B.Sc (Hons) in Biological Sciences Accelerated Bachelor Programme

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Programme Requirements

The Accelerated B.Sc.(Hons) programme allows top Biological Sciences students to graduate in 3.5 years instead of 4 years.

The period of study for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences is three and half academic years.

During the period of study for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, a student must pursue such courses of study as may be prescribed by Regulations made by the Academic Board on the recommendation of the School of Biological Sciences.

Successful completion of the programme requires a student to have:

    1. For students admitted to the programme in AY2018 and onwards, to obtain a total of not less than 131 academic units within the maximum period permitted, unless a candidate has been granted exemption by the School from taking certain courses, on a case-by-case basis.
    2. For students admitted in AY2017 and before, to obtain a total of not less than 132 academic units within the maximum period permitted, unless granted exemption by the School from taking certain courses, on a case-by-case basis.
    3. Students are required to maintain a CGPA of at least 4.0 throughout their course of study. Students who did not fulfil the minimum CGPA of 4.0 will be transferred to the B.Sc (Hons) in Biological Sciences programme, i.e. without Accelerated programme.
    4. To have gained a pass grade in all the Major and general education requirement courses as determined by the School of Biological Sciences; and
    5. Fulfilled other such requirements as may be prescribed by the Academic Board.

COURSES OF STUDY
The courses of study and the distribution of the courses for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences will be determined by the School of Biological Sciences with the approval of the University.

Each course will be assigned a certain number of academic units as determined by the University. The distribution of the courses of study and the associated number of academic units are shown in the tables below.

There are five compulsory components in the curriculum:

Major Core courses (Major-Core)
Major Core courses are offered throughout the programme of study. The courses are foundation courses designed to provide essential training in the fundamental life sciences.

Major Prescribed Elective courses (Major-PE)
Major Elective courses provide students with opportunities to explore specialized areas of biology in more depth and intensity. The students may select their courses of study according to their own interests and career goals. Emphasis will be placed on group work and discussion of research papers.

General Education Requirement: Core courses (GER-Core)
The GER-Core courses are specified by the School as being essential for the training of today’s science graduates. The courses cover areas such as communication and environmental sustainability.

General Education Requirement: Prescribed Elective courses (GER-PE)
Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences students are required to read and pass GER Prescribed Electives from a range of areas. The number of academic units to be read in each area is specified by the School and in the table below. Students have the flexibility to choose during which semester they will read the individual courses.

General Education Requirement: Unrestricted Elective courses (GER-UE)
Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences students are required to read and pass 15 academic units of GER Unrestricted Electives. Students may select to read any courses from the list of Unrestricted Electives offered by all Schools within the University. Students have the flexibility to choose during which semester they will read the individual courses.

For students admitted in AY2018 and onwards

Biological Sciences Requirements
Course Type AU
Core 42
Major Prescribed Elective (Major PE) 48
General Education Requirement (GER) Core 14
Prescribed Elective (PE) Business & Management (BM) 3
Liberal Arts (LA) 3
Science, Technology & Society (STS) 3
Any Category (BM, LA or STS) 3
Unrestricted Electives (UE) 15
Total AUs  131

For students admitted from AY2014 to 2017

Biological Sciences Requirements
Course Type AU
Core 36
Major Prescribed Elective (Major PE) 54
General Education Requirement (GER) Core 12
Prescribed Elective (PE) Business & Management (BM) 3
Liberal Arts (LA) 3
Science, Technology & Society (STS) 3
Any Category (BM, LA or STS) 6
Unrestricted Electives (UE) 15
Total AUs  132

For students admitted in AY2013 and before

Biological Sciences Requirements
Course Type AU
Core 36
Major Prescribed Elective (Major PE) 54
General Education Requirement (GER) Core 12
Prescribed Elective (PE) Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) 3
Business & Management (BM) 3
Liberal Studies (LS) 3
Science, Technology & Society (STS) 3
Any Category (AHSS, BM, LS or STS) 3
Unrestricted Electives (UE) 15
Total AUs  132

For information about the University Academic Unit System, Grade Point Average System and calculation of Honours Classification, please refer to the AUS Handbook here
http://www.ntu.edu.sg/Services/Academic/undergraduates/Pages/AcademicUnitSystem(AUS).aspx