All applicants that accept a place in the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences degree programme (with and without ABP status) will be automatically assessed for exemption eligibility. The eligible undergraduates will then be notified about the exemptions before the start of the first semester.
Please note that after being offered with exemptions from Year 1 courses, you may choose to decline the exemption and register for the course(s) without penalty.
Students who are awarded with course exemptions can choose to: take additional elective courses that may contribute to a minor; take later year courses in earlier semesters; or spend additional time on extra-curricular activities such as involvement in various campus clubs and societies.
Course Exemptions for Students with A Level Qualifications
Exemptions from selected Year 1 courses will be offered to students in the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences degree programme who have meet the criteria listed below. A maximum of three exemptions from Year 1 courses will be awarded.
|A Level Subject||Exemptions||Criteria|
|H2 Biology||BS1001 Introductory Biology||Grade A in H2 Biology|
|H2 Chemistry||BS1003 Organic Chemistry||Grade A in H2 Chemistry|
|H3 Molecular Biology||BS1007 Molecular |
& Cell Biology I
|Distinction or Merit in the H3 subject|
|H3 Organic Synthesis & Mechanism||BS1003 Organic Chemistry||Distinction or Merit in the H3 subject|
|H3 Proteomics||BS1005 Biochemistry I||Distinction or Merit in the H3 subject|
|Other H3 subjects||Exemption will be granted on a case by case basis||Distinction or Merit in the H3 subject|
Course Exemptions for Students with Local Polytechnic Qualifications
Exemptions from selected Year 1 courses will be offered to students
in the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences degree programme on a
case by case basis. Exemptions will be based on academic merit and
relevance of polytechnic courses completed. Students admitted into Year 1
may be granted exemption from up to 3 Year 1 courses.
In addition to the 3 year 1 modules, students with relevant diplomas may be exempted from BS1001 Introductory Biology as well.
Course Exemptions for Students with NUS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA Qualifications
Students with a CAP of least 4.5 will be considered for exemptions
Course Exemptions for Students with INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA Qualifications
Students with subject grade of 7 or higher will be considered for exemptions
*Exemption for BS1003 will not be applicable for students with 2nd major in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology.
Exempted courses are listed with an “EX” grade in the degree transcript. They do not count toward CGPA calculations, but the earned Academic Units contribute toward graduation requirements. NTU 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.