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Entry requirements

All students must have a university entrance qualification. A Year 13 background in a number of the Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and at least one of the Mathematics subjects is very desirable.

Laboratory Streams

For first year students, lecture and laboratory streaming information will be available on "Stream" through your student homepage and a link will be e-mailed to you prior to lectures commencing for first semester. Laboratory sessions commence in week one of the semester. For 200-level and 300-level students, laboratory streaming information will be available at the first class session for the Semester.

Summer School enrolment

For information on application for Summer School courses please refer to the Massey website for current enrolment closing dates.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

Full-time students usually take 120 credits each year, 60 credits per semester. Students will normally begin their study with 100-level, (ie xxx.1xx) and progress to 200-level courses in Year 2 and 300-level courses in Year 3.

Students are not permitted to enrol in 200-level BSc courses until they have passed a minimum of 6 courses or 90 credits at 100-level. For each of the courses you choose you will also need to check any prerequisites, corequisites or restrictions that apply. BSc students may apply to be granted an exemption from some 100-level courses on the basis of Bursary or NCEA results or credit from other previous study.

In your first year of study for this degree you should take a broad course of study which includes courses from at least four BSc subjects (including Statistics or Mathematics), plus a communication skills course.

You can plan a first-year course that includes the 100-level majoring requirements of several majors and minors. Make sure that you include the 100-level courses required for any majors and minors you might want to study in later years. You should then be in a position at the end of the first year to make a well-reasoned choice of major and minor. Note that some majors require two 100-level courses in the subject.

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please click the regulations button. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about the individual course requirements, please use our Course Search for each course, check for pre-requisites, corequisites and restrictions that may affect you.

Preparing for your study

If you are unsure whether you have the right background/subjects to study this programme, our tool will help you to figure out what you might need to do before starting your qualification.

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Bachelor of Science structure

Requirements to qualify for a Bachelor of Science (BSc)

To complete a BSc you need:

  1. 360 credits including:
  2. No more than 165 credits at 100-level; at least 195 credits above 100-level, including at least 75 credits at 300-level.
  3. One course from each of four different BSc subject prefixes (the first three digits of the course number). The courses do not have to be at 100-level if you have the prerequisites for a 200- or 300-level course. (You can, of course, do courses from more than four prefixes).
  4. 15 credits in Statistics or Mathematics. This counts as one of the four subject prefixes required, as in (3) above.
  5. 15 credit communication course, 247.155 or 247.177 as recommended for your major. (192.102 is allowed as a replacement for students whose previous education was not in English).
  6. No more than 120 credits from outside the BSc Schedule.

You must meet:

  1. The requirements of at least one major, as specified in the BSc Schedule and consisting of at least 120 credits above 100-level, including at least 60 credits at 300-level.

    Normally you will need 200-level courses in a second subject as well, to make up the 195 credits above 100-level.

    You may complete a double major by meeting the majoring requirements of both majors and passing at least 195 credits above 100-level, including at least 105 credits at 300-level, from the combined set of majoring requirements for the two majors.

    The requirements for the majors are given in the Majors section below.

    Your fifth 300-level course does not have to be from your major, unless this is specified by the majoring requirements.

You can choose

  1. One or two minors, of a minimum of 60 credits, including at least 45 credits above 100-level, and 15 credits at 300-level. Minors can be chosen from any undergraduate degree within the University for which recognised minors are specified. The minor(s) cannot be in the same subject as your major(s). Students may not use the same course towards both their major and their minor requirements except at 100-level.. Where a course is required for both your major and minor, please discuss alternatives with one of our student advisers.

Although you do not have to choose the courses for your entire programme before you start studying, you do need to consider the requirements to qualify for a BSc whenever you are selecting courses.

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Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Science with Honours Accelerated Programme

Students with excellent results may be invited to enter an accelerated BSc/BSc(Hons) programme in their first or second year of the Bachelor of Science. Candidates must have passed at least 90 credits in specified BSc courses with an average grade of A- or better to be invited to enter the accelerated programme. Both programmes may be attained within a minimum time of three calendar years Refer to the Bachelor of Science with Honours regulations for more information.

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

Majors or endorsements

The specialist areas or 'majors' within the BSc degree are as follows. The communications courses make up Section A of the BSc Schedule.  The subject courses listed in the majors make up Section B of the BSc Schedule. Section C courses are listed at the bottom of the Courses section and are Science electives.


Most BSc majors are available as minors. To see what courses are needed for a minor, click the regulations for the BSc on the planning tab and scroll to the subject you are interested in.

There are also four additional minors as outlined below. For details on campus and distance availability please see the Minors page or contact a student advisor.

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How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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