B.Sc. (Hons) in Biological Sciences

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Programme Requirements

The period of study for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences is four 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.

For successful completion of the programme, students are required to fulfill the following requirements:
  1. For students admitted
    1. To the First Year of the programme:
      • 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.
      • AY2017 and before: To obtain a total of not less than 132 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 directly to the Second Year of the programme:
      • AY2019 and onwards: To obtain a total of not less than 98 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.
      • AY2018 and before: To obtain a total of not less than 99 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. To have gained a pass grade in all the major and general education requirement courses as determined by the School of Biological Sciences; and
  3. Fulfilled other such requirements as maybe prescribed by the Academic Board.

COURSES OF STUDY

The courses of study and the distribution of courses for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biological Sciences will be determined by the School of Biological Sciences with the approval from the University.
Each Course will be assigned a certain number of Academic Units (AUs) as determined by the University. The distribution of the courses of study and the associated number of AUs 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. They are foundation courses designed to provide essential training in the fundamental Life Sciences and Social Sciences

Major Prescribed Elective Courses (Major-PE)

Major-PE courses provide students with opportunities to explore specialized areas of Biology and Psychology 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 to train today's Science graduates, covering areas such as communication and environmental sustainability. General Education Requirement: Prescribed Elective Courses (GER-PE) Students undertaking the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences programme are required to read and pass the GER Prescribed Electives from a range of areas. The number of AUs to be read in each area is specified by the School and in the table below. Students have the flexibility to choose the semester which 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 (including direct-entry to Year 2 students admitted in AY2019 and onwards)
Academic Unit (AU) requirements for candidates admitted to the First Year of the programme
Course Type AU
Core 48
Major Prescribed Elective (Major PE) 42
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
Academic Unit (AU) requirements for candidates admitted directly to the Second Year of the programme
Course Type AU
Core 21
Major Prescribed Elective (Major PE) 42
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) 9
Total AUs  98

For students admitted in AY2016 and AY2017 (including direct-entry to Year 2 students admitted in AY2016 to AY2018)

Academic Unit (AU) requirements for candidates admitted to the First Year of the programme
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
Academic Unit (AU) requirements for candidates admitted directly to the Second Year of the programme
Course Type AU
Core 12
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) 3
Unrestricted Electives (UE) 9
Total AUs  99

For students admitted in AY2014 and AY2015 (including direct-entry to Year 2 students admitted in AY2015)

Academic Unit (AU) requirements for candidates admitted to the First Year of the programme
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
Academic Unit (AU) requirements for candidates admitted directly to the Second Year of the programme
Course Type AU
Core 12
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) 3
Unrestricted Electives (UE) 9
Total AUs  99

For students admitted in AY2013 and before (including direct-entry to Year 2 students admitted in AY2014)

Academic Unit (AU) requirements for candidates admitted to the First Year of the programme
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
Academic Unit (AU) requirements for candidates admitted directly to the Second Year of the programme
Course Type AU
Core 15
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
Unrestricted Electives (UE) 6
Total AUs  99
For information about the University’s 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
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