Bachelor of Science (BSc), majoring in Biomedical Science, for students enrolled prior to 2019

Biomedical Science is taught jointly by the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, with courses spread across the City and Grafton Campuses.

Year 1 courses

  • 90 points:
    • BIOSCI 101 Essential Biology: From Genomes to Organisms
    • BIOSCI 106 Foundations of Biochemistry
    • BIOSCI 107 Biology for Biomedical Science: Cellular Processes and Development
    • CHEM 110 Chemistry of the Living World
    • MEDSCI 142 Biology for Biomedical Science: Organ Systems
    • PHYSICS 160 Physics for the Life Sciences
  • 15 points:
    • Elective (for entry to MED, PHARM and OPTOM students must use POPLHLTH 111 Population Health as their elective. Other students may choose to take STATS 101 Introduction to Statistics or STATS 108 Statistics for Commerce, or an alternative elective paper.)
  • 15 points:
    • General Education course approved for this programme*

Year 2 courses

  • 60 points:
    • BIOSCI 201 Cellular and Molecular Biology
    • BIOSCI 202 Genetics
    • BIOSCI 203 Biochemistry
    • MEDSCI 205 The Physiology of Human Organ Systems
  • At least 45 points from:
    • MEDSCI 201 Human Structure and Function
    • MEDSCI 203 Mechanisms of Disease
    • MEDSCI 204 Pharmacology and Toxicology
    • MEDSCI 206 Principles of Neuroscience
    • BIOSCI 204 Principles of Microbiology or MEDSCI 202 Microbiology and Immunology
    • PSYCH 202 Biopsychology

It is then recommended to take either:

  • At least 15 points from:
    • STATS 101 Introduction to Statistics
    • STATS 108 Statistics for Commerce
    • BIOSCI 209 Biometry

Or

  • 15 points: General Education course approved for this programme*

It is up to you to complete these requirements in Year 2 or Year 3, but they must be completed in order to fulfil the requirements of the major.

*Biomedical Science students can only take General Education courses from Schedule O and EMHSS.

Year 3 courses

  • At least 30 points from:
    • BIOSCI 347 Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology
    • BIOSCI 348 Food and Industrial Microbiology
    • BIOSCI 349 Biomedical Microbiology
    • BIOSCI 350 Protein Structure and Function
    • BIOSCI 351 Molecular Genetics
    • BIOSCI 353 Molecular and Cellular Regulation
    • BIOSCI 354 Gene Expression and Gene Transfer
    • BIOSCI 356 Developmental Biology and Cancer
    • BIOSCI 358 Nutritional Science
  • At least 30 points from:
    • MEDSCI 301 Molecular Basis of Disease
    • MEDSCI 302 Cancer Biology
    • MEDSCI 303 Drug Disposition and Kinetics
    • MEDSCI 304 Molecular Pharmacology
    • MEDSCI 305 Systems Pharmacology
    • MEDSCI 306 Principles of Toxicology
    • MEDSCI 307 Neuropharmacology
    • MEDSCI 309 Biophysics of Nerve and Muscle
    • MEDSCI 311 Cardiovascular Biology
    • MEDSCI 312 Endocrinology of Growth and Metabolism
    • MEDSCI 313 Reproductive Biology
    • MEDSCI 314 Immunology
    • MEDSCI 315 Nutrition, Diet and Gene Interactions
    • MEDSCI 316 Sensory Neuroscience: From Molecules to Disease
    • MEDSCI 317 Integrative Neuroscience: From Fetus to Adult
  • At least 15 points** at Stage III from:
    • Biological Sciences
    • Medical Science
    • CHEM 390 Medicinal Chemistry
    • CHEM 392 Issues in Drug Design and Development
    • PSYCH 305 Human Neuroscience
  • At least a further 45 points from the Bachelor of Science Schedule

**Students intending to apply for BBiomedSc(Hons) must complete 90 points (six courses) at Stage III.

Research areas

We strongly recommend you focus your studies on a recognised area of research as you move into your second and third years. There are eight strands of research supported by academic groups at the University of Auckland:

  • Cancer Biology and Therapeutics
  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Biomedicine
  • Genetics and Development
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Neurobiology
  • Nutrition
  • Reproduction, Growth and Metabolism

The table below indicates the range of courses you can choose from to gain experience in each field. Note that these courses may have prerequisites for entry and GPA restrictions - make sure when you plan to consider these.

Research area Part II Recommended preparation courses Part II Desirable courses Part III Recommended courses     Part III Recommended complementary courses
Cancer Biology and Therapeutics BIOSCI 201–203
MEDSCI 203–205
  MEDSCI 301–303 BIOSCI 351, 353, 354, 356, 358
CHEM 390, 392
MEDSCI 306, 314
Cardiovascular Biology BIOSCI 201–203
MEDSCI 205, 206
MEDSCI 201 MEDSCI 309, 311, 316 BIOSCI 350, 351, 353, 354
MEDSCI 301, 305, 317
Cellular and Molecular Biomedicine BIOSCI 201–203
MEDSCI 205
MEDSCI 203, 204, 206 BIOSCI 350, 351, 353 MEDSCI 301, 303–305, 309, 316
Genetics and Development BIOSCI 201–203
MEDSCI 205
MEDSCI 203 BIOSCI 351, 354, 356 BIOSCI 350, 353
MEDSCI 301, 312
Microbiology and Immunology BIOSCI 201–203(BIOSCI 204 or MEDSCI 202)
MEDSCI 203, 205
  BIOSCI 349
MEDSCI 301, 314
BIOSCI 347, 348, 350-353
Neurobiology BIOSCI 201–203
MEDSCI 204–206
MEDSCI 201 or
PSYCH 202
MEDSCI 304, 307, 316, 317 BIOSCI 350, 351, 353, 354
MEDSCI 309, 312
PSYCH 305
Nutrition BIOSCI 201–203
MEDSCI 205
MEDSCI 203, 204, 206(MEDSCI 202 or BIOSCI 204) BIOSCI 358
MEDSCI 312, 315
BIOSCI 348, 351, 353
FOODSCI 301
MEDSCI 301, 306, 307, 314, 316
Reproduction, Growth and Metabolism BIOSCI 201–203
MEDSCI 205
MEDSCI 201, 205 BIOSCI 351
MEDSCI 312, 313
BIOSCI 350, 353, 354, 356, 358
MEDSCI 301, 314

Entry into other programmes from Biomedical Science

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
Biomedical Science students with at least a B+ average in Year 1 may be eligible. Students wishing to be considered for an interview need to take POPLHLTH 111 as their elective course in Year 1. You will also be required to sit the UMAT examination in July of Year 1.

Bachelor of Optometry (BOptom)
Biomedical Science students may apply for selection to Optometry at the end of Year 1. Applicants achieve a minimum B+ average in requisite courses in order to be eligible for interview consideration.

Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Biomedical Science students may apply for selection to Pharmacy at the end of Year 1. Applicants need to have achieved a minimum B- average across all eight courses to be eligible for consideration for an admissions interview.  

Help and advice

For further information and advice on the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, 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
Emailscifac@auckland.ac.nz

For further information about postgraduate study options in Biomedical Science, and advice on applying for Medicine (MBChB)Optometry and Pharmacy, please contact the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (FMHS) Student Centre. 

FMHS Student Centre
Ground floor, Building 503
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
85 Park Road, Grafton
Auckland

Phone: +64 9 923 4888
Emailfmhs@auckland.ac.nz