NUS Faculty Of Science Courses Offered

By | June 22, 2017

NUS Faculty Of Science Courses Offered

25 Science Majors

A programme leading to a Bachelor’s degree requires a minimum of 120 MCs, and will typically take about three years to complete. A programme leading to a Bachelor’s degree with Honours requires a minimum of 160 MCs, and will usually take four years to complete.

To graduate, students must fulfil the requirements for at least one primary major although one is allowed to read a maximum of two majors. Pharmacy students, however, are allowed to read only one major.

Students who relish challenges may take a double major programme (one primary and one second major) or even a double degree programme (two full majors).

With the exception of Computational Biology, Data Science and Analytics, Environmental Studies and Pharmacy which are strictly four-year programmes, all majors allow students to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree.
Listed below are the primary majors offered by the Faculty.


Chemistry with specialisation in Materials Chemistry
Chemistry with specialisation in Medicinal Chemistry
Chemistry with specialisation in Environment and Energy

Computational Biology

Computational Biology

Data Science and Analytics

Data Science and Analytics

Environmental Studies

(jointly hosted with Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)

Environmental Biology
Environmental Geography

Food Science and Technology Programme

Food Science and Technology

Life Sciences

Life Sciences
Life Sciences with specialisation in Biomedical Science
Life Sciences with specialisation in Environmental Biology
Life Sciences with specialisation in Molecular & Cell Biology


Applied Mathematics
Applied Mathematics with Specialisation in Mathematical Modelling and Data Analytics
Applied Mathematics with Specialisation in Operations Research and Financial Mathematics



Physics with specialisation in Astrophysics
Physics with specialisation in Nanophysics



Quantitative Finance

Quantitative Finance



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

Science Second Major

Students may choose to read a second major, in addition to their primary major, to broaden the scope of their undergraduate education as well as to increase their employability.

A second major consists of at least 48 MCs, of which up to 8 MCs can be double counted towards requirements. As double major students complete only one set of University Level and Faculty requirements, only one degree will be awarded.

The Faculty of Science offers eight second majors.



Data Analytics (Offered to students matriculated in AY2016/17 and onwards)

Financial Mathematics (Offered to students matriculated in AY2013/14 and earlier)

*Food Science (Offered to Chemistry students matriculated in AY2017/18 and onwards)

Life Sciences

* More information on the Second Major in Food Science will be provided in due course.

Science students interested in reading a second major offered by other faculties in NUS should check your mailbox regularly as the call for application is usually done through email.

Non-Science students reading a second major in Science

All eight second majors are only offered to students matriculated from AY2007/08 and onwards. All eight second majors are non-Honours majors.

Non-Science students interested in reading a second major offered by Science should write in to the department offering the second major after completing two-thirds of the requirements of the minor in the same discipline. This is applicable for the Second Majors in Chemistry, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics.

For instance, students intending to pursue a second major in Mathematics should read and pass at least two-thirds (16 MCs) of the requirements of the minor in Mathematics. This is on the basis that modules read to fulfill the requirements of the minor, if selected appropriately, may be used to fulfill the requirements of the second major.

Students should seek prior approval from the host department if they intend to advance from a minor to a second major in the same discipline. They will be required to apply to the host department not beyond the end of the fifth semester of study.

Admission to the second major will be subjected to the host department’s approval and the availability of quota.

It is the students’ responsibility to strategise and plan to finish the second major by the time they are due to graduate.

Download application form here.


In addition, the following should be noted by both Science and non-Science students intending to read second majors offered by the Faculty of Science:

1) The Second Major in Food Science is offered as a Double Major Programme with the Primary Major in Chemistry as a direct admission course, for students matriculated in AY2017/2018 and onwards. It is not opened to students from earlier cohorts.

2) The Second Major in Data Analytics is offered to students from Cohort 2016/2017 and onwards. To apply, students should write-in to the host department of Statistics and Applied Probability (Email address: not beyond the end of the fifth semester of study. They should also have completed CS1010 (or its equivalent), MA1101R (or its equivalent) and MA1102R (or its equivalent) with a B+ grade or above in each of these modules.

16 Science Minors

Students who wish to stretch their academic horizon through a coherent but less rigorous course can opt to read minors.

You can choose from a diverse range offered by the Faculty of Science and other faculties.

The modular credit requirement for a minor programme is at least 24 MCs, of which up to eight MCs may be used to meet the requirements for both the minor and a major or another minor, subject to the agreement of the particular department/programme or Faculty/School hosting the Minor.

Upon successful completion, the minor programme will be reflected in the student’s transcript.


Analytical Chemistry

Aquatic Ecology


Engineering Materials

Environmental Biology

Joint minor with University of Toronto

Financial Mathematics

Forensic Science

Life Science


Medical Physics


Optical & Semiconductor Technology

Pharmaceutical Sciences



Bachelor of Environmental Studies

Offered jointly by the Faculties of Science and Arts and Social Sciences, the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) programme is unique as it adopts an interdisciplinary approach to address modern environmental issues.

Double Degree Programmes

These programmes are designed for students with the passion and ability to pursue complementary disciplines. Students can earn two degrees in two different disciplines from two different Faculties / schools within NUS and with partner universities overseas.

NUS-French Double Degree Programmes (FDDP)
Local Double Degree Programmes


Double Major and Major with Minor Programmes

The Faculty of Science offers direct admission into several Double Major Programmes and Major with Minor Programmes.

Double Major and Major with Minor Programmes 

Overseas Exchange Programmes

Partnerships with more than 300 universities worldwide open the door to a global learning experience for our students, grooming them to be culturally sensitive and independent.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Undergraduate Research

We provide our students unique opportunities to work on research projects in various fields under the mentorship of our Faculty members.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programmes in Science

Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize

Special Programmes

Our Special programmes are tailored for students’ diverse interests and aptitudes, to stretch their potential.

Special Programme in Science (SPS)
Special Programme in Mathematics (SPM)
Global Science Programme (GSP)
NUS Pre-Med Programme
University Scholars Programme (USP)