UC offers first internationally accredited BSc Biology major
The University of Canterbury is offering the first Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree biological sciences major in Australasia to be internationally accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, announced today.
UC’s Head of School of Biological Sciences | Te Kura Pūtaiao Koiora, Professor Matthew Turnbull says he was thrilled UC was asked to become the first international institution outside the UK to receive the RSB degree accreditation for a pre-Honours undergraduate major.
The major is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting in part the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).
Graduates from RSB-accredited programmes are equipped with well-rounded knowledge and skills, making them highly employable both within and beyond their chosen field, he says.
Accreditation followed an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.