Undergraduate study

A Bachelor of Science (BSc) is about understanding and improving the natural world through observation, experimentation, modelling and calculation. As a BSc student in physical or chemical sciences, you'll explore the wonder of our world and universe, join a community of like-minded thinkers and apply your mind to solving real-world problems.

As an undergraduate science student at UC you will:

  • Be exposed to new ideas and technologies
  • Get hands-on in laboratories and field stations, using high-tech equipment
  • Develop your research skills
  • Learn to understand and influence the world around you
  • Gain work-ready skills and the knowledge employers need.

Undergraduate courses in Astronomy, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Physics are designed both for students majoring in one of those subjects and for students taking a few courses while majoring in other subjects.

Applied learning at undergraduate level happens:

  • in laboratory sessions
  • on fieldtrips, utilising facilities such as the Mount John astronomical observatory in Tekapo
  • using technology like Hercules, a high resolution spectograph, or the MARS X-ray image scanner
  • around campus, for example testing pH levels in Ilam Stream waterway
  • on industry projects, like the final-year Physics in Industry Projects Scheme

These experiences deepen your skillset, awareness of others, working knowledge, and employability.

If you have excellent Year 13 results or a New Zealand Certificate in Science with outstanding merit, you may be able to fast-track your degree and gain direct entry to the second year of a Undergraduate. This gives students the opportunity to complete an honours degree in three years. 

For more information, get in touch with our

Undergraduate Co-ordinators