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Biological Sciences

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.

Please note

From 2018 Biological Sciences will be replaced by Ecology & Biodiversity and Molecular & Cellular Biology at the Hamilton campus. Year 3 of Biological Sciences will remain available in Tauranga for students who have already begun the NZ Diploma in Environmental Management - Marine or Terrestrial (Levels 5 and 6) with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Biological Sciences

Whether you enjoy solving problems in a laboratory or working outdoors, our Biological Sciences programme will provide you with the ultimate learning environment. Surrounded by lakes, rivers, intriguing ecosystems, and many important biological industries, the University of Waikato is uniquely placed in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island.

Waikato University’s Biological Sciences research is highly regarded internationally. Our projects are supported by multi-million dollar investments from government and industry, many of which have significant iwi and other community involvement. These include lakes management, freshwater ecology, horticultural and agricultural research, coastal marine science and aquaculture, urban restoration, animal behaviour and physiology, medical microbiology and Antarctic ecosystems. This funding supports many student and collaborative projects, together with scholarship and postgraduate opportunities.

Facilities

The University of Waikato’s School of Science is home to a suite of well-equipped laboratories. Research units and facilities within Biological Sciences include the Waikato Stable Isotope Unit, the Waikato DNA Sequencing Facility, the Thermophile & Microbial Biochemistry & Biotechnology Unit, the International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research, the University of Waikato Herbarium (a controlled environment glasshouse facility), and field centres for freshwater and coastal marine science.

Build a successful career

Careers in Biological Sciences come in many shapes and sizes, with many offering opportunities for travel. From managing the Savannah animals at Hamilton Zoo, to working with embryos at a London fertility clinic, our graduates find jobs in exciting and challenging industries in New Zealand and overseas. You could find a career as an ecologist managing the restoration of natural ecosystems, a physiologist aiming to understand how organisms function, or a geneticist using DNA as the key to identifying diseases or organisms.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Area of Study:

Study Biological Sciences in these qualifications

Career opportunities

  • Agricultural Researcher
  • Biosecurity Officer
  • Environmental Microbiologist
  • Conservation Officer
  • Fisheries Scientist
  • Forensic Technician
  • Geneticist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Medical Sciences Technician
  • Plant Physiologist

Start by enrolling in the NZ Diploma in Environmental Management - Marine or Terrestrial Level 6 with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. Once you've completed the full two years of the diploma with at least a B grade average, you can then apply to enrol in the University's Biological Sciences papers offered in Tauranga.


500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
BIOEB592Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
BIOEB593Ecology and Biodiversity Thesis90.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
BIOEB594Ecology and Biodiversity Thesis120.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
BIOMO592Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
BIOMO593Molecular and Cellular Biology Thesis90.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
BIOMO594Molecular and Cellular Biology Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SCIEN589Directed Study15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga), 21C (Hamilton) & 21C (Tauranga)
No description available.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
BIOEB800Ecology and Biodiversity MPhil Thesis120.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
No description available.
BIOMO800Molecular and Cellular Biology MPhil Thesis120.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
BIOEB900Ecology and Biodiversity PhD Thesis120.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
No description available.
BIOMO900Mollecular and Cellular Biology PhD Thesis120.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
No description available.

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Anne Shannon Scholarship  Closed

For students who are enrolled in their second year of full-time study in either a BSc or BSc(Tech) majoring in Ecology & Biodiversity or Molecular & Cellular Biology. Applicants must be enrolled in at least 60 points of papers coded BIOEBxxx or BIOMOxxx. The scholarship will have a value of $2,500 per year for two years.

Brian Perry Charitable Trust Undergraduate Scholarship in Science & Engineering  Closed

For students who are enrolled in the second year of full-time study towards an undergraduate degree, in the School of Science or the School of Engineering at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of up to $3,000.

Hamilton Zoo - University of Waikato Science & Engineering Scholarship  Closed

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.

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School of Science
Phone: 0800 924 528 or +64 7 838 4625
Email: [email protected]

Website: sci.waikato.ac.nz
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