Bachelor of Science (BSc) with a major in Biological Sciences

Want a Bachelor of Science but don't want to leave Tauranga? You're in luck! If you've got your Diploma in Environmental Management or Marine Studies (both level 6) you can enjoy this final year of study towards your bachelor degree, right here in Tauranga.

Complete just one more year after your Diploma and you’ll gain your Bachelor of Science.

The University of Waikato degree is taught by University of Waikato and Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. You’ll pick up key skills in courses on terrestrial or marine ecology, fresh water ecology and Geographical Information Systems fields. One of the key benefits of this pathway is the practical skills and experience you'll gain while studying - it gives you the edge for employment!

Have a look at the awesome field trips our students have taken over the last few years: Environmental Field Trips.

Content Details

Find out more about the Bachelor of Science from the University of Waikato.

Approved papers to a total of 120 points:

  • BIOL314 Marine Biology and Monitoring
  • BIOL234 Functional Animal Biology
  • BIOL312 Applied Terrestrial Ecology
  • BIOL313 Applied Freshwater Ecology

and two of

  • GEOG328 Geographic Information Systems
  • ERTH343 Coastal Geomorphology
  • BIOL324 Aquaculture - Reproduction and Early Lifestages
  • Special Topics


Planned intakes*: February
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: 2 years with Toi Ohomai, 1 year with UoW

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

Please enquire directly with the University of Waikato

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

  • The University of Waikato Bachelor of Science (BSc) with a major in Biological Sciences

Entry Criteria

  • Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 6)
  • or Diploma in Marine Studies (Level 6)

If you don't meet the entry requirements, take a look at our New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4).


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 7 certificate, diploma, degree, post graduate certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.