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Undergraduate Science

29 August 2023

UC Science offers flexible options for undergraduate study, with programmes that enable you to try out different subjects. You can see what you like before you specialise and progress your career. Find out about undergraduate science at UC.


Undergraduate study at UC Science is your first step to a career in science. There are lots of subjects to choose from, exposing you to new ideas and technologies, and giving you the skills and tools you’ll need to understand and influence the world around you.


Undergraduate qualifications

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How undergraduate study works

Degrees are made up of building blocks called courses. Each course is worth a certain number of points. The more work a course requires the more points it is worth. Some courses run for half the academic year (one semester) and others for a whole year. Each course belongs to a larger subject area. For example, the subject of mathematics offers courses in logic, algebra and calculus among others.

Courses are grouped into levels. 100-level refers to first-year courses, 200-level to second-year courses, and so on. You have to pass certain courses in a subject before you can study at 300-level. These are called prerequisites.

Science students can choose their major subjects to fit their interests or intended career path and still ensure they receive a broad science education. 

For a major you must complete all majoring requirements including 60 points at 300-level in a single Science subject (unless specified otherwise). When choosing your first-year courses you should include courses that allow you to advance to 200-level in at least two subjects.

See Schedule S to the Bachelor of Science for all course requirements in each subject.


A minor is a selection of courses in a specific subject area. At UC the minimum requirements for a minor are 75 points in total – and of these, 45 points must be at 200 or 300 level. This allows you pick and choose courses from a major that interest you.

You are able to add minors from the BA, BSc, BCom and BSpC to the BSc if you wish – a minor is an option, not a requirement for the BSc.

Conjoint degrees combine two set degrees into a single bachelor's degree within four years of study. 

Go to our conjoint degrees page for more information.

Students can take double degrees at UC. The BSc can be taken with most other degrees at UC, with a few exceptions.

Go to our double degrees page for more information.

On completion, a student will receive a degree parchment for each degree.

At present you can complete the following intermediate courses at UC. They will qualify you for professional courses at other universities.

  • Veterinary Science for Massey University
  • Optometry for the University Auckland

More information can be found in the Enrolment Handbook (see the section titled: "Intermediate programmes for subsequent study at another tertiary institution")

If you wish to add or discontinue any of your current courses you must follow the correct procedure. Find out more on our Academic support webpage.

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