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Courses, Majors & Rules

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree is generally a three year qualification that requires the completion of nine full year courses (or the equivalent in half courses) leading to two separate majors. Typically, four courses are taken at first year level, three at second year level and two at third year level. The suite of courses that you will need to take includes compulsory courses required for each major, as well as elective courses not prescribed but chosen out of interest, to fulfill the degree requirement of completing nine full courses. The structure of the degree is illustrated in a generic way schematically below.

FIRST YEAR SECOND YEAR THIRD YEAR
Required course - Major 1 Required course - Major 1 Required course - Major 1
Required course - Major 2 Required course - Major 2 Required course - Major 2
Elective Elective  
Elective    

Majors offered

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree provides a graduate with the specific discipline knowledge, together with a range of related skills, essential for the workplace, or to allow continuation to postgraduate study. Curricula are designed to provide adequate foundations and depth in the chosen majors, but also to attain generic skills such as numeracy, problem solving, and computer and communication skills which are necessary to function as a graduate.

The Faculty offers a choice from 21 different majors, listed below. Detailed curricula leading to these majors and the rules for the BSc degree offered by the Faculty of Science can be found in the Science Faculty Handbook.

Majors offered by the Science Faculty are as follows:
•    Applied Biology
•    Applied Mathematics
•    Applied Statistics
•    Archaeology 
•    Astrophysics 
•    Biochemistry
•    Business Computing* 
•    Chemistry 
•    Computer Engineering* 
•    Computer Games Development*
•    Computer Science
•    Ecology & Evolution 
•    Environmental & Geographical Science 
•    Genetics 
•    Geology 
•    Human Anatomy & Physiology 
•    Marine Biology
•    Mathematics 
•    Mathematical Statistics 
•    Ocean & Atmosphere Science 
•    Physics 

*These majors must be taken concurrently with a major in Computer Science
A range of electives may be taken from other Faculties. Refer to the Science Faculty Handbook (Additional Information section at the back of the book) to determine what courses are allowed, and the rules governing external courses. 

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