Bachelor of Science (Microbiology)

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Entry requirements

All students must have a university entrance qualification; see Massey University undergraduate entry requirements. It is strongly recommended (but not compulsory) that students beginning their study of microbiology should have a sound background in chemistry and biology. It will be assumed that students enrolled in the compulsory first year chemistry course, 123.101 will have studied at least 20 credits from NCEA Level 3 Chemistry (or an equivalent alternative) and have achieved at least 14.

If you have some chemistry background, but not to NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent), we recommend that you take 123.103 Introductory Chemistry. This course will introduce you to basic chemical vocabulary and provides training in the important chemical principles. Similarly, if you have not done NCEA Level 3 biology you can take 162.103 Introductory Biology before beginning your programme. Before enrolling in these courses you will need a university entrance qualification or, if you enrol over the summer, you must achieve the university entrance requirements before the beginning of Semester One.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


The subject of Microbiology has been revolutionised in recent years by new techniques such as confocal and video-enhanced microscopy, atomic force microscopy, laser tweezers, genome sequencing (pioneered in bacteria), micro array technology and proteomics. This means that we now have an unprecedented array of tools available for gaining insights into how microbes function. Courses in Microbiology have therefore an increasing focus on whole-organism biology. Our curriculum teaches students to combine knowledge of microbial structure and metabolic diversity with up-to-date information on the research tools available to microbiologists, to gain understanding of how microbial cells function and impact on the environment and human affairs.

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Possible First Year

247.155 Communication in the Sciences
123.101 Chemistry and Living Systems
162.101 Biology of Cells
122.102 Biochemistry of Cells
161.130 Introductory Biostatistics

We recommend Microbiology students take some of these 200-level courses as electives:
202.251 Principles of Epidemiology in Human Populations
122.232 Protein Biochemistry
122.233 Metabolic Biochemistry


In addition to these five courses, choose three elective courses. It is easy to select additional 100-level (first year) courses that will allow you to add another major or minor to your degree or pursue an alternative major in your second year. Check that any additional majors and minors that you would like to add are available at your campus or can be completed with distance study.

  • If you have started with a Veterinary Science Intermediate in Semester One you can continue into the Microbiology major in Semester Two. You will have 199.101 Biology of Animals and 124.111 Physics for Life Sciences which are suitable electives. Add one more elective.
  • If you are interested in Zoology, ensure you are enrolled in 199.101 Biology of Animals, Add two more electives.
  • If you are interested in Human Nutrition, ensure you are enrolled in 214.131 Introduction to Food and Nutrition and 194.101 Essentials of Mammalian Biology. Add one more elective.
  • If you are interested in Physiology or Animal Science, ensure you are enrolled in 194.101 Essentials of Mammalian Biology. Add two more electives.
  • If you are interested in Biological Sciences, ensure you are enrolled in 120.101 Biology of Plants and 199.101 Biology of Animals. Add one more elective.
  • If you are interested in Plant Science, ensure you are enrolled in 120.101 Biology of Plants and 284.101 Production Horticulture. Add one more elective.
  • If you are interested in Chemistry, ensure you are enrolled in 123.102 Chemistry & the Material World, and 160.103 Introductory Mathematics or 160.111 Mathematics 1A. Add one more elective.

With this selection of courses, you will also meet the first-year requirements of the Genetics and Biochemistry majors.

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