Faculty of Science - Leading creativity and innovation in the sciences

Undergraduate major in Biological Sciences

Subject description


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, and their interactions with each other and with the physical and chemical worlds about them.


Undergraduate Biological Sciences

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


Postgraduate Biological Sciences

The School of Biological Sciences covers a wide range of disciplines from biotechnology and biomedical science to marine biology and terrestrial ecology. Broad research areas include cell biology and biochemistry, ecology, evolution and behaviour, microbiology, molecular genetics and development, plant sciences, proteomics and biomedicine and structural biology.

There are opportunities for work on projects jointly supervised by staff in other departments in the Faculty of Science, as well as cross-faculty collaborations. Research projects can also be undertaken by joint supervision with staff in the biotechnology company Protemix Corporation and the AgResearch Laboratory for Structural Biology, at various Crown Research Institutes, the Department of Conservation, the Auckland Museum and other outside organisations.



Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Biological Sciences major

Single or first major must include:

Second major must include:

Plan your degree with our Biological Sciences planner.



Career opportunities

Trained biologists might find employment locally and internationally working for industry, government departments, Crown Research Institutes; and the private sector, in such areas as the biotechnology, food, brewing, dairy and pharmaceutical industries, conservation, plant protection and quarantine, biomedicine, biomedical research, marine biology and ecology, aquaculture and fisheries, parks, zoo and nursery management, education, and environmental resource management and planning.


Help and advice

For further information, refer to the Biological Sciences Undergraduate Handbook or contact the undergraduate advisers in Biological Sciences:

Stage I Adviser
Mandy Harper
Room 101, Level 1, Biology Building
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87794

Stage II and III Adviser
Dr Kathryn Jones
Room 106, Level 1, Biology Building
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88703

Alternatively, you are welcome to call at the Student Resource Centre, located on Level 2 of the Biology Building (5 Symonds Street). SRC staff can help you with general enquiries and refer you on to the relevant academic advisors. Their opening hours are 9am - 4pm.

Phone: + 64 9 373 7599 ext 87297
Email: ugadvice-biosci@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.sbs.auckland.ac.nz


Further information