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(Hons) is also possible at any stage in your degree.
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 Data Analytics students will also have 24 hour access to computer labs equipped with all the latest computer software.
- Animal Welfare Officer
- Chemical Analyst
- Environmental Scientist
- Laboratory Manager
- Software Developer
- Web Architect
|Study Locations||Hamilton; Tauranga|
|Faculty||Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Faculty of Science and Engineering|
|Start Dates||Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)|
$6,786 per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first 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
- Applied Physics
- Coastal Processes
- Computer Science
- Ecology and Biodiversity
- Environmental Sciences
- Materials Science
- Molecular and Cellular Biology
- Soil Science
- Or undertake a minor in any other subject within the University.
Conjoint degree options
This degree can also be taken as a conjoint.
Scholarships and Prizes
For students who are studying towards a degree with a major in Biological Sciences or are enrolled in a specified programme including a major in Biological Sciences at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of $2,500 per year for two years.Closing Date: 2017-03-31 23:59:00
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
For students who are currently in Year 12 or Year 13 and who are studying at a New Zealand High School. Students should be intending to enrol in a BCMS(Hons), BSc, BSc(Tech), BE(Hons) or BDes degree, in one of the computing streams, at the University of Waikato. Students will sit a Scholarship exam. The exam will be held on 20 and 21 October 2017.Closing Date: 2017-09-22 17:00:00
For school leavers who are intending to enrol full-time (120 pts) 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: 2017-08-31 23:59:00
For students who are studying towards a bachelors degree and/or an honours year in agriculture, science (including food technology), business and social science disciplines. These disciplines may lead to careers in the livestock, meat and related agribusiness sectors. The Scholarship is for up to four years and will pay full annual tuition fees, up to $5,000 per year.Closing Date: 2017-02-07 23:59:00
For students intending to enrol full-time in their second or third year of study towards an undergraduate degree, majoring in Statistics and/or Data Analytics, in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $2,500.Closing Date: 2017-10-31 23:59:00
For students transitioning from HEBEI University of Technology (China) to the University of Waikato to undertake full-time study towards a Bachelor of Science majoring in Materials Science. Applicants must have achieved at least a B+ Grade Point Average over the last 1.5 years of study at HEBEI University of Technology. The value of the award will be up to $15,000.Closing Date: 2017-11-30 23:59:00
For female students who have been New Zealand Citizens or permanent residents for at least the last 5 years, and are enrolled full-time in the second year or above of a first degree, majoring in a non-traditional field for women (e.g. computer science, engineering, mathematics, The value of the award is $1,000 and is tenable for the course of the degree up to a maximum of three years.Closing Date: 2017-04-30 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 Data Analytics. You may also transfer into the four-year Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (Honours).
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.
Admission and enrolment
If you have achieved University Entrance through NCEA you will be accepted into this degree.
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.
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.
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