Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology with a Second Major in Biological Sciences

| Single Degree with Second Major

BSocSci (Hons) in Psychology with 2nd Major in Biological Sciences

With a rising emphasis in Singapore on the awareness of mental health, there is increasing demand for professionals with interdisciplinary background in biological sciences and psychology. Graduates from this programme can explore further education leading to careers in professions such as counselling psychologist, occupational psychologist, clinical psychologist, educational psychologist and neuropsychologist. This is an interdisciplinary programme between the School of Social Sciences and School of Biological Sciences that incorporates existing Psychology courses and Biological Sciences courses. Students will read courses from both schools.

For GCE 'A' level certificate holders:
 
  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • A good grade in H1 Level Mathematics
  • A good grade in General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry
  • H1 Level pass in Physics/Chemistry/Biolog
 

For Polytechnic graduates:  

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • A good grade in 'O' Level Additional Mathematics
 
International & Other Qualifications:
 
  • A good grade in Additional Mathematics at Junior High School Level/Mathematics at IB Standard Level
    and a good grade in English at Senior High School Level/ IB Standard Level
  • A good grade in Physics/Chemistry/Biology at Junior High School Level/IB standard Level 
     
More details on admission can be found at the Office of Admissions website.
Successful Polytechnic applicants will be exempted certain courses that will be confirmed before the start of their first semester.
The Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology with 2nd Major in Biological Sciences is designed as a four-year course. To graduate, students are required to complete 138 academic units (AUs) from the Psychology Major Requirements, Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core (ICC), Biological Sciences 2nd Ma​jor Requirements and Broadening and Deepening Electives (BDE).

The distribution of the courses of study and the number of academic units are shown in the table below.  

A. Major Requirements 

B. Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core (ICC) 

C. Broadening and Deepening Electives (BDE)  

D. Second Major Requirements

Total 

Core 

Prescribed 
Electives 

GP or Two 
HP4000 
level courses 

Common Cores 

Foundational Cores 

27 

34 

17 

10 

9

33

138

 
Table 1: Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core (ICC)​​ 

ICC – Common Cores​ 

17 

Inquiry and Communication in an Interdisciplinary World  

Navigating the Digital World  

Ethics & Civics in a Multi-Cultural World  

Career and Entrepreneurial Development for the Future World  

Science & Technology for Humanity 

Sustainability: Social, Economy & Environment 

Healthy Living & Well-being​ 

ICC – Foundational Cores 

10 

Effective Communication II 

Digital Literacy II 

Internship  

Table 2: Broadening and Deepening Electives (BDE) & Second Major Requirements

BDE (Students may choose from the list of courses offered by NTU)​​ 

​​9​ 

Second Major Requirements33

Interest in psychology is rapidly growing internationally and locally. In a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, psychology was the most popular intended undergraduate major among university freshmen. This is in part a reflection of the increasing demand for psychology majors across diverse industries and sectors.

Two-thirds of students surveyed with a psychology degree are in for-profit business settings, usually the sales/service sector. These students often have good research and writing skills, are good problem solvers, and have well-developed, critical thinking skills when it comes to analysing, synthesising, and evaluating information. Many find jobs in administrative support, public affairs, education, business, advertising, health, the media, the biological sciences, and computer programming. They work as employment counsellors, correction counsellor trainees, interviewers, personnel analysts, and writers. Two thirds believe their job is closely or somewhat related to their psychology background and that their jobs hold career potential.

Psychology graduates generally report being pleased with how their degree helped prepare them for both life and work. A vice-president of human resources of a notable multinational Singapore-based firm described psychology majors as having very useful skills for her business, stating, "after all, psychology is the business of life."

In Singapore and overseas, opportunities for graduates in psychology are increasing. The Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, and the Police are among the Singaporean government agencies interested in hiring psychology graduates. In the private sector opportunities range more widely.

For students who wish to work as professional psychologists, we strongly recommend that they receive training beyond the bachelor level. Typically these students go on to do a masters or a doctoral degree in one of the many subfields in psychology.

For more information as described by the American Psychological Association, click here.

Minor programmes equip students with multiple skills and broader knowledge, beyond what their major disciplines may provide.

More than 40 minors are available. Students will not be offered a minor in the same field as his major (single degree, double degree or double major programme). Students intending to pursue a minor are to indicate their intention and when they have fulfilled the minor requirements, they are to file for the award of the minor.

The award of minor will be reflected in a graduate’s transcript but not his degree certificate. No additional certificate will be issued.

Important Notes

  • Students have to read minor courses as Unrestricted Electives and the academic units earned will count towards the students’ academic unit requirements for Unrestricted Electives. A minor course that is NOT read as Unrestricted Electives* (e.g. read as Major Prescribed Electives or GER Prescribed Electives) cannot be counted again towards fulfilling the minor.

    *Exception for the minors in Art History, Business, Communication Studies, Environmental Humanities, Environmental Sustainability, Finance, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Risk Management and Insurance
    Students who are admitted in AY2013 and onwards are allowed to count ONE (1) GER Core or GER Prescribed Elective or USP core or USP Elective towards the minor requirement IF the said GER Core/GER Prescribed Elective/USP core/USP Elective is also in the minor's list of courses. The remaining courses must be Unrestricted Electives.

  • A course cannot be counted towards the requirements of two minors (unless otherwise stated).
  • To be awarded a minor, students must not opt for these courses to be graded Satisfactory (S)/Un-Satisfactory (U).
  • NIE students have to consult the NIE Office of Academic Administration and Services (OAAS) if they have intention to pursue a minor.