NUS Bulletin AY2020/21

Faculty of Science

Undergraduate Education

Degrees Offered

The Faculty offers the following full-time degree programmes:

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Science (Hons)
Majors available under the Bachelor of Science Programme include:

  1. Applied Mathematics:
    – Specialisation in Mathematical Modelling and Data Analytics
    – Specialisation in Operations Research and Financial Mathematics
  2. Chemistry:
    – Specialisation in Materials Chemistry
    – Specialisation in Medicinal Chemistry
    – Specialisation in Environment and Energy
  3. Computational Biology*
  4. Data Science and Analytics*
  5. Food Science and Technology*
  6. Life Sciences:
    – Specialisation in Biomedical Science
    – Specialisation in Environmental Biology
    – Specialisation in Molecular and Cell Biology
  7. Mathematics
  8. Pharmaceutical Science*
  9. Physics:
    – Specialisation in Astrophysics
    – Specialisation in Nanophysics
    – Specialisation in Quantum Technologies
  10. Quantitative Finance
  11. Statistics:

– Specialisation in Data Science
– Specialisation in Finance and Business Statistics

Professional Degree:

  1. Bachelor of Pharmacy / Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

Multidisciplinary Degree:

  1. Bachelor of Environmental Studies / Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Honours) [jointly offered with FASS]

Note:

  • Environmental Studies, Pharmacy, Computational Biology, Data Science and Analytics, and Pharmaceutical Science are strict four-year programmes, while all other programmes allow for graduation after three years with a general Bachelor of Science degree.
  • The Chemistry, Life Sciences, Applied Mathematics, Physics and Statistics majors offer general BSc/BSc(Hons) programmes as well as BSc(Hons) programmes with specialisation. Specialisation is only awarded for BSc(Hons.) programmes. The Faculty also offers a spread of minors, multidisciplinary programmes and special programmes for the educational broadening and enhancement of our students.

Curriculum Structure & Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science

To be awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree, students must have:

  1. Satisfied the General Education Requirements comprising:
    a. 20 MCs from General Education Modules (GEM)
  2. Satisfied the Programme Requirements comprising:
    a. 12 MCs of Faculty requirements for BSc
    b. For all Science students (except Pharmacy, Environmental Studies students, students on special programmes like SPS, USP and UTown residential programme and students residing in RVRC), SP1541 Exploring Science Communication through Popular Science is a compulsory Faculty requirement;
    c. One set of major requirements.
  3. Completed and passed a Computational Thinking module, according to the requirements. Please refer to the section on Computational Thinking Requirement.
  4. Accumulated a minimum of 120 Modular Credits (MCs)* (of which no more than 60 MCs may come from Level-1000 modules; Polytechnic Diploma holders who are granted advanced placement credits should refer to the section on Advanced Placement/Exemptions, for more details);
  5. Obtained a cumulative average point (CAP) of at least 2.00;
  6. Passed the requisite English Skills module(s) by the fourth semester (only applicable to students who fail to meet the exemption criteria based on the Qualifying English Test (QET) results); and
  7. Fulfilled all the above within a maximum candidature of four years unless under extenuating circumstances. Semesters spent on approved Leave of Absence (LOA) would be excluded from the period of candidature.

*Students will read a set of Unrestricted Elective Modules (apart from those modules read in fulfilment of General Education and Programme Requirements) to meet the minimum number of MCs required for graduation.

Summary of Requirements for BSc(Hons) MCs
University Level Requirements 20
General Education 20
Programme Requirements** 64 – 80
Faculty requirements 12
Major requirements [BSc(Hons)] 52 - 68
Unrestricted Elective Modules
(not including additional MCs due to reduced Programme Requirements (as a result of Major Requirements that can be counted towards Faculty Requirements)]**

20 – 36 

Total 120

**For some multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary majors, part of the 12 MCs from Faculty requirements are built into the major. MCs required under programme requirements will vary from student to student depending on

(1) the student’s choice of major;
(2) the extent to which the Faculty requirements have been built into the student’s major; and
(3) the combination of modules a student reads for his/her major.

This will in turn determine the number of unrestricted elective modules a student has to read to meet the minimum MCs required for graduation. Students are advised to refer to Bachelor of Science [BSc] Programme Requirements for specific MCs requirements with respect to their chosen major.

Bachelor of Science (Hons)

To be awarded a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree, students must have:

  1. Satisfied the General Education Requirements comprising:
    a. 20 MCs from General Education Modules (GEMs)
  2. Satisfied the Programme Requirements comprising:
    a. 16 MCs of Faculty requirements
    b. For all Science students (except Pharmacy and Environmental Studies students, students on special programmes like SPS, USP and UTown residential programme and students residing in RVRC ) SP1541 Exploring Science Communication through Popular Science is a compulsory Faculty requirement;
    c. One set of major requirements.
  3. Completed and passed a Computational Thinking module, according to the requirements. Please refer to the section on Computational Thinking Requirement below.
  4. Accumulated a minimum of 160 Modular Credits (MCs)* (of which no more than 60 MCs may come from Level-1000 modules; Polytechnic Diploma holders who are granted advanced placement credits should refer to the section on Advanced Placement/Exemptions, for more details);
  5. Completed a mandatory year-long honours project module or the stated alternatives to the honours project module;
  6. Obtained a cumulative average point (CAP) of at least 3.00;
  7. Passed the requisite English Skills module(s) by the fourth semester (only applicable to students who fail to meet the exemption criteria based on the Qualifying English Test (QET) results);
  8. Any other requirements as stipulated by the Faculty for graduation; and
  9. Fulfilled all the above within a maximum candidature of five years (applicable to students completing single and double majors) where semesters spent on Leave of Absence (LOA) would be excluded from the period of candidature.

    *Students will read a set of Unrestricted Elective Modules (apart from those modules read in fulfilment of University Level and Programme Requirements) to meet the minimum number of MCs required for graduation.

    Summary of Requirements for BSc(Hons) MCs
    University Level Requirements 20
    General Education 20
    Programme Requirements** 100 – 116
    Faculty requirements 16
    Major requirements [BSc(Hons)] 84 – 100
    Unrestricted Elective Modules
    (not including additional MCs due to reduced Programme Requirements (as a result of Major Requirements that can be counted towards Faculty Requirements)]**

    24 – 40 

    Total 160

    **For some multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary majors, part of the 16 MCs from Faculty requirements are built into the major. MCs required under programme requirements will vary from student to student depending on

    (1) the student’s choice of major,
    (2) the extent to which the Faculty requirements have been built into the student’s major; and
    (3) the combination of modules a student reads for his/her major.

    This will in turn determine the number of unrestricted elective modules a student has to read to meet the minimum MCs required for graduation. Students are advised to refer to Bachelor of Science (Hons) Programme Requirements [BSc (Hons)] for specific MCs requirements with respect to their chosen major.

Bachelor of Pharmacy/Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded a BPharm or BPharm (Hons), candidates must satisfy the following:

Summary of Requirement

BPharm/BPharm (Hons)

University Requirement 20 MCs
Faculty Requirements Subsumed into Major Requirements
Major Requirement 124 MCs
Unrestricted Elective Modules 16 MCs
Total 160 MCs

For more details, please visit: https://pharmacy.nus.edu.sg/study/undergraduate/bachelor-of-pharmacy/

Note:
Curricular content and graduation requirements may be subject to changes.

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Science (Hons) Programme Requirements [BSc/BSc (Hons)]

Major Pre-requisites

All students are expected to read one major in fulfilment of their degree requirements and will declare their major at the beginning of their first year of study. (For specific requirements of each major, please the segment below – Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Science (Hons) [BSc/BSc (Hons)] – for more information.

They should meet the prerequisites (as stated in the table below) before choosing a particular major. Criteria are set to ensure that students have the necessary base knowledge to pursue studies in their selected major as well as to register for the relevant modules.

Major Prerequisites

1. Chemistry

2. Chemistry (with specialisation in Materials Chemistry)

3. Chemistry (with specialisation in Medicinal Chemistry)

4. Chemistry (with specialisation in Environment and Energy)

Good H2 pass (or equivalent) in Chemistry, and at least a good ‘O’ Level pass or equivalent in Mathematics.

5. Computational Biology*^

Good H2 passes (or equivalent) in Mathematics/Further Mathematics and either Biology or Chemistry.
Students without H2 passes (or equivalent) in either Biology or Chemistry should have at least an O-Level (or equivalent) pass in it. Subject to departmental approval.
6. Data Science and Analytics+ Very good H2 pass (or equivalent) in Mathematics/Further Mathematics and a good H2 pass (or  equivalent) in Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Computing
7. Food Science & Technology+*

Good H2 pass (or equivalent) in Chemistry and a Good H2 pass (or equivalent) in Biology or Physics or Computing or Mathematics/Further Mathematics.

Students without H2 pass in Biology are required to read the bridging module in Biology (i.e. LSM1301) in Semester 1 to fulfil the pre-requisites for the relevant Level 1000 Life Sciences module in the syllabus.

8. Life Sciences

9. Life Sciences (with specialisation in Biomedical Science)

10. Life Sciences (with specialisation in Environmental Biology)

11. Life Sciences (with specialisation in Molecular and Cell Biology)

Two good H2 passes or equivalent in Biology or Chemistry, or Mathematics/Further Mathematics or Physics.

Students without H2 pass in Biology or Chemistry may read the relevant bridging modules as entry requirements.

12. Mathematics

13. Applied Mathematics

14. Applied Mathematics (with specialisation in Mathematical Modelling and Data Analytics)

15. Applied Mathematics (with specialisation in Operation Research and Financial Mathematics)

16. Statistics

17. Statistics (with specialisation in Data Science)

18. Statistics (with specialisation in Finance and Business Statistics)

19. Quantitative Finance*

Good H2 pass (or equivalent) in Mathematics/Further Mathematics.

Subject to departmental approval (applicable to Quantitative Finance only)

20. Physics

21. Physics (with specialisation in Astrophysics)

22. Physics (with specialisation in Nanophysics

23. Physics (with specialisation in Quantum Technologies)

Good H2 passes (or equivalent) in Physics and Mathematics/Further Mathematics.
24. Pharmaceutical Science+^ Very good pass in H2 Chemistry and a very good pass in either H2 Biology or H2 Physics or H2 Mathematics / Further Mathematics
25. Pharmacy@+^ Very good  H2 passes (or equivalent) in Chemistry and either Biology, Mathematics/Further Mathematics or Physics.
26. Environmental Studies+^ (Specialisation in Environmental Biology) Good H1 pass or equivalent in Mathematics and good H2 pass or equivalent in either Biology or Chemistry.

* These majors are capped with quotas; eligibility to read these majors will be determined by additional selection criteria set by the department/programme.

@ BPharm/ BPharm (Hons) degree

+ Admission into the Data Science and Analytics, Environmental Studies, Food Science and Technology, Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmacy programmes is by direct application.

^ With the exceptions of Computational Biology, Data Science and Analytics, Environmental Studies, Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmacy, students in other majors have the option to exit after three years with a Bachelor’s degree. The Chemistry, Life Sciences, Applied Mathematics, Physics and Statistics majors offer general BSc (Hons) programmes as well as BSc (Hons) with specialisation programmes. Specialisation is only awarded for BSc(Hons) programmes.

Faculty Requirements

Please refer to the Faculty Requirements here.

Computational Thinking Requirement

Please refer to the Computational Thinking Requirements here.

SP1541 Exploring Science Communication through Popular Science

In order to develop essential communication skills in all Science undergraduates so that they will be able to critically read and comprehend science-related publications as well as to articulate scientific arguments and perspectives coherently, the Centre for English Learning and Communication and Faculty of Science have co-developed a module SP1541/ES1541 Exploring Science Communication through Popular Science. This is a compulsory module for all Science students (except for students reading Pharmacy, Environmental Studies, students on special programmes like SPS, USP and UTown residential programme and students residing in RVRC) matriculated in AY2013/14 onwards and is in line with the educational goal of the University in offering a writing module for all NUS freshmen. Science students matriculated in AY2015/16 and onwards will read the module code SP1541 while students matriculated in AY2014/15 and before read the module code ES1541. SP1541 is counted towards the Multidisciplinary & Interdisciplinary Sciences subject group of the Faculty requirements.

Please refer here for more information.

English Skills (ES) Requirements

Based on the Qualifying English Test (QET) results, students will be required to read either one or both of these English modules:

(1) ES1000 or ES1000FC Basic English Course
(2) ES1103 English for Academic Purposes

Students who obtain Band 1 will have to take ES1000 or ES1000FC followed by ES1103.

Students who obtain Band 2 will have to take ES1103.

Students who obtain Band 3 are exempted from an English module.

ES1000 is not counted towards Modular Credits and CAP. However, it is counted as part of the workload for every semester. (Please refer to the section below on Policies and Procedures)

ES1103 is worth 4MC and letter-graded (with the option to convert to S/U grade). ES1103 is excluded from the limit on Level 1000 modules.

Students who need to clear ES requirements for graduation are strongly encouraged to do so by their second semester at the latest.

Honours Eligibility and Honours Projects

For BSc (Hons)

  1. Students who matriculated in and after AY2012/2013 (excluding those majoring four-year programmes: Computational Biology, Data Science and Analytics, Pharmaceutical Science and Quantitative Finance), and students who matriculate in and after AY2014/15 majoring in Quantitative Finance will be eligible for Honours if they have:
  • Fulfilled the requirements of one major at BSc level; and
  • Obtained a minimum overall CAP of 3.20 on completion of 100 MCs or more.

Registering for Honours Projects:

  • Students in majors must have fulfilled the minimum eligibility criteria (as stated in Para 1. above) at the point of registering for the honours project module. Students from the Food Science and Technology major must have completed one semester of professional placement.
  • Students who choose not to proceed to Honours even though they are eligible may exit from the programme and graduate with a BSc degree after satisfying graduation requirements at BSc level (see the section above on Curriculum Structure and Graduation Requirements).
  1. The Computational Biology, Data Science and Analytics, Pharmaceutical Science majors are four-year programmes leading to a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree, subject to a minimum CAP attainment.


For BPharm (Hons)

Pharmacy is a four-year programme leading to a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) degree, subject to a minimum CAP attainment.

Students admitted to the programme from AY2014/2015 to AY2019/2020 have to complete PR4196 Pharmacy Research Project and Scientific Communication, PR4197 Pharmacy Internship I and PR4198 Pharmacy Internship II in their final year.

Students admitted to the programme from AY2020/2021 onwards have to complete PR4191 Discovery Project and 2 internship modules PR4192A Internship & Pharmacy Management and PR4193A Internship & Regulatory Affairs.

Degree Classification

All students are on a track that leads to either the BSc/BPharm or BSc (Hons)/BPharm (Hons) degree. CAP computation is based on all modules completed at all levels, excluding:

  1. Modules for which grades obtained have no assigned grade points (for e.g. EXE, OCT, OVS, S/U, CS/CU, IC, IP); and
  2. ES1000 Basic English Course.

Students’ degree and Honours classification will be determined by their CAP as follows:

BSc (Hons)/BPharm (Hons)

Classification CAP cut-offs
Honours (Highest Distinction) 4.50 & above
Honours (Distinction) 4.00 – 4.49
Honours (Merit) 3.50 – 3.99
Honours 3.00 – 3.49
Pass (BSc / BPharm) 2.00 – 2.99
Fail Below 2.00


BSc

Classification CAP cut-offs
Pass with Merit 3.00 and above
Pass 2.00 – 2.99
Fail Below 2.00

Policies and Procedures

Professional Placement/Internship/Special Programmes

Student Awards: Dean’s List

A Dean’s List will be prepared for both Semesters I and II, but excluding the Special Terms. It comprises the top 5 percent of the total undergraduate Science students (excluding those who are in their 1st two semesters of studies and whose course codes are SCI1^) and the top 7 percent of the Pharmacy students (excluding those who are in their 1st two semesters of studies and whose course codes are PMC1^^) based on the following criteria:

A) Minimum Workload

Students reading a workload of at least 19 MCs (for Science Students) and 20 MCs (for Pharmacy Students) will be considered. This workload includes all modules read in the semester under consideration, with the following conditions:

  • At least 15MCs for Science students and 16MCs for Pharmacy students must be letter-graded;
  • Excludes module ES1000;
  • Excludes modules with ‘EXE’, ‘IP’, ‘IC’ or ‘W’ grades;
  • Includes half of the MCs of an 8 MCs UROPS module, or 4 MCs, in the computation of the student’s workload in the first semester, and the remaining 4 MCs in the computation of the second semester’s workload; and
  • No MCs from the Honours project module to be included in the student’s workload in the first semester, and the full MCs to be counted in the second semester.

B) Semester Average Point (SAP)

Semester Average Point (SAP) is computed from grades achieved within the semester under consideration.

Only students with SAP of at least 4.30 will be considered.

Formula for computation of SAP: ∑(Grade Point* MCs)/∑ (MCs)

The computation of SAP for the Dean’s List:
• Excludes module ES1000; and
• Allows students to receive the full contribution to SAP from their 8 MCs UROPS and Honours project modules in the second semester.

^SCI1 is a course code given to all Science students who have just matriculated. Science students who have read and passed 40MCs will be promoted to SCI2. Science students who are not in their first two semesters of studies and have been promoted to SCI2 and above, and who have met the above mentioned criteria are eligible for Dean’s List.

^^PMC1 is a course code given to all Pharmacy students who have just matriculated. Pharmacy students who have read and passed all year 1 Pharmacy graduation requirement will be promoted to PMC2. Pharmacy students who are not in their first two semesters of studies and have been promoted to PMC2 and above, and who have met the above mentioned criteria are eligible for Dean’s List.

Scholarship