B.Sc. (Hons) in Biological Sciences


BS Curriculum and Course Descriptions AY2020 onwards (including Direct Entry in AY2021)

Year 1
Semester 1
Core BS1001 Introductory Biology^ 3
Core BS1002 Biophysical Chemistry 3
Core BS1003 Organic Chemistry 3
Core BS1008 Biostatistics 3
GER-PE** - - 3
GER-Core HW0111 Communication: A Journey of Inquiry through Writing and Speech2
Total AUs 17

**Students will be pre-registered with GER-PE-LA ‘HE9091 Principles of Economics’ (3AUs) in their first semester. Students may drop the pre-registered GER-PE-LA and register for other available GER-PE.

Year 1
Semester 2
Core BS1005 Biochemistry I 3
Core BS1006 Principles of Genetics 3
Core BS1007 Molecular and Cell Biology I 3
Core BS1009 Introduction to Computational Thinking 3
Core BS1100 Molecular and Cell Biology Techniques Level 1 3
GER-Core GC0001 Sustainability: Seeing through the Haze 1
Total AUs 16
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Year 2
Semester 1
Core BS2001 Physiology 3
Core BS2002 Microbiology 3
Core BS2003 Biochemistry II 3
Major PE - (From Table B) 3
GER-Core ML0003 Kickstart your Career Success
GER-Core BS0004 Introduction to Data Science 3
GER-UE - - 3
Total AUs 19
Year 2
Semester 2
Major PE - (From Table A) 6
Core BS4223 Professional Career Development 1
GER-Core HW​0228 Scientific Communication II 2
​GER-Core HY0001 ​Ethics and Moral Reasoning^​ ​1
GER-Core BS0005
One Health^^ 3
GER-PE - - 3
GER-UE - - 3
Total AUs 19
^^ Students from AY2018 intake who have read and completed BS0001 Biology and Society (as GER-Core) before AY2019 Sem 2 are NOT required to read BS0005 One Health. 
Year 3
Semester 1
Core BS4224​ Professional Internship 11
Total AUs 11
Year 3
Semester 2
Major PE - (From Table A) 9
GER-Core ET0001 Enterprise and Innovation^ 1
GER-PE - - 3
GER-UE - - 6
Total AUs 19
Year 4
Semester 1
Major PE - (From Table B) 12
GER-UE - - 3
GER-PE - - 3
Total AUs 18
Year 4
Semester 2
Major PE - BS4020 Final Year Project** 
Major PE (From Table A)
Total AUs 12

^ Online courses

*The above curriculum is based on a 4 year B.Sc. (Hons) in Biological Science programme.

** For BS CNYang students, please refer CY4111 Overseas Final Year Project (OFYP)​ course content via the link provided

Note: For Direct Entry to Year 2 students (AY2019 intake and onwards), you are to read BS1009 (Core) and GC0001 (GER-Core) in Year 2 sem 2.

Table A
Course Code Course Title AUs
BS2004 Molecular and Cell Biology II 3
BS2010 Bioimaging 3
BS211S^ Equations of Life 3
BS2012 Genetics and Genomics 3
​BS2020 ​Mathematics, Physics and Basic Programming for the Structural Biologist ​3
BS2021 RNA Structures & RNA based Drug Development 3
BS3335# Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB) Workshop (Series I) – Protein behavior in health and disease – Biophysical tools 3
BS3347# Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB) Workshop (Series I) – Metabolics and Lipidomics 3
BS3006 Bioentrepreneurship 3
BS3008 Computational Biology & Modeling 3
BS3012 Functional Genomics and Proteomics 3
BS3013 Drug discovery and development, biotechnology 3
BS3015 The RNA World 3
BS3017 Advanced Microbial Pathogenesis 3
BS3019 Neuropsychology of Stress and Resilience 3
BS3022 Protein Trafficking 3
BS3028 Natural Products in Medicinal Chemistry 3
​BS3332# ​UAEB Workshop (Series I) – Methods in Histology 3
BS3336# UAEB Workshop (Series I) - Proteomics Workshop 3
BS3339# UAEB Workshop (Series I) - Neurobiology 3
BS4018 Biology of Aging and Neurodegeneration ​3
BS4205​ ​Good Manufacturing Practice and Sterilisation for Medical Devices 3​
​BS3104 ​Pathology 3​
AAB20D Ecology 3
ES2303 Introduction to Ecology 3
ES4303 Tropical Ecology 3
HH3010 Biotechnology and Society 3

Table B
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Course Code Course Title AUs
BS1101^^ Basics of TCM 6
BS2103^^ TCM Diagnostics 6
​BS1200 ​Understanding Singapore Healthcare System 3​
BS2015​ ​Virology 3​
BS211S^ Equations of Life 3
BS2100 Molecular and Cell Biology Techniques Level 2 3
BS3001 Neurobiology 3
BS3003 Developmental biology 3
BS3004 Cancer Biology and Therapy 3
BS3014 Biological foundations of behavior 3
BS3018 Plant Biology 3
BS3021 Bioimaging Techniques in EM 3
BS3023 Regulatory Control of Healthcare Products and Medical Devices 3
BS3024 Evolution in Health and Disease 3
BS3027 ​Spectroscopic Methods in Biomedical Structural Biology 3​
BS3032 Environmental Microbiology​ 3
BS3331# UAEB Workshop (Series I) - Applied Immunology 3
BS3338# UAEB Workshop (Series II) - Effect of anti-mitotic drugs on cancer cells 3
​BS3340# UAEB Workshop (Series I) - Science of aging and life extension in C. elegans 3​
BS3342# UAEB Workshop (Series II) - Role of Actin cytoskeleton regulators in metastasis 3
BS3344# UAEB Workshop (Series II) – Macromolecular Crystallography 3
BS3348# ​Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB) Workshop (Series II) – Field Studies in Functional Plant Ecology ​3
BS3349#​ ​Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB) Workshop (Series II) –  Introduction to R programming ​3
BS4002 Current Topics in Cell Biology 3
BS4010 Synthetic Biology 3
BS4015 Plant Biotechnology 3
​BS4016 ​Advanced Virology 3​
​BS4017 ​High-Throughput Bioinformatics​ 3​
BS9001++ Research Experience 3
ES3302 Tropical Ecology 3
​BG4215  ​Biomedical Nanotechnology ​3
​CH4306  ​Bioanalytical Techniques ​3
​ES2304  ​Microbes on natural ecosystems​ 3​
HH2016 History of Animals 3

# Major PE which is conducted during the 1-week term break or during the 2 weeks before the term starts.

^^ BS1101 and BS2103 are considered as ONE Major PE.

++ Recommended Major PE which is conducted during the inter-semestral break. Completion of BS9001 will allow you to do one less Major PE in any of the future semesters. Registration of BS9001 will be done by the School. It is a pass/fail course.

NTU reserves all rights to make changes to the programme structure with prior notice.