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Bachelor of Science (Honours) Biology and Geology


BSc Biology and Geology: Biology element: First year
Code Module name Credits
BL1101 Biology 1 20 AND
BL1102 Biology 2 20 AND
Remaining credits from Level 1000 options

Further requirements

Choose 120 credits in the academic year

BSc Biology and Geology: Geology element: First year
Code Module name Credits
ES1001 Planet Earth 20 AND
ES1002 Earth Resources and Environment 20 AND
Remaining credits from Level 1000 options

Further requirements

Choose 120 credits in the academic year


BSc Biology and Geology: Biology element: Second year
Code Module name Credits
^ BL2300 Research Methods in Biology 15 AND
^ BL2303 Evolutionary Biology 15 AND
^ BL2307 Ecology 15 AND
( ^ BL2306 Biochemistry 15 OR
^ BL2308 Vertebrate Zoology 15 )

Further requirements

Choose 120 credits in the academic year
Choose a minimum of 80 Level 2000 credits

Automatic entry to Honours requires

  • pass and have an average grade 11 or better in modules marked ^
BSc Biology and Geology: Geology element: Second year
Code Module name Credits
* ES2001 Dynamic Earth: The Earth System 30 AND
* ES2002 Dynamic Earth: Magma, Minerals and Metamorphism 30

Further requirements

Choose 120 credits in the academic year
Choose a minimum of 80 Level 2000 credits

Automatic entry to Honours requires

  • pass and have an average grade 11 or better in modules marked *

Entry to Honours

Students who attain an average of grade 11.0 or above at the first sitting in the requisite 2000-level modules and who meet all other programme requirements will be given automatic offers of entry into Honours programmes*.
*Apart from students on Integrated Masters degrees.
Students permitted automatic entry to Honours will only be permitted to trail one module to a maximum of 30 sub-honours credits into Honours.

Some Schools permit qualified entry to Honours (see www.st-andrews.ac.uk/media/teaching-and-learning/policies/honsentry.pdf )

BSc Honours

The general requirements are 480 credits over a period of normally four years (and not more than five years) or part-time equivalent, of which the final two years form an approved Honours programme of 240 credits, of which 90 credits are at 4000 level and at least a further 120 credits at 3000 and/or 4000 levels.


BSc Biology and Geology: Biology element: Third year
Code Module name Credits
BL3000 Field Course 10 AND
BL3320 Statistical and Quantitative Skills for Biologists 10 AND
View list 40 credits from Module List: BL3307 - BL3308, BL3315 - BL3316, BL3309, BL3318 - BL3319, BL3323, PN3312 - PN3313 AND
BL3307 Evolution 20
BL3308 Aquatic Ecology 20
BL3315 Developmental Biology 20
BL3316 Animal Plant Interactions 20
BL3309 Ecosystems and Conservation 20
BL3318 Biology of Marine Organisms 20
BL3319 Animal Behaviour: A Quantitative Approach 20
PN3312 Pharmacology 20
PN3313 Neuroscience 20
BL3323 Terrestrial Zoology 20
Note:
- Not all modules are available in every academic year and/or semester
- Individual modules may have requisites to satisfy to be eligible to select them

For further details, see the module catalogue entry for each individual module above

Further requirements

Choose 120 credits in academic year

BSc Biology and Geology: Geology element: Third year
Code Module name Credits
ES3001 Geological Mapping 15 AND
ES3004 Processes and Products in Sedimentary Systems 15 AND
ES3008 Geochemistry 15 AND
ES3011 Global Biogeochemical Cycles 15

Further requirements

Choose 120 credits in academic year


BSc Biology and Geology: Biology element: Fourth year
Code Module name Credits
View list 45 credits from Module List:BL4249,BL4254-BL4256,BL4260,BL4262,BL4266,BL4268,BL4270,BL4273-BL4275,BL4278,BL4280,BL4286,BL4301,ID4001
BL4249 Scientific Diving 15
BL4254 Fisheries Research 15
BL4255 Marine and Environmental Biotechnology 15
BL4256 Marine Bioacoustics 15
BL4260 Biological Oceanography 15
BL4262 Environmental Drivers of Marine Habitats 15
BL4266 Conservation Research Methods 15
BL4268 Scientific Communication in Biodiversity and Conservation 15
BL4270 Plant-environment Interactions 15
BL4275 Evolution in Action 15
BL4280 Evolution and Human Behaviour 15
BL4286 Advanced Topics in Evolution 15
BL4301 Polar Ecology: A field course in Antarctica 15
ID4001 Communication and Teaching in Science 15
BL4273 Bioinformatics for Biologists 15
BL4274 Evolutionary Developmental Biology 15
BL4278 Biology of Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Vertebrates 15
Note:
- Not all modules are available in every academic year and/or semester
- Individual modules may have requisites to satisfy to be eligible to select them

For further details, see the module catalogue entry for each individual module above

Further requirements

Choose 120 credits in academic year

BSc Biology and Geology: Geology element: Fourth year
Code Module name Credits
ES4002 Research Review, Essay and Seminar 15 AND
ID4442 Combined Research Project in Biology and Geology 45 AND
View list 15 credits from Module List: ES3009, ES4007, ID4001, ES5010
ES3009 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 15
ES4007 Petroleum Exploration and Geophysics 15
ID4001 Communication and Teaching in Science 15
ES5010 Advanced Geochemistry 15
Note:
- Not all modules are available in every academic year and/or semester
- Individual modules may have requisites to satisfy to be eligible to select them

For further details, see the module catalogue entry for each individual module above

Further requirements

Choose 120 credits in academic year


Other information

With the permission of the Director of Teaching up to 20 credits per programme may be taken in a module outwith the specified modules in all School of Biology Programmes. Where there are choices between modules in the programmes, some options may have pre-requisites therefore the 1000- and 2000-level modules taken may limit choices. The availability of 4000-level modules in the School of Biology will be dependent on sufficient student demand.

Study abroad

In the case of students who spend part of the Honours programme on a recognised Study Abroad scheme, the Programme Requirements will be amended to take into account overseas courses which are approved by the relevant St Andrews School in the Learning Agreement (see www.st-andrews.ac.uk/studyabroad/outgoingstudents/AcademicInformation ).