Faculty of Science - Leading creativity and innovation in the sciences


Programme structure


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The programme has been designed to build cross-disciplinary relationships and encourage you to think outside the box.

Each semester you will take a SCISCHOL course. Most of these courses are not for credit but must be passed in order to gain Science Scholar status.

In the first year you will take SCISCHOL101 and SCISCHOL102 (please see the course prescriptions below). There are no points attached to these courses so they will not count toward your Grade Point Average (GPA).

In the second and third year you will take one not for credit course and one 15 point course. These 30 points will count towards the 360 points required to obtain a BSc but will not count towards your major requirements.

As you advance through the courses you will develop essential skills in critical thinking, teamwork and problem solving, as well as getting your hands dirty doing some real research.

SCISCHOL101 - Science in Action 1

An introduction to the big questions in science, approaches to scientific research, and how science and scientists play a role in society. Students will explore scientific knowledge and enquiry from a broad, cross-disciplinary perspective.

SCISCHOL102 - Science in Action 2

A continued introduction to the big questions in science, approaches to scientific research, and how science and scientists play a role in society. Students will explore scientific knowledge and enquiry from a broad, cross-disciplinary perspective.

SCISCHOL  201 - Introduction to Science and Innovation

An exploration of issues affecting Science in Society, including governance, funding and policies. Students will also explore the development of modern scientific method and the challenges of engaging in scientific research.

SCISCHOL 202 - Reserach and Discovery

An exploration of scientific research skills and communication. Students will develop an understanding of the impact of culture on scientific discovery, the skills to develop and document a research proposal, and how to communicate scientific work in an area of choice.

SCISCHOL 301- Advanced Science and Innovation

Explores the role of science in relation to the New Zealand and global economy and discusses issues including ownership, exploitation and stewardship of resources, indigenous science, biodiversity and National Science Challenges. Students will also explore the position of science nationally and globally and current scientific debates.

SCISCHOL 302 - Science Scholars Project

Building on the research proposal developed in SCISCHOL 202, students will respond to a research question requiring data collection, analysis and interpretation, discussion and presentation of project outcomes.