Hamilton)
This paper will allow students to develop their skills for finding and analysing literature, gain an understanding of different research designs, methodologies and ethical issues in health, sport and human performance settings, learn different statistical and analysis techniques. This paper will split into two streams where studen...

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