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3.3.3.5    Life Sciences

Hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science (FoS), the Life Sciences Major is co-taught by NUS Medical Sciences Cluster in Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (Departments of Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology, and Physiology). The course is designed to give students a firm foundation in the underlying knowledge vital to all areas of Life Sciences in the first year of study, and allows selection of relevant advanced-level modules to focus on one of the three specialisations and other exciting themes in Life Sciences.

Programme Structure & Curriculum Rationale

The curriculum of NUS Life Sciences Major is structured to provide a common, broad-based foundation in the first year of study. Students study topics in Molecular Genetics, Evolutionary Biology and Molecular Cell Biology, as well as Statistics and Organic Chemistry. Selection of advanced-level modules are based on the interest profile of every Life Sciences Major. At Honours Year 4, students may choose to pursue one of the three specialisations or decide to maintain a broad perspective in Life Sciences:

  • Biomedical Science focuses on human health and diseases, and its goal of clinical solutions;
  • Molecular and Cell Biology emphasises the fundamental physical, chemical and biological mechanisms of living organisms;
  • Environmental Biology affirms the importance and relevance of biodiversity and ecology and its applications towards environmental conservation.

Career Prospects

Our graduates are ready to contribute towards Singapore’s initiatives in Life Sciences and related fields and industries. Academically driven graduates will be able to embark on graduate studies at NUS or overseas as well as enter graduate medical education such as the Duke-NUS Medical School.

NUS Life Sciences graduates are fully poised to pursue a diverse range of careers ranging from research and scientific services, to healthcare and medical industries, and to education and related professions. Having a general Science degree, coupled with the scientific thinking and analytical skills acquired during the undergraduate course, enables our graduates to be eligible for a wide array of professional careers that seek a bachelor’s degree as the entry qualification.

Life Sciences graduates are well suited for careers in biological, biomedical and biotechnological contexts, as well as agricultural, horticultural and environmental sectors. Prospective employers include Research Institutes, Government Ministries and Statutory Boards such as National Parks Board (NParks), National Environment Agency (NEA), and Health Sciences Authority (HSA), specialist medical centres and clinics, government and private hospitals. Many of our graduates work as teachers in Schools, Junior Colleges, Polytechnics and Universities. MNCs and local companies from the private and industrial sectors involving biotechnology, medicine, pharmaceutical, food production and environmental technology are also common options considered by our graduates.

In addition, Life Sciences graduates have also embarked on a wide spectrum of non-life sciences related professions such as mass media productions, communications and information services, banking and finance, law and public services, defence and security. The more entrepreneurial graduates have also set up their own ventures.

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded a BSc with a primary major in Life Sciences, candidates must satisfy the following:

Level Life Sciences Major Requirements Cumulative
Major MCs
Level 1000 

(20 MCs)

Pass all 

LSM1102      Molecular Genetics

LSM1105      Evolutionary Biology

LSM1106      Molecular Cell Biology

CM1401*      Chemistry for Life Sciences*

ST1232         Statistics for Life Sciences

*If a precluding module to CM1401 (i.e. CM1121 or CM1501) is passed, the precluding module is accepted to be fulfilling the Life Sciences Major in lieu of CM1401.

20
Level 2000 

(16 MCs)

Pass 

LSM2191      Laboratory Techniques in Life Sciences

36
Pass 3 

LSM2211      Metabolism and Regulation

LSM2212      Human Anatomy

LSM2231      General Physiology

LSM2232      Genes, Genomes and Biomedical Implications

LSM2233      Cell Biology

LSM2234      Introduction to Quantitative Biology

LSM2241      Introductory Bioinformatics

LSM2251      Ecology and Environment

LSM2252      Biodiversity

LSM2253      Applied Data Analysis in Ecology and Evolution

LSM2254      Fundamentals of Plant Biology

LSM2291      Fundamental Techniques in Microbiology

Level 3000 

(16 MCs)

Pass four LSM32xx elective modules (except LSM3289), of which up to two (up to 8MC) may be LSM42xx (except LSM4299) and/or LSM-recognised elective modules. 52
LSM3201      Research and Communication in Life Sciences 

LSM3211      Fundamental Pharmacology

LSM3212      Human Physiology: Cardiopulmonary System

LSM3214      Human Physiology – Hormones and Health

LSM3215      Neuronal Signaling and Memory Mechanisms

LSM3216      Neuronal Development and Diseases

LSM3217      Human Ageing

LSM3218     Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology

LSM3219       Neuropharmacology

LSM3222      Human Neuroanatomy

LSM3223      Immunology

LSM3224      Molecular Basis of Human Diseases

LSM3225      Molecular Microbiology in Human Diseases

LSM3226     Medical Mycology and Drug Discovery

LSM3227     General Virology

LSM3231      Protein Structure and Function

LSM3232      Microbiology

LSM3233      Developmental Biology

LSM3234      Biological Imaging of Growth and Form

LSM3235      Epigenetics in Human Health and Diseases

LSM3241     Genomic Data Analysis

LSM3242      Translational Microbiology

LSM3243      Molecular Biophysics

LSM3244      Molecular Biotechnology

LSM3245      RNA Biology and Technology

LSM3246      Synthetic Biology

LSM3247      Practical Synthetic Biology

LSM3252      Evolution and Comparative Genomics

LSM3254      Ecology of Aquatic Environments

LSM3255      Ecology of Terrestrial Environments

LSM3256      Tropical Horticulture

LSM3258      Comparative Botany

LSM3259      Fungal Biology

LSM3262      Environmental Animal Physiology

LSM3263      Field Studies in Neotropical Ecosystems

LSM3264      Environmental Biochemistry

LSM3265      Entomology

LSM3266      Avian Biology and Evolution

LSM3267      Behavioural Biology

LSM3272      Global Change Biology

LSM3273      Ecology, Conservation and Management of Sri Lankan Ecosystems

LSM3288      Advanced UROPS in Life Sciences I

To be awarded a BSc (Hons) with a primary major in Life Sciences or Life Sciences (with specialisation in Biomedical Science, Molecular and Cell Biology or Environmental Biology), candidates must satisfy the following:

Level Life Sciences Major Requirements Cumulative
Major MCs
Level 1000 

(20 MCs)

Pass all 

LSM1102      Molecular Genetics

LSM1105      Evolutionary Biology

LSM1106      Molecular Cell Biology

CM1401*      Chemistry for Life Sciences*

ST1232         Statistics for Life Sciences

*If a precluding module to CM1401 (i.e. CM1121 or CM1501) is passed, the precluding module is accepted to be fulfilling the Life Sciences Major in lieu of CM1401.

20
Level 2000 

(16 MCs)

Pass 

LSM2191      Laboratory Techniques in Life Sciences

36
Pass 3 

LSM2211     Metabolism and Regulation

LSM2212     Human Anatomy

LSM2231     General Physiology

LSM2232     Genes, Genomes and Biomedical Implications

LSM2233      Cell Biology

LSM2234      Introduction to Quantitative Biology

LSM2241      Introductory Bioinformatics

LSM2251      Ecology and Environment

LSM2252     Biodiversity

LSM2253      Applied Data Analysis in Ecology and Evolution

LSM2254      Fundamentals of Plant Biology

LSM2291      Fundamental Techniques in Microbiology

Level 3000 

(16 MCs)

Pass four LSM32xx elective modules (except LSM3289), of which up to two (up to 8MC) may be LSM42xx (except LSM4299) and/or LSM-recognised elective modules. 52
LSM3201      Research and Communication in Life Sciences 

LSM3211      Fundamental Pharmacology

LSM3212      Human Physiology: Cardiopulmonary System

LSM3214      Human Physiology – Hormones and Health

LSM3215      Neuronal Signaling and Memory Mechanisms

LSM3216      Neuronal Development and Diseases

LSM3217      Human Ageing

LSM3218      Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology

LSM3219       Neuropharmacology

LSM3222      Human Neuroanatomy

LSM3223      Immunology

LSM3224      Molecular Basis of Human Diseases

LSM3225      Molecular Microbiology in Human Diseases

LSM3226     Medical Mycology and Drug Discovery

LSM3227     General Virology

LSM3231      Protein Structure and Function

LSM3232      Microbiology

LSM3233      Developmental Biology

LSM3234      Biological Imaging of Growth and Form

LSM3235      Epigenetics in Human Health and Diseases

LSM3241     Genomic Data Analysis

LSM3242      Translational Microbiology

LSM3243      Molecular Biophysics

LSM3244      Molecular Biotechnology

LSM3245      RNA Biology and Technology

LSM3246      Synthetic Biology

LSM3247      Practical Synthetic Biology

LSM3252      Evolution and Comparative Genomics

LSM3254      Ecology of Aquatic Environments

LSM3255      Ecology of Terrestrial Environments

LSM3256      Tropical Horticulture

LSM3258      Comparative Botany

LSM3259      Fungal Biology

LSM3262      Environmental Animal Physiology

LSM3263      Field Studies in Neotropical Ecosystems

LSM3264      Environmental Biochemistry

LSM3265      Entomology

LSM3266      Avian Biology and Evolution

LSM3267      Behavioural Biology

LSM3272      Global Change Biology

LSM3273      Ecology, Conservation and Management of Sri Lankan Ecosystems

LSM3288      Advanced UROPS in Life Sciences I

Level 4000 

(32 MCs)

Pass at least 32MCs via one of the following options: 

Honours Research Project

Pass LSM4199 Honours Project in Life Sciences and pass another 4 LSM42xx elective modules. [If one of the three specialisations (BMS/MCB/EVB) is to be pursued, LSM4199 and at least 2 of the 4 LSM42xx have to be completed, all listed with the chosen specialisation.]

Applied Internship Project

Pass LSM4299 Applied Project in Life Sciences and pass another 4 LSM42xx elective modules.

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LSM4199      Honours Project in Life Sciences 

LSM4299      Applied Project in Life Sciences

LSM4210      Topics in Biomedical Science 

LSM4211      Toxicology

LSM4212      Pharmacogenetics and Drug Responses

LSM4213      Systems Neurobiology

LSM4214      Cancer Pharmacology

LSM4215      Extreme Physiology

LSM4216      Molecular Nutrition Science and Metabolic Biology

LSM4217      Functional Ageing

LSM4218      Biotechnology and Biotherapeutics

LSM4221      Drug Discovery and Clinical Trials

LSM4222      Advanced Immunology

LSM4223      Advances in Antimicrobial Strategies

LSM4224      Free Radicals and Antioxidant Biology

LSM4225      Genetic Medicine in the Post-Genomic Era

LSM4226      Infection and Immunity

LSM4227      Stem Cell Biology

LSM4228      Experimental Models for Human Disease and Therapy

LSM4229      Therapeutic and diagnostic agents from animal toxins

LSM4252     Reproductive Biology

Biomedical
Science (BMS)
LSM4231      Structural Biology 

LSM4232      Advanced Cell Biology

LSM4234      Mechanobiology

LSM4235      Nuclear Mechanics and Genome Regulation

LSM4241      Functional Genomics

LSM4242      Protein Engineering

LSM4243      Tumour Biology

LSM4244      Oncogenes and Signal Transduction

LSM4245     Advanced Epigenetics and Chromatin Biology

LSM4251      Plant Growth and Development

Molecular and
Cell Biology (MCB)
LSM4254      Principles of Taxonomy and Systematics 

LSM4255      Methods in Mathematical Biology

LSM4256      Evolution of Development

LSM4257     Aquatic Vertebrate Diversity

LSM4259     Evolutionary Genetics of Reproduction

LSM4260     Plankton Ecology

LSM4261      Marine Biology

LSM4262      Tropical Conservation Biology

LSM4263      Field Studies in Biodiversity

LSM4264      Freshwater Biology

LSM4265      Urban Ecology

LSM4266     Aquatic Invertebrate Diversity

LSM4267      Animal Communications & Sensory Ecology

LSM4268      Environmental Bioacoustics

Environmental
Biology (EVB)
Summary of Requirements BSc BSc (Hons)
University Requirements 20 MCs 20 MCs
Faculty Requirements 4 MCs* 8 MCs*
Major Requirements 52 MCs 84 MCs
Unrestricted Elective Modules 44 MCs 48 MCs
Total 120 MCs 160 MCs

*Faculty requirements of 12 and 16 MCs for the BSc and BSc (Hons) programmes respectively are partially fulfilled through the reading of CM1401 and ST1232 which are essential modules within the major requirements.

Students undertaking the BSc programme are required to fulfil the remaining 4 MCs of Faculty requirements from one of the following subject groups: Computing Sciences, Physical Sciences and Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Sciences; but not from the following subject groups: Chemical Sciences, Mathematical & Statistical Sciences and Life Sciences.

Students taking the BSc (Hons) programme are required to fulfil the remaining 8 MCs of Faculty requirements as such:

  1. 4 MCs from any one of the following subject groups:
    Computing Sciences, Physical Sciences and Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Sciences; but not from the following subject groups: Chemical Sciences, Mathematical & Statistical Sciences and Life Sciences.
  2. 4 MCs of non-LSM prefixed module from any subject group.