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Undergraduate Biomedical Science - frequently asked questions

  1. » What does a full-time year consist of for students?
  2. » Can I study the Biomedical Science major part-time?
  3. » Can I take more than eight courses per year? E.g. you have transferred in from another programme and are missing core courses
  4. » Can I take Biomedical Science as part of a conjoint degree?
  5. » Can I take a double major with Biomedical Science?
  6. » Which General Education courses can I take as part of this degree?
  7. » How many out-of-faculty courses can I take in Biomedical Science?
  8. » Can I transfer to Biomedical Science from other degree programmes after first year?
  9. » Can I transfer from BHSc to Biomedical Science after Year 1?
  10. » If I transfer into Biomedical Science and am missing required courses, how will I make these up and still complete my degree in three years?
  11. » Which courses should I take to complete the ’45 points from the Science schedule’ requirement for Biomedical Science?
  12. » How do I enrol in my courses?
  13. » Which Statistics course can I take and when should I do it?
  14. » I failed the first year prerequisite for a second year course in the Biomedical Science programme. Can I take it again alongside the second year course?
  15. » I failed one or more than one course in the Biomedical Science programme. Will I be taken out of the programme?
  16. » What courses should I take for my second year of Biomedical Science?
  17. » How do I know what third year courses to take for Biomedical Science?
  18. » If I can’t get into my choice of Stage III courses will I still be able to take postgraduate studies in my preferred area of biomedical study?
  19. » What Science Schedule courses should I take?
  20. » What grade do I need to be selected for honours?

What does a full-time year consist of for students?


One full-time year is made up of eight courses.

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Can I study the Biomedical Science major part-time?


Yes. However, if you intend to apply for the following programmes, you will need to be a full-time first-year student:

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Can I take more than eight courses per year? E.g. you have transferred in from another programme and are missing core courses


Yes. You must complete the full requirements for the programme, but it is possible to progress to a third-year option while catching up prescribed courses. You can take up to 11 courses per year, although four courses per semester (and one course in summer school if required) is a recommended workload. Please be aware that if you take more courses than this in any given semester your GPA may reduce slightly, as the workload will be significantly higher.

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Can I take Biomedical Science as part of a conjoint degree?


No. Biomedical Science is not available as a major or specialisation in a conjoint. Students wanting to pursue this area of study within a conjoint may do it under a Biological Sciences, Pharmacology or Physiology major, taking the core courses from the Biomedical Science specialisation including BIOSCI 201-203, MEDSCI 205 and other MEDSCI or BIOSCI courses to meet the full requirement of the chosen major.

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Can I take a double major with Biomedical Science?


No. Because of the number of required courses in Biomedical Science there is not room to include a second subject. Students wishing to add another major (e.g. Statistics, Maths or Computer Science) should mirror the core of Biomedical Science in the Biological Sciences or Physiology majors to allow space for the second option.

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Which General Education courses can I take as part of this degree?


General Education courses are identified by a “G” suffix to their course code (e.g. HISTORY 103G). Courses in the programme are organised into six schedules.

The ones that are related to Science are the following:

  • Open Schedule (O)
  • Engineering, Medical and Health Sciences, Science (EMHSS)

Note: students taking a BSc in Biomedical Science wishing to apply to Bachelor of Medical Imaging (Honours), Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Optometry and Bachelor of Pharmacy after their first year must take one General Education course in Year 1.

For more information visit General Education.

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How many out-of-faculty courses can I take in Biomedical Science?


Students enrolled from 2019

Students can include up to two courses (30 points) from out-of-faculty courses as part of this specialisation. This does not include General Education courses, or courses taken as part of a module. POPLHLTH 111 will count as one out-of-faculty course.

Students enrolled prior to 2019

None. This programme is highly prescribed, therefore there is no room to take any out-of-faculty course during your degree. POPLHLTH 111 will count as a BSc course if you applied for Medicine in Year 1.

 

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Can I transfer to Biomedical Science from other degree programmes after first year?


Yes, you can transfer if there is space in the programme, but you will need a GPA of at least 4.0 from a minimum of 60 points of full-time university study. Entry into the first-year Biomedical Science cohorts is highly competitive and New Zealand high school leavers get guaranteed entrance once they achieve the required rank score. All other applications are waitlisted and assessed in late January/February once we have finalised enrolment of the students with guaranteed entrance.

Students who have already completed the required Stage I courses (or received credit for these courses) and wish to transfer, will also need a GPA of at least 4.0 and entry will depend on the applicants’ grades and seats available.

There is only one intake each year for Biomedical Science which starts in Semester One.

 

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Can I transfer from BHSc to Biomedical Science after Year 1?


Yes, you can if there is space in the programme and if your GPA for the year is at least 4.0. Not all BHSc first-year courses will be credited. If there isn’t space in the programme but you would like to move into a BSc and you meet entry requirements, we will accept you into a BSc in another major (e.g. Biological Sciences, Pharmacology or Physiology, where you can take the core courses from Biomedical Science) and you can apply to transfer into Biomedical Science at a later stage. In BHSc you will have completed the following Stage I Biomedical Science courses:

  • BIOSCI 107
  • CHEM 110
  • MEDSCI 142
  • POPLHLTH 111
  • GEN ED elective
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If I transfer into Biomedical Science and am missing required courses, how will I make these up and still complete my degree in three years?


You do not need to complete your degree in three years unless you are applying for honours, so you may take an extra semester to do so, although the availability of courses may affect how you structure your degree.

If you would prefer to complete in three years you may take extra courses at Year 2 to create space in Year 3 to complete the Stage III requirements and ensure you have all the prerequisites. You can take a maximum of 11 courses per year, so taking five courses in one semester or taking up to two courses in Summer School are also ways to shorten the time it takes to complete your degree.

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Which courses should I take to complete the ’45 points from the Science schedule’ requirement for Biomedical Science?


Biomedical Science includes 45 points from Science courses. These can be any level and completed at any time, and is up to you whether they are courses that complement the Biomedical Science courses, or are simply those that interest you. Some students take extra Stage III courses (e.g. those wanting to do postgraduate study, and those applying for BBiomedHons who need six Stage III courses), while some prefer to lighten the load and take more Stage I courses.

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How do I enrol in my courses?


To enrol in your courses for your first year you will use the Timetable Planner cohort function. If you need any assistance with your enrolments please contact the Science Student Centre at scifac@auckland.ac.nz.

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Which Statistics course can I take and when should I do it?


STATS 101, STATS 108 or BIOSCI 209 will all meet the course requirement for Biomedical Science. Your chosen course can fit into your timetable at any time, or be taken in Summer School. All papers cover basic statistics, the difference being that STATS 108 uses commerce examples while BIOSCI 209 uses biological investigation examples.

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I failed the first year prerequisite for a second year course in the Biomedical Science programme. Can I take it again alongside the second year course?


Students are not permitted to take Stage II or Stage III courses in the Biomedical Science programme without the prerequisites. This is to maintain the standard of the programme, and ensure students are adequately prepared before moving to the next level. On rare occasions an exception is made where a documented event beyond the student’s control has impacted on otherwise sound performance in part of a course.

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I failed one or more than one course in the Biomedical Science programme. Will I be taken out of the programme?


No. Students can take as long as they need to complete the Biomedical Science programme.

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What courses should I take for my second year of Biomedical Science?


The compulsory courses for the second year are BIOSCI 201-203, MEDSCI 205.
You should also choose three of MEDSCI 201, 203, 204, 206, [either MEDSCI 202 or BIOSCI 204], or PSYCH 202.

You may then take either your STATS requirement (STATS 101, 108 or BIOSCI 209) or your second General Education course if you have already completed one in the previous year. The three courses of choice should be chosen to meet prerequisites for the third year courses you wish to take. The table above has suggestions for second year courses which relate to a range of areas of interest.

Some courses have a minimum GPA requirement. If you have not met this you could use the 30 points of other Science courses usually taken in third year to raise your GPA before getting access to the restricted courses, or choose an alternative. Once courses are full you will need to select something else.

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How do I know what third year courses to take for Biomedical Science?


The regulations for the programme require two MEDSCI 3XX, two BIOSCI 3XX, one (MEDSCI or BIOSCI 3XX or PSYCH 305 or CHEM 390 or CHEM 392). This is a total of five Stage III courses. You may choose any third year courses which meet this regulation. However, a range of suggested options which reflect areas of biomedical research are shown in the table above.

You can also choose to take your two (30 pts) other Science courses to complete your third year. Finally students applying for BBiomedHons need six Stage III courses.

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If I can’t get into my choice of Stage III courses will I still be able to take postgraduate studies in my preferred area of biomedical study?


As long as your GPA is high enough for access to the preferred courses and you have at least some background in the desired area this is possible.

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What Science Schedule courses should I take?


You may take any course from the Science Schedule.

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What grade do I need to be selected for honours?


A GPA of at least 6.5 across the six courses in Year 3. Up to 60 students will be selected.

 

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