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Bachelor of Science

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 3 year full-time programme
  • Availability for international students varies. Refer to the major / endorsement web pages for details.
  • Some distance courses contain compulsory contact workshops.

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Details you need to know about the structure, courses and requirements for this programme.

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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 expected. Please refer to the webpage for your chosen major to see specific details on expected and recommended High School subjects for your major.

Laboratory Streams

Lecture and laboratory streaming information will be available in your online classroom ("Stream") through your student homepage. A link will be e-mailed to you prior to lectures starting. Make sure you take a look before semester starts because laboratory sessions commence in week one of 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.


If you are a current BSc student please visit our webpage with information for current BSc students. You can view the detail of the transition regulations by clicking the “view regulations” button on this page.  For further assistance, please contact us.

Planning your programme

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Please check changes for current students in 2020.

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 must pass at least 90 credits from Schedule A, including any compulsory courses, in their first 120 credits of study towards the Bachelor of Science, unless otherwise approved by Academic Board or their delegate.

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 will take a broad selection of courses which includes Statistics, Mathematics, and a Science and Sustainability course.

Your first year study plan can include 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 can find out which 100-level courses are required for your major as well as details of the courses in each major on the Planning tab for your major.

The detailed regulations for the programme can be viewed if you check the regulations.

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:

360 credits including:

  • no more than 165 credits at 100-level
  • at least 75 credits at 300-level
  • core courses as defined by Schedule A to the Degree
  • at least 240 credits from the Schedule to the Degree
  • completion of at least one major
  • attending block courses, contact workshops, field trips, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.


You must meet the requirements of one major as specified in the BSc Schedule, consisting of 120 credits, including at least 60 credits at 200-level and 60 credits at 300-level. The requirements for each major are specified in Schedule B to the Degree.

You may complete a double major by meeting the majoring requirements of both majors as specified in Schedule B to the Degree. No course may be credited to two majors.

Approved majors available are: Chemistry, Computer Science, Data Science, Earth Science, Ecology, Ecology and Sustainability, Environmental Science, Exercise and Sport Science, Human Nutrition, Nutrition Science (subject to CUAP approval), Integrative Biology, International Agriculture, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, Physics, Physiology, Plant Science, Psychology, Statistics, and Zoology. 

Returning students: please see our webpage with information for current BSc students for majors available under transitional regulations.


A minor consists of a minimum of 60 credits, including 30 credits at 200-level, and 30 credits at 300-level. Minors can be chosen from any undergraduate degree within the University for which recognised minors are specified. Where the minor is from another undergraduate degree the regulations of that programme for the minor will apply. The minor(s) cannot be in the same subject as your major(s). Students may not use the same course towards both a major or a minor, or to more than one minor. Where a course is required for both your major and minor, please discuss alternatives with one of our academic advisers.

Minors available are: Chemistry, Computer Science, Data Science, Earth Science, Ecology, Ecology and Sustainability, Environmental Science, Exercise and Sport Science, Human Nutrition, Nutrition Science (subject to CUAP approval), Integrative Biology, International Agriculture, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, Physics, Physiology, Plant Science, Psychology, Statistics, and Zoology.

Returning students: please see the regulations page for minors available under transitional regulations.

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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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


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

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.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

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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