Bachelor of Science

The Waikato Bachelor of Science (BSc) equips you for a career that requires logical thinking, analytical talent, a curious mind and practical skills. This degree takes you anywhere.

BSc Benefits

  • Internationally recognised degree taught by expert staff.
  • Provides a strong basis in the fundamentals of science.
  • Large practical component and small laboratory classes in most subjects.
  • Strong collaboration with other research providers – NIWA, AgResearch, Hort Research, Landcare.
  • Specialised equipment laboratories.

The range of career options available to BSc graduates isn't surprising when you consider the nature of the degree. It is supremely flexible so you can combine papers to suit your strengths and abilities. We keep it general in the first year so that your choice, when you do come to specialise, is an informed one. Putting into practice what you learn in your lectures is a major part of a Waikato science degree. You will gain hands-on experience with some of the most up-to-date and high-tech laboratory equipment available, such as our mass spectrometers for investigating molecular structure. We also take you right to the source, with field trips that might include an overnight stint to gather geothermal samples or a week-long bush camp to examine a region's flora.

Download a brochure about the BSc and BSc(Tech).

BSc Career Opportunities

  • Animal Welfare Officer
  • Biotechnologist
  • Chemical Analyst
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Software Developer
  • Statistician
  • Web Architect

Practical Experience

The Bachelor of Science is a practical degree with laboratory and/or field work associated with most subjects. For some science subjects, you also have the opportunity to undertake an independent or small team research project (special topics paper) which may be laboratory or literature-survey based.

Honours Programme

If you wish to continue on to graduate study, the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences also offers a one-year BSc Honours programme in Computing, Mathematics or Statistics, or you may transfer into the four-year BCMS degree.

In the Faculty of Science & Engineering, entry into an honours year in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Materials and Processing or Physics is by invitation on to exceptional students.

Entry Requirements

You will be eligible to apply for this degree if you have University Entrance and meet any additional requirements for the qualification. All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Some papers have specific entry requirements and if you do not have the required background you may be directed to take certain papers in your first year of study.

Degree Structure

3 years - 360 points

This degree may also be taken as a conjoint. Find out more information on conjoint degrees.

It is recommended that students include 100 level prerequisites for any compulsory papers in their chosen major(s) in the first year of their programme of study.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
120 Points 120 Points 120 Points
Major Science Papers Elective Papers
100* LEVEL 200 LEVEL 300 LEVEL
100* LEVEL 200 LEVEL 300 LEVEL
100* LEVEL 200 LEVEL 300 LEVEL
100* LEVEL 200* LEVEL 300* LEVEL
100* LEVEL 200 LEVEL 200/300* LEVEL
100* LEVEL 200 LEVEL 200/300* LEVEL
100* LEVEL