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Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Marine Biology

Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington
English
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Program description

Explore the wonder of science: As a Bachelor of Science (BSc) student at Victoria, you’ll absorb knowledge, observe phenomena, experiment with ideas, and maybe even be part of making new discoveries. With a strong practical focus, a BSc will take you far beyond the lecture theatre. Apply your curiosity to the many laboratories, field trips, and summer scholar opportunities offered within this degree.

Study life in the sea. You'll learn about the organisms that live in the ocean and how they interact with one another and their environment. Explore the waters around New Zealand - one of the most extraordinary and unspoiled marine ecosystems in the world. Learn at one of the leading centres for marine biology research in New Zealand.

Course Structure

For this degree you'll need to:

Complete at least 360 points, of which:

  • At least 270 points must be from courses listed for the BSc
  • At least 210 points must be from 200 and 300-level courses, including:
  • At least 150 points must be from courses listed for the BSc
  • At least 75 points must be from 300-level courses listed for the BSc

Courses listed for other degrees may be counted as being BSc courses, including:

  • A maximum of 30 points if taken to satisfy a BSc major
  • A maximum of 60 points if taken to satisfy a second major from another first degree at this university
  • A maximum of 60 points across both these categories
  • Complete one course in MATH 100-399, PHYS 100-399, QUAN 100-399, STAT 100-399, ENGR 121-123 or Engineering Physics for Electronics and Computer Systems (ENGR 142)
  • Complete one approved course that demonstrates competency in oral and written communications

In addition to the degree requirements, for this major you'll need to complete:

Four course at 100 level:

  • Cell Biology (BIOL 111)
  • Biology of Plants (BIOL 113)
  • Biology of Animals (BIOL 114)
  • Statistics in Practice (STAT 193)

Four courses at 200 level:

  • Plants and Algae: Function and Diversity (BIOL 227)
  • Animal Diversity (BIOL 228)
  • Introductory Marine Biology (BIOL 271)
  • Applied Statistics 2A (STAT 292)

Three courses at 300 level:

  • Field Marine Biology (BIOL 370)
  • Marine Ecology (BIOL 371)
  • Applied Marine Biology (BIOL 372)

At the end of your three-year BSc you can continue your learning with postgraduate studies. Give your career options a boost and choose from a range of postgraduate science programmes offered by Victoria.

Admission requirements

Achieve the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or three GCE Advanced Level passes at C grade, or equivalent.

English language requirements

IELTS overall band of 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5; or TOEFL 80 on the internet-based test; or A minimum of three ratings of 4 and one rating of 3 in the Victoria University English Proficiency Programme test; or Pearson Test of English: A score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)


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Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington

Situated in New Zealand's vibrant, entrepreneurial capital city, Victoria University of Wellington offers students the opportunity to benefit from University connections to industries, government and research organisations strategically located in the capital. Victoria is proud to be New Zealand's number...


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