Undergraduate study

A Bachelor of Science (BSc) is about understanding and improving the natural world through observation, experimentation, modelling and calculation. As a BSc student in physical or chemical sciences, you'll explore the wonder of our world and universe, join a community of like-minded thinkers and apply your mind to solving real-world problems.

As an undergraduate science student at UC you will:

  • Be exposed to new ideas and technologies
  • Get hands-on in laboratories and field stations, using high-tech equipment
  • Develop your research skills
  • Learn to understand and influence the world around you
  • Gain work-ready skills and the knowledge employers need.

Undergraduate courses in Astronomy, Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Physics are designed both for students majoring in one of those subjects and for students taking a few courses while majoring in other subjects.

Applied learning at undergraduate level happens:

  • in laboratory sessions
  • on fieldtrips, utilising facilities such as the Mount John astronomical observatory in Tekapo
  • using technology like Hercules, a high resolution spectograph, or the MARS X-ray image scanner
  • around campus, for example testing pH levels in Ilam Stream waterway
  • on industry projects, like the final-year Physics in Industry Projects Scheme

These experiences deepen your skillset, awareness of others, working knowledge, and employability.

If you have excellent Year 13 results or a New Zealand Certificate in Science with outstanding merit, you may be able to fast-track your degree and gain direct entry to the second year of a Undergraduate. This gives students the opportunity to complete an honours degree in three years. 

Science graduates have many career options that allow them to follow their passion and make a difference. Learn more.

For more information, get in touch with our

Undergraduate Co-ordinators