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Bachelor's degree

Bachelor of Science

06 October 2023

UC's Bachelor of Science (BSc) is about understanding and improving the natural world through observation, experimentation, modelling, and calculation. Find out about studying a BSc through our Te Kaupeka Pūtaiao | Faculty of Science.


Bachelor of Science

Degree Structure - Duration
3 years full-time


Bachelor of Science

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 or 2 (February or July)




2025 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — to be confirmed
  • International — $41,500


Bachelor of Science


A BSc is about understanding and improving the natural world through observation, experimentation, modelling, and calculation.

You will investigate the big issues confronting our planet, including climate change, human health and diseases, the global water crisis, food security, and environmental protection.

A BSc will expose you to new ideas and technologies, develop your research skills, and help you make a contribution to the challenges facing our world.

Bachelor of Science

What will my study involve?


  • Learn from a wide network of field stations reaching from Antarctica to Nigeria and throughout Aotearoa.
  • ‘Do science’ right from the first semester of your first year. We have access to the most field stations of any Aotearoa university and offer a range of practical experiences, research projects, and lab and fieldwork.
  • Global study experiences, including exchanges to partner universities.
  • You can choose to take a minor in Science, or from additional subjects in Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership.

Bachelor of Science

Entry requirements

Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Recommended preparation

Some previous study is recommended for many Science subjects, in particular Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. Some of these courses have entry requirements.

Headstart preparatory courses are available, or you may consider taking a course from the Certificate of University Preparation.

You may be able to fast-track your degree and gain direct entry to the second year if you have excellent Year 13 results or a New Zealand Certificate in Science with outstanding merit.

Bachelor of Science

Subjects and courses

The Bachelor of Science is a highly flexible degree that allows a wide range of choices from major and minor subjects, as well as courses from other degrees.

You will complete at least one major subject, and can also choose to specialise in a minor subject.

See ‘Planning my degree’ below for an example degree structure diagram.

Compulsory course


Major subjects


Minor subjects


Other subjects

Some courses from these science-related subjects can also count towards your BSc:

Bachelor of Science

Career ready

  • You will get hands-on practical and clinical learning experiences, from the lab to the field.
  • Gain project management, critical thinking, and research skills alongside practical knowledge of your chosen major in Science.
  • A BSc sets you up to pursue a wide range of careers all over the world — from marine biologist to aerospace engineer, and much more. It can open doors to many other careers, including business, politics, medicine, finance, and engineering. With a BSc, anything is possible.

Find out more about what can you do with a degree from UC.

2025 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — to be confirmed
  • International — $41,500

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $7,485
  • International — $39,900

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2025 — to be confirmed
  • 2024 — $1,100.40

Planning my study

Bachelor of Science

Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.

This diagram is an example only – other combinations are possible. For specific course requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Science.

Bachelor of Science

How do I plan my degree?


The Bachelor of Science requires a minimum total of 360 points:


  • a compulsory 15-point Science course
  • a minimum of 255 points of Science courses
  • the remaining 105 points can be from either Science courses or courses from other degrees.

At least 225 points must be from courses above 100-level, with at least 90 points at 300-level.

The degree takes 3 years of full-time study, or can be studied part-time for up to 10 years.

For the full degree requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Science.

Majors and minors

BSc students have the option of completing either:

  • a major
  • a major and a minor
  • two majors (a double major).

Each major has specific course requirements, but all consist of a minimum 165 points, with at least 60 points at 300-level.

A minor consists of a minimum of 75 points, including at least 45 points above 100-level, in a single subject chosen from Science, Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership degrees.

Double degrees

It is possible to study a Bachelor of Science alongside other degrees at the same time, such as the Bachelor of Health Sciences or Bachelor of Sport.

Find out more information about Double degrees.

Conjoint degrees

You can study a conjoint degree and merge your BSc with options such as the Bachelor of Product Design or Bachelor of Arts, so that you can complete major subjects from multiple areas in a shorter timeframe.

Find out more information about Conjoint degrees.


Bachelor of Science

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