The College of Science aims to instil in our students a strong spirit of inquiry, appreciation for critical thinking and aptitude for evidence-based reasoning. Through a seamless blend of theory, experiments, and practical applications, we aim to mould graduates who can harness scientific knowledge and discovery to make a positive impact to the world.
Students interested in taking up multidisciplinary programmes can choose from the following double major programmes: Environmental Earth Systems Science and Public Policy & Global Affairs, Biomedical Sciences and Biobusiness, Biological Sciences and Psychology, and Mathematical Sciences and Economics.
Several of the subject majors can also be combined with second majors. For example, you can choose to read Chemistry & Biological Chemistry, or Biological Science, with a second major in Food Science & Technology; Physics with a second major in Microelectronics Engineering or a double degree programme in Biomedical Sciences and Chinese Medicine.
Direct Honours Programmes
The Schools within the College of Science run the only direct honours degree programmes in the physical, mathematical and life sciences in Singapore. This system gives all students, regardless of academic standing, exposure to advanced coursework and project work.
Students can deepen their studies and apply their knowledge in:
On-the-job training in research labs
Students will be taught by a team of top-notch, internationally qualified and diverse faculty from over 29 nations; bringing unique perspectives, teaching methods and extensive contact networks from all corners of the globe.
Our curricula in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Earth Systems Science are modelled after those of the best universities in the world and equip students with the skills and insight to tackle global challenges in Sustainability, Energy, Environment, Health, and Economics.
As a truly interdisciplinary college, we also offer a unique five-year double degree programme in Bachelor Of Science in Biomedical Sciences and Chinese Medicine, and a wide range of double majors and second majors to choose from.
Double Majors include
- Environmental Earth Systems Science and Public Policy and Global Affairs
- Biological Sciences and Psychology
- Biomedical Sciences and BioBusiness
- Physics and Mathematical Sciences
- Mathematical and Computer Sciences
- Mathematical Sciences and Economics
Second Majors include
- Sustainability (NEW)
- Entrepreneurship (NEW)
- Biomedical Structural Biology
- Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology
- Food Science and Technology
- Business (International Trading)
- Environmental Science
- Medical Physics
- Microelectronics Engineering
- Data Analytics
School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
The School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology hosts world-class education and research to nurture future-ready chemistry, chemical engineering, and biotechnology graduates for exciting careers in growth industries, including chemistry, healthcare, energy and sustainability, food and agriculture, and data analytics.
School of Biological Sciences
Since 2002, the School of Biological Sciences has been at the forefront of offering cutting-edge global education in the biomedical and life sciences. SBS’s curriculum is designed to prepare students for the demands of a career in the biomedical and healthcare industries.
Asian School of the Environment
The Asian School of the Environment integrates earth and environmental life sciences, ecology, engineering and technology, human ecology, humanities, and the social sciences to provide students with a deep understanding of the key environmental and sustainability issues facing the world today.
ASE graduates are well-prepared to fill a wide array of both public and private sector positions, or pursue graduate programmes. They will have job opportunities in Singapore, Southeast Asia, and overseas, and are prepared to tackle the environmental challenges of the 21st Century.
They can expect careers in natural resources exploration, extraction and management; water resource management or hydrogeology; environmental or geotechnical consulting; geological surveying or monitoring; environmental planning, policy and management; environmental media and journalism; conservation in natural habitat; sustainability reporting; teaching or academic research. Graduates also have the opportunity to explore opportunities not commonly associated with earth and environmental sciences, such as energy-related insurance or banking and finance sectors.
Additionally, graduates from our double major programme can consider careers which include government roles, foreign and domestic policy and environmental consulting.
Mathematics graduates often play a leading role in fields as diverse as finance, IT, biotechnology, and many others. Attesting to the versatilities of mathematical training, it is very common for mathematicians to obtain jobs with titles like “Risk Analyst”, “Actuary”, “Clinical Trials Manager”, “Epidemiologist” and countless others. Mathematics gives you a superb foundation for later specialization, and a set of analytical skills that would be valued by any employer. As the demand for data science and computer science specialists is growing rapidly, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and Mathematical and Computer Sciences graduates can expect a rewarding career as data science experts across various sectors, ranging from government agencies such as healthcare and transportation authorities, to industry players such as e-commerce, infocomm and financial services sector.
Physics and Applied Physics graduates have a wide range of career choices. Our curriculum emphasises creativity, active collaboration, and effective communication, along with exposure to research and work attachments. Our graduates have gone on to careers with semiconductor companies, optics and scientific equipment manufacturers, telecommunications companies, quantitative finance firms, research and development (R&D) institutes, academia, and education.
With core academic areas such as Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology being in the same school, CCEB provides a strong foundation for a wide variety of intellectual domains that encompass different areas of science, engineering and medicine. These academic areas also support a range of industries whose products and services touch every aspect of modern life, hence ensuring that our graduates are highly employable.
Chemistry graduates find ready employment in a wide range of chemical-related industries in Singapore and overseas. These include the biomedical, pharmaceutical, petrochemical industries, specialty chemical, and food and beverage industries. A*STAR Research Institutes and other public sector agencies such as the Health Sciences Authority and DSO National Laboratories are also eager employers. Many chemistry graduates have chosen a career in education taking up the remarkable role of an educator, shaping the minds of the next generation.
As a life sciences graduate from SBS, you will have a good variety of career options ahead of you. A career as a medical doctor, veterinarian or research scientist, amongst others, are popular routes taken by our graduates.
Our graduates are well sought after in hospitals, research institutes, government agencies and forensic departments in the public sectors. Commercial sectors have also actively sought out our life sciences graduates, with offers from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food, water and agriculture industries for positions such as process engineers, biotechnologists, QA specialists and clinical researchers. There is also a great demand for life sciences graduates to contribute to the public understanding of science as journalists, scientific writers and information/ liaison officers. In financial and legal sectors analysts with life science knowledge are necessary for risk assessments, and filing patents for molecular biology and biotechnology used for drug and medical applications. There is also the option of undertaking a postgraduate qualification with the National Institute of Education (NIE) for entry into the teaching profession.
Graduates with a Double Degree in Biomedical Sciences and Chinese Medicine are well-positioned to consider careers in both life sciences/ biomedical sciences and the Chinese Medicine industry. A large majority of the graduates are employed as Chinese Medicine Physicians (subject to passing the Singapore Chinese Medicine Practitioners’ Board Exam) as well as in management and administration positions in healthcare organizations and clinics. Other graduates have also chosen to pursue further postgraduate qualifications such as a Masters in Chinese Medicine, or as PhD students in research at local universities.
Big hearted global citizen
Learning across disciplines and meeting people from different cultures as part of the interdisciplinary University Scholars Programme, Priya feels education has empowered her to stand tall and strong.
Finding solutions to real world problems
Immersed in research since year 1, CN Yang Scholar Muhammad Hasif finds working in real research laboratories an eye-opening experience.