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Love life and living things? This subject is not for the faint hearted, but for those who are passionate about life, finding answers to the extension of life and understanding ecosystems and future sustainability.

Interested in the development of all living things? Biology is not a subject for the faint hearted, but for those who are passionate about ecosystems, sustainability and all living organisms.

Biology is the study of living things from animals and plants to micro-organisms. These can be studied at various levels from molecules and cells to individual organisms, populations and ecosystems. It is fair to say that the study is a vast subject made up of multiple areas of study.

The study of Biology is typically across the areas of Biodiversity, Biosecurity and Biotechnology. Courses generally provide elements of theory and application and you will become actively engaged in challenging historical research. Studying Biology often involves compulsory field trips to test your hands on knowledge about the natural world. Not only is this fun, but extremely helpful in your learning as you are able to apply theory to real world examples.

Studying Biology is highly rewarding, as there are new breakthroughs in the discipline almost daily.  Whether it’s discovery of a new species of fish, or a breakthrough in the understanding of genetics, Biology will always keep you on your toes. 

Check out what it is like to study Biology at Victoria University of Wellington: 


Medium_maddy_parker_-_biology-square Maddy Parker
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biotechnology

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Medium_toni_johnston Toni Johnston
Research Associate

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Marine Science Student

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