School of Pacific Arts, Communication and Education

Bachelor of Science and Graduate Certificate in Education

Programme Code:
Study Level:
4 Years Full Time, 8 Years Part Time

Programme Overview

A Double Major in Chemistry,Computing Science

Admission Requirements

Persons shall be eligible to be admitted to a Bachelor’s Degree (except the BEd) if they have: (a) passed the Senate-recognised Year 13/ Form 7 Certificate Examination in accordance with clause 4.3.2 or its equivalent; or (b) passed the USP Foundation Programme in accordance with clause 4.3.4; or (c) met the mature student admission criteria.

Computing Science
Special Admission Requirements:
a) achieved 50% or equivalent in Mathematics from a Senate recognised Year 13/Form 7 or equivalent
examination, or
b) completed USP Foundation Programme with at least C+ in the courses MAF11 and MAF12 and a
pass in CSF12.


Courses for Chemistry as a Teaching Subject: CH101, CH102; plus PH106 (except with a double major in Physics); plus MA102; plus two of: CH201, CH203, CH204; plus two 300 level CH courses.

Courses for Computing Science as a Teaching Subject: CS111, CS112, MA161, CS211, CS230/215, CS/IS222, CS311; plus one of: CS310, CS317, CS324, IS333.

Programme Requirements

(a) The 3-year Bachelor programmes require the completion of 180 credit points. The 4-year prescribed programmes require the completion of 240 credit points). The 5-year combined programmes require the completion of 300 credit points.
(b) To complete a Bachelor’s Degree, a student shall complete the requirements specified by the Senate as stated under each programme.
(i) Students admitted to degree programmes are required to complete the four University courses as part of their programme. These courses are UU100, UU114, UU200 and UU204. Any exemptions approved by the Senate will be listed in the individual programme.
(ii) Students admitted to degree programmes are required to pass at least 75% of their Programme course requirement at each level and must include the two first-year University courses, to progress to the next level. This means 75% of the 100-level courses required for the programme must be passed before progressing to the 200-level courses. 75% of 200-level courses required for the programme must be passed before progressing to 300-level; these need not include the 200-level University courses.
(iii) A student may attempt the UU courses up to three (3) times. If a student fails the third attempt for the UU courses, that student shall be excluded from the University.
(iv) The BA, BCom and BSc degrees, shall each be structured so that it consists of either:
(a) a single major comprising a minimum of 67.5 credit points and a maximum of 90 credit points in 1 discipline (hereafter referred to as the major discipline), chosen from the list of disciplines permitted for that Bachelor’s degree, as follows:
(i) at least 15 credit points must be at the 100-level, and
(ii) at least 15 credit points must be at the 200-level, and
(iii) at least 22.5 credit points must be at the 300-level.
(iv) at least one minor in a discipline (other than a single major discipline) consisting of a minimum of 30 credit points and a maximum of 37.5 credit points of which at least 15 credit points must be at the 200 or 300 level.

Specific requirements of single majors are contained in the relevant programmes.
(b) A double major comprising a minimum of 45 credit points (6 courses) and a maximum of 60 credit points (8 courses) in each of two disciplines.

Specific requirements of double majors are contained in the relevant programmes.
(c) The fulltime load for a Bachelor’s programme shall be 30 credit points (4 courses) in each semester. A student will not be allowed to take an overload. The part-time load would be a maximum of 15 credit points which is 50% of the full-time load per semester.
(d) No persons shall register in a course unless they have satisfied such prerequisites as Senate may require for that course. Prerequisites may include:
(i) a pass grade (excluding a Restricted Pass) in a specified or unspecified course at a lower level; or
(ii) a pass grade in a specified course at the same level.
(e) Notwithstanding these Regulations, prerequisite waivers may be provided under the following circumstances by the Dean:
(i) Students in their final semester of studies in which case the prerequisite and the course may be taken concurrently in order to complete their studies in that semester.
(ii) Students who have failed the prerequisite with a ‘D’ grade and take this course concurrently with the required course.
(f) In addition to these general regulations, some Bachelor’s programmes have specific regulations. These are listed with the programmes under the Faculty in which they are offered.

Programme Requirements:
1. The combined BA/GCEd, BCom/GCEd and BSc/GCEd programmes normally comprises 31 courses, including:
a) Four University courses
b) Eleven Education courses that include the 9 core Education courses listed in the programmes guideline, and 2 other education courses as electives
c) 7-8 courses in the first discipline major
d) 7-8 courses in the second discipline major
e) Sufficient electives from the relevant discipline major to make up 31 courses.
2. To enter the second year of the programme, a student must:
a) normally have a GPA of 2.5 or better in Year I; and
b) pass the end-of-year student-teacher interview.
3. A student with a GPA marginally below 2.5 but who has a strong character reference and has performed well at the interview may be permitted by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education to enter the second year of the programme.
4. A student who has not been allowed to continue in the combined programme may seek admission to a BA or BCom or BSc degree programme.
5. Students must achieve a satisfactory performance in all the components of ED300 in order to be eligible for the award of the GCEd.
Note: Students are strongly advised to seek academic counselling with the Head of School or Nominee.

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