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Division of Sciences subjects available for undergraduate study

At school, studying science is mostly confined to studying Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics – either Statistics or Calculus. At University this extends out into a bewildering array of subjects, and sometimes it's hard to know which ones might be most closely related to the sciences you enjoyed at school. Use the table below to help guide you with your subject choice.

This table outlines the science subjects we offer at the University of Otago and shows which of the school subjects they most closely relate to: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

* Minor only

Subject Related subject
Agricultural Innovation Biology | Chemistry
Anatomy Biology
Applied Geology Chemistry | Maths and stats | Physics
Aquaculture and Fisheries Biology | Chemistry | Maths and stats
Biochemistry Biology | Chemistry
Botany Biology
Chemistry Chemistry
Computational Modelling Maths and stats | Physics
Computer Science Maths and stats | Physics
Consumer Food Science Biology
Data Science Maths and stats
Ecology Biology
Economics Maths and stats
Energy Science and Technology Maths and stats | Physics
Energy Management Maths and stats | Physics
Environmental Management Biology
Exercise and Sport Science Biology
Food Science Biology | Chemistry
Forensic Analytical Science Biology | Chemistry
Genetics Biology | Chemistry
Geographic Information Systems Maths and stats | Physics
Geography Chemistry | Maths and stats | Physics
Geology Biology | Chemistry | Maths and stats | Physics
Human Nutrition Biology | Chemistry
Information Science Maths and stats | Physics
Land Planning and Development Maths and stats | Physics
Marine Science Biology | Chemistry | Maths and stats | Physics
Mathematics Maths and stats| Physics
Microbiology Biology
Molecular Biotechnology Biology
Neuroscience Biology | Chemistry
Pharmacology Biology | Chemistry
Physical Education, Activity and Health Biology
Physics Maths and stats | Physics
Physiology Biology
Plant Biotechnology Biology
Psychology Biology
Science Communication*
Software Engineering Maths and stats
Sport Development and Management Biology
Sport and Exercise Nutrition Biology | Chemistry
Sports Technology* Biology | Maths and stats
Statistics Maths and stats
Surveying Maths and stats | Physics
Surveying Measurement Maths and stats | Physics
Zoology Biology


Please note the following:

  • When searching on paper code - do not add a space between the letters and numbers of a paper code. ie "STAT110" not "STAT 110".
  • When searching on keywords - matches in the paper title are ranked higher than matches in the prescriptions.
  • You can find all papers from a particular subject and particular level by searching for MATH1, for example, which will return all 100-level MATH papers.

Every paper is identified by a subject code (e.g. RELS for Religious Studies) and a paper number. Until 2014, variants of those codes, ending with 'X', were used for distance learning papers (e.g. RELX for distance papers in Religious Studies), but a single code is now normally used for all papers in the same subject, whether they are offered as internal papers or as distance learning papers or as both (so RELS is the code for all Religious Studies papers regardless of teaching mode).