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Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Zoology


Apply for the Bachelor of Science (BSc) through the Dunedin campus in 2023

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The BSc is a programme of papers with a combined value of not fewer than 360 credit points (see for more about the new 360 point system). The degree must include at least 180 points at 200-level or above. The remainder of the 162 credit points that you require to complete your degree (in addition to those specified for a Zoology major) can be made up from a wide range of subjects at 100-, 200- and 300-level in areas as diverse as anatomy, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science, ecology, genetics, geography, geology, mathematics, microbiology, physics, physiology, psychology and statistics. You are also permitted to include up to 90 points from non-science papers. 

Here are some suggestions for 100 and 200-level papers that you might like to consider - Suggested papers for Zoology majors

Remember that papers at 200- or 300-level usually have prerequisite papers that must have been passed in earlier years; take this into account when planning your programme. The University Calendar contains all relevant details of papers and their credit point values. Many students who major in Zoology take more than the minimum 72 points of 300-level Zoology papers.

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Zoology

Level Papers Points

BIOL 112  Animal Biology

CELS 191  Cell and Molecular Biology

STAT 110   Statistical Methods, or STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics





ZOOL 221  Animal Designs for Living

ZOOL 222  Evolutionary Biology

ZOOL 223  Animal Physiology





Three of:
ZOOL 313  Environmental Physiology
ZOOL 314  Neurobiology
ZOOL 315  Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology
ZOOL 316  Biological Data Analysis and Computing
ZOOL 318  Freshwater Ecology
ZOOL 319  Conservation Biology
GENE 312  Evolutionary Genetics

One further paper from ZOOL 313, ZOOL 314, ZOOL 315, ZOOL 316, ZOOL 318, ZOOL 319, GENE 312, GENE 314, MARI 301, MARI 302









180 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

ZOOL 316  Biological Data Analysis and Computing, is strongly recommended for students intending to advance to PGDipSci or MSc in Zoology, PGDipWLM, or MWLM, and is required for students intending to advance to BSc(Hons) in Zoology.

Total   360