Major & Minor Sequences
The majors and minors offered in this school are listed below and should be read in conjunction with the linked tables of the units that make up a major or minor sequence. This provides you with a guide as to the unit choices you should make if you want to gain a strong background in a particular discipline. For a strong broad-based education in plant and animal biology you should include the following units: BIO2181 and BIO2231, with BIO2011, GEN2041 and BIO2022. We have also listed below an adviser for each sequence.
Animals are of enormous interest to us, perhaps because we are also animals, and understanding the development and evolution of animals helps us understand ourselves. Animals are integral components of natural systems and they also have a major impact on us as pests competing for our food and as parasites. Zoologists study the diversity of animals, their evolution, form, function, behaviour and ecology. They investigate the interactions of animals with plants, which ultimately are the source of nutrients and shelter, and with microbes, which enable many animals to effectively utilise plants as food. They investigate animals as bioindicators of the health of ecosystems.
Genetics and molecular biology are complementary disciplines that underpin many exciting areas of science such as biomedical science, biotechnology, conservation genetics, and forensics. Students completing this major will obtain a wide perspective across both disciplines, and an understanding of how they can be applied jointly in basic and applied science.(This major has been discontinued and is not available after 2014)