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Bachelor of Science
The GY301 Bachelor of Science degree programme allows you to take a variety of subjects in Science before you decide which scientific area to specialise in for your four-year honours degree. It is the ideal choice for students who are interested in several areas of science and who want the flexibility to explore their scientific interests further before committing to a particular specialism.
The programme provides a solid foundation in Science subjects in the first year, with module offerings in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Mathematical Studies, Computing and Applied Mathematics.
Progressing into second and third year you can choose from a wide range of 20 different specialties, referred to as pathways, including Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Plant and AgriBiosciences, Botany and Plant Science, Zoology, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Physics and Applied Physics, Physics and Climate Physics, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Computing, Data Science, Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology.
You can study up to three of those pathways in Year 2, continuing with up to two pathways in Year 3, before choosing a single specialism for Year 4 of the programme, giving flexibility to discover your unique interests and build a tailored skillset that will lead you onto your scientific specialism. To ensure quality in student experience, places in some pathways are limited, a quota system applies to pathways in Year 2.
The pathways are designed and delivered by research-active lecturers and thus incorporate course content inspired by current research trends, including public policy and industry partnership, whilst emphasising the importance of science communication. Our curricula embed sustainability and the principles of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, feature innovative teaching methods, and draw on our wide range of strengths from across the sciences at University of Galway.
Applications and Selections
Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
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A Level Grades (2022)
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Mode of study
In each year of the programme a student studies modules to a total of 60 Credits.
A student chooses four 15-credit modules from the following:
- Biology BO101
- Chemistry CH101
- Physics PH101
- Mathematics (Honours) MA180
- Mathematical Studies MA161
- Applied Mathematics MP180
- Computer Science CS102
Each Year 1 module is available to each student of the GY301 Bachelor of Science programme with no limits on places, with only the constraint that students must choose at least one module from:
Year 1 modules are supported by lectures, which provide discussion and demonstration of topics, by tutorials or workshops, and by practical classes offering extensive and hands-on laboratory experience. Students are supported by the CÉIM shared peer learning initiative, by the SUMS Centre (Support for Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics) and an Advisory Scheme in which each student has a contact point with an academic staff member to help answer general queries throughout their first year.
In Year 2 of the programme students begin a specialised path of study. Modules are grouped by focused themes providing a pathway toward a specialism. Students can study up to three pathways in Year 2, where eligibility for the pathways depends on the combination of modules chosen in Year 1. Note that places on some pathways are limited –
Years 3 and 4
In year 3 of the programme students continue their focused paths of study, retaining up to two pathways, choosing a single specialism in either Year 3 or Year 4. In Year 4 - the final year - students study advanced modules and undertake an intensive research project in their chosen area guided by an academic supervisor, leading to their specialist Bachelor of Science degree.
Pathways Years 2-4:
• Applied Mathematics
• Botany and Plant Science
• Data Science
• Earth and Ocean Sciences
• Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
• Mathematical Studies and Computing
• Mathematics and Computing
• Medicinal Chemistry
• Physics and Applied Physics
• Physics and Climate Physics
• Plant and AgriBiosciences
More details on the pathway offerings, structures, and registration directions can be found in the Course Outline here.
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Optional BO101: Biology - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MA161: Mathematical Studies - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MA180: Mathematics (Honours) - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional PH101: Physics - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CH101: Chemistry - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MP180: Applied Mathematics - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CS102: Computer Science - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Year 2 (60 Credits)Optional CH2101: Medicinal Chemistry - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional PH2102: Physics Laboratory and Problem Solving I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional GR353: German - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional GR252: German - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional GR224: Beginner's German for Science - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional BO2101: Scientific Writing Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MI202: Laboratory Skills in Microbiology I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional BPS202: Fundamentals in Aquatic Plant Science - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional PM209: Applied Concepts in Pharmacology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional PM208: Fundamental Concepts in Pharmacology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional CT2101: Object Oriented Programming I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional LN2210: Scileanna Gaeilge don Eolaíocht 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional EOS213: Introduction to Ocean Science - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MA2286: Differential Forms - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional AN2101: Cells and Tissues - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SI207: Nerve and Muscle - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SI206: Introduction to Physiology and Gastrointestinal - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional BO201: Molecular and Cellular Biology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional BI208: Protein Structure and Function - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MP236: Mechanics I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MP231: Mathematical Methods I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional BO202: Evolution and the Tree of Life - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional CH203: Physical Chemistry - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MA284: Discrete Mathematics - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MA211: Calculus I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MA215: Mathematical Molecular Biology I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional CH204: Inorganic Chemistry - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional CS2101: Programming for Science and Finance - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional ST1111: Probability Models - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional ST2001: Statistics for Data Science 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional PH2105: Mechanics and Thermodynamics - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional BSS2103: Introduction to Sustainability 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional BSS1100: Digital Citizenship - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MG3113: Megatrends - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional PS3108: Design Thinking - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional ED2103: Design Your Life - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional ZO2101: Entomology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional PS3112: Vertically Integrated Projects 2 S2 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional PS3111: Vertically Integrated Projects 2 S1 - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional PS3109: Vertically Integrated Projects 1 S1 - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional CS211: Programming and Operating Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional PH2104: Physics Laboratory and Problem Solving II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MI204: Microbes and the Environment - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional AN226: Systems Histology - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MA283: Linear Algebra - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional CH202: Organic Chemistry - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional CT2102: Object Oriented Programming II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional LN2211: Scileanna Gaeilge don Eolaíocht 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional PAB2101: AgriBiosciences - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MA2287: Complex Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional SI212: Respiratory Physiology - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional SI208: Cardiovascular Physiology - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MP237: Mechanics II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional BI207: Metabolism and Cell Signalling - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional BI206: Gene Technologies and Molecular Medicine - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional FR252: French - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MP232: Mathematical Methods II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional ZO209: Vertebrate Zoology - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional ZO208: Invertebrate Biology - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MI203: Laboratory Skills in Microbiology II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional BPS203: Plant Diversity, Physiology & Adaptation - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional PM210: Molecular Pharmacology and Signalling - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional AN223: Embryology & Development - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MA212: Calculus II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MA203: Linear Algebra - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MA216: Mathematical Molecular Biology II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional CH205: Analytical & Environmental Chemistry - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EOS2102: The Earth: From Core to Crust - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional ST1112: Statistical Methods - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MA2993: Mathematics Of Finance - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional ST2002: Statistics for Data Science 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional PH2106: Atomic Physics & Electromagnetism - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MA2111: Anailís - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional BSS2104: Introduction to Sustainability 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional AJ2114: Communicating Through Storytelling - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MG3115: Megatrends - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional BSS3105: Global Engagement Module - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional ED2104: Design Your Life Semester 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional PS3110: Vertically Integrated Projects 1 S2 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional BPS2101: Botanical Field Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 4
After completing your BSc Science Programme, University of Galway offers a range of further education opportunities, including Higher Diplomas, Taught and Research Masters programmes, and PhD Fellowships. Information on graduate programmes on offer can be located within the School webpage or Research Centre webpage as relevant to the degree pathway specialism chosen within the programme.
Some careers of past graduates include:
- Medical Devices
- Biotechnology Research and Development
- Biodiversity Specialist
- National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS)
- Senior Inspector, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Meteorologist, Met Eireann
- Climate Scientist
- Curator of Astronomy & Modern Physics, Science Museum, London
- Laser Physicist
- Medical Physicist
- Renewable Energy Researcher
- Oil Explorer
- Marine Environmental Monitoring Services, Marine Institute
- Quality Technician
- Forensic Science
- Infectious Diseases and Environmental Microbiology
- Cancer Research
- Functional Ecologist, Teagasc
- Food Safety Authority, Teagasc
- Design Engineer
- Data Scientist
- Software Developer
- Quantitative Analyst, Mathematical Modelling
- Science Education; Second-level Science Teacher, Science Education Researcher, Lecturer.
- Quality Engineer
- Science Communicator
Why Choose This Course?
University of Galway is a research-intensive university, where our teaching is inspired by our global research impact.
On the completion of your degree, as a NUI Galway Bachelor of Science graduate you will be equipped with the scientific knowledge and methods, creative problem-solving aptitude and innovation ability required to foster lifelong critical thinking.
Modules and pathways are designed to instill scientific techniques, transferrable skills, and the ability to work equally well individually or in teams. These skills are essential for any career orientated towards research and development (R&D) as well as many other professional careers in industrial, academic and public sectors.
The GY301 Bachelor of Science programme is a degree that will empower you to join the next generation of graduates who will face and solve some of the challenges of our changing world, from mitigating against irreversible climate change, meeting the world’s food and energy demands or developing knowledge and technology to protect the health of society and the environment.
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What Our Students Say
Rachel Cleary | QUALITY TECHNICIAN, CLS
Not knowing which discipline of Science I wanted to pursue, I chose the Bachelor of Science Degree at University of Galway, which offers a basis for fundamental science and a broad foundation for which to specialise upon. I found my feet within the biochemistry department, where lectures and practicals were in-depth, informative and gave me the experience and analytical skills required for my job today. In my Final year project I spent half the year immersed in Laboratory life, where I gained skills in analytical techniques, time management and teamwork, which I felt prepared me for industry. I started working for a laboratory solutions company soon after my degree, and they placed me on contract within a global pharmaceutical company. Here I work within the quality laboratory, using techniques such as High Performance Liquid Chromatography which I first learned at University of Galway.