FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (For Current Students)


Module Bidding

1. Can I bid for non-Science modules under the Regular modules category in CORS, and count it as my Breadth requirements?

Yes. If you are able to see your desired non-Science modules available to you for bidding under the "Regular" modules category, please proceed to select them for bidding. The category under which you bid for the module will not affect how the module can be used to fulfill your graduation requirements. For instance, if you can see and can bid for modules such as ES2007s and EC1301 under your 'Regular' module category, you will be able to use it as 'Breadth' although it was not bidden under the 'Breadth' category.

Please also note that the following will NOT affect how your secured modules may be used to satisfy graduation requirements:

a) Account used to bid for the module
b) Module type code (01,05, U9, etc.)
c) Bidding round in which the module(s) was/were secured.

2. If I bid for a module as a GEMXXXX/GEKXXXX, but the module is cross listed as a regular Science module (e.g. PCXXXX), can I bid under the PC code and use it to fulfill my GEM requirements?

No. This is because the module code WILL affect how a module can be used to satisfy your graduation requirement. Only modules under the GEM/GEK code can be used to satisfy the GEM requirements.

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Unrestricted Electives

1. What type of modules can I use to fulfill my UE requirements?

You can use any module to fulfill your UE requirements.

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University Level Requirements (ULR) 
 

Note: FAQs 1 to 5 on ULR listed below are only relevant to students matriculated in AY2014/15 and earlier

1. Is there a restriction on the number of GEMs I can take?

No restriction but Science students must read EITHER two Group B GEMs OR one group A GEM and one group B GEM.

2. If I have already fulfilled the GEM requirements (of two modules), can I still take extra GEMs and count them towards my Unrestricted Elective Modules?

Yes, you can. Any excess modules will be counted towards your Unrestricted Elective Modules.

3. If I have read an extra Group A (Science & Technology) GEM offered by a faculty outside science, can I use that to count towards my breadth requirements?

No, you cannot use any Group A GEM to count towards your breadth even if it is offered outside the Faculty of Science. However, any extra Group B GEM can be counted towards your breadth requirements.

4. Can I take a GEM offered by Science to satisfy my Breadth requirement?

Yes, only if it is a Group B GEM. There are very few Group B GEMs offered by the Faculty of Science. One is Scientific Methodology (GEK1038), and the other two are Understanding Uncertainty and Statistical Thinking (GEM2900) and Reporting Statistics in the Media (GEM2901) which are jointly classified as a Group A and Group B GEM.

5. If I have already fulfilled my Singapore Studies (SS) requirement of one module (4MCs), can I still take an extra SS and count it towards my breadth requirements?

Yes, only if the SS is offered by a faculty outside Science.

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Breadth Modules

 

Note: FAQs 1 to 5 on Breadth Modules listed below are only relevant to students matriculated in AY2014/15 and earlier

 

1. How many breadth modules must I read for the B.Sc. or B.Sc. (Hons.) programmes?

Students matriculated in and before AY2006/2007 have to read and pass 8MCs of breadth modules for the B.Sc. programme or 16MCs for the B.Sc. (Hons.) programme.
Students matriculated in and after AY2007/2008 have to read and pass 8MCs of breadth modules for either the B.Sc. or B.Sc.(Hons.) programmes.

2. One/some of the modules I am taking for my major/minor/unrestricted electives is/are offered by other faculties. Can these modules also be used to satisfy my breadth requirements as well?

Yes. However, the number of MCs that contributes to the total number of MCs for your graduation will not be doubled. For example, a module worth 4MCs can be used to satisfy 4MCs of major requirements and 4MCs of breadth requirements but it contributes only 4MCs (not 8MCs) to your total number of MCs required for graduation.

3. Can I read more than 1 breadth module offered by the same faculty?

Yes. In fact there is no limit to the number of breadth modules you can read from any faculty.

4. If I take 2 breadth modules on S/U options and fail one of them, can I still read another breadth module on an S/U basis?

Yes, because U grades will not be counted towards the total number of MCs (12) allowed for S/U declarations.

5. Do I need to convert modules taken outside my home faculty to breadth as they were registered as normal modules during online registration to fulfill my major or minor requirements?

No, you do not need to.

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Faculty Requirements

1. I'm not sure which modules I can take to satisfy my faculty requirements. Could you clarify?

Modules offered by the Faculty of Science are categorized into 6 subject groups (for details, please refer to the table of subject groups in the bulletin or the Faculty Requirements website). To fulfill your faculty requirements, you have to read and pass modules from 2 or 3 groups other than the group(s) containing your major, depending on the programme you are on (B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), etc). In some cases, a module that satisfies the major requirements also satisfies the faculty requirements (for more details, please refer to the bulletin or the answer to Q2).

2. I am a 1st year student majoring in Chemistry. Do two of the modules that I'm taking to fulfill my major requirements, MA1421 and LSM1401, also satisfy my faculty requirements?

Yes, they satisfy 8MCs (4MCs for each module) of your major requirements and 8MCs of your faculty requirements. However, they contribute only 8MCs to your total number of MCs required for graduation, not 16MCs. This applies to all other majors whose faculty requirements are built into their major requirements.

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Primary Majors

1. Must I have a primary major when I am admitted to Science?

Yes, you must have a primary major in order to secure modules in the first semester.

2. How do I apply for my primary major?

You can declare a major via CORS during the online registration period. If the major is restricted, you will have to first seek permission from the department offering the major.

3. How do I change my primary major?

You can do so via CORS during the online registration exercise at the beginning of each semester. However, you are strongly urged to consult the respective department advisors before changing your major. To get out from the following restricted majors, students must seek the approval from the Department offering the major:

1. Applied Chemistry (cohort of 2012/2013 and before)
2. Food Science and Technology
3. Computational Finance (cohort of 2003/2004 and before)
4. Quantitative Finance (cohort of 2004/2005 and after)
5. Computational Biology (cohort of 2004/2005 and after)

4. When I change my primary major, will I be able to use the MCs I have accumulated in the old major to count towards my new major or breadth requirements?

You will be able to use the MCs from your old major for your new major only if the modules are common to both the new and old majors. If the modules are not common, then the MCs will only be used to count towards faculty requirements, unrestricted electives or in certain cases, breadth.

5. Can I take 2 primary majors?

Students matriculated in and before AY2006/2007 are allowed to take two primary majors if they opt to stay with the old system. Students matriculated in and after AY2007/2008 are in the new system and therefore not allowed to take two primary majors. You can only take one primary and one second major; the list of second majors can be found in the Faculty of Science Undergraduate Programmes website.

6. I am a double major student and I wish to drop one major. How do I go about doing so?

You can drop a major via CORS during the online registration period. If the major is restricted, you will have to first seek permission from the department offering the major.

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Second Majors

1. Is a double major different from a second major?

Double major is the old term for second major.

2. What is the difference between a primary major and second major?

A second major is what you may take on top of your primary major to broaden your undergraduate education.

There are several differences between a primary and second major:
i) A second major will not give you as comprehensive an education as a primary major.
ii) You cannot graduate with only a second major. Your primary major is what gives you your degree.
iii) You cannot graduate with an honours degree in your second major.
iv) The second major will be recorded only in your transcript but not in your degree scroll.

 

3. What are the requirements for reading a second major in FoS?

Please refer to the following table for the requirements:

Second MajorCriteria
 Chemistry  GCE 'A' level pass in Chemistry or equivalent
 Life Sciences  GCE 'A' level or equivalent pass in Biology, Chemistry and either Mathematics or Physics
 Financial Mathematics (Ceased to be offered for students matriculated in AY2014/15 and after, with effect from AY2014/15 Semester 1)
 GCE 'A' level pass in Mathematics or equivalent
 Mathematics  GCE 'A' level pass in Mathematics or equivalent
 Physics  GCE 'A' level pass in Physics or equivalent
 Statistics  GCE 'A' level pass in Mathematics or equivalent
 Data Analytics

 A very good pass in GCE 'A' level Mathematics or equivalent

Existing students from cohort 2016/2017 or later may apply to read a Second Major in Data Analytics after completing CS1010 (or its equivalent), MA1101R (or its equivalent) and MA1102R (or its equivalent) with a B+ grade or above in each of these modules.

Food Science Good GCE 'A' level pass in at least two science subjects, one of them should be Chemistry

 

4. How many MCs of overlapping modules are permitted between the primary and second major?

For second majors offered under the old structure: Your primary and second major modules must not have an overlap of more than one-third of the lesser major requirements.

For second majors offered under the new structure:

Your primary and second major modules must not have an overlap of more than 8MCs (for Cohort 2013 and earlier).

Your primary and second major modules must not have an overlap of more than 16MCs (for Cohort 2014 and after).

Note that cohorts of 2007/2008 come under the new structure only (they cannot opt for the old structure. Cohorts of 2006/2007 and before can opt for either the new or old structure.

 

5. Who are eligible to read the second majors under the new curricular structure and how do I apply if I am?

Faculty of Science students reading second majors offered by FoS:

No prior approval is needed for an FoS student to read a second major in FoS. You can declare a second major via CORS. Please note that:

1) The second major in Financial Mathematics is offered only to cohorts of AY2007/08 and after and has ceased to be offered for students matriculated in AY2014/15 and after, with effect from AY2014/15 Semester 1.

2) The Second Major in Data Analytics is a restricted second major and cannot be declared via CORS without prior approval. It is offered for students matriculated in AY2016/17 and after.

3) The Second Major in Food Science is only offered with the Primary Major in Chemistry as a Double Major Programme for direct-admission, for students matriculated in AY2017/18 and after.

FoS students reading second majors offered by other faculties:

Application procedures can vary from faculty to faculty. You are encouraged to look for the latest application information at the website of the faculty offering the second major you are interested in reading. In certain instances, the Science Dean's Office will assist in inviting Science students to apply for such second majors before the start of a semester.

Non-FoS students taking second majors offered by FoS:

Non-Science students intending to read Second majors in Chemistry, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics offered by Science will have to first complete at least two-thirds of the corresponding minor requirements before applying to the department offering the second major. They should apply to the host department before the end of their fifth semester of study.

In addition, the following should be noted:

1) The Second Major in Food Science is only offered with the Primary Major in Chemistry as a Double Major Programme for direct-admission for students from Cohort 2017/2018 and onwards. It is not available for existing students to apply.

2) The Second Major in Data Analytics is offered to students from Cohort 2016/2017 and onwards. Students should apply to the host department (Statistics and Applied Probability) before the end of their fifth semester of study.

 

6. Can I read 2 second majors?

No.

7. Can I read a second major and minor in the same subject?

No. In addition, students intending to read second majors should note the following prohibited combinations:

No.Second MajorProhibited Primary MajorsProhibited Minors
 1 Chemistry Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, Food Science & Technology Analytical Chemistry
       2 Data Analytics Applied Mathematics, Computational Biology, Data Science and Analytics, Mathematics, Quantitative Finance, Statistics Mathematics, Statistics, Financial Mathematics
3 Food Science Food Science & Technology None
 4 Financial Mathematics (Ceased to be offered for students matriculated in AY2014/15 and after, with effect from AY2014/15 Semester 1)
Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Quantitative Finance Financial Mathematics, Mathematics
 5 Life Sciences Life Sciences (with or without Specialisation) Life Sciences
 6 Mathematics Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Quantitative Finance, Data Science and Analytics Financial Mathematics, Mathematics
 7 Physics Physics (Specialisation in Astrophyics), Physics (Specialisation Physics-In-Technology) Physics, Optical and Semiconductor Technology
 8 Statistics Statistics (Specialisation in Biostatistics), Statistics (Specialisation in Finance and Business Statistics), Data Science and Analytics Statistics

 

8. Can I convert the Science minor that I'm studying into a second major in the same subject?

FoS Students

Yes, you only have to drop the minor and declare the second major via CORS.

Non-FoS students

Yes, but provided you have already obtained at least 2/3 of the MCs required for the minor and apply and get accepted by the department offering the second major before the end of the 5th semester.

 

9. Can I drop the second major at any point of time if I cannot cope?

Science Student

Generally, if the second major is not restricted and offered by the Faculty of Science, you can drop it via CORS at the beginning of a semester. If the second major is offered by another faculty, you have to inform the host faculty and request for the second major to be dropped for you. Alternatively, you may also make this request via FoS.

For assistance on dropping of the second major, you may email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Non-Science Student

You have to inform the Faculty of Science before dropping the second major through CORS. Alternatively, you may also make this request through your Home Faculty.

10. If I drop my second major, can I use the MCs I have obtained from it to satisfy the other requirements?

Yes. The MCs may be used to satisfy your other requirements (e.g. Unrestricted Electives or Breadth modules) according to the category that the modules fall under.

11. How many modules do I have to read and pass if I choose to take up a second major offered under the new structure?

You have to read and pass between 48 and 52 MCs worth of the second major modules. The number depends on which second major you are reading.

 

12. How many sets of faculty requirements do I have to fulfill if I read a second major?

You have to fulfill only the set of faculty requirements for your primary major.

 

13. Do I have to read additional Breadth modules (applicable only to Cohort 2014/2015 and earlier) if my second major is offered outside the Faculty of Science?

You need not read any Breadth modules if your second major is offered by another faculty.

 

14. Will I have separate CAPs for the two majors?

No, you will have one common CAP for both majors since you will be awarded with only one degree.

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Double Counting of Modules

1. What is double-counting and when is double counting allowed?
Double-counting is using one or more modules to satisfy simultaneously the requirements of

a) two majors,
b) a major and a minor, or
c) two minors.

There are certain restrictions to double-counting:

major-major
For cohorts before AY2007/2008: an overlap of not more than 1/3 of the smaller set of the major requirements.

For cohorts of AY2007/2008 to AY2013/2014: an overlap of not more than 8 MCs.

For cohorts of AY2014/2015 and after: an overlap of not more than 16 MCs.

major-minor
An overlap of not more than 8 MCs regardless of your cohort.

minor-minor
An overlap of not more than 8 MCs regardless of your cohort.

Venn Diagram for Major minor overlap

There are other restrictions imposed by departments for certain major-minor combinations. For details, please refer to the bulletin.

Note that triple counting is not allowed, i.e. you are not allowed to use one module to satisfy:
a) 2 majors + 1 minor
b) 1 major + 2 minors
c) 3 minors

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Level 1000 Modules

1. Is there a limit to the number of level 1000 modules I can read for my graduation requirements?
Yes. For cohorts of AY2007/08 and after, the maximum number is 60MCs.

For cohorts before AY2007/08, the maximum number is 52MCs.

For students majoring in Computational Biology, the maximum number is 60MCs.

Pharmacy students, matriculated in AY2006/07 and before, are not subject to the above mentioned rules due to the structure of its curriculum.

2. What will happen to the extra MCs if I read more than the allowed number of level 1000 modules?
These extra MCs will not be counted towards the total number of MCs required for graduation. However, they will still be counted towards the computation of CAP.

3. Can I read level 1000 modules to fulfill my Breadth Requirements or as unrestricted elective modules?
Yes.

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Workload
 
From AY15/16, Semester 1 onwards, the minimum workload is 18 MCs worth of modules per semester. Students may read less than 18MCs only in their graduating semester or when they are undertaking industrial attachment. The recommended workload is 20 MCs worth of modules per semester; this is so that students will not be overly taxed in any particular semester and they will be able to complete their degree in the given time.
 
[Students matriculated before AY2014/15]:
Depending on your CAP, the maximum allowable workload ranges from 23 to 32 MCs per semester. Permission from the Science Dean's Office will be required if you want to read beyond the maximum allowable workload.
 
[Students matriculated in AY2014/15 and after]:
With the launch of the Grade-Free First Semester (for Cohort 2014 and 2015) and Grade-Free First Year scheme (for Cohort 2016 and onwards), the workload limitation for the first semester of study is as follows:
 
Students from Single Degree Programmes can select and bid up to a maximum of 23 modular credits only while students from certain special programmes (e.g. Double Degree Programmes, Concurrent Degree Programmes, University Scholars Programme and Special Programme in Science) will be allowed to select and bid up to a maximum of 27 modular credits. You may wish to check with your respective programme administrators if you are unsure.
 

 

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Overlapping Modules

1. Can I read overlapping modules (modules that preclude each other)?
You cannot read overlapping modules unless they are necessary for you to fulfill your double degree or double major requirements, etc. Please refer to the bulletin for the table of overlapping modules.

2. I have read two overlapping modules (or modules that preclude each other) in order to fulfill my double major requirements. Will the MCs for these 2 modules count towards the total MCs required for graduation?
No. Unless stated otherwise, only one set of the MCs will be counted towards the total MCs for graduation although both modules will be recognized for the fulfillment of major requirements. Please also note that the grades you obtain for both modules will be input in the calculation of your CAP.

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Changing of module code for Cross-listed/Overlapping Modules

1. If a GEM is cross-listed with a regular module, can I change the module code from one to the other?

Such conversion is not recommended because of the different bid points in obtaining the modules. You are strongly encouraged to bid for the correct module code i.e. if you intend to fulfill GEM requirements, please bid under the GEM/GEK code. Students who need a module code conversion may write in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  in the final semester of their studies after completion of the module registration exercise. The module code conversion will only be processed by the Dean's Office for very valid reasons, for instance, requiring the conversion before meeting the requirements for graduation.

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Timetable Clash

1. Can I ask for a change in the class/examination timetable?
No changes are allowed unless the entire class agrees to the new class/exam schedule. The lecturer will then seek approval from his Department and the Dean's Office. Please note that all changes are also subjected to venue availability.

2. What do I do if I have a class timetable clash?
You will not be allowed to register for module whose timetable clash with those of the modules you have already registered for. This includes tutorial and practical timetable clashes. Faculty of Science will not support students to read modules with timetable clash in general. Appeals are only considered if students require the module to fulfil their graduation requirement in their graduating semester, without which might lead to a delay in graduation.

3. What do I do if I have an exam timetable clash?
You will not be allowed to register for the modules.

4. Where can I find the class/examination timetable?
The class and exam timetable can be found on the CORS website at http://www.cors.nus.edu.sg/schedule.html 

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S/U Option

1. Can I exercise the S/U option on modules that count towards my Faculty/1st or 2nd Major/Minor/USP requirements?

For students matriculated before AY2014/15

The S/U option is not available for modules that are part of a student's Faculty, 1st/2nd Major or USP requirements, unless specifically stated otherwise by the module host.

With effect from AY2013/14 Semester 2, students are not allowed to declare S/U option on ALL modules within the First and Second Major Requirements, including modules hosted by other faculties, regardless of whether these modules are read in excess.

With effect from Semester 1, AY2008/09, the S/U option is available for modules that are part of a student's Minor requirements, as long as the student has at least 24 MCs of graded minor modules to fulfill the Minor requirements towards graduation.


Please also note that Science students are not allowed to declare the S/U option on any regular science modules taken to fulfill minor requirements.

For students matriculated in AY2014/15 and after

Yes if the modules fall within either of the following categories.

  • Level 1000 modules (excluding non-credit-bearing English language proficiency modules)
  • Level 2000 modules with no other NUS modules as pre-requisites
  • Centre for Language Studies (CLS)’ language modules at all levels
  • Yale-NUS college's language modules at all levels
  • Centre for English Language Communication’s (CELC) Level 2000 Communication and Ideas & Exposition modules
  • For accelerating students: Level 2000 modules with NUS modules as pre-requisites only if they are read in the first semester, i.e. where such students have already met the pre-requisite to enrol in these Level 2000 modules in the first semester. (However, this will not be applicable for Faculty of Engineering Level 2000 modules with NUS modules as pre-requisites.) This is only applicable for students matriculated in AY2014/15 and AY2015/16.

Students cannot exercise the S/U option on University Scholars Programme’s (USP) Writing and Critical Thinking modules (UWC2101%) and Quantitative Reasoning modules (UQF2101%), as well as Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music’s (YSTCM) Major Study modules. These modules will remain letter-graded.

 

2. Can I read a regular science module on an S/U basis and use it to count towards Unrestricted Free Electives?

For students matriculated before AY2014/15

No, all Science students are not allowed to declare the S/U option on any regular science modules even though they may not be reading them to fulfill their major/minor/faculty/USP requirements.

For students matriculated in AY2014/15 and after

Yes if the modules fall within either of the following categories.

    • Level 1000 modules (excluding non-credit-bearing English language proficiency modules)
    • Level 2000 modules with no other NUS modules as pre-requisites
    • Centre for Language Studies (CLS)’ language modules at all levels
    • Yale-NUS college's language modules at all levels
    • Centre for English Language Communication’s (CELC) Level 2000 Communication and Ideas & Exposition modules
    • For accelerating students: Level 2000 modules with NUS modules as pre-requisites only if they are read in the first semester, i.e. where such students have already met the pre-requisite to enrol in these Level 2000 modules in the first semester. (However, this will not be applicable for Faculty of Engineering Level 2000 modules with NUS modules as pre-requisites.) This is only applicable for students matriculated in AY2014/15 and AY2015/16.

Students cannot exercise the S/U option on University Scholars Programme’s (USP) Writing and Critical Thinking modules (UWC2101%) and Quantitative Reasoning modules (UQF2101%), as well as Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music’s (YSTCM) Major Study modules. These modules will remain letter-graded.

 

3. Can I exercise S/U on GEM/SS offered by Science?

For students matriculated before AY2014/15

Yes, you can.

For students matriculated in AY2014/15 and after

Yes if the modules fall within either of the following categories.

  • All Level 1000 modules (excluding non-credit-bearing English language proficiency modules)
  • Level 2000 modules with no other NUS modules as pre-requisites

 

4. I am not a Science student. Can I exercise S/U option on the Science modules that I read?

For students matriculated before AY2014/15

Yes, you can as long as the Science modules are not part of your 1st/2nd Major or Faculty requirements.

With effect from AY2013/14 Semester 2, students are not allowed to declare S/U option on ALL modules within the First and Second Major Requirements, including modules hosted by other faculties, regardless of whether these modules are read in excess.

For students matriculated in AY2014/15 and after

Yes if the modules fall within either of the following categories.

  • All Level 1000 modules (excluding non-credit-bearing English language proficiency modules)
  • Level 2000 modules with no other NUS modules as pre-requisites

 

5. I have exercised the entitled amount of S/U Options and have obtained ‘S’ grade for all modules which the options have been applied on except one. Am I still allowed to read another module (4MC) on S/U basis?

For students matriculated before AY2014/15

Yes you are. Students are only deemed to have exhausted their S/U options upon reading AND passing the module.

For students matriculated in AY2014/15 and after

No, both the ‘S’ and ‘U’ grade count towards the MC entitlement of S/U options. 

 

6. I have dropped a module with 'F' grade. Am I allowed to apply the S/U option on this module during the S/U declaration exercise?

No, you will not be able to apply the S/U option on the module which you have dropped with 'F' grade. This is because you are considered to have withdrawn from the module when you dropped it.

7. If I obtain a D+ grade or lower for an essential module, can I exercise my S/U option on it? 

For students matriculated before AY2014/15
No, you may not exercise S/U on any regular Science modules regardless of the grade you obtained if you are a Science student. D+ is also considered a pass and thus you may not repeat the module.

For students matriculated in AY2014/15 and after
Yes if the modules fall within either of the following categories.

  • All Level 1000 modules (excluding non-credit-bearing English language proficiency modules)
  • Level 2000 modules with no other NUS modules as pre-requisites
  • For accelerating students: Level 2000 modules with NUS modules as pre-requisites only if they are read in the first semester, i.e. where such students have already met the pre-requisite to enrol in these Level 2000 modules in the first semester. (However, this will not be applicable for Faculty of Engineering Level 2000 modules with NUS modules as pre-requisites.) This is only applicable for students matriculated in AY2014/15 and AY2015/16.

 

8. If I obtain a U grade for a module, must I repeat it?

For students matriculating before AY2014/15
No, since the module graded U is not a 1st/2nd Major or Faculty or Minor or USP requirement, another module can be read in place of the U graded module.

For students matriculating in AY2014/15 and after
Yes if the modules is part of the 1st/2nd Major or Faculty or Minor or USP requirement.

 

9. I have exercised all S/U Options and have exceeded the entitlement due to application of the S/U Options on modules with non-4MC weightage, i.e. 5MCs. What happen to the extra MCs?

Students may exercise S/U Option towards modules with more or lesser than 4 MCs. Such students are allowed to opt for additional module to be taken on S/U basis as long as the accumulated S/U MCs is less than the total entitlement at the point of declaration. For such a student, the total number of S/U MCs will eventually exceed the entitlement. However, only up to the amount of MCs entitled will count towards his/her degree requirements (i.e. any excess S/U MCs will not be counted towards any part of the degree requirements for graduation).

 

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Repeating modules

1. How many times can I repeat a module?
There is no limit to the number of times you can repeat a module that you have failed or obtained a U grade for. You are not allowed to repeat modules that you have passed (D and above or S)

2. If I repeat a module that I have failed, does it mean that the 0 grade point I have received for this module will be disregarded in the computation of my new CAP?
No, even if you take the same module again, all the grade points you obtain for it will be taken into account when your new CAP is calculated.

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Reading Additional Modules

1. Can a student who has fulfilled his graduation requirements remain for one additional regular semester to read modules to improve CAP or for interest?

In general, students who have completed their degree requirements by the 6th semester or earlier for 120-MC programmes and the 8th semester or earlier for 160-MC programmes, may be allowed one additional full semester of study to improve their CAP standing subject to their reading:

a) the minimum MCs required for full-time students (i.e. 15 MCs) in the additional full semester;

b) only level-3000 or higher modules.

2. Can a student who has fulfilled his graduation requirements read a Special Term module to improve CAP or for interest?

Yes, he can. However, he must read a module of level 3000 or higher.

3. I have read a graduate module during my undergraduate studies, but have declared it to be used for my Graduate degree. Will this graduate module still affect my undergraduate CAP, and will it appear in my undergraduate transcript?

The module declared for use in Graduate degree will not affect your undergraduate CAP. However, it will be reflected in the undergraduate transcript, with a note to indicate that it is a pre-take graduate module and is not counted toward the bachelor's degree requirements.

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Honours Requirements

1.If I plan to do honours, should I file for project and when should I do it?
In the semester before beginning on their honours year, all students (except for Pharmacy and Computational Biology students) have to file for Honours project in CORS. Students can choose the File for Honours Project (FFG=P) option.

Example
If I am a student belonging to the AY2013/14 cohort and I wish to start my honours project in my seventh semester in order to complete my honours requirements in eight regular semesters, I should file for project in CORS in the beginning of the sixth semester.

 

2. How will I be eligible for an honours programme?

For Students matriculated in AY2011/12 and before
To qualify for an honours programme (excluding Applied Chemistry*, Computational Biology and Quantitative Finance), by the end of your 3rd year of study, you have to:

  1. Fulfill the requirements for one major at B.Sc./B.Appl.Sc. level;
  2. Obtain a CAP of at least 3.50; and
  3. Accumulate at least 100MCs

For the Applied Chemistry* or Quantitative Finance honours programme, you should have obtained a minimum CAP of 3.5 at any point in your academic history upon completion of two regular semesters of study, before the semester in which you plan to start on your honours project. You should also fulfill your major requirements at B.Sc. or B.Appl.Sc. level before you begin on your honours project.

For Computational Biology students, please refer to last para.

*Please note that Applied Chemistry major ceased with effect from the AY2011/12 matriculation cohort.

For Students matriculated in AY2012/13 and AY2013/14

Students who matriculated in AY2012/13 and AY2013/14 (excluding those majoring in Computational Biology and Quantitative Finance) will be eligible for Honours if they have:

  1. Fulfilled the requirements of one major at B.Sc./B.Appl.Sc. level;
  2. Obtained a minimum overall CAP of 3.20; and
  3. Accumulated at least 100MCs

For the Quantitative Finance honours programme, you should have obtained a minimum CAP of 3.5 at any point in your academic history upon completion of two regular semesters of study, before the semester in which you plan to start on your honours project. You should also fulfill your major requirements at B.Sc. level before you begin on your honours project.

For Computational Biology students, please refer to last para.

For Students matriculated in AY2014/15 and after

Students who matriculated in and after AY2014/15 (excluding those majoring in Computational Biology) will be eligible for Honours if they have:

  1. Fulfilled the requirements of one major at B.Sc. level;
  2. Obtained a minimum overall CAP of 3.20; and
  3. Accumulated at least 100MCs

Computational Biology Students

For Computational Biology students, you would be separately informed of the Honours eligibility criteria by the programme administration. Computational Biology students do not have to file for project as those who fulfil the Honours eligibility criteria will be promoted to SCI4 and informed that they may start on their Honours project.

 

 

3. How many years am I given to obtain my honours degree?
Cohorts of AY2007/08 and after
Single and double major honours students are given up to a maximum of 5 years to complete B.Sc.(Hons.)/B.Appl.Sc.(Hons.) programme, where semesters spent on Leave of Absence would be excluded from the period of candidature.

Cohorts prior to AY2007/08
Single major honours students are given up to 8 regular semesters to complete their B.Sc.(Hons.)/B.Appl.Sc.(Hons.) programme, while double major honours students are given up to 10 regular semesters. "Regular semesters" excludes Special Term and semester(s) spent on Student Exchange Programme (SEP), Professional Placement Programme (PPP) and NUS Overseas College (NOC).

 

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File for Graduation

1. When should I file for graduation and what is the appropriate filing option for me?
You should file for graduation in CORS at the beginning of the semester in which you plan to graduate. If you plan to graduate with a Bachelor's degree (without Honours), you should File for Graduation (FFG=Y). If you plan to graduate with an Honours degree, you should File for Honours Graduation (FFG=H).

However, if you are a Pharmacy student and wish to graduate, you should file FFG=Y in CORS.

2. I'm unclear about graduation requirements for my major/minor. Who do I approach?
Please approach the department(s) offering the major/minor.

3. What are the general graduation requirements?
Please click here for graduation requirements applicable to each cohort or refer to the NUS bulletin of your cohort.

4. How do I know if I have been successful in FFG?
Only students who fail the FFG checks will be informed via email.

5. If I have taken Level 4000 modules, will they be included in the calculation of my CAP although I do not intend to pursue honours?
Yes, all modules taken up to the point of graduation will be included in the CAP.

 6. I have earlier on filed for graduation/Honours graduation for Semester 2 in CORS. However, I subsequently registered for Special Term modules and decided not to graduate in Semester 2. What should I do now?

Students who file for graduation in Semester 2 but subsequently register for Special Term modules are required to inform the Science Dean’s Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. latest by 6pm of the day of release of exam results for Semester 2.

Please note that Students who satisfy all graduation requirements and intend to graduate after completion of the Special Term modules will only be conferred, at the earliest, on 31 August and they will be eligible to attend the Commencement ceremony only in the following year. They will not be in time to attend the Commencement ceremony in July of the current academic year.

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File for Honours Project

1. Can I read Level 4000 modules although I have not filed for the honours project?
Yes, you can take level 4000 modules as long as you meet the pre-requisites of the module you intend to read.

2. If I have taken Level 4000 modules in my last semester before I commence my Honours year, will they be included in the calculation of my CAP when I'm being considered for Honours?
Yes, the Level 4000 modules taken will be included in the CAP.

 

3. Can I defer my honours project for personal reasons after I have successfully qualified for the honours programme after the release my examination results?

No, we do not allow deferment of the honours project. If you cannot do your honours project or continue with your studies, you must convert your filing status from FFG=P (File for Honours Project) to FFG=Y (File for Graduation) within three calendar days after the release of examination results.

 

4. Am I considered an honours student if I am reading Level 4000 modules?
A student is only considered to be an honours student if he/she has the following:

  1. Passed FFG=P (File for Honours Project) check one semester before and have a course code of ASC4/SCI4/PMC4; and
  2. Reading the honours project and/or satisfying the Honours graduation requirements.

If a student is reading Level 4000 modules but do not have a course code of ASC4/SCI4/PMC4, he/she is not considered to be an honours student and cannot graduate with an Honours Degree.

 

5. Is the honours project one or two regular semesters long?
The honours project is two regular semesters long for all students matriculated in and after AY2002/03.
The Applied Project in Chemistry or Life Sciences is a six-month-long project for Chemistry or Life Sciences majors matriculated in and after AY2013/2014.

 

6. I would like to read the honours project in the next semester. Can I choose the FFG=P option in CORS at the beginning of this semester if my CAP is below 3.20?

Yes, you can still file for FFG=P (File for Honours project) this semester although your current CAP is below 3.20.

Eligibility for honours is based on your results at the end of the semester (after the release of results) and is not determined at the point of filing. If you manage to raise your CAP by the end of the semester and have cleared the other requirements for honours, you will successfully proceed to read the honours project in the next semester.

If you wish to change your filing from FFG=P to FFG=Y upon release of exam results, you can do so via FFG Conversion Exercise within 3 days upon release of exam results.

 

7. If I am on SEP or NOC this semester and I want to file for project in order to start my honours project in the next semester, but am not able to do it via the CORS system, what should I do?

Scenario 1:
You have met the requirements for Hons Project without any module mapping i.e. minimum of 100 MCs, minimum CAP of 3.20 and fulfill major requirements at B.Sc./B.Appl.Sc. level.

Send in an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  stating your name, matriculation number, filing option and the semester in which you are filing. The following is an example of what the email should look like if you are on SEP in Semester 2 AY15/16 and wish to start your Honours project in Sem 1 AY16/17:

Name Matric Filing Option Semester on SEP Semester intending to start Honours
Dominic Teo A0012531H FFG=P Semester 2 AY15/16 Semester 1 AY16/17

 

 

 

Scenario 2:
You require the modules mapped over from SEP/NOC to fulfill the major requirements, have a minimum CAP of 3.20 and at least 100 MCs (Those from SEP can be included).

Write in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during the below stated periods to request to start Honours unofficially in the next semester:

    • On SEP in Sem 1 and intending to start Honours in the following Sem 2-  End of December/1st week of January (after release of Sem 1 exam results)
    • On SEP in Sem 2 and intending to start Honours in the following Sem 1-  End of June/1st week of July

The following is an example of what the email should look like:

Name Matric Semester intending
to start Honours

Modules approved for mapping
over from SEP/NOC

(NUS equivalent module codes)

Dominic Teo A0012531H Semester 1 AY16/17 ST3131, MA3236

 

 

 

 

8. When should I file for Honours Project?
In general, students should file for Honours project one semester before they start Honours. For instance, if you wish to start Honours in Sem 2 AY12/13, please file for Honours project in Sem 1 AY12/13 via CORS when the system opens for module registration for Sem 1 AY12/13.

For students on SEP or NOC in the current semester and intending to start Honours in the next semester, please follow the instructions as stated in FAQ no. 7 above instead (Scenario 1 or 2).

 

 

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FFG Conversion Exercise


1. What is the FFG Conversion Exercise? Does it apply to me?
Students should file for graduation in CORS at the beginning of the semester in which you plan to graduate. The FFG conversion exercise only applies to students who change their intention. The following are common scenarios in which the FFG conversion exercise will apply to students:

  • Filed for Graduation in CORS at the beginning of the semester and now decided to proceed on to Honours in the next semester.
  • Filed for Honours project in CORS at the beginning of the semester and now decided to graduate at the end of the current semester.
  • Did not file for any FFG option in CORS at the beginning of the semester and now decided to graduate in the current semester.
  • Did not file for any FFG option in CORS at the beginning of the semester and now decided to proceed on to Honours in the next semester.

 


2. If I have qualified for my honours but decide to convert from FFG=P to FFG=Y, can I come back in future to take up the honours project again?
No. The conversion from FFG=P (File for Honours project) to FFG=Y (File for Graduation) is irreversible. Once you have graduated with a B.Sc./B.Appl.Sc., you will not be eligible to return to NUS to take up the honours project at any point in the future because the honours year is not a stand-alone programme.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Double Degree Programmes

1. What is the difference between a double degree and a double major? Some of the differences are:

a) A double degree is 2 separate degrees; graduates receive two scrolls, one for each degree. A double major programme confers a single degree; graduates receive one scroll in which only their primary major is stated.

b) A double-degree student can graduate with double honours; a double-major student can graduate with at most one honours and his second major is a non-honours programme.

c) Students need approval from the Science Dean's Office for a double degree programme. No approval is needed for a double-major programme. However, selection to read a second major offered by another faculty is done on a competitive basis.

d) Students on a double degree programme need at least 180 MCs to graduate (with single honours). Double major students need at least 160MCs to graduate with a single honours or at least 120MCs to graduate without honours.

e) The maximum candidature for a double degree programme is 6 years, whereas that for a double major programme is 5 years.

 

2. What are the different types of double degree programmes offered by Science and how do I enroll in any one of these programmes?

The double degree programmes offered by the Faculty of Science can be classified into 3 types:

a) Specially structured (NUS based):

There are 3 structured double degree programmes designed to stand graduates in good stead in an economy whose disciplines are increasingly synergistic:

1. Law and Life Sciences (offered by the Office of Life Sciences)
http://www.nus.edu.sg/prog/lawlifesciences/

2. Computer Science and Mathematics/Applied Mathematics (offered by the Department of Mathematics) http://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/undergraduates/dd_cs_math.html

3. Physics and Materials Science & Engineering (offered by the Department of Physics)http://www.physics.nus.edu.sg/student/double_deg_MSEPhysics.html

Admission to this DDP, whose places are limited, is by academic merit. Eligibility criteria are:
a) excellent grades in all the subjects and the General Paper at the A level;
b) meet the mother tongue (MT) requirement for admission to the university; and
c) meet the subject pre-requisites

Some Faculties/Schools may require their applicants to meet additional criteria such as interviews. For these Faculties/Schools, shortlisted applicants will receive a notification around mid-April to attend an interview.

For more information, please refer to OAM's webpage at http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/

b) Free-structured (NUS based)

Students are given the opportunity to design their own double degree programmes subject to certain restrictions.

To gain admission into this programme, students must have completed 60 to 80 MCs of modules (excluding credits earned from APC and SEP) and obtained a CAP of at least 4.0. They have to apply personally at the Science Dean's Office and obtain written approval of the Faculty/Faculties involved.

c) French Double Degree

This is one of the Faculty's Special Programmes. Students selected for this programme get the opportunity to study in one of the six Grande Ecoles, the top engineering schools in France which provide higher education and quality research in engineering science. At the end of the programme, successful candidates receive a BSc (Hons) or BApplSc degree, a Diplôme d'Ingénieur from the Grande Ecole and a Master's Degree from the Faculty of Science, NUS.

This double degree programme targets mathematics or physics students of FOS. Admission to the programme is based on a student's academic performance. After the 1st semester of study. students with a CAP of at least 4.5 will be selected for interview and if deemed suitable for the programme, will be invited to apply.

For more details on the French Double Degree Programmes, please refer to http://www.science.nus.edu.sg/undergraduate-studies/ugsap/ugsap-out/fddp

 

3.  How much are my fees for the double degree programmes?

Specially designed and free structure double degree programmes:

For the first four years of study, students will pay the prevailing tuition fee of the Faculty/School offering the home course.
For the fifth year, students on DDPs where one of the degrees is in Engineering or Computing only need to pay the prevailing tuition fee of the Faculty/School offering the home course while students on other DDPs need to pay two times the prevailing tuition fee of the Faculty/School offering the home course.

French double degree programme:

Students on this programme need not pay tuition fees to the Grand Ecole they study in, only their NUS tuition fees are prevailing rates.

However, they have to take two language immersion courses which cost approximately S$6000. This is excluding the airfare, local transport and other expenses, which come up to about S$4000. A two-year stint will cost them about S$20,000.

The Grand Ecoles offer scholarships to international students. You may apply for it but bear in mind that you will be competing with other international students. 

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