Biological Science is the study of life.
The scope of Biological Sciences (Biology) is extensive. It covers the structure and function of all living organisms, their relationships and evolutionary origins. It also looks at their interactions, and the physical and chemical worlds around them.
The biological sciences have never been more important for preserving New Zealand’s economic prosperity and the natural biodiversity of our islands in the face of global threats such as climate change and population growth.
Discovery in the biosciences has advanced at breathtaking speed. This has led to a new generation of therapies in health and medicine, sustainable consumer-focused products in agbiotech industries, and novel strategies for the protection of fragile ecosystems.
We teach courses that span the spectrum of biology from atoms and molecules to ecosystems, with each of these areas supported by active research groups and well equipped facilities:
- Evolutionary biology
- Marine, freshwater and animal biology
- Molecular biology
- Plant sciences
If you’re keen to study in an exciting field with a big future, then Biological Sciences is a great choice.
The University of Auckland is ranked first in New Zealand for Biological Sciences, and we’re number one for Employer Reputation in the Life Sciences and Medicine, which includes Biological Sciences.*
Where can Biological Sciences take you?
Our graduates find employment in government, industries, Crown Research Institutes and the private sector. Areas of work include:
- Biomedicine, biomedical research
- Biotechnology, food, brewing, dairy and pharmaceutical industries
- Conservation, plant protection and quarantine
- Education, environmental resource management and planning
- Marine biology, ecology, aquaculture and fisheries
- Parks, zoo and nursery management
Undergraduate study in Biological Sciences
Learn about your undergraduate study options for Biological Sciences.
What can you study in Biological Sciences?
You can study Biological Sciences as a major in the Bachelor of Science (BSc).
Biology lies at the core of New Zealand’s economic and natural environments. The biological sciences have never been more important for preserving our economic prosperity and the natural biodiversity of our islands in the face of global threats such as climate change and population growth.
Discovery in the biosciences has advanced at breathtaking speed, leading to a new generation of therapies in health and medicine, sustainable consumer-focused products in ag biotech industries, and novel strategies for the protection of fragile ecosystems.
The Biological Sciences major captures the transformational potential of modern bioscience across all areas, giving students an integrated knowledge base across the discipline, with training in the relevant skillsets for employment in this area while offering the opportunity for specialist study choices in niche areas.
Structuring your programme in Biological Sciences
If you began your degree prior to 2019 we recommend you seek advice to make sure you are taking the correct courses. Contact the Science Student Centre at [email protected].Browse undergraduate courses in Biological Scienceshttps://www.youtube.com/embed/IX9ONWvN82s?rel=0&vq=hd720&autohide=1&modestbranding=1&showinfo=1&&iv_load_policy=3&enablejsapi=1&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.auckland.ac.nz
Where can undergraduate study in Biological Sciences take you?
Many avenues open up to graduates with training in Biological Sciences.
Jobs related to Biological Sciences include:
- Aquaculture, aquatic or marine biologist
- Biomedical representative
- Environmental consultant
- Fisheries or food scientist
- Lab technician or research scientist
Further study options
- Bachelor of Science (Honours)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Science
- Postgraduate Diploma in Bioscience Enterprise
- Master of Science
- Doctor of Philosophy
Help and advice
For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.
Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(Beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
23 Symonds Street