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Biological and Chemical Sciences BSc (Hons)

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Course Code: CK402

Course Title: Biological and Chemical Sciences

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Biological and Chemical Sciences

Duration: 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSc (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

NFQ Award Type: Major Award

Costs: The State will pay the tuition fees for full-time EU students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, one Laboratory Science subject (Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. Special Entry Requirement: H4 in a Laboratory Science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.

Entry Points: 2017: 489

Overview

Our Biological and Chemical Sciences degree programme is the largest and most flexible entry route for you in science, with eight degree streams available through it.

Our programme is carefully constructed to foster an interdisciplinary approach across a wide range of biological, biotechnology, medical, chemical and pharmaceutical research areas.

If you enjoy Biology and/or Chemistry as Leaving Certificate subjects, enjoy working in a laboratory environment and like the challenge and excitement of scientific research and development, then Biological and Chemical Sciences, with its broad range of opportunities, may be the CAO entry route for you.

Course Details

Year 1 Modules:

BC1001 Introduction to Biochemistry and the Biological Basis of Disease (5 credits)
BL1002 Cells, Biomolecules, Genetics and Evolution (5 credits)
BL1004 Physiology and Structure of Plants and Animals (5 credits)
CM1200 Fundamentals of Modern Chemistry Part 1 (10 credits)
CM1201 Fundamentals of Modern Chemistry Part 2a (10 credits) 
MA1001 Calculus for Science Part 1 (5 credits) 
MA1002 Calculus for Science Part 2 (5 credits)
MB1003 Microbiology in Society (5 credits)
PY1010 Physics for Biological and Chemical Sciences (10 credits)

Years 2, 3 & 4 Modules:

Students select one degree stream (depending on choice of Year 1 Electives) from:

Applied Plant BiologyBiochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds, Chemistry with Forensic Science, Science Education (Chemistry or Biology Route), Microbiology, Neuroscience, Physiology

The subjects you will study from Year 2 onwards depend upon which programme you enter from the options above. Please see the individual course information pages for details of each of these programmes.

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of the Programme Modules.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate entry requirements: 

H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, one Laboratory Science subject (Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Special Entry Requirement:  H4 in a Laboratory Science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.  Students presenting with a 2016 (or previous) Leaving Certificate must present with a HC2 in a Laboratory Science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.

Mature students:  Applicants should apply directly to the CAO, include a statement of interest and may be called for interview. Applicants must have studied a Laboratory Science subject at second-level or QQI/FETAC level or demonstrate involvement in Science related areas. Approximately eight places are available on this course for mature students.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Course Practicalities

This course comprises a combination of lectures, practicals (experiments) and tutorials/workshops.

Assessment

Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment. Laboratory work and practical aspects of the course are also assessed on an ongoing basis via laboratory reports etc., while homework assignments are also assessed in a number of modules.

Who Teaches This Course

During Year 1, you will be taught by experienced academic staff from across the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science who specialise in the many diverse aspects of the programme. This includes staff from the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, the School of Microbiology, the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Physics and the School of Mathematical Sciences.

Further Contact Information

Ms Trish O'Shaughnessy

T: +353 (0)21 490 2299

E: p.oshaughnessy@ucc.ie

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