Biology is the scientific study of life in all its richness. It includes areas such as biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology, taxonomy and ecology. New knowledge in these areas is having a tremendous impact on how we deal with many of the problems that confront human societies.
One important problem that affects us all is how we deal with diseases, especially the emergence of new ones such as MRSA, and old intractable ones such as lung cancer and tuberculosis.
Another important problem is how we help to conserve biodiversity, the amazing diversity of life on Earth, threatened by habitat loss and pollution. The application of new biological knowledge will, in one way or another, affect every person on Earth. Students of Biology will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of these advances and develop the skills essential to make responsible use of practical aspects of biology.
Students studying Biology at Hillview have gone on to study several aspects of biology at university, including Genetics, Zoology, Environmental Science and Biology.