Course Exemption

Chemistry and Biological Chemistry

Course exemptions are available to students who enrolled with appropriate prior background, such as A ​grades or distinctions in A-level H2/H3 subjects, or selected courses from a local polytechnic.

Exempted courses are listed with an “EX” grade in the degree transcript. They do not count toward GPA calculations, but the earned Academic Units contribute toward graduation requirements. However, the University requires at least 69 AU of letter-graded courses, and at least 3 academic years of study, for the conferral of an undergraduate degree. Exempted courses are considered non-graded courses. Moreover, exempted courses cannot be used to fulfill minor requirements.

Course exemptions are strictly applicable only to students enrolled in the first year of study. No exemption applications will be accepted afterward. No exemption applications will be accepted for courses offered as Unrestricted Electives, Broadening and Deepening Electives or GER Prescribed Electives for SPMS students.

Students qualifying for course exemptions will be informed by the CCEB Undergraduate Office via email in July. Instructions on how to exercise the course exemption option will be included in the email.

CourseAUExemption Requirements
CM1001 - Foundations of Chemistry I
(for CHEM, CHFS, CHES, CBC-ITG and CHDA programmes only)
4Distinction or Merit in H3 Chemistry (Optional)
CM1002 - Foundations of Chemistry II
(for CHEM, CHFS, CHES, CBC-ITG and CHDA programmes only)
4

 

CourseAUExemption Requirements
CM1001 - Foundations of Chemistry I
(for CHEM, CHFS, CHES, CBC-ITG and CHDA programmes only)
4

NUSHS Diploma holders with overall CAP of > 4.50 in Chemistry, or IB holders with score point of ≥ 7 in Chemistry or equivalent, may apply to take an Exemption Test. Upon passing the test, an exemption is granted for the course(s).

CM1002 - Foundations of Chemistry II
(for CHEM, CHFS, CHES, CBC-ITG and CHDA programmes only)
4

 

CourseAUExemption Requirements
CM1001 - Foundations of Chemistry I
(for CHEM, CHFS, CHES, CBC-ITG and CHDA programmes only)
4International Olympiad Medalist (Chemistry) may apply to take an Exemption Test; upon passing the test, an exemption is granted for the course(s).
CM1002 - Foundations of Chemistry II
(for CHEM, CHFS, CHES, CBC-ITG and CHDA programmes only)
4

 

CourseAUExemption Requirements
CM1001 - Foundations of Chemistry I
(for CHEM, CHFS, CHES, CBC-ITG and CHDA programmes only)
4May apply to take an Exemption Test; upon passing the test, an exemption is granted for the course.
CM1002 - Foundations of Chemistry II
(for CHEM, CHFS, CHES, CBC-ITG and CHDA programmes only)
4

 

Bioengineering

Exemptions are done only for Freshmen in Semester 1. Invitation with details will be sent out to eligible students before the school semester starts. Keep a lookout for the email if you wish to apply.  

Please note that all exemption requests are to be submitted by the 1st week of the semester.

CRITERIA

  • SINGAPORE GCE ‘A’ LEVEL 

    Grade ‘A’ for a H2 subject relevant to the course to be exempted 
     

  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) DIPLOMA 

    Grade ‘7’ for a HL subject relevant to the course to be exempted 
     

  • NUS HIGH SCHOOL 

    Major Cap of 4.7 for a subject relevant to the course to be exempted 

 Applicants may be granted exemption for up to a maximum of 3 courses  from the table below. 

COURSES ELIGIBLE FOR EXEMPTIONRELEVANT 'A' LEVEL / IB / NUSHS SUBJECT
BG2211 Introduction to Computational ThinkingComputing/ Computer Science / Computing Studies
MH1810 Mathematics IMathematics
PH1011 PhysicsPhysics

 

POLYTECHNIC DIPLOMA 

Exemptions for polytechnic students will be reviewed annually and circulated online before school starts. Top local polytechnic students may be granted course exemptions depending on the diploma and courses that students have taken in their respective polytechnic, and if they satisfy the requirements/conditions set by the School. Generally, students with relevant Advanced Certificate, Diploma Plus certificate and/or Certificate of Merit or Distinction may be considered for exemption from up to 4 courses or 12 AU, depending on the relevance of the polytechnic courses taken and the grades obtained. 

All Exemption submissions should be accompanied by the following Supporting Documents:

  1. Transcript
  2. Certificate of Merit (Or Distinction) / Diploma Plus / Advanced Certificate

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Exemptions are done only for Freshmen in Semester 1. Invitation with details will be sent out to eligible students before the school semester starts. Keep a lookout for the email if you wish to apply. 

Please note that all exemption requests are to be submitted by the 1st week of the semester.

CRITERIA

  • SINGAPORE GCE ‘A’ LEVEL
    Grade ‘A’ for a H2 subject relevant to the course to be exempted

  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) DIPLOMA
    Grade ‘7’ for a HL subject relevant to the course to be exempted

  • NUS HIGH SCHOOL
    Major Cap of 4.7 for a subject relevant to the course to be exempted

 Applicants may be granted exemption for up to a maximum of 3 courses from the table below.

COURSES ELIGIBLE FOR EXEMPTIONRELEVANT ‘A’ LEVEL / IB / NUSHS SUBJECT
CH2107 Introduction to Computational Thinking  Computing / Computer Science / Computing Studies
MH1810 Mathematics IMathematics
PH1011 PhysicsPhysics

 

POLYTECHNIC DIPLOMA

Exemptions for polytechnic students will be reviewed annually and circulated online before school starts. Top local polytechnic students may be granted course exemptions depending on the diploma and courses that students have taken in their respective polytechnic, and if they satisfy the requirements/conditions set by the School. Generally, students with relevant Advanced Certificate, Diploma Plus certificate and/or Certificate of Merit or Distinction may be considered for exemption from up to 4 courses or 12 AU, depending on the relevance of the polytechnic courses taken and the grades obtained.

All Exemption submissions should be accompanied by the following Supporting Documents:

  1. Transcript
  2. Certificate of Merit (or Distinction) / Diploma Plus/ Advanced Certificate