FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (For Prospective Students)
  1. What are the undergraduate degrees offered in the Faculty of Science?
  2. As a polytechnic diploma holder, what majors can I read in the Faculty of Science?
  3. I understand that there are certain pre-requisites for different majors - for e.g., the pre-requisites for reading the Applied Chemistry or Chemistry major is a good 'A' level pass in Chemistry and at least a good 'O' level pass in Mathematics. What is considered a good pass?
  4. Is there a quota for each major?
  5. When do I declare my major?
  6. Is it possible for an Arts student from JC to enter the Science Faculty?
  7. What are the minimum grades to be admitted to the Faculty of Science?
  8. Upon successful admission to the Science Faculty, how many majors/minors do I have to take?
  9. What is the Advanced Placement Credits Test?
  10. Are there avenues to take up double degrees?
  11. Are there any restrictions on the double degree programme combinations which students can put together?
  12. What are the career prospects for Science graduates?

 

 

1. What are the undergraduate degrees offered in the Faculty of Science?

The Faculty offers two full-time degree programmes: Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Science (Honours).

Majors available under the Bachelor of Science Programme include:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics (with Specialisation in Mathematical Modelling and Data Analytics)
  • Applied Mathematics (with Specialisation in Operation Research and Financial Mathematics)
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry (with Specialisation in Materials Chemistry)
  • Chemistry (with Specialisation in Medicinal Chemistry)
  • Chemistry (with Specialisation in Environment and Energy)
  • Computational Biology*
  • Data Science and Analytics*
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Life Sciences (with Specialisation in Environmental Biology)
  • Life Sciences (with Specialisation in Biomedical Science)
  • Life Sciences (with Specialisation in Molecular and Cell Biology)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Physics (with Specialisation in Astrophysics)
  • Physics (with Specialisation in Nanophysics)
  • Quantitative Finance
  • Statistics
  • Statistics (with Specialisation in Biostatistics)(For Cohort 2015 and earlier)
  • Statistics (with Specialisation in Data Science) (For Cohort 2016 onwards)
  • Statistics (with Specialisation in Finance and Business Statistics)

 Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy)/Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) (Honours)*

* With the exception of Computational Biology, Data Science and Analytics and Pharmacy, which are strict four-year programmes, all other majors allow for graduation after three years with a general Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

 

 Bachelor of Environmental Studies/ Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Honours)

With Specialisation in Environmental Biology or Specialisation in Environmental Geography. The Environmental Geography programme is run by FASS.

Please note that this is a strict four-year programme.

 

The Faculty also offers a wide spread of minors, multidisciplinary programmes and special programmes and study abroad programmes for the educational broadening and enhancement of our students.

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2. As a polytechnic diploma holder, what majors can I read in the Faculty of Science?

Polytechnic Diploma holders who present diplomas that have been accredited by the University can only apply to read specific programmes. Please refer to the Office of Admissions for the list of accredited diplomas and the various undergraduate programmes which you can apply to.

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3. I understand that there are certain pre-requisites for different majors - for e.g., the pre-requisites for reading the Chemistry major is a good 'A' level pass in Chemistry and at least a good 'O' level pass in Mathematics. What is considered a good pass?

The pre-requisites for reading different majors are an indication of the foundations that are needed in the relevant subjects at 'A' Level (or equivalent) in order to optimise students' chances of doing well in their chosen discipline and thus complete the programme smoothly.

In general, a grade of C & above would be considered a good pass. However, this does not mean that students with D grades will be precluded from reading the major.

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4. Is there a quota for each major?

With the exception of programmes like *Food Science and Technology, *Computational Biology, Quantitative Finance, Data Science and Analytics and Bachelor of Environmental Studies which have fixed quotas per academic year, students with GCE 'A' Level (or equivalent) qualification can read any of the majors in Science as long as they can fulfil the pre-requisites to read the required modules needed for graduation.

For the Food Science and Technology and Computational Biology programmes, students will need to apply separately for admission to these programmes upon being admitted into the Faculty of Science.

For the Quantitative Finance programme, students from the AY2013/14 cohort and before will apply for admission at the end of their first year; selection into the programme will be based on students' academic performance as at the end of their first year of studies in Science. For students from the AY2014/15 cohort and after, the admission of students to the Quantitative Finance Programme will be conducted at the start of Year 1. Hence, newly matriculated students in the Faculty of Science can apply and successful applicants will be selected based on their academic performance at A-level or equivalent examinations, and their performance in a selection interview.

For the Data Science and Analytics and Bachelor of Environmental Studies programmes, students may apply for direct admission to these programmes.

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5. When do I declare my major?

Students declare their majors after matriculation during the centralised online registration period. However, it is in no way binding, as students could change their major declaration every semester up till the 5th semester of study. The schedule for the coming semester will be released at a later date - all newly matriculated students would receive a matriculation package from the Registrar's Office.

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6. Is it possible for an Arts student from JC to enter the Science Faculty?

It is possible as long as the student has the relevant GCE 'A' Level (or equivalent) passes in two of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Mathematics or Further Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics.

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7. What are the minimum grades to be admitted to the Faculty of Science?

An average of 3 'B's obtained at GCE 'A' Level would be the minimum entry requirements, however the requirements may differ from year to year.

Under discretionary admission, up to 10% of vacancies will be set aside for consideration of exceptional candidates for admission to NUS. For such candidates, other factors besides grades will be taken into consideration. For more information, please click here.

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8. Upon successful admission to the Science Faculty, how many majors/minors do I have to take?

You will need to satisfy at least one major in order to graduate - this is on top of fulfilling other university level and faculty level requirements. Minors are optional. Students may choose to read a second major or minor during their candidature if they wish.

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9. What is the Advanced Placement Test?

The Advanced Placement test assesses the knowledge and ability of students and grants credits to those who do well so that they can be exempted from lower level modules and have the pre-requisites to read higher level modules directly. This way, students can graduate in a shorter time.

For more details on the AP test, please click here.

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10. Are there avenues to take up double degrees?

A student who satisfies the requirements of two Degree programmes may declare a Double Degree. A Double Degree consists of a combination of two separate degrees from two discipline areas in the same faculty or in two different faculties. There are specially designed double degrees developed by Faculties as well as double degree combinations put together by students.

Specially designed double degree programmes in Faculty of Science include Law and Life Sciences, Computer Science and Mathematics/ Applied Mathematics and Physics with Materials Science & Engineering.

For double degree combinations put together by students, the onus is on the student to ensure that he/she declares his/her intention to enroll for the programme just after completion of between 60 to 80 MCs (excluding MCs earned from student exchange programmes or advanced placement credits). The student must also obtain the written approval of the Faculty/Faculties. It would be most helpful for such students to seek proper advice in planning their modules as early as possible in their candidature. The student must also ensure that he/she has met the minimum CAP requirement of 4.0 as this is the criteria for acceptance to the second degree programme. (Note: For Cohort 2014 onwards, the minimum CAP at point of application is 3.75.)

The student will be issued two separate degrees, with each degree classified according to the CAP for the respective modules. Both CAPs and degrees will be noted on the student's transcript. The maximum period of candidature will be six years.

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11. Are there any restrictions on the double degree programme combinations which students can put together?

Except for certain prohibited combinations, as identified by the Faculties, all other combinations of double degree programmes will be allowed. The Double Degree combination that is prohibited in the Faculty of Science is:

  • Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy)(Honours/Non-Honours) with any other degrees

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12. What are the career prospects for Science graduates?

Science graduates are very versatile and well-suited for a large variety of jobs in both the public and private sectors.

Please click here to view the career prospects and the industries/organisations where our Science graduates are gainfully employed.

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