Our curriculum policies are regularly updated to enhance pedagogical outcomes and educational experiences for students. Students should keep themselves updated on curriculum policies and changes that may affect them via the links on this page.
To fulfil faculty requirements, students need to read modules within their majors as well as three additional science modules that are outside their chosen specialisation.
To encourage students to pursue and appreciate topics beyond their chosen field of specialisation, students are required to read Breadth modules offered by other faculties. Science students matriculated in or after AY2007/2008 have to read and pass eight modular credits (MC) of Breadth modules for either the B.Sc. or B.Sc. (Hons) programmes. For the full list of Breadth modules available in the current semester, please access the CORS Module Information page.
Students admitted from AY2015/2016 onwards will read the revised General Education (GE) curriculum.
Please scroll down for more information on GE.
Singapore Studies (SS)
All students are required to read and pass at least one Singapore Studies (SS) module within their course of study in NUS. SS is a series of modules dealing with various aspects of Singapore: its geography and history, its society and economy, its politics and international relations. The Faculty offers one SS module, Natural Heritage of Singapore which discusses how a balance can be achieved between expanding urbanisation and biodiversity conservation. From AY2015/2016, SS forms one of the five pillars of the new GE curriculum. For the list of SS modules offered in the current semester, please visit the CORS Module Information page.
General Education (GE)
FOR STUDENTS ADMITTED BEFORE AY2015/2016
General Education (GE) in NUS aims to empower undergraduates to critically evaluate what is presented to them as knowledge, and to engage in inquiry as well as discovering and constructing knowledge on their own. It is one of the main components in the NUS curriculum that encourages broad-based learning.
GE modules fall into two main Subject Groups as follows:
Group A - Science & Technology
Group B - Humanities & Social Sciences
Science students are required to read two GE modules, of which at least one should come from Subject Group B. This gives Science students exposure to the knowledge and ways of thinking in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information on GE, please refer to the GE website.
The list of GE modules offered in the current semester can also be found in the CORS Module Information page.
FOR STUDENTS ADMITTED FROM AY2015/2016
The GE curriculum consists of modules that cut across the wide range of disciplines that a comprehensive university offers. It encourages students to explore disciplinary practices and thinking in the humanities, social sciences, sciences and engineering sciences. The GE curriculum also engages all students in discussions about the social, cultural, scientific, and historical topics that will, at the same time, lay the foundations for important life skills such as critical thinking, communication, and reasoning. In a nutshell, the NUS GE curriculum aspires to inculcate the habits or qualities of mind that define a successful graduate.
GE consists of five pillars:
1. Human Cultures
2. Asking Questions
3. Quantitative Reasoning
4. Singapore Studies
5. Thinking and Expression
Students from the 2015 cohort (except those from the Ridgeview Residential College or RVRC) are not required to read the Asking Questions pillar. Instead, students are required to read one module each from the four pillars plus an additional module from either the Human Cultures, Singapore Studies or Thinking and Expression pillar to fulfil the GE requirements. Students from the 2016 cohort and onwards are required to read and pass five GE modules, one from each pillar.
Students are strongly encouraged to complete the GE modules within the first two years of their candidature.
GER1000 – Quantitative Reasoning
GER1000 – Quantitative Reasoning is the module offered under the Quantitative Reasoning pillar.
As with all GE modules in the new curriculum, GER1000 is to be read by students matriculating in AY2015/16 onwards from the participating faculties. For Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM) students, GER1000 is to be read by students matriculating in AY2016/2017 onwards.
For students matriculated in AY2015/2016 ONLY: In line with the current arrangements, students in the University Scholars Programme (USP) and University Town College Programme (UTCP) will fulfil their University Level Requirements as part of the USP and UTCP respectively. Therefore, USP and UTCP students are exempted from reading GER1000.
English Proficiency Modules
Based on the Qualifying English Test results, students (matriculated in 2001-2002 and onwards) who fail to meet the exemption criteria have to take and pass English for Academic Purpose (ES1102/ES1103). In addition, weaker students have to take and pass both the Basic English Course (ES1000/ES1000FC) and English for Academic Purpose (ES1102/ES1103).
Students who are required to take both ES1000/ES1000FC and ES1102/ES1103 should try to take ES1000/ES1000FC in the first semester. If they are unable to secure the module, they may take it in the second semester in their first year of study. Students who are required to take only ES1102/ES1103 may do so in either the first or the second semester. Students who need to fulfil the ES requirement for graduation must do so by the end of their fourth semester at the latest.
Please refer to the student portal for detailed information about the English proficiency modules.
ES1541/SP1541 Exploring Science Communication through Popular Science
Communication is a core competency for undergraduate students in all major universities in the world and it is a prerequisite skill required by employers in today’s knowledge-based economy.
This module was jointly designed by the Centre for English Language Communication (CELC) and the Faculty of Science with the aim of developing science undergraduates’ communication skills so that they are able to read critically and comprehend science-related publications, and to articulate scientific arguments and perspectives coherently both in writing and orally. The module aims to develop these skills through reading, classroom discussion, summary writing, essay writing, and oral presentation activities.
ES1541 is a compulsory module for all Science students matriculated in AY2013/2014 and onwards, except for Pharmacy and Environmental Studies students, students in Special Programmes such as SPS, USP and UTown residential programme and students residing in RVRC.
Please click here for the detailed module information on ES1541/SP1541. [Students from Cohort 2015 and after will read the same module but recoded to SP1541]
Freshman Seminars provide an unparalleled opportunity for freshmen and faculty to explore a scholarly topic of mutual interest in small group settings of 15 students.
Freshman Seminars are excellent platforms for students to engage in in-depth discussions on an intellectual topic and to present their ideas without the pressure of examinations. Through the process, students will sharpen their critical reasoning skills. Intellectual curiosity will be sparked and students will be oriented into the academic environment of NUS. Students can enrol in a Freshman Seminar topic to deepen their understanding of a topic or simply to explore an unfamiliar topic which they would otherwise have no opportunity to do so within their majors.
The conducive environment of a Freshman Seminar promotes the forging of rapport between students and faculty, creating mentorship opportunities that will extend to the later undergraduate years.
The Freshman Seminar module earns four modular credits and may be used to satisfy faculty requirements i.e. it will be considered to be outside the group(s) under which the major falls because of its multi-disciplinarity.
This module is open to freshmen of the Faculty of Science in their first two semesters at NUS.Senior students who have missed taking the Freshman Seminar are welcome to apply, subject to availability. Priority will, however, be given to freshmen.
Please refer to the student portal for information about module descriptions and seminar topics.
Some modules offered may overlap substantially in content with each other. Students are discouraged from taking overlapping modules unless it is necessary to do so to fulfil double degree or double major requirements, for example. If students have been given approval to read two overlapping modules or two precluded modules, the modular credits of the precluded module will not count towards graduation requirements.
Please click here for the list of overlapping modules
The list may not be exhaustive of all overlapping modules within NUS. It is therefore your responsibility to check if the modules overlap with each other. When in doubt, you should consult the course instructor or an academic advisor.
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option
The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option is intended to encourage students to pursue their intellectual interests, without undue concern that exploring a new subject area may adversely affect their CAP.The S/U declaration exercise will be conducted upon the release of examination results and will end by the stipulated deadline, which will be announced each semester. Students will exercise their S/U option during this period for any module that permits the S/U option. Thereafter, the student's decision will be considered final.