2019/2020

INTRODUCTION

Science offers programmes leading to the award of the following Honours Bachelor of Science (BSc) (Hons) Degrees:

Four-Year, Single Honours, BSc - BSc Honours
Four-Year, Joint Honours, BSc - BSc Joint Honours

A three-year exit award, the BSc Ordinary Degree (NFQ Level 7, Major Award), is awarded to students who achieve a pass standard in the Third Year in an honours degree programme and opt to exit the programme and to be conferred with a BSc Ordinary Degree.

  1. Regulations applying to all years are detailed here
  2. Information regarding entry to First Science is detailed here
  3. Regulations and programme requirements for each BSc Degree programme are detailed here
  4. Information regarding entry to Second, Third and Fourth Science is detailed here
  5. Regulations regarding transfer into Science Degree programmes or transferring between degree programmes are detailed here

Regulations Applying to All Years

Modules

Programmes are defined in terms of modules. Modules are measured in credits. A module may correspond to 5, 10, 15 or 20 credits. A year of a degree programme consists of modules to a total value of 60 credits. Module descriptions are contained in the Book of Modules, 2019/2020.

Subject Abbreviations

The abbreviations listed below are used throughout the section and correspond to the various subjects offered within Science. Specific modules are identified by a two lettered code followed by a number (e.g. BL1002 corresponds to a Biology module which is taught in First Science).

Abbreviations

AE Applied Ecology
AN Anatomy
AM Applied Mathematics
AR Archaeology
BC Biochemistry
BL Biology
BM Biomedical Sciences
BT Biotechnology
CE Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
CH Chinese Studies
CM Chemistry
CS Computer Science
EC Economics
ER Earth Science
EV Environmental Science and Environmental Studies
FR French
GE German
GG Geography
GL Geology
GN Genetics
HS Hispanic Studies
IT Italian
LW Law
MG Management
MA Mathematics
MB Microbiology
MF Financial Mathematics
ML Molecular Biology
PA Policy Studies
PM Pathology
PT Pharmacology
PY Physics
PL Physiology
PB Plant and Microbial Biotechnology
PS Plant Science
SS Social Policy
ST Statistics
ZY Zoology

Selection of Modules

The selection of any module by a student is conditional on the approval of the Professor or Lecturer concerned and the College being satisfied that the student is capable of profiting by attendance thereat; a similar condition attaches to the selection of an honours rather than a pass module, where such a choice exists. Selection, where necessary, will be on the basis of academic merit. No student may select two modules which involve a timetable clash.

Change of Module

Students wishing to register a change of module must do so via the Student Portal no later than two weeks after the start of each Semester, i.e. by Friday, 21 September 2018 (Semester 1) or Friday, 25 January 2019 (Semester 2). Semester 1 modules cannot be changed in Semester 2. No changes in registration will be allowed after these deadlines.

Concerning modules that commence at the start of Semester 1 which are completed within six weeks, no change will be permitted after the end of the second week of Semester 1, and any missed practicals are to be made up by the student, should the department/School require.

Progress Through Degree Programmes

A student must pass each year to progress to the next year of a degree programme. The rules governing pass and progression will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2019/2020 Book. Note: Special requirements for passing individual modules, if any, are detailed in the Book of Modules, 2019/2020.

Assessment of Practical Work

In modules which include practical work - assessed continuously, by examination or both - students must satisfy the examiners in this aspect of assessment as well as in the end of semester written examinations. The examiners will, where possible, take into account the work done by students during the year, as shown by the certified records of their work. These records, in the form of notebooks, laboratory specimens, preparations, etc., must be submitted for inspection as and when requested.

Examinations

Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2019/2020 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2019/2020.

Three Year Rule

Students must pass the First University Examination in Science within three academic years from the date of first registration for First Year. Failure to comply with this rule means that the student may be ineligible to proceed further with his/her studies. Exceptions to this rule may be granted by the College only for very serious reasons.

Entry to First Science - 2019/2020

REGULATIONS FOR THE BSc (Hons) DEGREE [CK401, CK402, CK404, CK405, CK406, CK407, CK408, CK409]

Students wishing to study for a degree in Science are required to apply for admission through the Central Applications Office (CAO), by the prescribed date, to one of eight First Science Areas of Study:

ComputerScience CK401
Biological and Chemical Sciences CK402
Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences CK404
Genetics CK405
Chemical Sciences CK406
Mathematical Sciences CK407
Physics and Astrophysics CK408
Industrial Physics CK409

See here for minimum entry requirements and specific programme requirements.

Students wishing to enter First Science as Mature Students, see here.

Non-EU students wishing to enter First Science apply directly to the Admissions Office, UCC, see here.

 

FIRST SCIENCE

The First Science Areas of Study, the corresponding group of First Science modules, and the Honours degree outlets from each Area are shown below.

FOR STUDENTS ENTERING IN 2019

FIRST SCIENCE AREA OF STUDY FIRST SCIENCE MODULES BSc DEGREE OUTLETS
Computer Science (CK401)
Students take 60 credits as follows:
Single Honours:
CS1106 (5 credits),
CS1110 (5 credits),
CS1111 (5 credits),
CS1112 (5 credits),
CS1113 (5 credits),
CS1115 (5 credits),
CS1116 (5 credits),
CS1117 (15 credits),
plus 10 credits from the following:
CH1001 (10 credits),
CS1130 (5 credits) plus CS1131 (5 credits),
EC1202 (5 credits) plus EC1203 (5 credits),
FR0105 (5 credits),
FR1005 (5 credits),
FR1105 plus FR1107 (5 credits per module),
GE0003 (5 credits) plus GE0004 (5 credits),
GE0005 (5 credits) plus GE0008 (5 credits),
HS0028 (10 credits),
IT1102 (10 credits),
IT1109 (10 credits),
MA1001 (5 credits),
MA1002 (5 credits)*,
MA1059 (5 credits),
MA1060 (5 credits)

BSc Single Honours

Computer Science

Computer Science (Software Entrepreneurship)

Computer Science (Web Systems Engineering) (for students entering in/prior to 2016/17)


BSc Joint Honours

Computer Science with Chinese (for students entering in/prior to 2016/17)

Notes

  1. Students who, for special reasons, wish to take modules not specifically allowed by the regulations, must make an application to the College.
  2. Individual elective modules may occasionally not be offered in some calendar years.
  3. Students who take MA1002 must also take MA1001.
Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

FOR STUDENTS ENTERING IN 2019

FIRST SCIENCE AREA OF STUDY FIRST SCIENCE MODULES BSc DEGREE OUTLETS
Biological and Chemical Sciences (CK402)
Students take 60 credits as follows:

BC1001 (5 credits),
BL1002 (5 credits),
BL1004 (5 credits),
CM1200 (10 credits),
CM1201 (10 credits),
MA1001 (5 credits),
MA1002 (5 credits),
MB1003 (5 credits),
PY1010 (10 credits)

BSc Single Honours

Biological Sciences:
Applied Plant Biology,
Biochemistry,
Biotechnology,
Microbiology,
Neuroscience,
Physiology

Chemical Sciences:
Chemistry,
Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds,
Chemistry with Forensic Science,

Science Education:
Science Education (Chemistry or Biology Route)

Notes

  1. Students who, for special reasons, wish to take modules not specifically allowed by the regulations, must make an application to the College.
Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

FOR STUDENTS ENTERING IN 2019

FIRST SCIENCE AREA OF STUDY FIRST SCIENCE MODULES BSc DEGREE OUTLETS
Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (CK404)
Students take 60 credits as follows:
BL1002 (5 credits),
BL1004 (5 credits),
BL1006 (5 credits),
CM1003 (10 credits),
ER1006 (5 credits),
EV1002 (5 credits),
GL1001 (5 credits),
GL1004 (5 credits),
GG1010 (5 credits),
MA1001 (5 credits),
PY1009 (5 credits)

BSc Single Honours

Applied Plant Biology,
Earth Science,
Ecology and Environmental Biology,
Environmental Science,
Geography,
Geology,
International Field Geosciences,

Science Education (Biology route only),
Zoology

Notes

  1. Students who, for special reasons, wish to take modules not specifically allowed by the regulations, must make an application to the College.
  2. Individual elective modules may occasionally not be offered in some calendar years.
Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

FOR STUDENTS ENTERING IN 2019

FIRST SCIENCE AREA OF STUDY FIRST SCIENCE MODULES BSc DEGREE OUTLETS
Genetics (CK405)
Students take 60 credits as follows
BC1001 (5 credits),
BL1002 (5 credits),
BT1001 (5 credits),
CM1200 (10 credits),
GN1001 (10 credits),
MB1003 (5 credits),
MA1001 (5 credits),
MA1002 (5 credits),
PY1010 (10 credits)

BSc Single Honours

Genetics


Notes
  1. Students who, for special reasons, wish to take modules not specifically allowed by the regulations, must make an application to the College.
  2. Individual elective modules may occasionally not be offered in some calendar years.
Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here
FOR STUDENTS ENTERING IN 2019

FIRST SCIENCE AREA OF STUDY FIRST SCIENCE MODULES BSc DEGREE OUTLETS
Chemical Sciences (CK406)
Students take 60 credits as follows:
Option 1

20 credits in Chemistry:
CM1200 (10 credits)
CM1201 (10 credits)

10 credits in Mathematics:
MA1001 (5 credits)
MA1002 (5 credits)

10 credits in Physics from the following*:
PY1010 (10 credits) or
[PY1007 (5 credit) and PY1006 (5 credits)]

and 20 credits from the following:
AM1020 (5 credits)
AM1021 (5 credits)
BC1001 (5 credits)
BL1002 (5 credits)
BL1004 (5 credits)
CS1068 (5 credits)
GL1001 (5 credits)
MB1003 (5 credits)

BSc Single Honours

Chemistry*

Chemistry with Forensic Science**

Science Education (Chemistry Route only)***

Option 2

20 credits in Chemistry:
CM1200 (10 credits)
CM1201 (10 credits)

10 credits in Applied Mathematics:
AM1020 (5 credits)
AM1021 (5 credits)

10 credits in Mathematics:
MA1011 (5 credits)
MA1012 (5 credits)

20 credits in Physics:
PY1052 (10 credits)
PY1053 (10 credits)

BSc Single Honours

Chemistry*

Chemical Physics


* Students who have not taken higher level mathematics/physics in their Leaving Certificate examination are strongly advised to take Option 1 and module PY1010.

** Students wishing to pursue the BSc Chemistry with Forensic Science outlet must take BC1001, BL1002, GL1001 and MB1003.

*** Students who wish to enter the BSc in Science Education in second year must choose a minimum of 10 credits in biology in first year in order to satisfy the requirements of the Teaching Council.

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.
FOR STUDENTS ENTERING IN 2019

FIRST SCIENCE AREA OF STUDY FIRST SCIENCE MODULES BSc DEGREE OUTLETS
Mathematical Sciences (CK407)
Students take 60 credits as follows:
AM1052 (5 credits),
AM1053 (5 credits),
AM1054 (5 credits),
MA1057 (5 credits),
MA1058 (5 credits),
MA1059 (5 credits),
MA1060 (5 credits),
ST1051 (5 credits)
and modules to the value of 20 credits from the following (subject to corequisites):
AC1107 (5 credits),
AC1108 (5 credits),
BL1006 (5 credits),
CM1006 (10 credits),
CS1061 (5 credits),
CS1065 (5 credits),
CS1069 (5 credits),
[EC1213 (5 credits) and EC1214 (5 credits)] or PA1003 (10 credits),
PY1052 (10 credits),
PY1053 (10 credits),
PY1054 (5 credits),
ST1050 (5 credits)

BSc Single Honours

Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Science,

Mathematical Sciences


BSc Joint Honours

For students entering from 2019/20

Mathematical Sciences and Physics

For students who entered in/prior to 2018/19

Applied Mathematics and Physics

Mathematics and Physics


Notes
  1. Students in the Mathematical Sciences Area of Study (CK407) wishing to proceed to the Joint Honours programmes in Mathematical Science and Physics must take the modules PY1052 and PY1053 in First Science.
  2. Students who, for special reasons, wish to take modules not specifically allowed by the regulations, must make an application to the College.
  3. Individual elective modules may occasionally not be offered in some calendar years.
  4. Choice of electives in Year 1 will have a direct bearing on eligibility for recommendations for exemptions from professional actuarial examinations for which an FMAS graduate may be eligible. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss this matter with actuarial staff members before finalising their electives.
Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

FOR STUDENTS ENTERING IN 2019

FIRST SCIENCE AREA OF STUDY FIRST SCIENCE MODULES BSc DEGREE OUTLETS
Physics and Astrophysics (CK408)
Students take 60 credits as follows:
Option 1
AM1020 (5 credits)
PY1052 (10 credits)
PY1053 (10 credits)
AM1021 (5 credits)
MA1011 (5 credits)
MA1012 (5 credits)
ST1051 (5 credits)

Option 2
PY1052 (10 credits)
PY1053 (10 credits)
AM1052 (5 credits)
MA1058 (5 credits)
MA1059 (5 credits)
MA1060 (5 credits)
ST1051 (5 credits)

plus modules to the value of 15 credits from the following:
AM1053 (5 credits)
AM1054 (5 credits)
BL1002 (5 credits)
BL1004 (5 credits)
BL1006 (5 credits)
CM1006 (10 credits)
CM1007 (15 credits)
CS1061 (5 credits)
CS1065 (5 credits)
CS1068 (5 credits)
MA1057 (5 credits)
PY1054 (5 credits)
ST1051 (5 credits)

BSc Single Honours

Astrophysics

Physics

Chemical Physics (either CM1006 or CM1007 compulsory)


BSc Joint Honours

For students entering from 2019/20

Mathematical Sciences and Physics

For students students who entered in/prior to 2018/19

Physics and Applied Mathematics (AM1054 compulsory)

Physics and Mathematics (MA1057 compulsory)

  Option 3
PY1052 (10 credits)
PY1053 (10 credits)
MA1058 (5 credits)
MA1059 (5 credits)
MA1060 (5 credits)
CM1007 (15 credits)
Plus two modules to the value of 10 credits from the following:
BL1002 (5 credits)
BL1004 (5 credits)
BL1006 (5 credits)
Science Education (Physics Route only)

Notes

  1. Students wishing to study for the BSc in Mathematical Sciences and Physics must take AM1053, AM1054 and MA1057 in first science.
  2. Students wishing to study for the BSc in Chemical Physics must take either CM1006 or CM1007 in first science.
  3. Students who, for special reasons, wish to take modules not specifically allowed by the regulations, must make an application to the College.
  4. Individual elective modules may occasionally not be offered in some calendar years.
Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

FIRST SCIENCE OUTLETS INTO SECOND SCIENCE

For students entering in 2019/20, the normal outlets from the First Science Areas of Study into Second Science degree programmes are:

FIRST SCIENCE SECOND SCIENCE
   
Biological and Chemical Sciences (CK402) Biological Sciences
Chemistry
Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds
Chemistry with Forensic Science
Science Education (Chemistry or Biology Route)
   
Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (CK404) Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences (Applied Plant Biology, Earth Science, Ecology and Environmental Biology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Science Education (Biology Route only), Zoology)
   
Chemical Sciences (CK406) Chemistry
Science Education (Chemistry Route only)
Chemistry with Forensic Science
Chemical Physics
   
Computer Science (CK401) Computer Science
Computer Science (Software Entrepreneurship)
Computer Science (Web Systems Engineering)
Computer Science with Chinese
   
Genetics (CK405) Genetics
   
Mathematical Sciences (CK407) Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Science
Mathematical Sciences
Applied Mathematics and Physics
Mathematics and Physics

Mathematical Sciences and Physics
   
Physics and Astrophysics (CK408) Astrophysics
Chemical Physics
Science Education (Physics Route only)
Physics
Applied Mathematics and Physics
Mathematics and Physics

Mathematical Sciences and Physics
   
Industrial Physics (CK409) Industrial Physics

BSc (SINGLE HONOURS) AND BSc (JOINT HONOURS)

Regulations and Programme Requirements for Second, Third and Fourth Years of the BSc (Hons) Degree Programmes are presented under the following headings:

Astrophysics

Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Biological Sciences

Chemical Physics

Chemistry

Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds

Chemistry with Forensic Science

Computer Science

Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Science

Genetics

Industrial Physics

Mathematical Sciences

Physics

Science Education


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