New Zealand Flora and Fauna

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    New Zealand Flora and Fauna

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Botany

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    60 points

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Understanding the unique biological history of Aotearoa, New Zealand. The course consists of lectures, laboratories and field trips.

    Course content
    BIOL 219 provides a thorough introduction to New Zealand's natural flora & fauna. Lecture-based material teaches the basic principles of species interactions and how they can shape the ecology and evolution of native trees. Reading material covers how New Zealand's flora and fauna were assembled through evolutionary time. Daily field trips during the mid-trimester break will reinforce the concepts learne in lectures and gives hands-on experience with native plants and animals.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:

    • explain the basic principles of ecology as it pertains to the flora and fauna of New Zealand.
    • teach how species interact in nature and how species interactions can affect the appearance of native plants and animals both ecologically and evolutionarily.
    • teach plant and animal identification and to introduce field-based scientific enquiry.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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