HowtobuildyourownNaturalScience CourseattheUniversityofBath Purpose of this document This is designed to be used with the NatSci Course selection tool at www.bath.ac.uk/natsci/mycourse to help you see what possibilities exist for your course. The flow charts for the MSci and BSc degree programmes later in the document will also be useful while you fill in your choices. There is lots of information on the University web pages, and a much more detailed but slightly indigestible document can be found in the Course Selection Guide. Please note that the Course Creator is only a guide to potential courses, and we cannot guarantee that all of the courses that you choose will be available. You will get plenty of advice and guidance as to the suitability and possibility of what you have chosen when you arrive in Bath for your course. Structure of the Course Each year consists of two 15 week semesters each of which will have 11 weeks of teaching and then revision and exams on the semester. In each year you have to take 60 credits of material, which is usually 5 blocks such as B2.1 or C1.3 (although some final year practicals are 24 credits). Each block is made up of units from that Department, often with a choice, so for example B2.1 takes BB20041 field course and a choice of BB20040 Concepts in evolution or BB20173 Behaviour and Ecology. Pre-Requisites One of the keys to the Bath NatSci course is the pre-requisites. In order to progress on most courses, you have to show you have some prior knowledge. That could be taking particular A-levels, or for example passing a year 2 biology course to get onto a 3rd year project. The pre-requisites ensure that you will get depth to match the breadth of the course. Some courses have no pre-requisites – this can be useful for trying new subjects and interests, and for filling in holes! Credits You have to fill up 60 credits per year, with help from the tool, which knows the prerequisites for each course. First off, everyone does a maths block in year 1 – the level will be selected for you as M1a or M1b, depending on whether you have A-level maths. Next you have to choose a major stream, which you will start doing at 2 blocks every year. In the Masters courses, you will choose a stream combination which fills in a large proportion of the blocks. Finally you have to fill in the rest of the blocks! Shape of the BSc and MChem courses BSc 3 Year with optional Industrial Training or Study Year Abroad Mandatory Block Major Stream Remaining Streams Year Two Mathematics Block Block 1.1 Block 2.1 Block 1.2 Block 2.2 Block 1.3 Block 2.3 Block 1.4 Block 2.4 Block 2.5 Final Year Placement or Study Year Abroad Year One Project/Dissertation Block Block 3.1 Block 3.2 Block 3.3 Block 3.4 MSci 4 Year with optional Industrial Training or Study Year Abroad It’s very important to note that your choice of blocks build on each other via pre-requisites, so your first year choices are important, and will affect the rest of your course. You’ll have a chance to discuss and change your choices when you arrive in Bath. Using the web tool Input your A-levels and the results Most of our courses have pre-requisites from core A-levels (for example you can’t do chemistry units without an A-level chemistry or equivalent, and you’ll need maths A2 to do physics) What if I have other qualifications? (see appendix) Input your achieved or expected results to set up your pre-requisites. Choose your Course: MSci or BSc? There are two types of NatSci courses at Bath – The BSc is the more general and flexible with lots of choice in units, and the MSci is more focussed – with well-defined streams that largely fill themselves in. The Masters course only allows scientific choices, whereas you can choose extras such as education, psychology and languages as part of a BSc. Changing from MSci to BSc and vice versa (see appendix) Building your Course: BSc BSc option: Choose your Major Subject Each major subject has two blocks per year –you may have the chance to choose between different majors in a single subject – here the chemistry subject offers three choices, and you have to choose a second chemistry block to complete the major. You can find out what content is in each block by clicking on their link BSc option: Fill in your choices! Now you can choose to fill up the remaining blocks with your choices – a good way to work is to fill in final year blocks, which will then cause the blocks needed in earlier years to fill in. Remember that you need two blocks for your major, and that each year needs 60 credits (5 blocks). You may find (see below) that odd blocks pop up in earlier years due to prerequisites. You’ll have to play with the blocks to fill all the available spaces. BSc option: Help! I’ve got a second year gap After the compulsory maths, it’s quite common to have a single gap in year 2: here are some suggestions for filling this Try a language for a year Education and the Environment stream can be started in year 2 Consider taking some more mathematics to support your majors How about understanding more about management? Building your Course: MSci Masters option: Choose your Major Subject and Stream You can choose from Biology, Chemistry and Physics majors for the MSci, with a set of stream choices within the Departments. Each major subject has two blocks per year and a project or dissertation . For chemistry majors, you have to choose two of the three possible blocks. For the others the blocks should fill in. Note that the MSci is designed to have fewer choices built in – it’s a more in-depth study of two principal streams – if you want more choice and flexibility, choose the BSc! Masters option: Fill up the Stream You should follow the ‘Instructions for this Stream’ on the screen to fill in any specifically required blocks for your stream. Following that you’ll find most of your blocks are filled in. If you still have space then fill in with available blocks with the available choices Note that if you have chosen a stream with a 24 credit final year practical it might look like you have a spare block – check the credits! Finishing off and troubleshooting your Course Plan BSc and Masters options: Help! I’ve got too many blocks! The pre-requisites for second or final year courses can sometimes mess up the early years. You can erase units from the field – but only if they don’t act as pre-reqs for later blocks! Then you may have to work backwards to clear it up. BSc and Masters option: Reviewing and saving your course choices Once you have filled in all the blocks you can review your choices and email the course you have made to yourself. Congratulations! You have your own University of Bath Natural Science BSc Course. BSc Flowchart BSc (hons) Natural Sciences: Subject Streams & Prerequisites Flowchart 2012/13 Year One M1a M1b MA10103 Foundation mathematics 1 MA10214 Basic Statistics PH10007 Mathematics for scientists 1 PH10008 Mathematics for scientists 2 MA10212 Probability & statistics 1B B1b BB10012 Ecology & evolution 1 BB10205 Ecology & evolution 2 Ls1.1b BB10005 Cell biology I BB10006 Cell & molecular biology M2.1 PH20019 Mathematics for scientists 3 PH20020 Mathematics for scientists 4 M2.3 PH20019 Mathematics for scientists 3 MA20202 Modelling the dynamics of life 2 M3.3 MA30047 Mathematical biology 1 MA30063 Mathematical biology 2 M2.2 MA20226 Statistics 2A MA20227 Statistics 2B M3.2 One or both of; MA30086 Medical statistics MA40092 Classical statistical inference One or both of; MA30085 Time series MA40189 Topics in Baysian statistics B2.1 BB20040 Concepts in evolution One of; BB20041 Field course BB20173 Behaviour and ecology B3.1 BB30072 Biology as a world view One of; BB30131 Evolution in deep time BB30132 Sexual conflict B2.2 BB20110 DNA (making, breaking & disease) BB10007 Genetics B3.2 BB30167 Genomes BB30169 Concepts in systems biology M3.1 or Ls1.2b Pc1b PA10238 Physiology One of; PH30031 Simulation techniques MA20202 Modelling the dynamics of life 2 and PA10237 Introduction to chemical biology, pharmacology & drug action BB30209 Biology CH30132 Chemistry XX30177 Environmental studies PA30222 Pharmacology PH30036 Physics MA20201 Modelling the dynamics of life 1 or MA10211 Probability & statistics 1A Final Year Project or Dissertation M2.4 M1.2b Choose 5 blocks each year (i.e., 60 credits) Year Two MA20220 Ordinary differential equations & control PH30025 Mathematical methods PA30266 Pharmacology of infection & immunity and Pc2 PA20291 Introduction to practical pharmacology PA20292 Immunology and receptor signalling PA20016 Cardiovascular & autonomic pharmacology PA20293 Gene transcription & DNA Pc3 PA20023 Pharmacology of the central nervous system PA30251 Advances, topics, trends & technologies in pharmacology or PA30214 Recent advances in drug discovery PLUS PA30142 Molecular applications in pharmacology One of; PA30148 CNS PA30150 CVS PA30157 Cancer PA30168 Immunology PA30169 Molecular signalling PA30252 Stem cell biology C1.1b CH10136 Fundamentals of organic chemistry C2.1 CH20150 Organic synthesis, reaction mechanisms, & spectroscopy for Natural Scientists C3.1 CH30128 Topics in organic chemistry 1 CH30141 Topics in catalysis for organic synthesis CH30211 Beyond the molecule CH30065 Biosynthesis & biotransformations C1.2b CH10134 Atomic structure, bonding & the Periodic Table C2.2 CH20148 Inorganic synthesis, structure & reactivity for Natural Scientists C3.2 CH30127 Topics in inorganic chemistry 1 CH30203 Radiochemistry CH30064 Supramolecular chemistry CH30086 Inorganic chemistry in biological system C1.3b CH10138 From molecule to materials C2.3 CH20152 Principles of physical chemistry for Natural Scientists C3.3 CH30129 Topics in physical chemistry 1 CH20194 Liquids and solutions CH30033 Electrochemistry CH30038 Neutron scattering P1.1b P1.2b Env1 From 2012/13 PH10001/48 Introduction to quantum physics PH10006/51 Electricity & magnetism PH10002/52 Properties of matter PH10005/53 Vibrations, waves & optics XX10085 Earth as an ecosystem P2.1 PH20013/60 Quantum & atomic physics PH20014/61 Electromagnetism 1 P3.1 PH30030 Quantum mechanics PH30032 Laser physics P2.2 PH20029/67 Thermal physics PH20017/63 Condensed matter physics P3.2 PH30077 Electromagnetism 2 PH30078 Magenetism PH30079 Superconductivity Env2 2012/13 only XX20085 Earth as an ecosystem XX20001 Renewable energy Env 3.1 CE30145 Environmental management XX30191 Energy and environment Env2 From 2013/14 XX20XXX Energy & environment XX20001 Renewable energy Env 3.2 CE40129 Legislation & waste management XX30172 State of the planet HPS3 One of; PS30014 History of psychology PS30115 Contemporary educational psychology PS30113 Developmental disporders and XX10212 State of the Environment E1 ED10001 Exploring effective learning ED10002 Learning: theory & context E2 ED20003 Education in society ED20126 Educational psychology E3 ED30005 Science education in practice ED30006 Issues in science education L1 FL10273 Languages FL10274 Languages L2 FL20275 Languages FL20276 Languages L3 FL30277 Languages FL20278 Languages Mn1 MN10071 Organisational behaviour MN10248 Introduction to business accounting Mn2 MN20072 Managing human resources MN20073 Marketing 1 Mn3 MN20074 Business information systems MN30076 Business strategy PS2 PS20108 Cognitive psychology PS20106 Biological psychology PS3 PS30101 Psychology of pain PS30083 Stress, immunity & health PS1 PS10086 Mind & behaviour 1. M1b must be chosen post A-level Mathematics. M1a must be chosen post GCSE-level Mathematics. 2. Ls1.1b or Ls1.2b must be chosen if B1b is selected (i.e., Biology is a double block in Year One). 3. Ls1.2b must be chosen if Pc1b is selected. Pc2 & Pc3 are double blocks (i.e., 24 credits) and can not be split. 4. To take a Physics block you must also take M1b or M2.1 in the relevant year. M3.1 is highly advised. 5. PS stream must be taken from Year One onwards (i.e., can’t be started in Year Two or Final Year). MSci Flowchart MSci Natural Sciences: Subject Streams & Prerequisites Flowchart, 2012/13 Year One Mathematics M1b PH10007 Mathematics for scientists 1 PH10008 Mathematics for scientists 2 M1a MA10103 Foundation mathematics 1 MA10214 Basic Statistics B1b BB10012 Ecology & evolution 1 BB10205 Ecology & Evolution 2 BB10005 Cell biology I BB10006 Cell & molecular biology Biology Ls1.1b Year Three M2.1 PH20019 Mathematics for scientists 3 PH20020 Mathematics for scientists 4 M2.3b PH20019 Mathematics for scientists 3 MA20202 Modelling the dynamics of life 2 M2.3a MA20201 Modelling the dynamics of life 1 MA20202 Modelling the dynamics of life 2 B2.1 BB20040 Concepts in evolution Choose one; BB20041 Field course BB20173 Behaviour & ecology B2.2 BB20110 DNA CH10136 Fundamentals of organic chemistry M3.1 PH30025 Mathematical methods M3.3 MA30047 Mathematical biology 1 MA30063 Mathematical biology 2 M4.3 MA40197 Advanced mathematical biology MA50199 Topic review in mathematical biology B3.1 BB30072 Biology as a world view BB30132 Sexual conflict B4.2a BB40128 The evolution of genetic systems BB40117 Microbial evolution B3.2 BB30167 Genomes B30169 Concepts in systems biology B4.2b BB40128 The evolution of genetic systems BB40130 Research project B4.3a BB40134 Molecular phylogenetics & evolution BB40141 Molecular biology of microbial adaptation B4.3b BB40130 Research project BB40141 Molecular biology of microbial adaptation C4.1 CH40128 Topics in organic chemistry CH40037 Synthesis of medicinal compounds CH40209 Blockbuster drugs C4.2 CH40127 Topics in inorganic chemistry CH400LL Contemporary P block chemistry CH40162 Advanced organometallic chemistry CH40188 Further topics in physical chemistry CH40039 Computational chemistry CH40158 Chemistry of functional materials BB10007 Genetics C1.2b CH10134 Atomic structure, bonding & the Periodic Table C1.3b CH10138 From molecule to materials BB20160 The dynamic cell 2 C2.1 CH20150 Organic synthesis, reaction mechanisms & spectroscopy for Natural Scientists C2.2 CH20148 Inorganic synthesis, structure & reactivity for Natural Scientists C2.3 CH20152 Principles of physical chemistry for Natural Scientists Chemistry C1.1b BB20024 The dynamic cell 1 Year Four PH30031 Simulation techniques B3.3 B2.3 Physics Choose 5 blocks each year (i.e., 60 credits) Year Two BB20202 Microbial cells & genomes BB30131 Evolution in deep time C3.1 CH30128 Topics in organic chemistry 1 CH30141 Topics in catalysis for organic synthesis CH30211 Beyond the molecule CH30065 Biosynthesis & biotransformations C3.2 CH30127 Topics in inorganic chemistry 1 CH30203 Radiochemistry CH30064 Supramolecular chemistry CH30086 Inorganic chemistry in biological systems C3.3 CH30129 Topics in physical chemistry 1 CH20194 Liquids and solutions CH30033 Electrochemistry & surfaces CH30038 Neutron scattering C4.3 C3.4 CH30186 Lab chemistry for Natural Scientists CH30187 Lab chemistry for Natural Scientists C4.4 CH40165 Chemistry research 1 (24 credits) C4.5 CH40196 Chemistry research project (12 credits) P1.1b PH10048 Introduction to quantum physics PH10051 Electricity & magnetism P2.1 PH20060 Quantum & atomic physics PH20061 Electromagnetism 1 P3.1 PH30030 Quantum mechanics PH30032 Laser physics P4.1 P1.2b PH10052 Properties of matter PH10053 Vibrations, waves & optics P2.2 PH20067 Thermal physics PH20063 Condensed matter physics P3.2 PH30077 Electromagnetism 2 PH30078 Magenetism PH30079 Superconductivity P4.2 P4.3 PA10238 Physiology Pc2.1 Pharmacology Pc1b Auxiliary subjects Ls1.2b Env1 From 2012/13 PA10237 Introduction to chemical biology, pharmacology & drug action XX10085 Earth as an ecosystem XX10212 State of the Environment PA20291 Introduction to practical pharmacology PA20292 Immunology and receptor signalling PA20293 Gene transcription & DNA Pc2.2 PA20016 Cardiovascular & autonomic pharmacology PA20023 Pharmacology of the central nervous system Env2 2012/13 only XX20085 Earth as an ecosystem XX20001 Renewable energy Env2 From 2013/14 XX20XXX Energy & environment XX20001 Renewable energy Pc3.1 PA30266 Pharmacology of infection & immunity Pc3.2 One of; PA30148 CNS PA30150 CVS PA30157 Cancer PA30168 Immunology PA30169 Molecular signalling PA30252 Stem cell biology PA30251 Advances, topics, trends & technologies in pharmacology Env3.1 CE30145 Environmental management XX30191 Energy & environment Env3.2 CE40129 Legislation & waste management XX30172 State of the planet PH40024 Contemporary physics PH40084 Advanced quantum theory PH40085 Nanoscience PH40086 Photonics PH40065 Final year project (MSci) Pc4.1 PA40214 Recent advances in drug discovery PA40142 Molecular pharmacology Pc4.2 PA40288 Pharmacology dissertation for MSci students Choose two; PA40157 The molecular biology & treatment of cancer PA40159 Cardiovascular pharmacology PA40160 CNS pharmacology PA40162 Drug targets in the immune system PA40163 Trends in molecular signalling PA40252 Stem cell biology * Students taking PA30148 can not subsequently take PA40160 in Final Year. Students taking PA30150 can not subsequently take PA40159 in Final Year. Students taking PA30157 can not subsequently take PA40157 in Final Year. Students taking PA30168 can not subsequently take PA40162 in Final Year. Students taking PA30169 can not subsequently take PA40163 in Final Year. Students taking PA30252 can not subsequently take PA40252 in Final Year. Appendix What if I don’t have A-level qualifications? Compare your results (predicted or real to our entrance qualifications) You can make a guess as to A-level equivalence – choose grade A to give access to all choices. Changing from MSci to BSc and vice versa It is possible to change between the two courses – as usual it depends on pre-requisites – The MSci courses do not have any non-scientific options in their 1 st year, and two double blocks, so this is something you have to think of if designing a BSc course. It’s usually easy to go from MSci to BSc.
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