Bachelor of Science

Changes for current students in 2020

We are making some changes to the Bachelor of Science from 2020. There will be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. If you are currently enrolled in the BSc, a conjoint BSc major with another degree, or are taking a BSc minor as part of another qualification, you will need to decide if you wish to continue under the old BSc, or switch to the new BSc, which has a different set of regulations.

What does it mean for you?

Figure out how the changes apply to you using our handy tool.

BSc 2020 tool

BSc major and minor lists

Auckland campus majors
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BSc majors available on the Auckland campus from 2020*

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Ecology and Sustainability
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Human Nutrition
  • Integrative Biology
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Zoology

* Biological Sciences, Ecology, Genetics, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Marine Ecology and Statistics majors are no longer available in Auckland under the new 2020 regulations. Please use our tool to see if you can continue to study this major or if you need to move to an alternative.

Manawatū campus majors
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BSc majors available on the Manawatū campus from 2020*

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • International Agriculture
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry
  • Nutrition Science (200-level from 2021 subject to CUAP approval)
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

* Agricultural Science, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Exercise and Sport Science, Genetics, Geography and Nanoscience majors are no longer available in Manawatū under the new 2020 regulations.

Please use our tool to see if you can continue to study this major or if you need to move to an alternative.

Majors available via distance
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BSc majors available to study via distance from 2020*

  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Human Nutrition (some courses internal - seek advice)
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

* The Geography major is no longer available under the new 2020 regulations. Please seek advice.

Please use our tool to see if you can continue to study these minors or if you need to move to an alternative.

Auckland campus minors
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BSc minors available on the Auckland campus from 2020*

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Ecology and Sustainability
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Human Nutrition
  • Integrative Biology
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

* Biological Sciences, Biostatistics, Ecology, Genetics, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Marine Ecology and Physics minors are no longer available in Auckland under the new 2020 regulations.

Please use our tool to see if you can continue to study this major or if you need to move to an alternative.

Manawatū campus minors
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BSc minors available on the Manawatū campus from 2020*

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • International Agriculture
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry
  • Nutrition Science (200-level from 2021 subject to CUAP approval)
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

* Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Equine, Genetics, Geography, Horticulture, Nanoscience and Plant Biology minors are no longer available in Manawatū under the new 2020 regulations.

Please use our tool to see if you can continue to study this minor or if you need to move to an alternative.

Minors available via distance
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BSc minors available to study via distance from 2020*

  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Human Nutrition (some courses internal - seek advice)
  • International Agriculture
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

* Equine and Geography minors are no longer available under the new 2020 regulations.

Please use our tool to see if you can continue to study these minors or if you need to move to an alternative.

 

Need to change majors?

Here is a list of discontinued majors and suggested alternatives.

Agricultural Science
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Agricultural Science

You will need to change over to the new regulations and choose a new major. You can change to any continuing or new BSc major. However we suggest one of the following as a similar major or degree:

  • Bachelor of Science (International Agriculture) (new)
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science
  • Bachelor of AgriCommerce
  • Bachelor of Horticultural Science

Here are some things to note if you change majors in the BSc:

  • You will be under the new BSc regulations. The new BSc has core courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a core course.
  • The new BSc has some different major and minor courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a new major or minor in the new schedule (Schedule B).
  • Some of the 200 and 300-level courses may not yet be available, so we recommend you contact an academic advisor for advice.
  • If you are taking a BSc double major and move to the new majors, you will no longer be able to credit a course towards two majors.
  • You cannot mix BSc majors or minors from the old and new regulations (ie you must select all your major/s and BSc minor/s from those that are available from 2020).

We recommend you check your course planning with an academic advisor.

 Animal Science

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Animal Science

You will need to change over to the new regulations and choose a new major. You can change to any continuing or new BSc major. However we suggest the following as a degree with a similar focus:

  • Bachelor of Animal Science (new)

Here are some things to note if you change majors in the BSc:

  • You will be under the new BSc regulations.
  • The new BSc has core courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a core course.
  • The new BSc has some different major and minor courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a new major or minor in the new schedule (Schedule B).
  • Some of the 200 and 300-level courses may not yet be available, so we recommend you contact an academic advisor for advice.
  • If you are taking a BSc double major and move to the new majors, you will no longer be able to credit a course towards two majors.
  • You cannot mix BSc majors or minors from the old and new regulations (ie you must select all your major/s and BSc minor/s from those that are available from 2020).

We recommend you check your course planning with an academic advisor.

 Biochemistry (Manawatū)

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Biochemistry on the Manawatū campus

You will need to change over to the new regulations and choose a new major. You can change to any continuing or new BSc major. However we suggest the following as a similar major or degree:

Bachelor of Science (Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry) (new)

Here are some things to note if you change majors in the BSc:

  • You will be under the new BSc regulations.
  • The new BSc has core courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a core course.
  • The new BSc has some different major and minor courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a new major or minor in the new schedule (Schedule B).
  • Some of the 200 and 300-level courses may not yet be available, so we recommend you contact an academic advisor for advice.
  • If you are taking a BSc double major and move to the new majors, you will no longer be able to credit a course towards two majors.
  • You cannot mix BSc majors or minors from the old and new regulations (ie you must select all your major/s and BSc minor/s from those that are available from 2020).

We recommend you check your course planning with an academic advisor.

 Biological Sciences

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Biological Sciences

You will need to change over to the new regulations and choose a new major. You can change to any continuing or new BSc major. However we suggest one of the following as a similar major or degree:

Auckland - Bachelor of Science (Integrative Biology) (new)

Manawatū - please contact an academic advisor to discuss alternatives.

Here are some things to note if you change majors in the BSc:

  • You will be under the new BSc regulations.
  • The new BSc has core courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a core course.
  • The new BSc has some different major and minor courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a new major or minor in the new schedule (Schedule B).
  • Some of the 200 and 300-level courses may not yet be available, so we recommend you contact an academic advisor for advice.
  • If you are taking a BSc double major and move to the new majors, you will no longer be able to credit a course towards two majors.
  • You cannot mix old BSc and new BSc majors or minors (ie you must select all your major/s and BSc minor/s from those that are available from 2020).

We recommend you check your course planning with an academic advisor.

 Ecology (Auckland)

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Ecology on the Auckland campus

You will need to change over to the new regulations and choose a new major. You can change to any continuing or new BSc major. However we suggest the following as a similar major or degree:

Bachelor of Science (Ecology and Sustainability) (new)

Here are some things to note if you change majors in the BSc:

  • You will be under the new BSc regulations.
  • The new BSc has core courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a core course.
  • The new BSc has some different major and minor courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a new major or minor in the new schedule (Schedule B).
  • Some of the 200 and 300-level courses may not yet be available, so we recommend you contact an academic advisor for advice.
  • If you are taking a BSc double major and move to the new majors, you will no longer be able to credit a course towards two majors.
  • You cannot mix BSc majors or minors from the old and new regulations (ie you must select all your major/s and BSc minor/s from those that are available from 2020).

We recommend you check your course planning with an academic advisor.

 Exercise and Sport Science (Manawatū)

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Exercise and Sport Science (Manawatū)

You will need to change over to the new regulations and choose a new major. You should seek advice on the most suitable alternative major or programme. One of the following may be suitable:

  • Alternative Bachelor of Science major with a minor in Exercise and Sport Science
  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise

The Exercise and Sport major will continue to be offered in Auckland.

Here are some things to note if you change majors in the BSc:

  • You will be under the new BSc regulations.
  • The new BSc has core courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a core course.
  • The new BSc has some different major and minor courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a new major or minor in the new schedule (Schedule B).
  • Some of the 200 and 300-level courses may not yet be available, so we recommend you contact an academic advisor for advice.
  • If you are taking a BSc double major and move to the new majors, you will no longer be able to credit a course towards two majors.
  • You cannot mix BSc majors or minors from the old and new regulations (ie you must select all your major/s and BSc minor/s from those that are available from 2020).

We recommend you check your course planning with an academic advisor.

Genetics
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Genetics

You will need to change over to the new regulations and choose a new major. You can change to any continuing or new BSc major. However we suggest one of the following as similar majors:

  • Auckland – Molecular and Cellular Biology (new)
  • Manawatū – Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry (new)

Here are some things to note if you change majors in the BSc:

  • You will be under the new BSc regulations.
  • The new BSc has core courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a core course.
  • The new BSc has some different major and minor courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a new major or minor in the new schedule (Schedule B).
  • Some of the 200 and 300-level courses may not yet be available, so we recommend you contact an academic advisor for advice.
  • If you are taking a BSc double major and move to the new majors, you will no longer be able to credit a course towards two majors.
  • You cannot mix BSc majors or minors from the old and new regulations (ie you must select all your major/s and BSc minor/s from those that are available from 2020).

We recommend you check your course planning with an academic advisor.

 Geography

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Geography

You will need to change over to the new regulations and choose a new major. You can change to any continuing or new BSc major.

However you should seek advice on the most suitable alternative major/programme e.g. BSc (Earth Science) or BA (Geography)

Here are some things to note if you change majors in the BSc:

  • You will be under the new BSc regulations.
  • The new BSc has core courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a core course.
  • The new BSc has some different major and minor courses.
  • Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a new major or minor in the new schedule (Schedule B).
  • If you are taking a BSc double major and move to the new majors, you will no longer be able to credit a course towards two majors.
  • You cannot mix BSc majors or minors from the old and new regulations (ie you must select all your major/s and BSc minor/s from those that are available from 2020).

We recommend you check your course planning with an academic advisor.

 Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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Logistics and Supply Chain Management

You will need to change over to the new regulations and choose a new major. You should seek advice on the most suitable alternative major/programme, for example:

Bachelor of Retail and Business Management with a minor in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Here are some things to note if you change majors in the BSc: You will be under the new BSc regulations.

  • The new BSc has core courses.
  • Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a core course.
  • The new BSc has some different major and minor courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a new major or minor in the new schedule (Schedule B).
  • Some of the 200 and 300-level courses may not yet be available, so we recommend you contact an academic advisor for advice.
  • If you are taking a BSc double major and move to the new majors, you will no longer be able to credit a course towards two majors.
  • You cannot mix BSc majors or minors from the old and new regulations (ie you must select all your major/s and BSc minor/s from those that are available from 2020).

We recommend you check your course planning with an academic advisor.

 Marine Ecology

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You will need to change over to the new regulations and choose a new major. You can change to any continuing or new BSc major. However we suggest the following as a similar major:

Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology) (new)

Here are some things to note if you change majors in the BSc:

  • You will be under the new BSc regulations.
  • The new BSc has core courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a core course.
  • The new BSc has some different major and minor courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a new major or minor in the new schedule (Schedule B).
  • Some of the 200 and 300-level courses may not yet be available, so we recommend you contact an academic advisor for advice.
  • If you are taking a BSc double major and move to the new majors, you will no longer be able to credit a course towards two majors.
  • You cannot mix BSc majors or minors from the old and new regulations (ie you must select all your major/s and BSc minor/s from those that are available from 2020).

We recommend you check your course planning with an academic advisor.

 Nanoscience

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Nanoscience

You will need to change over to the new regulations and choose a new major. You can change to any continuing or new BSc major. However you should seek advice on the most suitable alternative major/programme, for example:

  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)
  • Bachelor of Science (Physics)

Here are some things to note if you change majors in the BSc:

  • You will be under the new BSc regulations.
  • The new BSc has core courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a core course.
  • The new BSc has some different major and minor courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a new major or minor in the new schedule (Schedule B).
  • Some of the 200 and 300-level courses may not yet be available, so we recommend you contact an academic advisor for advice.
  • If you are taking a BSc double major and move to the new majors, you will no longer be able to credit a course towards two majors.
  • You cannot mix BSc majors or minors from the old and new regulations (ie you must select all your major/s and BSc minor/s from those that are available from 2020).

We recommend you check your course planning with an academic advisor.

Statistics (Auckland)

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You will need to change over to the new regulations and choose a new major. You can change to any continuing or new BSc major. However we suggest one of the following as a similar major or degree:

  • Bachelor of Science (Statistics)
  • Bachelor of Science (Statistics)via distance
  • Alternative Bachelor of Science major with a minor in Statistics

Here are some things to note if you change majors in the BSc:

  • You will be under the new BSc regulations.
  • The new BSc has core courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a core course.
  • The new BSc has some different major and minor courses. Subject to approval you may be able to substitute a course or courses already taken towards a new major or minor in the new schedule (Schedule B).
  • Some of the 200 and 300-level courses may not yet be available, so we recommend you contact an academic advisor for advice.
  • If you are taking a BSc double major and move to the new majors, you will no longer be able to credit a course towards two majors.
  • You cannot mix BSc majors or minors from the old and new regulations (ie you must select all your major/s and BSc minor/s from those that are available from 2020).

We recommend you check your course planning with an academic advisor.

 

BSc core course requirements and how they may affect you

From 2020 there are a core group of courses that you must pass to be able to gain your Bachelor of Science. As a current student, depending on whether or not you move to the new 2020 regulations, you may have to adjust the courses you are enrolled in. This applies to the areas of science and sustainability, and mathematics and statistics.

Science and Sustainability

There will be three compulsory core BSc Science and Sustainability courses.

  1. If you are a current BSc student and have already passed a communication course (192.102, 247.155 or 247.177 or an approved equivalent course), you will not be required to take a Science and Sustainability course.
  2. If you are a current BSc student and have not yet passed a communication course, you must take one of the three Science and Sustainability courses. These will vary depending on your chosen major as below:
    • 247111 Science and Sustainability for Agriculture and Horticulture (for the Agricultural Science, Animal Science and International Agriculture majors)
    • 247112 Science and Sustainability for ICT (for Computer Science and Data Science majors), or
    • 247113 Science and Sustainability for Science (for all other science majors).

Mathematics and statistics

  1. If you are moving to the new regulations, you must take at least one mathematics AND one statistics course from the below list.
  2. If you are continuing your study under the old regulations you are required to take one mathematics OR one statistics course from the below.
    • Maths: 15 credits from 124.103, 160.104, 160.105, 160.102, or 160.101 (Not required if you have already passed any one of the following: 160.103, 160.111, 160.112, 160.131, 160.132, 160.133, 228.171, 228.172)
    • Statistics: 15 credits from 161.111 or 161.122 (Not required if you have already passed any one of the following: 115.101, 161.101, 161.120, 161.130, 161.140)

Schedule names - for your information

As you look at these webpages you may see reference to 'schedules'. These schedules dictate the regulations for your qualification and are found in the University Calendar. 

Next steps

If you are ready to apply or change courses you may do so through your student portal.

Try our handy tool and if you still need advice, please contact us.

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