Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Biological Sciences

There are many options available to you within a BSc Biological Sciences major.

Your BSc programme will consist of courses worth 15 points each, totalling 360 points. You can choose to keep your Biological Sciences major general, or you can follow one of nine pathways as a way to focus your studies further. You can also choose to do a double major, which means you study two Science subjects at the same time.

You must complete the following courses plus a capstone course in your final year of study. The capstone course is a student-led project where you integrate and apply your learning to a real-world problem in your chosen major or specialisation. For Biological Sciences we recommend the capstone course, BIOSCI 399. The capstone course will allow you to debate contemporary issues in biology, and explore how these issues are interpreted from a cultural, political and economic perspective. For other capstone options, see our Capstone courses page.

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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

Biological Sciences pathways

As a Biological Sciences student you’ll take common core courses in each year of study. You can choose to keep your Biological Sciences major general, or you can choose to follow one or more of the following pathways:

Doing a double major with Biological Sciences

If you choose to do a double major in your BSc, we recommend the following subjects to complement Biological Sciences: Anthropological Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Exercise Sciences, Geography, Psychology and Statistics.

Preparing for your Biological Sciences major

Some students will feel more prepared for our Biological Sciences courses if they have already studied some science subjects in high school.

Find out which school subjects will help you feel prepared by reading our Subject guide for school students.  

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)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020