Life Sciences Major @ NUS

The undergraduate course for biological and biomedical sciences in NUS!


Life Sciences Major is the undergraduate course in biological and biomedical sciences in National University of Singapore (NUS), flagship of the NUS Life Sciences Undergraduate Programme. The course gives students a firm foundation in the underlying knowledge vital to all areas of Life Sciences in the first year of study, and allows selection of relevant advanced-level modules to focus on one of the three specialisations and other exciting themes in Life Sciences. The curriculum is broad-based but streamlined, plus at the same time flexible, and bench work skills are taught in dedicated, state-of-the-art teaching laboratories.

  • Designed as a single multi-disciplinary undergraduate course in biological and biomedical sciences taught by departments in Faculty of Science and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS.
  • All students are in a 4-year Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree programme at the time of admission but with the flexibility of an exit plan for students at the end of three years to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Option to pick up one of the three specialisations: Biomedical Science, Molecular and Cell Biology, Environmental Biology.
  • Opportunities abound to participate at research frontline in state-of-the-art laboratories, and both in local context and in overseas programmes.

4-Year BSc (Hons) and 3-Year BSc degrees

NUS Life Sciences offers 4-year Bachelor of Science (Honours) and 3-year Bachelor of Science degrees.

BSc (Hons) in Life Sciences (Specialisation in Biomedical Science)
BSc (Hons) in Life Sciences (Specialisation in Molecular and Cell Biology)
BSc (Hons) in Life Sciences (Specialisation in Environmental Biology)
BSc (Hons) in Life Sciences
BSc in Life Sciences

A quick glance of the Life Sciences Modules and Study Plan

Major and Degree Requirements for Life Sciences, AY2017/2018

Also offered are Second Major in Life Sciences and Minor in Life Sciences to all NUS undergraduates.



The curriculum of NUS Life Sciences Major is structured to provide a common, broad-based foundation in the first two years of study. At Honours Year 4, students may choose from three specialisations to advance in your study track or decide to go for no specialisation.

Biomedical Science focuses on human health and diseases, and its goal of clinical solutions.

Molecular and Cell Biology emphasises the fundamental physical, chemical and biological mechanisms of living organisms;

Environmental Biology affirms the importance and relevance of biodiversity and ecology and its applications towards environmental conservation.


Admission Requirements for Life Sciences Major

To read NUS Life Sciences Major, candidates should apply for admissions to Faculty of Science (which requires passes in two Science subjects at H2, GCE 'A' Level, or IB Higher Level) and fulfill the following criteria:

  • H2 or GCE 'A' Level passes (or equivalents) in Biology, Chemistry AND either Mathematics or Physics.
  • For IB qualification, HL passes in Biology, Chemistry AND either Mathematics or Physics.
  • Read and pass the relevant bridging modules as part of the admission requirements for candidates without H2, GCE ‘A’ Level passes, or IB HL (or equivalents) in either Biology or Chemistry.

Candidates holding a local Polytechnic Diploma accredited for Life Sciences Major (e.g. Biomedical Science or Biotechnology) should apply for admissions to Science (Life Sciences).

Acceptable local Diplomas:

For general admissions enquiries, please refer to the Office of Admissions (OAM).
For enquiries pertaining to NUS Life Sciences and Life Sciences Major specifically, please email to (Life Sciences Enquiry).

The Office of Admissions (OAM) conducts the Undergraduate Admissions Exercise. Please visit the website for the admissions application.

To apply for Life Sciences Major, please select 'Science' as your choice of course.


For Freshman

If you have accepted the offer from the NUS Faculty of Science, you will be able to register for the Life Sciences Major at the start of your candidature.

Simply declare Life Sciences as your primary major during the CORS (Centralised Online Registration System) Exercise at the start of the semester once you obtain your NUS ID upon matriculation. You will then be put on track for the Life Sciences Major study plan, and will be pre-allocated a set of the Year 1 Life Sciences Major modules shortly. You may then bid for other modules to fulfill other graduation requirements as well as to reach the typical workload of 20MCs per semester.

For Matriculation Cohort AY2017/2018

Major and Graduation Requirements



NUS Life Sciences Major graduates are fully poised to pursue a diverse range of careers ranging from research and scientific services, to healthcare and medical industries, and to education and related professions. A general Science degree, coupled with the scientific thinking and analytical skills acquired during the undergraduate course, enables our graduates to be eligible for a wide array of careers that seek Bachelor of Science degree as the entry qualification. Academically-inclined graduates will be able to embark on graduate studies at NUS or overseas as well as enter graduate medical education such as the Duke-NUS Medical School.

Graduates from the disciplines of Life Sciences are well suited for careers in biological, biomedical and biotechnological contexts, as well as agricultural, horticultural and environmental issues. Prospective employers include Research Institutes, Government Ministries and Statutory Boards such as National Parks Board (NParks), National Environment Agency (NEA), Health Sciences Authority (HSA) and Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), specialist medical centres and clinics, government and private hospitals. Many of our graduates work as teachers in Schools, Junior Colleges, Polytechnics and Universities. MNCs and local companies from the private and industrial sectors involving biotech, medical, pharmaceutical, food production and environmental technology are also common options considered by our graduates.

In addition Life Sciences graduates have also embarked on a wide spectrum of non-life sciences related professions such as mass media productions, communications and information services, banking and finance, law and public services, defence and security. The more entrepreneurial graduates have also set up their own ventures.