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Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) in Functional Human Biology

The web of life

Biomedical Sciences is an interdisciplinary degree that promotes understanding of the scientific basis of health and disease in humans, providing students with a sound and comprehensive grounding in the key principles underpinning modern biological and medical research and their potential applications in biotechnology.

Ultimately, human health depends on the normal functioning of the cells, tissues, and organ systems of the body. Understanding of disease in turn rests upon knowledge of the pathological processes on these systems.

The Functional Human Biology major provides an overview of the mechanisms of functioning of all systems of the human body and explores specific areas in depth, with a research-informed focus.

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What does a degree in Biomedical Sciences involve?

Biomedical Sciences is the degree that links the papers relevant to an understanding of the scientific basis of health and disease in humans.

The degree aims to equip graduates with the skills required to meet the constantly changing boundaries of modern biosciences.

The following papers are required to major in Functional Human Biology:

Year Papers Points
1st year

BIOC 192 Foundations of Biochemistry

CELS 191 Cell and Molecular Biology

CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health

HUBS 191 Human Body Systems 1

HUBS 192 Human Body Systems 2

PHSI 191 Biological Physics

18 further points

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

2nd year

PHSL 231 Neurophysiology

PHSL 232 Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology

PHSL 233 Cellular, Gastrointestinal and Renal Physiology

At least 54 points from ANAT 241, ANAT 242, BIOC 223, HUNT 221, HUNT 222, HUNT 223, MICR 221, MICR 223, PATH 201, PHAL 211, PHAL 212

18 further points

18

18

18

54


18

3rd year

PHSL 343 Cellular and Epithelial Physiology

PHSL 345 Physiological Aspects of Health and Disease

At least 36 points from ANAT 331, ANAT 332, ANAT 335, BIOC 353, HUNT 311, HUNT 312, MICR 332, MICR 334, PATH 301, PHAL 304, PHAL 305, PHSL 342 (or PHSL 341 or PHSL 344)

36 further points

18

18

36


36

Total   360

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Postgraduate study in Biomedical Sciences

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science with Honours (BBiomedSc(Hons)) degree is a one-year postgraduate programme.

With its focus on hands-on biomedical research, it is widely regarded as an excellent choice for students wishing to continue on to PhD studies.

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Further information

The Biomedical Sciences page has more detailed information about studying Biomedical Sciences at Otago, including a link to apply online.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at the Department of Physiology:

Tel 64 3 479 7317
Email physiology@otago.ac.nz

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