Biological Sciences


As the new millennium unfolds, the impact of biology on our lives continues to broaden. New developments - particularly in gene technology - have carried biological science into applications not even thought possible as little as a decade ago. For the new generation of biologists it is more important than ever to keep the subject in perspective, because the future lies in developing skills in both the molecular and whole organism/ecosystem aspects of the discipline.

Areas of study

The School of Biological Sciences teaches a wide range of courses in ecology, plant sciences, biotechnology, molecular biology, genetics, biomedicine; and marine, freshwater and animal biology. Each of these areas is supported by active research groups. The Tāmaki Campus specialises in teaching and research in environmental biology. The School of Biological Sciences is fully equipped with the facilities necessary for modern biological and biomedical research.

You can study Biological Sciences in the following programmes:

What you will learn

Biology is a science which is concerned with the study of life. Its scope is extensive, covering the structure and function of all living organisms, their relationships and evolutionary origins, as well as their interactions with each other and with the physical and chemical worlds about them.

Career opportunities

Trained biologists might find employment working for industry, government departments, Crown Research Institutes and the private sector, in areas such as: The biotechnology, food, brewing, dairy and pharmaceutical industries Conservation, plant protection and quarantine Biomedicine and biomedical research Marine biology, ecology, aquaculture and fisheries Parks, zoo and nursery management Education Environmental resource management and planning

More information

For more information see Biological Sciences.