Bachelor of Science - Award Regulations - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Science

The following regulations apply to students commencing study within the 2017 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website).

See also General Course and Examination Regulations.

Note: In certain course regulations the Degree of Bachelor of Science is referred to as "the ordinary Degree of Bachelor of Science" to distinguish it from the Degree of Bachelor of Science with Honours.

1.
Requirements of the Degree Course

Every candidate for the Degree of Bachelor of Science shall follow a course of study as laid down in these Regulations consisting of not fewer than 360 points (3 EFTS).

2.
Structure of the Degree

To qualify for the Degree of Bachelor of Science:

(a)
a candidate must pass courses having a minimum total value of 360 points.
(b)
at least 255 points of the 360 must be from the Schedule to the Regulations for the Bachelor of Science.
(c)
The remaining 105 points of the 360 may be for courses from any degree of the University. They will be subject to the Regulations of the other degree.
(d)
at least 225 points must be for courses above 100-level.
(e)
at least 90 points must be for courses at 300-level.
(f)
at least 60 points of that 90 must be in a single subject from the Schedule to the Regulations for the Bachelor of Science or from a list of specified courses approved for the major requirement.
3.
Subject Majors and Endorsements of the Degree
(a)
Subject Majors: the degree of Bachelor of Science may be awarded in the following subjects: Astronomy; Biochemistry; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Computer Science; Economics; Environmental Science; Finance; Financial Engineering; Geography; Geology; Linguistics; Management Science; Mathematics; Philosophy; Physics; Psychology; Statistics.
(b)
In additional to meeting the requirements of a subject major, the degree of Bachelor of Science may be endorsed in the following subject/s:
i.
Biosecurity
ii.
Biotechnology
iii.
Ecology
iv.
Environmental Science*

* Not open to new enrolments in 2017.

Note: The course and programme requirements are given in the Schedule of Endorsements for the Award elsewhere in the degree regulations.

4.
Workload

Candidates who wish to enrol for a course of study whose total points exceed 150 points for a full year or 75 points for a single semester must first obtain the approval of the Dean of Science.

Note: Students should seek advice from the College office as to the recommended GPA for such a course of study.

5.
Direct Entry into 200-level Courses

Subject to the approval of the Dean of Science, a student who has achieved a sufficient standard in a subject or subjects in the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) or other comparable examination may be enrolled in one or more courses listed in the Schedule with Prescription numbers from 201 to 299 without having passed the appropriate prerequisite to that course provided that:

(a)
if the candidate is credited with the course he or she shall not thereafter be credited with any prerequisite in the subject of which that course forms a part, and
(b)
if the candidate fails the course but in the opinion of the examiners attains the standard of a pass in a course at 100 or 200-level he or she shall be credited with a pass in such course or courses as the Dean of Science may decide.
6.
Transfer from BE or BE(Hons) Degrees to BSc

A candidate who discontinues with a BE or BE(Hons) degree and enrols in a BSc may make an application to the Dean of Science to transfer credit from a BE or BE(Hons) to a BSc.

7.
Cross Credits between BE(Hons) and BSc Degrees

A candidate who takes concurrently the course for the Degree of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) shall, in order to qualify for the award of both degrees, be enrolled for a course of study approved under the provisions of General Course and Examination Regulation A3, and shall:

(a)
pass all the subjects laid down in the current Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours);
(b)
obtain 180 points above 100-level by passing courses selected from the Schedule to the Regulations for the Bachelor of Science which have not been credited to the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), or used to obtain exemption from a course in that degree. Of these points, 90 must be from 300-level courses and include at least 60 points from a single subject or as required by the subject major;
(c)
if admitted into the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) under BE(Hons) Regulation 4 Prior Learning to the First Professional Year, complete the 180 points in (b) above. A student may be required to complete 100-level prerequisite courses from the Science Schedule, if their New Zealand Entrance qualification was not in appropriate subjects;
(d)
have met the requirements of a BE(Hons) to be eligible to graduate BSc under this cross credit regulation.
8.
Course for BSc after Completion of BE(Hons) Degree

A candidate who has qualified for the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and who is proceeding to the Degree of Bachelor of Science shall be enrolled for an approved course of study and shall satisfy the requirements of Regulation 7 hereof.

9.
Restrictions and Prerequisites from Engineering Courses

Candidates for the Degree of Bachelor of Science under Regulations 6, 7 or 8 shall require permission of the Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for enrolment in any Mathematics or Statistics course.

Note: Some Mathematics and Statistics courses duplicate significantly material in Engineering Mathematics, and will be restricted. Other courses may have prerequisites partially or fully satisfied by credits in Engineering Mathematics.

10.
Cross Credits and Substitution between BSc and BForSc Degrees
(a)
A candidate for the Degree of Bachelor of Science who is or has been enrolled for the Degree of Bachelor of Forestry Science shall, in order to qualify for the award of both degrees, meet all requirements as laid down in the Regulations of the Degree of Bachelor of Forestry Science and obtain 180 points above 100-level in courses selected from the Schedule to the Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Science which have not been credited to the Degree of Bachelor of Forestry Science or used to obtain exemption from a course in that degree. Of these points, 90 points must be from 300-level courses and include at least 60 points from a single subject or as required by the subject major.
(b)
With the approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry a candidate may substitute an additional 200-level course equivalent to 15 points or a 300-level course equivalent to 15 points from the Bachelor of Science schedule for any FORE 400 elective.
(c)
A candidate shall have met the requirements of a BForSc to be eligible to graduate BSc under this cross credit regulation.
11.
Credit for Other Tertiary Level or Non-University Courses
(a)
The Academic Board may grant credit towards the degree from any other tertiary qualification where the content and standard of such study are considered appropriate to the degree. Credit may be specified or unspecified, and will be at an appropriate level. Credit from a completed degree will not exceed a maximum of 120 points. Credit from an incomplete degree, diploma or other tertiary qualification will not exceed 240 points.
(b)
National qualifications registered on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework which could properly be taught at university degree level may be considered for credit on the following basis: National Diploma of Science, at Levels 5 and 6, or equivalent science qualification, and courses for incomplete qualifications: points will be assigned on the basis of the courses credited gained at Levels 5, 6 and 7. Completed qualifications at Level 7 will be credited as a maximum of 120 points.

Note: The maximum of 120 points must be consistent with credit under Regulation K: Cross Crediting and Double Degrees.

12.
Credit for Polytechnic Nursing Qualifications

A candidate who has completed a Polytechnic Nursing course may be credited with up to 75 points at 100-level under Regulation 2(c).

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