B.Sc. (Hons) in Biological Sciences with Business Minor

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Programme Requirements

The period of study for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with Business Minor is four academic years.

During the period of study for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with Business Minor, 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.

    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. Directly to the Second Year of the programme, toobtain 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. For students to qualify for the Business Minor, to complete a minimum of 15 AUs of courses from the list of Business Minor. The 15 AUs of business courses fall under the General Education Requirement Unrestricted Elective (GER-UE) category. Students have the flexibility to choose during which semester they will read the individual courses. Refer to the Business Minor website for full details of the requirements for this component: http://www.nbs.ntu.edu.sg/Programmes/Undergraduate/Pages/MinorinBusiness.aspx
    3. To have gained a pass grade in all the Major and general education requirement courses as determined by the School of Biological Sciences; and
    4. 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. To qualify for the Business Minor, students must complete a minimum of 15AUs of courses from the Business Minor menu  (http://www.nbs.ntu.edu.sg/Programmes/Undergraduate/Pages/MinorinBusiness.aspx ). The 15AUs of business courses fall under the General Education Requirement Unrestricted Elective (GER-UE) category. Students have the flexibility to choose during which semester they will read the individual courses.

For students admitted in AY2018 and onwards

Academic Unit (AU) requirements for candidates admitted to the First Year of the programme
Course Type AU
Biological Sciences
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
Business Minor Requirements
General Education Requirement (GER) Unrestricted Electives (UE) – Courses listed in the Business Minor Menu 15
Total AUs  131

For students admitted in AY2016 and AY2017

Academic Unit (AU) requirements for candidates admitted to the First Year of the programme
Course Type AU
Biological Sciences Requirements
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
Business Minor Requirements
General Education Requirement (GER) Unrestricted Electives (UE) – Courses listed in the Business Minor Menu 15
Total AUs  132
For students admitted to the Second Year of the programme
Course Type AU
Biological Sciences Requirements
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
Business Minor Requirements
General Education Requirement (GER) Unrestricted Electives (UE) – Courses listed in the Business    Minor Menu 9 (overloading of additional 6AUs is needed to fulfil the requirements of Business Minor)
Total AUs  99 (105AUs including overloading of 6AUs as above-mentioned)

For students admitted in AY2014 and AY2015

Academic Unit (AU) requirements for candidates admitted to the First Year of the programme
Course Type AU
Biological Sciences Requirements
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
Business Minor Requirements
General Education Requirement (GER) Unrestricted Electives (UE) – Courses listed in the Business Minor 15
Total AUs  132
Academic Unit (AU) requirements for candidates admitted to the Second Year of the programme
Course Type AU
Biological Sciences Requirements
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
Business Minor Requirements
General Education Requirement (GER) Unrestricted Electives (UE) – Courses listed in the Business Minor Menu 6 (overloading of additional 9AUs is needed to fulfil the requirements of Business Minor)
Total AUs  99 (108AUs including overloading of 9AUs as above-mentioned)

​​​​​​​For students admitted in AY2013 and before

Academic Unit (AU) requirements for candidates admitted to the First Year of the programme
Course Type AU
Biological Sciences Requirements
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
Business Minor Requirements
General Education Requirement (GER) Unrestricted Electives (UE) – Courses listed in the Business Minor Menu 15
Total AUs  132
Academic Unit (AU) requirements for candidates admitted to the Second Year of the programme
Course Type AU
Biological Sciences Requirements
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
Any Category (AHSS, BM, LS or STS) 0
Business Minor Requirements
General Education Requirement (GER) Unrestricted Electives (UE) – Courses listed in the Business Minor Menu 6 (overloading of additional 9AUs is needed to fulfil the requirements of Business Minor)
Total AUs  99 (108AUs including overloading of 9AUs as above-mentioned)