Bachelor of Science

If you're intrigued by the natural world around you, or enjoy understanding how things work, Waikato's Bachelor of Science (BSc) is what you're looking for. Putting into practice what you learn in your lectures is a major part of this degree. You will gain hands-on experience with some of the most up-to-date and high-tech computing facilities and laboratory equipment.

Laura Hines

Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences
Although Laura Hines says that University is not just about the learning, she did a lot of it while she was at the University of Waikato.

Jon Allitt

Computer Graphic Design, Computer Science
Since 1998 Jon has worked at Weta Digital on the visual effects for many well-known movies, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, Avatar, and most recently Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.

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.

Annette Carshalton

Earth Sciences
Annette flew to Scott Base to begin her research in her version of paradise. She spent a week in Antarctica, flying by helicopter to nine different sites to collect soil climate data.

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.

Becky Dawson-Smith

Computer Science
I like that studying Computer Science allows me to utilise my analytical and problem solving skills, but also gives me opportunities to be creative.

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”.

Kathleen Martinez

Environmental Sciences
University of California Davis student Kathleen Martinez chose an exchange in New Zealand because of the unique ecosystems, beautiful landscapes and rich Maori heritage.

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.

Chandra Poudyal

Chandra is a doctoral student is researching the power relational issues in Nepalese private schools. Chandra, who is from Nepal chose Waikato because it is considered one of the most prestigious universities in New Zealand.

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.

Naomi White

Computer Science
Throughout Naomi's career she had always enjoyed work related to IT, and when she decided to look for a new direction, IT was an obvious choice for her.

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(Hons) is also possible at any stage in your degree.

The Bachelor of Science can be taken either through the Faculty of Science & Engineering or the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, depending on your desired major/s.

This qualification may also be studied at the University of Waikato Tauranga, with a major in Biological Sciences or Applied Computing, by first enrolling with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

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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.

 Career opportunities

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

Study Locations Hamilton; Tauranga
Faculty Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Years 3.0
Points 360
Start Dates Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Domestic Fees $6,786 per year
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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.

Conjoint degree options

This degree can also be taken as a conjoint.

Anne Shannon Scholarship

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

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 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

Science Admission Fees Scholarship

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

Beef + Lamb Undergraduate Scholarship

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

Statistics/Data Analytics Fees Scholarship

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

University of Waikato HEBUST Scholarship

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

Waikato Graduate Women Educational Trust Dame Jocelyn Fish Award

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.

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