Bachelor of Science

Putting into practice what you learn in your lectures is a major part of the University of Waikato Bachelor of Science degree. You will gain hands-on experience with some of the most up-to-date and high-tech computing facilities and laboratory equipment available, such as our mass spectrometers for investigating molecular structure.

Erena Calder Hawkins

Biochemistry, Biotechnology
Erena has played badminton since she was eight years old and has gained many achievements in her passion. Her biggest achievement to date is competing at World Junior Championships in Peru 2015.

Rachel Curran

Biological Sciences
Rachel became involved in the sport of Olympic weightlifting through her PE teacher at Birkenhead College. She has dedicated more than three and a half years to the sport where Rachel has competed in a number of events.

Nisha Fernandez-Ritchie

For Nisha Fernandez-Ritchie, the choice to study at Waikato University seemed like an obvious one. With both her parents having worked at Waikato, she says she “pretty much grew up on campus”.

Ben O'Neil

Mathematics, Physics
It was the bonus of being able to combine maths and physics and complete a double major in three years with minimal clashes in one degree that brought Ben to the University of Waikato.

Sanjay Patel

Sanjay Patel found his passion in chemistry and finance at the University of Waikato after deciding an Otago health sciences degree wasn’t for him.

Stewart Robertson

Biological Sciences
Waikato Biological Sciences graduate Stewart Robertson has used his scientific knowledge and entrepreneurial vision to create an idyllic lifestyle for himself as an owner/operator conservation tour guide in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Claudia Wu

Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics
University of Waikato Computer Science graduate Claudia Wu spends her days making sense of numbers, to ensure ANZ are lending responsibly.

We also take you right to the source, with field trips that might include an overnight stay to gather geothermal samples or a week-long bush camp to examine a region's flora.

The range of career options available to Bachelor of Science (BSc) graduates isn't surprising when you consider the nature of the degree. It is extremely flexible so you can combine papers to suit your strengths and interests. We keep it general in the first year so that your choice, when you do come to specialise, is an informed one. Transferring from this degree to the BCMS is also possible at any stage in your degree.

This qualification may also be studied at the University of Waikato Tauranga, with a major in Biological Sciences or Computer Science.


The University of Waikato’s School of Science is home to a suite of well-equipped laboratories. Most science papers include weekly laboratory sessions, giving you the chance to put what you’ve learnt in lectures and tutorials into practice. Our undergraduate students also have the opportunity to use complex research equipment and techniques, such as NMR spectroscopy and DNA sequencing.

The computing facilities at the University of Waikato are among the best in New Zealand, ranging from phones and tablets for mobile application development to cluster computers for massively parallel processing. Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics students will also have 24 hour access to computer labs equipped with all the latest computer software.


Within the BSc you may choose to specialise in:

Science International
Science International combines a science major with study in Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish. Science graduates who are familiar with the language and customs of other countries are of particular value to export-oriented industries.
Te Pūtaiao me ngā Take Māori (Science and Te Reo)
This specialisation enables you to pursue a science degree in a major subject while extending your knowledge of Māori language and culture.

Career opportunities

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

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton; Tauranga
Faculty Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Years 3
Points 360
Domestic Fees $6,786 per year
International Fees $29,470 - $29,680 per year
Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment - please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.


These are all the subjects available for the Bachelor of Science

Animal Behaviour
Applied Computing
Biological Sciences
Computer Science
Creative Practices
Creative Technologies
Design Media
Earth Sciences
Education and Society
Electronic Business
Environmental Planning
Environmental Sciences
Human Development
Human Resource Management
Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
International Languages and Cultures
Labour Studies
Leadership Communication
Maori Media and Communication
Materials and Processing
Māori and Pacific Development
Māori Language/Te Reo Māori
Political Science
Population Studies
Public Relations
Screen and Media Studies
Social Policy
Sport, Health and Human Performance
Strategic Management
Supply Chain Management
Theatre Studies
Tourism Management
Women's and Gender Studies
Writing Studies

Conjoint degree options

This degree can also be taken as a conjoint.

Brian Perry Charitable Trust Undergraduate Scholarship in Science & Engineering

For students who are enrolled in the second year of full-time study towards an undergraduate degree, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2017-05-31 23:59:00

Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship

For students who are currently in Year 12 or Year 13 and who are a NZ citizen, permanent resident or international student studying at a New Zealand High School. Must be intending to enrol full-time in the first year of a BCMS, BSc, BE(Hons) or BCGD degree, in one of the computing streams, at the University of Waikato. Students will sit a Scholarship exam.

Closing Date: 2016-09-23 17:00:00

Science Admission Fees Scholarship

For school leavers who are intending to enrol full-time in the first year of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science(Technology) in the Faculty of Science & Engineering and are performing well academically in their final year of secondary school. The Scholarship has a value of up to $4,000.

Closing Date: 2016-08-31 23:59:00

University of Waikato Summer Research Scholarship

For students who are enrolled at a NZ or Australian University and have completed at least three years of undergraduate study. The Summer Research Scholarship provides students with opportunities to experience the challenges and rewards of research. The scholarship will have a value of $5,000.

Closing Date: 2016-08-31 23:59:00

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

The Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences also offers a one-year BSc Honours programme in Computer Science, Mathematics or Statistics. You may also transfer into the four-year Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences.

The Bachelor of Science is a practical degree with laboratory and/or field work associated with most subjects.

In some papers you will be able to take part in field trips to local beaches, forests and lakes to conduct sampling and learn first-hand about the environments you are studying.

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.

If you have achieved University Entrance through NCEA you will be accepted into this degree.

Discretionary Entrance

Applicants will normally be granted Discretionary Entrance if they have gained a total of at least 80 credits in NCEA at Level 2 in four subjects equivalent to the approved subjects for University Entrance in NCEA at Level 3, with a minimum grade of Merit in at least half of the achievement standards for each subject. Applicants must also have satisfied the numeracy and literacy requirements of University Entrance.

Applications must be supported by the applicant’s school principal or a University Student Recruitment Adviser.

Special Admission

Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis. Applicants 20 years old and over by the beginning of their programme of study will be accepted, except those that are clearly insufficiently prepared for academic study. Preference may be given to applicants who have successfully completed appropriate Waikato Pathways College bridging programmes.

Admission at entrance level or with credit from previous study

Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis bearing in mind patterns of admission which have applied in previous years and the standing of the qualification in New Zealand.


Individual papers may require previous experience in this subject. However, there may be other pathways that you can take to study in this field. Please seek advice from the Faculty of Science & Engineering or the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences.


Faculty of Science & Engineering
Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254

Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
Phone: +64 7 838 4322 / 0800 924 528

Degree Structure

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
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 *
120 Points 120 Points 120 Points
Science Paper
Elective Paper

*These papers should be recognised science papers offered by the Faculties of Science & Engineering and Computing & Mathematical Sciences (except MATH168) and selected Philosophy and Psychology papers, and, at 100 level, should be taken across at least four science subjects.