Bachelor of Science

Studying a Bachelor of Science is guaranteed to quench your thirst for knowledge about the world, and will be the start of a lifelong career in science.

Study with us and you have access to some of the best lecturers in Aotearoa New Zealand and state-of-the-art equipment. You’ll have lots of opportunities to apply your knowledge in the lab or on field trips, and our science degree integrates mātauranga Māori. Our strong links with the scientific community extend right across the world – making it easy for you to transition from university to your career.

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Minimum entry requirements

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent

English language requirements

Useful New Zealand school subjects

  • Analytics, Mathematical Modelling and Computation majors: Calculus, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics
  • Biological Science, Biomedical Science majors: Biology, Level 3 Chemistry and other science subjects
  • Chemistry, Food Science majors: Level 3 Chemistry, Mathematics and other science subjects
  • Environmental Science, Marine Science majors: Biology and other science subjects

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You can build your degree in a way that suits you and your interests, and include subjects from outside of science as part of your studies.

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science you need to complete:

Core courses (120 points)

All Bachelor of Science students need to complete core courses that help you develop transferable skills and support your work in all other courses in the degree.

Choose one of:

And choose one natural sciences course

And one mathematical and computer sciences course

*Only available to students in the Analytics and Mathematical Modelling and Computation majors

And one course from either the natural sciences or mathematical and computer science courses above.

Complete the following course:

And one of:

In Year 3, you complete a project in an area related to your major. This project gives you an important competitive edge for your career, and is good preparation for postgraduate study.

Courses you complete for this project:

These courses give you a basic understanding of different areas of science, and help you decide which subject to focus on later in your studies. One of the core courses is the capstone project, a research or industry project you complete in your third year.

Your chosen major (120 points)

Your major is the subject area you want to specialise in. This makes up one third of your degree, and usually consists of eight courses related to your chosen subject. You can view the list of majors in this degree in the ‘Majors’ tab.

Flexible component (120 points)

You can choose one of the following options

  • Two minors (60 points each); or
  • A minor (60 points) and elective courses (60 points); or
  • A second major (120 points)

Your second major, minor(s) and elective courses can be from different AUT degrees; they don’t need to be from science.

Build your degree

Use our online tool to build your own degree and see what your three years of study could look like.

Build your degreeBuild your degree

Your major is the subject area you want to specialise in. It makes up one third of your degree, and usually consists of eight courses related to your chosen subject.

Choose one of these majors as part of your degree

Add a second major

If you want to include a second major, you can choose another subject from the list above or view more options from different AUT degrees

A minor is smaller than a major. It usually consists of four courses.

Science minors you could choose

If you decide to include one or two minors in your degree, you could choose from:

Add a minor from outside of science

You can also choose your minor(s) from subjects outside of science to complement your degree.

View more options from different AUT degrees

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Quick facts
Programme code:
3 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus
17 Jul 2023
26 Feb 2024
15 Jul 2024
$8,165 - $8,384 (for 120 points)
($7,091 - $7,310 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
Computing: $37,574 (for 120 points)
($36,500 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
Science: $37,974 (for 120 points)
($36,900 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.
  • Fees-free study may be available for domestic students

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