Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)

Biological Sciences is the study of life. From botany and ecology through to marine and freshwater sciences, study and career options in this field are abundant.

Pathway options

Start your Bachelor of Science (with a major in Biological Sciences) in Tauranga by first enrolling in the Diploma in Environmental Management Level 6 or the Diploma in Marine Studies Level 6 at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (formerly Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic). If you complete either Diploma with at least a B grade average you will be guaranteed admission to the Bachelor of Science Degree (majoring in Biological Sciences) with credit of up to 14 papers or 240 points towards the degree. This applies only to those coming through the agreed pathway. All others are on a case-by-case basis.

Complete the final year of the degree in Tauranga by studying University of Waikato papers at the Windermere Campus.

Toi Ohomai staff will provide information and advice on the Diploma in Environmental Management and the Diploma in Marine Studies, including the papers you should take.

Once you have commenced your Diploma, we recommend you discuss your intended degree programme with University staff. We will advise you on degree and subject requirements.

View the Bachelor of Science (majoring in Biological Sciences) degree structure for a comprehensive description of the pathway programme.

Career options

Our BSc graduates are working in a wide range of careers including: conservation officer, marine biologist, fisheries scientist, bio-security officer, ecologist and many more.

Practical experience

Biological Sciences is a practical subject with laboratory and/or field work associated with most papers. An independent or small team research project (special topic paper), which may be laboratory or literature-survey based, is also available.

Read more about studying Biological Sciences at the University of Waikato's Hamilton campus.