BSc in Science (General)

Bachelor of ScienceScience (General)

Full Time
2019 CAO range:
        213 - 601
Cork Road
3 years

Why Study Science?

Studying science creates a well-rounded individual who has the ability to analyse and question the things around them, and has the potential to improve the quality of life through the research that they do. Studying science will broaden a person’s understanding of the world around them and give them the skills needed to approach matters in a reasoned and analytical manner.

One of the best reasons for studying science is the wide variety of career opportunities that the graduate has access to. A science degree is a well established platform to a surprisingly wide range of careers outside science (e.g. management, sales) as well as within science (research, teaching).

What is the BSc in Science (General)?

The BSc in Science was designed as a common entry course for the student who has a keen interest in science, but is unsure of which area they would like to specialise in. This course gives the student a flavour of a variety of different scientific disciplines, allowing them to keep their options open when applying to study science at third level.

The modules of this course offer an introduction to biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computing. Elective modules are also offered in specialised areas such as Food Science with Business, Pharmaceutical Science, and Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science. The student can get a taste of what is involved in each of these areas, before making a more informed choice as to which area they would like to specialise in for their degree.

Progression Opportunities

Upon completion of Year 1 of the BSc in Science, students have the choice of progressing into the second year of any of the following degree courses that run in the Department of Science at WIT:

* Programme choice is subject to availability of places and results achieved.

Bachelor of Science (General Progression Route)

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Introductory BiologyCell Biology & Biochemistry
Introductory ChemistryPhysical and Organic Chemistry
Introductory PhysicsPhysics for Scientists
Introductory MathematicsMathematics for Scientists
Introduction to ICT for ScientistsChoose two of the following electives:
Good Laboratory Practice & Core Skills*Introduction to Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Science
*Science & Society
*Introduction to Modern Physics
*Introduction to Food Science
*Plant Biology

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for BSc in Science (General)

5 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BSc in Science (General):


Applicants should note that a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science) at Leaving Certificate is recommended for this programme.

Career Opportunities:

Career opportunities will be subject to your choice of specialist exit pathways. BSc in Science (General) is the gateway for the following Level 7 BSc degrees in Waterford Institute of Technology: Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical SciencePharmaceutical Science and Food Science with Business. At the end of first year you will be asked to select one of the courses to study in order to obtain your final award. For more information on career opportunities visit the following courses:

Follow on Study:

After successful completion of the level 7 programme you will be eligible to transfer into year 4 of the corresponding Level 8 programmes:

* Programme choice is subject to availability of places.

Postgraduate study

Opportunities for postgraduate study are available at WIT and other institutions. 

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