Biosecurity concerns the exclusion, eradication and effective management of threats to the economy, environment and human health which are posed by pests and diseases. New Zealand's economy and trade rely on a strong primary production base, and our freedom from major pests and diseases is critical to producing efficiently and trading freely.
Ongoing global climate change and its effects on ecosystems make understanding biosecurity issues crucial. As our climate alters, organisms previously unable to survive in our environment may become a potential threat to our ecosystem.
Year 13 biology is recommended. Some background in mathematics, particularly statistics, and chemistry is valuable. All students should have adequate English skills.
If you want to study towards a Bachelor of Science with an endorsement in Biosecurity you will need to take the following courses in your first year:
- BIOL111 Cellular Biology and Biochemistry
- BIOL112 Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
- BIOL113 Diversity of Life
- CHEM112 Structure and Reactivity or CHEM114 Foundations of Chemistry
200-level and beyond
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science with an endorsement in Biosecurity will study BIOS201 Issues in New Zealand Biosecurity at 200-level (as well as other required courses). This course establishes a scientific, legal and practical definition of biosecurity and pursues the ramifications of breaches to the systems in place to protect New Zealand from such threats to our security.
As an emerging issue of both national and international importance, biosecurity provides many career opportunities in government agencies, spear-headed by the regulatory authority the Ministry for Primary Industries. You may also find work in Crown Research Institutes and in ministries concerned with conservation, the environment, agriculture and forestry. District and regional councils also may employ biologists to manage invading organisms.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Biosecurity.
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