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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 and 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.
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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.


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.

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 Faculty of Science and 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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Faculty of Science & Engineering

Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254
Email: contact-hecs@waikato.ac.nz
Website: sci.waikato.ac.nz
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