Summer Start for Science Students
School leavers can be better prepared for a Bachelor of Science by studying over six weeks before Semester One begins.
If you’re a Year 13 student intending to start a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) (BAdvSci(Hons)) with us in Semester One 2021, you can take one course from the University of Auckland’s Summer Start programme.
This allows you to experience university life and get started on your degree early. You can get more general information and requirements for Summer Start on their webpage.
The following are the Faculty of Science's course recommendations for Summer Start based on your potential study needs. If you're doing a conjoint with an Arts or Commerce degree, you may also want to refer to the full Summer Start course list.
Explore the impact of chemistry on the modern world by focusing on the stories of specific molecules, including penicillin, DDT and nylon. This course is not designed for students who plan to continue in chemistry.
Explore the fundamentals of chemistry with a view to enhancing understanding of the chemical nature of the world around us and providing a foundation for further study in chemistry. It is recommended that students who do not have a background in chemistry or are not confident in their Y13 chemistry take this course, especially if chemistry is a part of their planned degree.
An introduction to computers and computer programming in a high-level language. The course will be useful for students who may wish to advance in Computer Science or in Information Systems and Operations Management, or to build programming skills suitable for Engineering or other science programmes.
Learn fundamental programming techniques and processes, such as conditionals, iteration, recursion, functions, testing and debugging.
For anyone interested in the human body and its relationship with physical activity, exercise and sport. No background in science is required to take this course.
What should my heart rate be when working out? How do you improve someone’s health with exercise? How do you measure someone’s 'fitness'? You'll learn how to answer questions like these and how to implement an evidence-based approach to exercise prescription.
An introduction to modern geospatial technologies such as web-mapping, GPS and tracking devices (such as your phone), and GIS. It covers key concepts and principles behind these tools and their use, along with practical experiences through laboratories.
An introduction to calculus that builds mathematical skills and develops conceptual thinking. A refresher course for those who haven’t studied mathematics for some time, a confidence builder for those who aren’t confident in their Y13 mathematics, and a preparation course for further study in Mathematics.
A general entry to Mathematics for commerce and the social sciences, including topics in algebra and calculus and their applications.
An introduction to reasoning, argument, and explanation that emphasises the development of practical skills and their use in everyday life.
An introduction to the basic principles of physics. Key topics are the physical description of motion, electricity and magnetism. This course will equip students with little prior knowledge of physics or who are not confident in their Y13 Physics.
A first exposure to statistics that builds data handling skills and develops conceptual thinking through active participation in problems using real data, computer simulations and group work.
Intended for anyone who will ever have to collect or make sense of data, either in their career or private life.
The standard Stage I Statistics course for the Faculty of Business and Economics or for Arts students taking Economics courses.