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Biotechnology is of national and international importance. It considers and develops knowledge about biochemical, molecular, ecological and evolutionary processes. Biotechnology tools are applied in research underpinning biodiversity and biosecurity throughout New Zealand.

Biotechnology research is directed towards developing technology with both economic and environmental outcomes. The OECD have predicted that, by 2030, biotechnology will assume a major role in the global economy with the advances from research in the tertiary sector.

The School of Biological Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science endorsed in Biotechnology to students majoring in Biological Sciences. Students follow one of two pathways:

  • environmental biotechnology or
  • plant biotechnology.

Year 13 biology, statistics and chemistry is strongly recommended. However, students who have not completed Year 13 chemistry may find the Headstart summer preparatory course very useful.

For certain disciplines, some knowledge of physics is helpful.

All students should have adequate English skills.


100-level courses

If you want to enrol in the Bachelor of Science with an endorsement in Biotechnology you must take the following courses in the first year:

If you wish to continue studies in Biological Sciences, you will also need to include STAT101 Statistics 1.

200-level and beyond

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science with an endorsement in Biotechnology will study a number of required courses at 200-level. These courses will establish a scientific basis for more advanced topics in biotechnology.

All students majoring in Biological Sciences must take BIOL209 Introduction to Biological Data Analysis.

Career opportunities

As an emerging field with both national and international importance, biotechnology provides many career opportunities in universities, business, government agencies, Crown Research Institutes and in ministries concerned with the environment, agriculture and forestry.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Biotechnology

More information

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Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Steve Rowe

Steve Rowe

'My dream is to be involved in as many ventures as I can, specialising in clean energies...'

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Anish Shah

'Biology at Canterbury is great, and Biotechnology is a very employable, fast-growing and lucrative scientific field…'