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Bachelor of Science (BSc)

The BSc degree is a three-year (six-semester) full-time programme that allows you to study from a wide variety majors.

Quick facts
Points per degree 360 points
Full-time study 3 years
Part-time study 6+ years
Degree structure Taught
Taught at City and Tāmaki Campus
Application closing dates

For Semester Two 2017 start: 4 July 2017
For Summer School or Semester One 2018 start: 1 December 2017 (Exercise Sciences); 8 December 2017 (all other majors)

Start date Semester Two: 24 July 2017
Semester One: 26 February 2018

Programme highlights

  • Take advantage of a huge variety of subjects and customise your degree to incorporate different areas of interest and expertise.
  • Develop skills in independent research, working in teams, and writing and presenting work.
  • Develop core transferable skills, which improve your employment opportunities.
  • Gain exposure to working scientists throughout your degree.

Programme overview

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) is a three year programme with majors from all ten of our departments and schools. The huge range of subjects allows you to customise your degree, incorporating different areas of interest and expertise.

You 'take a BSc degree' by studying courses within a major alongside other subjects of relevance or interest. These courses are chosen from the subjects and specialisations offered by our Faculty. A major is the subject that you study to the highest level of your undergraduate degree.

As well as skills that are part of your academic learning in your chosen major, your BSc will expose you to new technologies, give you the opportunity to write and present work, the chance to work independently and in groups, and to develop independent research skills. If you are science-minded and want to keep your options open, this is the degree for you.

Programme structure

To complete a BSc degree you need to pass courses totalling at least 360 points. Courses are typically worth 15 points.

Your degree must include:

  • At least five courses (75 points) at Stage III. At least 4 of these courses (60 points) must be from your subject major. You may do more than one major and would complete three courses (45 points) at Stage III in this second major.
  • No more than 12 courses (180 points) at Stage I. You typically take at least 2 courses (30 points) in your subject major at Stage I. See Core Courses for more information.
  • At least 12 courses (180 points) above Stage I.
  • Courses must come from a minimum of three science subjects (including your major).
  • Two courses (30 points) from the General Education schedule approved for Science. Find out more about General Education.
  • You may include two courses (30 points) from subjects outside of the Science schedule eg, from subjects classified under Arts, Business and Economics etc. This is in addition to the two General Education courses.


Find more information about the programme structure.


Entry requirements

To be admitted to the University, school leavers must have a University Entrance qualification based on NCEA, CIE, IB or another recognised, equivalent qualification.

Find more information about pre-requisites for the BSc.

Find information on how to apply.


Career opportunities

Career opportunities with a Bachelor of Science vary depending on your chosen major. Find more information about specific careers on each of the undergraduate majors pages.


Help and advice

For further information see the undergraduate prospectus and our departmental handbooks, visit the Science Student Centre or contact us:

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87020
Email: scifac@auckland.ac.nz