School of Biological Sciences

Cross-discipline qualifications

A number of qualifications combine courses in Biological Sciences with other disciplines

BSc and BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science

The BSc and BSc(Hons) in Biomedical Science are three-year and one-year degree programmes respectively, designed for academically able students with an interest in emerging areas of medical science and its applications to improve human and animal health.  The programme is co-taught between the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, with lectures split between the City and Grafton campuses.

The first two years of the BSc provide foundation teaching. First-year students will take core courses from the Science Common Year which includes courses in Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Physics and Medical Sciences.  Students wishing to apply for entry into the medical programme at Auckland need to include POPLHLTH 111 as one of their first year courses.  Students are strongly encouraged to include Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics or Statistics as electives.

In the second year of Biomedical Science students will complete core courses in disciplines fundamental to Biomedical Science.  These include Anatomy, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology and Physiology.

In Year 3 students may keep their subjects broad or specialise in areas such as cancer biology and therapeutics; cellular and molecular biomedicine; cardiovascular biology; genetics and development; microbiology and immunology; neurobiology; nutrition; reproduction, growth and metabolism. 

Selection for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) programme is based on performance in second and third year courses.  Honours students complete a fourth research year focused on a project in the biomedical field, with exposure to a range of advanced research methods.

Third year students not going on to Honours can complete a three year BSc in Biomedical Science. Alternatively they may complete a BSc in Biological Science, Pharmacology or Physiology.

For more information talk to our Science Student Centre staff

or contact:

Professor Larry Chamley
Biomedical Sciences Programme Director
Phone: +64 9 373 7599, ext 89501

BSc and BSc (Hons) Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics involves the development and application of computational methods used to extract information from biomolecular and genetic data. With this information questions in biology, biotechnology and medicine can be answered.

  • 15 points: COMPSCI 220
  • 30 points: BIOINF 301, COMPSCI 369
  • 15 points from BIOSCI 322, 350, 351, 353, 354, 356, MEDSCI 314
  • 45 points from COMPSCI 314, 320, 335, 345, 351, 367, 373, MATHS 270, 326, 328, 340, 361, 362, 363, STATS 301, 302, 310, 320, 325, 330, 341, 351, 380

In addition to the 14 courses specified here, students should enrol in other courses from Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics according to the aspect of bioinformatics of greatest interest to them.

Recommendations for courses appropriate for different approaches to Bioinformatics can be found on the Bioinformatics web page.

For further information please contact:

Assoc. Prof. Shaun Lott
Phone: +64 9 373 7599, ext 87074

BSc Ecology

This programme encompasses the scientific study of the interactions between animals, plants and microbes and their environment. There are four strands:

  • Conservation, Ecology and Biosecurity
  • Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour
  • Marine and Coastal Ecology
  • Quantitative Ecology and Modelling.

These strands allow students to follow their particular interests while they develop a core understanding of the programme and the necessary skills for its application.

Students who complete this BSc specialisation could go on to study for PGDipSci and MSc in a range of subject areas, including Biological Sciences, Biosecurity, Geography, Environmental Sciences and Statistics.

For more information go to or speak to our staff at the Science Student Centre.