In Senior Biology, students develop an understanding of how the living world works, in particular the processes behind how living things are the way the are today and how they function in certain ways. This includes exploring processes at the microscopic or cellular level as well as the macro level with processes such as evolution. There is also a focus on the human implications of biology and how biology fits into our world today.
The importance of Senior Biology
Biology is important to study as it allows us to understand how we live and other living things that we rely on live. It allows students to be critical about they live and larger societal decisions in the world. It also develops investigative, research and critical thinking skills which are important for future success.
There is also many pathways that biology leads into, in particular the health sector.
What pathways does Senior Biology lead to?
There is a wide range of jobs that biology can lead into. You can become a biologist with a focus on research. Specialist areas include microbiology, entomology (insects), zoologist and biochemistry to name a few. Biology also strongly leads into pathways in health, including becoming a doctor, nurse, physiotherapist or veterinarian.
Within New Zealand biology is also useful in these other areas, such as, Plant & Food Research, Fisheries, Agricultural Research, Livestock Improvement, Dairy farming, The Department of Conservation, The National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA), and Specific companies such as Fonterra.
What will be covered in the Senior Biology Programmes?
Level 2 Biology:
In this course students will develop their understanding of living things gained through NCEA Level 1 Science. The topics covered in this course are Cells and Cellular Processes, Ecology Biological Investigation, Pseudoscience and Detox Diets and Genetics.
Level 3 Biology:
This course builds on what was learnt in Level 2 Biology, covering the topics of Homeostasis, Evolution, Human Evolution, Genetic Transfer and Responses of Plants and Animals.