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. Find general information and requirements for Summer Start.

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

CHEM 100G - Molecules that Changed the World

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.

CHEM 150 - Concepts 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.

COMPSCI 101 - Principles of Programming

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.

EARTHSCI 105/105G - Natural Hazards: A Global Perspective

New Zealanders are exposed to extreme natural events and processes including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, weather bombs, storm surge, tsunami, flooding, landslides and erosion. The physical context for each hazard is provided, drawing on the disciplines of geology, geomorphology and climatology. The frequency and magnitude of natural hazards for New Zealand are considered using different sources. Impacts on modern society are discussed using case studies and scenario modelling.

EXERSCI 100G Exercise and Fitness: Myths and Reality

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.

EXERSCI 105 Exercise Prescription

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.

GEOG 103G - Mapping Our World

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.

MATHS 102 – Functioning in Mathematics

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.

MATHS 108 - General Mathematics 1

A general entry to Mathematics for commerce and the social sciences, including topics in algebra and calculus and their applications.

PHIL 105/105G – Critical Thinking

An introduction to reasoning, argument, and explanation that emphasises the development of practical skills and their use in everyday life.

PHYSICS 102 - Basic Concepts of Physics

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.

STATS 101/101G - Introduction to Statistics

Intended for anyone who will ever have to collect or make sense of data, either in their career or private life.

STATS 108 - Statistics for Commerce

The standard Stage I Statistics course for the Faculty of Business and Economics or for Arts students taking Economics courses.

Summer start course details