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 candidate 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 candidate to have:

  1. For candidates admitted
    • to the First Year of the programme obtained 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;
    • directly to the Second Year of the programme obtained 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. gained a pass grade in all the major and general education requirement courses as determined by the School of Biological Sciences; and
  3. fulfilled such other 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 candidates 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. Candidates 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 candidates are required to read and pass 15 academic units of GER Unrestricted Electives. Candidates may select to read any courses from the list of Unrestricted Electives offered by all Schools within the University. Candidates have the flexibility to choose during which semester they will read the individual courses.
For students admitted in AY2016 and onwards (including direct-entry to Year 2 students admittted in AY2016 and onwards)
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
15
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)
6
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 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​​​​​​​​​