UniversityUniversity of Auckland
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Next start date
Expected Feb 2024
With so many options to choose from, the Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) is your opportunity to create a solid foundation for your study in the Earth, Chemical, Computational, Human, Life, Mathematical and Physical Sciences.
If you have a mind for science and you're keen to keep your options open, then the BSc is the degree for you. With many undergraduate majors in a wide range of subject areas, the BSc will allow you to incorporate different areas of interest and expertise. As well as strongly emphasising transferable skills to improve your employment opportunities, this programme will expose you to cutting-edge technologies and provide a gateway to independent research. Throughout your undergraduate degree you'll be taught by knowledgeable scientists, many of whom are major contributors in their field.
Beginning your BSc
You're able to choose from a wide range of subject areas, and you'll also add a capstone course to your programme. The capstone course is student-led, and it's your opportunity to integrate and apply your learning to a real-world problem in your chosen subject area.
BSc programme structure
To complete a BSc degree you need to pass courses totalling 360 points. Each course is worth 15 points, and you must complete the requirements for one or more majors, or one specialisation. You must also complete a capstone course, worth 15 points, for your chosen major or specialisation.
Major: a subject area that makes up about a third of your courses
Specialisation: a subject that makes up about half of your courses
Capstone course: a student-led project where you integrate and apply your learning to a real-world problem in your chosen major or specialisation
Please see the 'Subjects and modules' tab for a full list of majors and specialisations available to you in the BSc.
The following is a sample structure if you are a full-time student completing the programme over three years.
In your first year:
You should enrol in eight courses for up to three subject areas to discover your strengths and interests
You will probably take four courses in Semester One and four courses in Semester Two
In your second year and beyond:
You will enrol in a range of more advanced courses relating to your main subject, as well as other related areas within the Science schedules to add depth to your knowledge
You must select up to two courses from the General Education schedules
You may include 30 points (two courses) from subjects outside of the Science schedule – Arts, Business, Economics and so forth – in addition to your two General Education courses.
In your final year:
You will complete a capstone course for your chosen major or specialisation
If you started your BSc in 2018 or earlier please refer to these requirements for the Bachelor of Science.
Where could this programme take you?
Because science plays a vital role in addressing the key issues that confront us and future generations, studying the Sciences opens up a wide range of career opportunities. Students find employment in business, small industry, government, teaching and health sectors, as well as research and development.
Further study options
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Graduate Diploma in Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Science
Master of Science
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy
Secondary school qualifications
International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.
General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects.
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). You must have completed a minimum of three A-level subjects.
GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA and Pearson Education Limited taken outside of New Zealand.
IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 and no bands below 5.5; Internet based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 80 and a written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 60 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of C-; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 50 and no PTE Communicative score below 42; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 80.