Double Major (Honours) in Biological Sciences and Psychology

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Programme Requirements

The period of study for the Double Major Programme (Honours) in Biological Sciences and Psychology is four academic years.

During the period of study for the Double Major Programme (Honours) in Biological Sciences and Psychology, 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 and be eligible for graduation, students are required to fulfill the following requirements:

    1. (For students admitted in AY2018 and onwards) Students must complete two (2) categories of requirements, totaling at least 143 Academic Units (AUs):
      • Major Requirements - 57 AUs for BS Major and 57 AUs for Psychology Major
      • Final Year Project/Professional Internship + Professional career development - 12 AUs
      • General Education Requirements - 6 AUs
    2. (For students admitted in AY2017) Students must complete two (2) categories of requirements, totaling at least 144 Academic Units (AUs):
      • Major Requirements - 57 AUs for BS Major and 57 AUs for Psychology Major
      • Final Year Project/Professional Internship + Professional career development - 12 AUs
      • General Education Requirements - 9 AUs
    3. Students must complete a total of 57 AUs of courses listed under curriculum webpage. The 57 AUs Psychology courses fall under the Core and Major Prescribed Elective (MPE) category.
    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 requirements as may be prescribed by the Academic Board.

Table 1: Summary Table of the Double Major BS & PSY Programme for students admitted in AY2018 and onwards

PROGRAMME Major Requirements (AUs) General Education Requirement (GER) (AUs) Total (AUs)
Core Prescribed Electives Final Year Project / Professional Internship GER Core GER Prescribed Electives GER Unrestricted Electives
Major in BS 57 12* 11 3 3 143
Major in PSY 57

Table 2: Summary Table of the Double Major BS & PSY Programme for students admitted in AY2017

PROGRAMME Major Requirements (AUs) General Education Requirement (GER) (AUs) Total (AUs)
Core Prescribed Electives Final Year Project / Professional Internship GER Core GER Prescribed Electives GER Unrestricted Electives
Major in BS 57 12* 9 3 6 144
Major in PSY 57

*Students may select either BS4020 Final Year Project (12 AU) or BS4224 Professional Internship (11 AU) and BS4223 Professional Career Development (1 AU) to fulfil the 12AUs requirement.

A minimum of CGPA 4.50 plus at least an ‘A-‘ grade for the Final Year Project (FYP), are required for the award of a First Class Honours Degree.

COURSES OF STUDY

The courses of study and the distribution of courses for Double Major Programme (Honours) in Biological Sciences and Psychology 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 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)
Double Major B.Sc programme (Students admitted in AY2017) in Biological Sciences and Psychology students are required to read and pass 6 AUs of GER-UE; while students admitted in AY2018 are required to read and pass 3 AUs. Students may select to read any courses from the list of UEs offered by all Schools within the University. Students have the flexibility to choose the semester of which they will read the individual courses.

For students admitted in AY2018 and onwards

  AUs Requirement
Biological Sciences (BS) Core 36
Major Prescribed Elective (Major PE) 21
Psychology (PS) Core 18
Major Prescribed Elective (Major PE) 39
Biological Sciences (BS) & Psychology (PS) Final Year Project 12
General Education Requirement (GER) Core 11
Prescribed Elective (PE) Business & Management (BM) 3
Liberal Arts (LA) Exempted
Science, Technology & Society (STS) Exempted
Any Category (BM, LA or STS) Exempted
UE 3
Total AUs  143

For students admitted in AY2017

  AUs Requirement
Biological Sciences (BS) Core 36
Major Prescribed Elective (Major PE) 21
Psychology (PS) Core 18
Major Prescribed Elective (Major PE) 39
Biological Sciences (BS) & Psychology (PS) Final Year Project 12
General Education Requirement (GER) Core 9
Prescribed Elective (PE) Business & Management (BM) 3
Liberal Arts (LA) Exempted
Science, Technology & Society (STS) Exempted
Any Category (BM, LA or STS) Exempted
UE 6
Total AUs  144

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