Studying science at SETU Waterford will broaden your understanding of the world around you and give you the skills needed to approach matters in a reasoned and analytical manner.
All of our programmes offer hands on practical experience and are highly regarded. The programmes were designed to meet the needs of industry in the region, nationally and internationally.
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.
This programme recently won the ‘Most impactful use of Pearson courseware or services’ award in recognition of the blended learning approach in the delivery of the programmes. The common science programmes use an integrated on-line tutorial system that is delivered to small groups in an IT room supported by one or two members of staff. These weekly formative tutorials allow students to apply or practice the material covered in class that week and student receives individual attention and help at tutorials.
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 SETU Waterford:
|Cell Biology & Biochemistry
|Physical and Organic Chemistry
|Physics for Scientists
|Mathematics for Scientists
|Introduction to ICT for Scientists
|Choose two of the following electives:
|Good Laboratory Practice & Core Skills
|*Introduction to Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Science
|*Science & Society
|*Introduction to Food Science
5 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
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 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 SETU Waterford: Food Science with Business, Pharmaceutical Science and Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science. 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:
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After successful completion of the level 7 programme you will be eligible to transfer into year 4 of the corresponding Level 8 programmes:
Opportunities for postgraduate study are available at SETU and other institutions.