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					Lincoln University


New Zealand’s specialist land-based university
Where you
want to be.
This is an exciting time to be a scientist. The Government
invests strongly in science and technology research around
a full range of sectors including primary production. That’s
because New Zealand needs to create new knowledge and
convert science into technology in order to support sustainable
economic development and resolve an ever-increasing number
of challenges confronting society.
Lincoln University’s scientific research is highly regarded by multi-national
corporations, government-based organisations and universities worldwide,
and demand for our science graduates continues to be strong.

Careers range from roles as biotechnologists, food scientists and
seed technologists through to industry consultants, statisticians and
regional council officers. Prospective employers include biotechnology
or pharmaceutical companies, plant, crop or seed companies, fertiliser
companies, animal health companies, animal breeding companies, Crown
Research Institutes (e.g. Landcare, Plant & Food, NIWA), private companies
in the food sector, central, regional and local government, environmental
consultancies and the education sector.

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Five reasons to choose our
specialist university
            Lincoln University has a reputation for
            excellence in science. We offer levels of
            study to suit everyone ranging from an
            undergraduate diploma through to a PhD.

                                                                            At Lincoln University
                                                                            we focus our scientific
                                                                            knowledge and research on
                                                                            helping you contribute to
                                                                            sustainable management and
                                                                            conservation of land, water
                                                                            and air and the country’s
                                                                            abundant natural resources.

         Lincoln’s BSc differs from
         the BSc at many other
         universities in that it’s
         applied and context based
         instead of discipline based.

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Our BSc gives you the choice of eight
majors, with the option to design your
own ‘individual major’ or study a double
major. We encourage you to incorporate
other areas of study within your degree to
broaden your career options. For example,
you might look to incorporate agriculture,
agricultural science, commerce,
environmental management and planning
or viticulture and oenology.

                                              The campus is surrounded by Crown Research
                                             Institutes and Lincoln’s own teaching staff are
                                                 some of New Zealand’s best researchers in
                                               land-based sciences. Many staff have strong
                                                               international collaborations.

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The Programme
Bachelor of Science

Lincoln University’s BSc degree is firmly anchored in the         Available BSc majors:
needs and issues of the real world and differs markedly
from a BSc at many other universities. Instead of being
                                                                 Agricultural Biotechnology & Biochemistry
discipline based, science at Lincoln University is applied and   Biochemistry is at the core of all modern biology, while
                                                                 biotechnology puts into practice both biochemistry and
context based. For example, instead of studying zoology as a
                                                                 microbiology. Advances in areas as diverse as plant and animal
discipline, you will study zoology in the context of livestock   breeding, industrial biotechnology and medicine depend
production or wildlife protection.                               on a firm understanding of the underlying plant and animal
                                                                 processes. The Agricultural Biotechnology & Biochemistry major
The three year degree is made up of compulsory and               provides a solid grounding in the fundamentals of molecular
elective courses and there are eight named majors to             biology and protein biochemistry, leading to a study of real-world
choose from. You may also decide to create your own              applications. Students may choose an animal- or plant-based
major with an individual major or choose an additional           focus within this major.
named major or minor within your degree. See        The applied focus equips students for careers not only for a full list of majors and minors       in education and research but also in the medical and
available.                                                       pharmaceutical support services, food and related industries,
                                                                 and a range of agriculture and horticulture related industries.

                                                                 Animal Science
                                                                 The Animal Science major is designed to provide a broad
                                                                 background in the disciplines which underpin animal science,
                                                                 with a main emphasis on farm animals. It combines study
                                                                 of biochemistry with animal science disciplines, including
                                                                 physiology, nutrition, health, breeding and genetics. Graduates
                                                                 in Animal Science are prepared for a wide variety of careers in
                                                                 pharmaceutical companies, feed companies, stock and station
                                                                 companies, research laboratories, pest or wildlife management,
                                                                 livestock improvement, human physical performance recording,
                                                                 and many other areas of primary production.

                                                                 Bioprotection and Biosecurity
                                                                 Bioprotection uses biological interactions to control weeds, pests
                                                                 and diseases to protect both natural and managed ecosystems.
                                                                 Biosecurity is concerned with preventing new organisms from
                                                                 crossing borders and controlling or eradicating those that are
                                                                 already established. This major includes papers in entomology,
                                                                 plant pathology, biological control, plant protection, integrated
                                                                 pest and weed management, weed ecology and general ecology.

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Conservation and Ecology                                           Food Science
The conservation and ecology major focuses on giving students      The Food Science major combines courses in food biochemistry,
the practical skills, experience and industry connections they     food microbiology, food engineering and food processing, food
need to contribute to ecological and conservation activities of    quality, food law, and farm production, to provide a professional
government and private agencies in New Zealand and beyond.         training for students interested in careers in the food industry
Our courses include hands-on field trips and labs as well as        ranging from major food processors through to retail chains and
weekly lectures. Top students can do a research placement          regulatory agencies. The emphasis in this unique major is on
course in their third year at an ecology or conservation           quality issues “from paddock to plate.”
agency. Practical experience is also available through paid
                                                                   The New Zealand Institute of Food Science has accredited the
summer scholarships working with Canterbury ecologists and
                                                                   BSc in Food Science in respect of its Professional Membership
conservationists. Lincoln specialities in conservation and
ecology include wildlife biology, entomology, plant ecology,
urban ecology, biosecurity, evolutionary biology, vertebrate and   Graduates of Food Science are prepared for a wide variety of
invertebrate pest management, and weed management.                 careers in the food sector including food processing companies,
                                                                   supermarkets and health providers; and in the environmental
Environmental Biogeosciences                                       health and inspection sectors. Students wishing to undertake a
                                                                   research-based career will probably need to further their studies
Environmental Biogeosciences focuses on the flows of
                                                                   with a postgraduate degree.
matter and energy through the natural and human-disturbed
environment and how this controls for example water quality,
soil quality and climate change. The basic sciences (chemistry,    Plant Science
physics, microbiology) are applied to the chemistry and physics    The Plant Science BSc major at Lincoln University provides
of soils, water, atmosphere, weather and climate, and the          comprehensive training in plant biology, with a focus on plant
microbiological systems which control nature’s cycles.             function. This is developed in the three classical plant science
                                                                   streams of plant production, ecology and biochemistry. Students
                                                                   can choose to do two or three of these streams within the major.
                                                                   Special emphasis is placed on the application of this knowledge,
                                                                   e.g. how it can be utilised in the ‘real world’ and in context with
                                                                   global climate change.

                                                                   Water Science and Technology
                                                                   This major covers a broad foundation in basic physical/
                                                                   chemical and biological science and focuses on specific skills
                                                                   and understanding of the science of water and technologies
                                                                   for its use and management. These skills include monitoring,
                                                                   modelling, using and managing water systems in terms of
                                                                   water as a resource and a hazard, and building up professional
                                                                   competence on reporting and evaluating some selected water
                                                                   resources technologies and management issues for surface
                                                                   water, groundwater and waste water.

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Compulsory courses
The following courses are compulsory for all BSc majors.
QMET 201       Biometrics
This course focuses on populations and samples, estimation,
analysis of variance, experimental design, regression, correlation
and covariance, contingency table and sampling methods. It also
provides an introduction to computers and package usage.
Plus either:
BIOS 109       Biology
This course is an introduction to the structure, function and
evolution of animals and plants with special reference to
invertebrate animals and seed plants.
BIOS 111       Invertebrate and Microbial Biology
This course offers an introduction to the diversity of micro-
organisms and invertebrates and their life strategies. You will
study the basis of exploitation and conservation of beneficial
organisms and control of harmful organisms.
Plus either:
PHSC 101       Chemistry 1A
PHSC 101 is an introduction to atomic theory and periodicity;
chemical quantities and equilibria, and organic chemistry.

PHSC 104       Global Environmental Issues
This course offers a science-based overview of the human-
induced stresses on the physical components of planet earth’s
biosphere, its atmosphere, and land- and water-based resources.

Please see the Course Information Guide for a complete list of
additional compulsory courses for each major.

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Other study options

Other areas of study                                              So you’re keen to further
at Lincoln University                                             your study?
If you are interested in science, you may also be interested in   There is also a range of graduate and postgraduate
some of the other programmes on offer such as:                    qualifications offered at Lincoln University that may interest
                                                                  science graduates.
•   Bachelor of Agriculture/Agricultural Science
•   Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture)                            Science at Lincoln is centred on three broad areas: A wide
•   Bachelor of Environmental Management and Planning             range of biological sciences, environmental sciences and
•   Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology                          food science. Successful graduates may wish to progress to
•   Certificate of Natural Resources                               the Master of Science degree.
•   Diploma in Agriculture
•   Diploma in Applied Science                                    Other qualification options include:
•   Diploma in Farm Management                                    •   Graduate Certificate           • Postgraduate Diploma
•   Diploma in Horticultural Management                           •   Graduate Diploma              • Masters
•   Diploma in Horticulture.                                      •   Honours                       • PhD.
                                                                  •   Postgraduate Certificate
For further information contact us on 0800 10 60 10.
                                                                  Other areas of study
                                                                  •   Agricultural Science
                                                                  •   Applied science
                                                                  •   Commerce
                                                                  •   Environmental policy
                                                                  •   Horticultural science
                                                                  •   Landscape architecture
                                                                  •   Natural Resources Management and Ecological
                                                                      Engineering (involves study in Austria)
                                                                  •   Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
                                                                  •   Resource Studies
                                                                  •   Social Science
                                                                  •   Software and information technology
                                                                  •   Viticulture and oenology.

                                                                  For further details contact us on 0800 10 60 10.

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Look where they’ve landed

SARENA CHE OMAR                     Bachelor of Science graduate Sarena Che Omar’s interest in genetics made
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (AGRICULTURAL   the decision to study at Lincoln University an easy one. “Lincoln is one of only
BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY)     a few universities in New Zealand offering a Biotechnology degree involving
WITH HONOURS GRADUATE               molecular genetics, which is a new and very interesting field - the more you
PHD CANDIDATE AT OXFORD             discover the more questions need answering.”
                                    She says that she was inspired by her supervisors and lecturers. “They are
                                    top notch, very dedicated and approachable. They have guided me in the
                                    genetics field and taught me about producing quality research.” Adding to
                                    this Sarena says: “Most importantly, Lincoln also taught me that you can be
                                    academically successful and still have fun.”

                                    After her three-year Bachelor of Science degree, she decided to further her
                                    study with an honours degree at Lincoln. She didn’t stop there though.
                                    Sarena aimed higher; she applied and gained acceptance to Oxford
                                    University in the UK to study a fully sponsored PhD degree researching human
                                    population genetics on ancient human migrations in Southeast Asia.

                                    “I am so excited about going to Oxford University; it will be a great
                                    experience. As for a future career, I certainly enjoy learning and teaching and
                                    look forward to be exploring science with my own research team, as well as
                                    inspiring students about the beauty of Science!”

                                    Originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sarena liked the diverse student
                                    population and enjoyed the relaxed and close-knit atmosphere on campus
                                    which made her feel at home. “Many students at Lincoln University are
                                    from European and Asian countries, the USA, etc. The different cultures and
                                    backgrounds made my time at Lincoln more wholesome and diverse.”

                                                                  “I believe the staff are Lincoln University’s
                                                                  most important asset.”

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ERIN QUINN-WALSH                 When Erin Quinn-Walsh visited Lincoln University she liked the layout of the
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (ANIMAL      campus and the friendly staff. “Students have the chance to get to know their
SCIENCE) WITH HONOURS GRADUATE   lecturers at Lincoln, which is pretty special in my opinion. For me, it was this
RESEARCH ASSISTANT, LIVESTOCK    interaction that sealed the deal.”
                                 Science was an obvious option for Erin and she decided to keep her course
                                 very broad in the first year to find out what best to choose as a major. “I
                                 enjoyed all of it and tailored my own course with an individual major to suit
                                 me. I also realised that I wanted to go the next step in science and completed
                                 an Honours year.”

                                 During her final year Erin received the Pat Shannon Scholarship from the
                                 Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) and, after a month’s work experience
                                 at the company, was offered a job as Research Assistant.

                                 “At LIC I am involved in projects focusing on the improvement of venison
                                 and milk production. I manage growth data collected from a number of deer
                                 farms, analyse data and report results, and develop and implement research
                                 protocols. I also have a 50:50 share-milking position with my partner, where I
                                 milk cows, rear calves and make business decisions.”

                                 Erin says that Lincoln provided her with sound scientific thinking processes
                                 and encouraged her to think outside the box. Adding to this she says that
                                 she enjoyed learning the theory in class and then getting in amongst it in
                                 the practical laboratory sessions. “The farms alongside the university are an
                                 invaluable resource and a great learning environment. You can learn all of
                                 the theory in the world, but until you see it in practice, there is a gap in your
                                 understanding. ”

                                                                      “Lincoln is a great place to push your
                                                                      knowledge boundaries and excel.”

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Frequently asked questions

What will I study in this course?                                     Who should think about choosing this degree?
The courses you study will depend on your choice of major.            If your ideas about a career in science are more closely
You can choose one or more major from: Animal Science;                aligned to seeing results that count in the real world, or
Agricultural Biotechnology and Biochemistry; Environmental            working in the field, then study science at Lincoln. Our
Biogeosciences; Bioprotection and Biosecurity; Conservation           programmes are unique because they’re firmly anchored in
and Ecology; Food Science; Plant Science; Water Science and           the scientific needs and issues that underpin production
Technology.                                                           of our country’s food and fibre. We focus our scientific
                                                                      knowledge and research on helping you contribute to
In addition, the ‘Individual Major’ (a common choice) allows          sustainable management and conservation of land, water and
you to design your own customised major.                              air and the country’s abundant natural resources.

What differentiates this course from others?                          Where can I land with this degree?
The BSc is a very ‘wide spectrum’ applied science degree,             With support at government level for significant financial
spanning biological and physical sciences, plus a variety of          investment in science and technology research around
other disciplines.                                                    primary production, demand for graduates of this degree will
                                                                      continue to be strong in the foreseeable future. Examples of
You can design your degree programme to have similarities
                                                                      careers for Lincoln’s BSc graduates include biotechnologists,
with Lincoln’s Agriculture or Viticulture & Oenology degrees,
                                                                      environmental consultants, industry consultants, regional
while maintaining a wider base and therefore wider options
                                                                      council or government department officers, CRI researchers,
for your future.
                                                                      software engineers and statisticians.

How is this course structured?
                                                                      What subjects should I take at school to best prepare me for
The BSc is a three year degree requiring 24 courses made up           this degree?
of compulsory and elective options. There are eight named
                                                                      Your best preparation is to take at least one of the basic
majors to choose from and you may also decide to create
                                                                      sciences, i.e. biology, chemistry or physics. Also very useful
an individual major or choose an additional major or minor
                                                                      are mathematics, statistics and some basic knowledge of
within your degree. See
                                                                      computing. Strength in English will enhance your progress in
for a full list of majors and minors available Some examples
                                                                      any degree at Lincoln University. These are recommended but
of minors include: Environmental Biogeosciences; Human
                              -                                       not compulsory. Experience shows that students may perform
Resource Management; Maori studies; Urban Ecology and
                                                                      well in a science even without a strong school background in
Sustainable Business.
                                                                      that subject.
In their final year, top performing students can undertake a
research essay or project as part of their degree. There is also an
Honours degree option which involves a fourth year of study.

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Every effort is made to ensure that information in this publication   This Prospectus is printed on Sumo which boasts ISO 14001
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to change. Lincoln University reserves the right to make changes,     has established performance objectives and environmental
amendments or deletions - including the withdrawal of courses -       management systems to prevent pollution, ensure compliance
should circumstances change.                                          with regulations and achieve continual improvement.
Lincoln University does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any         Acid Free Element Chlorine Free (ECF) ISO 14001 Well
express or implied liability whatsoever to any party for any loss     Managed Forest.
or damage caused by errors or omissions, whether these errors or
omissions result from negligence, accident or any other cause.

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