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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Degree of Bachelor of Natural Sciences
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Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, and Graduate Certificates.

Part II

Admission

1. Admission to the Degree of Bachelor of Natural Sciences requires that the candidate will have:

(a) met the University admission requirements as specified; and

(b) have achieved at least 16 credits in each of two of NCEA Level 3 Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics; or

(c) have achieved a minimum B grade at A level in two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics in the University of Cambridge International Examinations; or

(d) have achieved at least 29 points including five points in each of two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics in the International Baccalaureate; or

(e) passed with a minimum C grade two of 162.103 Introductory Biology, or 123.103 Introductory Chemistry, or 124.100 Introductory Physics; or

(f) have achieved to an equivalent level as in Regulations 1(b) to (e) in an alternative examination; or

(g) have achieved 16 credits at Merit or Excellence in each of five subjects in NCEA Level 3; or

(h) have achieved a B grade average across previous University study.

Qualification Requirements

2. Candidates for the Degree of Bachelor of Natural Sciences shall follow a parts-based programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 360 credits, comprising:

(a) completion of Parts One, Two, and Three;

(b) not more than 165 credits at 100 level;

(c) at least 75 credits at 300 level.

and including:

(d) the courses listed in the Schedule for the Qualification;

(e) at least 75 credits from Schedule B to the Bachelor of Science;

(f) up to 75 credits from any subject area offered by the University;

(g) attending field trips, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.

Specialisations

3. The Degree of Bachelor of Natural Sciences is awarded without specialisations.

Student Progression

4. Candidates must complete the requirements of Part One prior to progressing to Part Two.

Completion Requirements

5. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates will apply.

6. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification, and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes; candidates who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Diploma in Science and Technology should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

7. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Schedule for the Bachelor of Natural Sciences

Part One (120 credits from)

Compulsory courses (60 credits from)

123.101 Chemistry and Living Systems 15 credits R 123.171
124.111 Physics for Life Sciences 15 credits R 124.101, 124.171
246.101 Science and Sustainability 15 credits  
246.102 Core Skills for Natural Scientists 15 credits R 119.155

15 credits from

120.101 Biology of Plants 15 credits  
162.101 Biology of Cells 15 credits  
199.101 Biology of Animals 15 credits  

15 credits from

160.111 Mathematics 1A 15 credits P 160.103 or 160.131 or 160.132 R 160.101, 160.102, 228.171
160.132 Concepts in Mathematics 15 credits R 160.101, 160.102, 160.103, 160.111, 160.112, 160.131, 228.171, 228.172. 160.132 may not be taken after 160.133 has been passed.
160.133 Processes in Mathematics 15 credits P 160.132, or 160.111, or 228.171, or 160.101, or 160.102, or 160.103, or A- or better in 160.131 R 160.112, 228.172, both of 160.101, 160.102. And, 160.133 may not be taken at the same time as any of 160.101, 160.102 or 160.111.

30 credits from any approved courses from any subject area in the University

Part Two (120 credits from)

Compulsory courses (45 credits from)

246.201 Systems and Models in the Natural Sciences 30 credits  
246.202 Bacteriophage Discovery and Genomics 15 credits P 162.101 or 199.101 or 120.101

15 credits from

115.113 Economics of Business 15 credits R 115.106
134.218 Environmental Philosophy 15 credits R 134.318
145.111 Society, Environment and Place 15 credits  
152.230 Entrepreneurship 15 credits  
152.252 Project Management 15 credits  
159.101 Programming Fundamentals 15 credits  
175.102 Psychology as a Natural Science 15 credits  
200.161 Introduction to Politics 15 credits  
219.101 Media Skills 15 credits  

30 credits at any level from Schedule B to the Degree of Bachelor of Science

30 credits from any approved courses from any subject area in the University

Part Three (120 credits from)

Compulsory courses (60 credits from)

134.308 Philosophy of Science 15 credits R 134.208
246.301 Special Topic in Natural Sciences 15 credits P 246.201
246.302 Research Themes in Natural Sciences 30 credits P 246.201

45 credits from Schedule B to the Degree of Bachelor of Science, with at least 15 credits at 300 level

15 credits from any approved courses from any subject area in the University

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