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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 Medicine 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 is highly recommended. 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 in the conjoint because the number of points required to complete is greater than the size of the conjoint. Students wanting to pursue this area of study within a conjoint may do it under a BIOSCI, PHARMCOL or PHYSIOL major, taking the core courses form the BIOMED major 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 major. Students wishing to add another major (e.g. Statistics, Maths or Computer Science) should mirror the core of the Biomedical Science major in BIOSCI or PHYSIOL 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 (eg, HISTORY 103G). Courses in the programme are organised into six schedules.

The ones that are related to the BSc 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 the MBChB after their first year must take one General Education course in Year 1. Students admitted to the MBChB will not be able to take a second General Education course.

For more information visit General Education.

 

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


None. This programme is highly prescribed, therefore there is no room to take anyout-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, after one semester or after one year, but you will need a GPA of at least 5.0 and entry is not guaranteed as we have limited places. If spaces are limited in Year 2, students will be ranked according to their GPA and selected for entry this way. 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. Courses outside the Science schedule may not count to BSc - Biomedical Science.

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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 5.0. 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. BIOSCI, PHARMCOL or PHYSIOL, where you can take the core courses from BIOMED) and you can apply to transfer into Biomedical Science at a later stage (you will need to maintain a GPA ≥5.0). In BHSc you will have completed the following Year 1 courses:

  • BIOSCI 107
  • CHEM 110
  • MEDSCI 142
  • POPLHLTH 111
  • GEN ED elective

You need the following which can be fitted in as indicated:

  • BIOSCI 101 - Semester One
  • BIOSCI 106 - Semester Two
  • PHYSICS 160 - anytime before completion
  • STATS 101 or 108 - anytime before completion

You may take any course for which you have the prerequisites. The programme should look something like this:

Semester One

  • BIOSCI 101
  • MEDSCI 205
  • two choices from the year 2 list or one choice from this list and Physics (prefer the former)

Semester Two

  • BIOSCI 106
  • BIOSCI 202
  • Remaining Courses from Year2 optional list/ Physics/ other as suitable

Semester One, the following year

  • BIOSCI 201 and Year 3 majoring requirements

Semester Two, the following year

  • BIOSCI 203 and Year 3 majoring requirements
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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 papers 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 - 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 second or third year 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. Therefore you will need to take the course again, and if you cannot move onto the advanced courses because you do not meet the GPA requirement, then you will need to take other courses to bring your GPA up (e.g. 30 pts other Science courses, a General Education 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, but be aware that some courses have limited entry, so if you do not meet the entry grade criteria you will need to bring your GPA up over a semester or two before you can take these courses.

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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 but preference should be given to courses for which there is a major in the BSc.

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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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