Faculty of Science - Leading creativity and innovation in the sciences

Undergraduate major in Biotechnology

Subject description


Biotechnology, in its broadest sense, is the commercial exploitation of living organisms or their components, such as proteins. Traditionally, these technologies have encompassed industrial microbiology, and dealt with ancient processes such as brewing or the microbial production of cheese and yoghurt, for instance. In the last few years, however, an avalanche of genetic and protein information has been discovered, with equally impressive advances in transgenic and animal cloning technologies. In this light, biotechnology has broadened its scope and is poised to make significant impacts on our health and nutrition, and how we interact with our environment.




Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Biotechnology major

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Career opportunities

A BSc major in Biotechnology provides students with a strong foundation in biological sciences, biotechnology and entrepreneurship. The programme enables you to be taught by specialists from the Faculties of Science, Business and Economics and Medical and Health Sciences. You will be instructed in areas of fermentation technology, aspects of medical technology, down-stream processing and protein purification, managing technology and the appreciation of biotechnology’s social, legal and ethical place in society.  

Graduates are likely to qualify for technical and research assistant positions within fundamental and applied research programmes in Crown Research Institutes, universities, biotechnology companies; the brewing, dairy and other traditional fermentation industries; pharmaceutical companies; and diagnostic facilities in medicine and agriculture. Employment in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies is especially buoyant in the United States and Europe, with significant growth expected in New Zealand.


Help and advice

For further information, refer to the Biotechnology 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
Website: www.sbs.auckland.ac.nz

Science Student Centre

Room G20, Ground Floor
Building 301 (Science Centre)
23 Symonds Street
Phone: +64 9 373 7599
Email: scifac@auckland.ac.nz


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