Minor Programmes

Aquatic Ecology

Host Faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Department of Geography)
  • Faculty of Science (Department of Biological Sciences)

The Minor in Aquatic Ecology aims to expose students to the important disciplines of marine and freshwater ecological studies while developing relevant specific skills, knowledge, and experience among them. With the increasing governmental, private, and societal interest in aquatic sciences, there is a growing demand for manpower with expertise in freshwater and/or marine ecology. This Minor complements aptly the primary disciplines of students from the Life Sciences Major and Geography Major. It will also enhance the training for students keen on related career opportunities at relevant governmental and private institutions in Singapore, including Public Utilities Board (PUB), National Environment Agency (NEA), National Parks Board (NParks), The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI), DHI Group, and Singapore-Delft Water Alliance (SDWA).

To be awarded a minor in Aquatic Ecology, a student must pass the six modules as set out below:

  1. LSM1103 Biodiversity
  2. LSM2251 Ecology and Environment
  3. GE2229 Water and Environment
  4. SP3202 Aquatic Ecology Research
  5. Choose 2 from the following elective modules:
    • GE2215 Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing
    • GE2220 Terrestrial and Coastal Environments
    • GE2228 Weather and Climate
    • GE3216 Applications of GIS & Remote Sensing
    • GE3221 Ecological Systems
    • GE3223 Environmental Change in the Tropics
    • GEK1543 Chemistry of the Ocean
    • LSM3254 Ecology of Aquatic Environments
    • LSM3264 Environmental Biochemistry
    • LSM4261 Marine Biology
    • LSM4264 Freshwater Biology
    • LSM4266 Topics in Aquatic Biodiversitsy

This Minor is open to undergraduate students from all disciplines. Application is required and successful entry to Aquatic Ecology Minor is subjected to departmental approval.

The application form for Minor in Life Sciences is available at http://www.lifesciences.nus.edu.sg/info/minor_in_aquatic_ecology.doc.

Please submit the application form, enclosed with applicant’s CV, to Dr Peter Todd Department of Biological Sciences).
If you wish to email your application to the department, or have further enquiries on Minor in Aquatic Ecology, you may contact the Minor Coordinator, Dr Peter Todd.

Important: Please read here for the University's requirement on Minor Programmes.

Geoscience

A Cross-Disciplinary Minor in Geosciences by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science

 

Introduction

Geosciences – the sciences of the Earth and its environment – are concerned with exploring ideas about the natural world, understanding the physical and chemical processes that determine the distribution of resources, location of hazards and operation of surface processes. Geosciences provide advice and guidance on preserving the environment, rehabilitating damaged ecosystems, determining the environmental impact of certain activities, mitigating environmental hazards and assessing the implications of environmental change. How the earth system will respond to human impact is one of the most pressing issues facing society

The subject area of Geosciences is not well represented in NUS beyond modules in the Department of Geography, nor is there provision in any other tertiary institutions in Singapore. Given the increasing significance of environment on national and international agendas it is timely to consider how to improve awareness of geosciences. A Minor in Geosciences would appeal to:

  • Students who are interested in the functioning of environmental processes and concerned about the key issues of climate and environmental change, natural hazards and risk management and sustainable land use.

More specifically, it would appeal to:

  • Science-based students who wish to complement their understanding of the physical sciences with an environmental focus;
  • FASS students (particularly Geography majors) wishing to underpin their environmental knowledge firm a stronger foundation in science; and
  • Engineering students wishing to complement environmental technology modules. Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) is supporting the proposal.

Although there are several modules in NUS that deal with aspects of environmental technology, there are fewer specifically concerned with environmental processes. An opportunity to obtain a better grounding in the application of science to the understanding of the Earth and its environment would be beneficial to students at this time of increasing concern about environmental management. There are many international applied geosciences companies with regional offices in Singapore providing graduate employment opportunities. By developing a minor that enhances analytical and predictive skills in the geosciences area can contribute to improving Singapore’s competitiveness in this arena and to providing future leaders with enhanced environmental awareness that may influence policy development.

Important: Please read here for the University's requirement on Minor Programmes.

Notes

* GE2219: Climate Water and Environment was deleted as of AY2008-2009. Students who have read and passed GE2219 before AY2008-2009 can use it to count towards the Geosciences Minor.

^ GE3880A: Topics in Petroleum Geoscience has been replaced by GE3244: Fundamentals of Petroleum Exploration. Students who have read GE3880A will not be able to read GE3244.

+ LSM3251: Ecology and Environmental Processes has been replaced by LSM2251: Ecology and Environment. Students who have read LSM3251 will not be able to read LSM2251.

+ LSM3271: Forest Ecology has been replaced by LSM3255: Ecology of Terrestrial Environments. Students who have read LSM3271 will not be able to read LSM3255.

LSM2251 will serve as a pre-requisite to LSM3254 and LSM3255.

* GE3221: Ecological Systems. Students from cohorts 2006-2008 may use this module to count towards the Minor.
GE3221 is only applicable for cohorts 2006-2008.

CE2134 preclusion - ME2134

The modules listed as Foundation Science include alternative modules based on prior experience.

  • PC1141 and PC 1142 are modules requiring A-level Physics. PC 1221 is an introductory module for students without A-level Physics, while PC1431 is tailored for Engineering students
  • CM1111 requires A-Level Chemistry. CM1417 is for students without A-level Chemistry.
  • LSM1103 is a fundamental pre-requisite for all the LSM electives listed. Students who have taken A-level or H2 Biology will not be able to read LSM1301: General Biology. Students without A-level or H2 Biology are required to read LSM1301: General Biology before proceeding to read other LSM modules listed in the Minor.

For more information on the Minor Programmes, please click here.

GIS

Better decisions through Geographical Information Systems

  • a programme suitable for students from both JC and Poly
  • a subject that spans the disciplines of Arts and Science
  • a technique that enables an understanding of past events, the solving of current issues, and the prediction of future trends

Now NUS students have the opportunity to declare a Minor in GIS, one of the most important emerging and evolving fields in technology.

For more information on the Minor Programmes, please click here.

Contact: Department of Geography (Ms Wong Lai Wa)

The GIS Minor programme will produce graduates who are equipped to function as GIS specialists in industry, government and academia. It will:

  • provide students with an interdisciplinary educational opportunity to enhance their individual disciplines through the study and application of GIS theory, methods and technologies;
  • endow students with the geographical concepts and practical skills necessary to enter the job market as GIS specialists; and
  • develop individuals with a broad grasp of GIS technology, and who are not only technologically competent but also solution-oriented.
Area Module
Essential GIS
(all three are required)
GE2215 Introduction to GIS
GE2227 Cartography and Visualization
GE3238 GIS Design and Practices
Quantitative methods
(select one)
ST1131 Introduction to Statistics
ST1131A Introduction to Statistics
ST1232 Statistics for Life Sciences
ST2334 Probability and Statistics
GE2101 Methods and Practices in Geography
SC2101 Methods of Social Research
DSC3222E/UIS3941R Research Methods
Elective
(select any two)
Cluster 1 System development

IT2002 Database Technology and Management
CS1010/CS1010E/CS1010FC/CS1010J/CS1010S/CS1010X or CS1101S Programming Methodology
CS1020 or CS1020E Data Structures and Algorithms I
CS2040 or CS2040C Data Structures and Algorithms
CS2030 Programming Methodology II
CS2102 Database Systems
CS3223 Database Systems Implementation
AR2524 Spatial Computational Thinking
NM2213 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction Design

Cluster 2 Applications

CE2409 Computer Applications in Civil Engineering
GEK2503 Remote Sensing for Earth Observation
GE3216 Application of GIS and Remote Sensing
RE2301 GIS for Real Estate
GEK2050 Digital Humanities in Arts Research (cohorts 2014 and before)
GET1030 Digital Humanities in Arts Research/Computers and the Humanities (cohorts 2015 and onwards)
NM3213 Digital Humanities

Note:

  1. Some modules have prerequisites and/or preclusions.
  2. GEK2503: Remote Sensing for Earth Observation, is only for cohorts 2014 and before. Cohort 2015 onwards will not be able to read this module to fulfill the Minor requirements due to university curricular structure change.
  3. CS3223: Database Management Systems, the course title is now changed to CS3223: Database Systems Implementation.
  4. Students who have read RE3490/RE2901 should not read RE2301.
  5. IT1002: No longer offered but students who have read and passed the module may use the module to count towards the GIS graduation requirement.

Some modules may not be offerred every year.  Please check with respective department for current module offering.

A minimum of 6 modules (24 MCs) is required to successfully complete the Minor. Its foundations consist of:

  1. three Essential modules in GIS
  2. one quantitative methods module
  3. two elective modules in their own or related disciplines.

Students interested in the Minor are strongly encouraged to read the two Level 2000 essential modules (i.e., GE2215 and GE2227) as early as possible, preferably in their Year 1 and Year 2.

Some modules may not be offerred every year. For example, GE3238 and GE3216 are currently being rotated every academic year. Please check with respective department for current module offering.

Important: Please read here for the University's requirement on Minor Programmes.

Area Module
Essential GIS
(all three are required)
GE2215 Introduction to GIS
GE2227 Cartography and Visualization
GE3238 GIS Design and Practices
Quantitative methods
(select one)
ST1131 Introduction to Statistics
ST1131A Introduction to Statistics
ST1232 Statistics for Life Sciences
ST2334 Probability and Statistics
GE2101 Methods and Practices in Geography
SC2101 Methods of Social Research
DSC3222E/UIS3941R Research Methods
Elective
(select any two)
Cluster 1 System development

IT2002 Database Technology and Management
CS1010/CS1010E/CS1010FC/CS1010J/CS1010S/CS1010X or CS1101S Programming Methodology
CS1020 or CS1020E Data Structures and Algorithms I
CS2040 or CS2040C Data Structures and Algorithms
CS2030 Programming Methodology II
CS2102 Database Systems
CS3223 Database Systems Implementation
AR2524 Spatial Computational Thinking
NM2213 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction Design

Cluster 2 Applications

CE2409 Computer Applications in Civil Engineering
GEK2503 Remote Sensing for Earth Observation
GE3216 Application of GIS and Remote Sensing
RE2301 GIS for Real Estate
GEK2050 Digital Humanities in Arts Research (cohorts 2014 and before)
GET1030 Digital Humanities in Arts Research/Computers and the Humanities (cohorts 2015 and onwards)
NM3213 Digital Humanities

Note:

  1. Some modules have prerequisites and/or preclusions.
  2. GEK2503: Remote Sensing for Earth Observation, is only for cohorts 2014 and before. Cohort 2015 onwards will not be able to read this module to fulfill the Minor requirements due to university curricular structure change.
  3. CS3223: Database Management Systems, the course title is now changed to CS3223: Database Systems Implementation.
  4. Students who have read RE3490/RE2901 should not read RE2301.
  5. IT1002: No longer offered but students who have read and passed the module may use the module to count towards the GIS graduation requirement.

Some modules may not be offerred every year.  Please check with respective department for current module offering.

Check out these interesting projects done by our students.

Along with a solid foundation in GIS related coursework, an internship allows you to further develop strong GIS skills. You will apply what you have learnt in class to the real world issues. Besides, an internship is an excellent way to be exposed to prospective employers! After the launch of the GIS Minor Programme in August 2006, the Department has been discussing with various companies for internship opportunities. During the long university vacation, students who finished three essential GIS modules are already doing their interns with the Deloitte Petroleum Services, the Petroleum Geo-Services Asia-Pacific, and the DHI Water & Environment on various environmental projects. The Department also launched a new module GE3550A GIS Internship Module in AY2007/08. Please click the links below for more details.

Previous internship opportunities:

Q: How do I register for the Minor?
A: You can either declare your intention to do the minor when you take your first module from the GIS Minor basket, or pass all six modules required and then declare the minor. Students who have already taken modules within the Minor (e.g., CS1101, GE2215, RE3490) are eligible for the Minor too.

Q: Do I need to read GE2227 Cartography and Visualization before GE2215 Introduction to GIS?
A: It is recommended but not compulsory that you read GE2227 first. In fact, you can take both modules at the same time (available in Sem 1).

Q: Do I need to do the core modules first before taking any elective modules?
A: Not necessary. You may read the three Essentital GIS modules before, after, or in the process of taking elective modules depending on which Elective Area you are interested in. For example, if you are interested in the Elective Area of “Applications”, you are encouraged to read the electives after the completion of at least GE2215 Introduction to GIS. If you are interested in the Elective Area of “System Development”, you may read the electives before doing any Essential GIS modules.

Q: Do I have to select modules from the same cluster of the Elective Area or can I select one from each cluster?
A: No, you do not have to select the two elective modules from the same cluster. You can take one module from "Cluster 1 System development" and one module from "Cluster 2 Applications" to fulfill the requirement for the Elective Area.

Q: I came from Polytechnic and was awarded with a few exemptions (CS1010, IS1103, CS2102, CS3240) from NUS. Can I use my exemptions to fulfill the “Elective Area” requirements of the GIS Minor?
A: You will be able to use the exempted modules from Polytechnic to fulfill your “Elective Area” requirements of the GIS Minor only if you are a Geography Major.

Q: Can I read one or two GIS modules but not take the Minor?
A: Yes, the GIS modules (eg. GE2215, GE2227, GE3216 and GE3238) are not just for students enrolled in the GIS Minor. They are especially useful for geography majors and NUS full-time undergrad students interested in using GIS and working with spatial data.

Q: Some undergraduate modules are worth 5 MCs, how many modules can I double count for both my Major and Minor?
A: As you can only use up to 8 MCs to count towards your Major and Minor programme, you can only use 1 [one] module (5MCs) for the double counting.

Q: If I am a Geography Major, can I double count GE2225 and GE3216?
A: No. But you can double count two of the three essential GIS modules (ie. GE2215, GE2227 and GE3238).

Q: Can I take GEK2503 as my GEM module and have it counted as one of the elective modules for the GIS Minor?
A: Yes. ALL students can do this.

Q: If I am a non Geography Major, can I take the GE modules (ie. GE2215, GE2227, GE3238, GE2225 and GE3216) to fulfill my Breadth Requirements (Unrestricted electives outside major) and have them counted towards the GIS Minor?
A: Yes, you can do that. You can also take other GIS modules outside your major and have them counted as your Breadth (if applicable) and the GIS Minor.

Q: If I am from the School of Computing, can I double count CS1101/CS1101C/ CS1101S and CS1102/CS1102C/CS1102S?
A: Yes you may.

Q: If I go on overseas exchange, can I transfer relevant modules for the minor?
A: Yes. For students on overseas exchange, credit transfer of up to 8 MC of relevant modules for the minor may be accepted.

Urban Studies

Jointly Offered By Department of Geography (FASS) and Department of Real Estate (SDE)

It is estimated that the world’s urban population recently surpassed 50% of the total population. Asia remains less than 50% urbanised but is one of the most rapidly urbanising regions on Earth. International linkages between urban management professionals of various kinds are also increasing and Singapore is seen as a leader in many aspects of urban management, policy and planning. For these and other reasons, opportunities for urban professionals are likely to continue to increase.

Students will be offered the chance to develop expertise and skills in urban studies that would be an asset not only for those already majoring in an urban-related area, but also for the many others from various faculties who have an interest in urban-related careers. Students will get the opportunity to make explicit to employers their special strengths in this area.

Students will be provided with a good balance of breadth of knowledge, practical skills, and theoretical depth in a range of urban-related fields. The minor is not conceived as an introduction to any major in urban studies or such like. Instead, it is to be seen purely as a minor which can enhance the degrees and employability of students taking a wide variety of existing majors.

The Minor in Urban Studies is open to all students in NUS.

Important: Please read here for the University's requirement on Minor Programmes.

To qualify for the Minor in Urban Studies, students will need a minimum of 6 modules (3 or 4 Core Modules, and 3 or 2 Elective Modules respectively) from the lists below. At least 4 modules to be considered towards the Urban Studies Minor must be read outside a student’s own major department and at least two modules must be from level 3000 or 4000. All modules are equal to 4 MCs.

Where overlapping modules exist, the Minor Program will consider double counting of MCs up to a maximum of 8 MCs towards the MC-requirement in the Minor in Urban Studies.

Requirements for Cohort 2016/2017 and before

 

At least three core modules from the list below. These can be either two RE + one GE modules OR two GE + one RE modules, which include the following:

  1. RE1101 Fundamentals of Real Estate Finance OR RE1705 Real Estate Finance and Accounting
  2. RE1102 Urban Land Use and Development OR RE1701 Urban Land Use and Development
  3. RE1103 Property and Facilities Management OR RE1706 Design and Construction
  4. GE2204 Cities in Transition
  5. GE3204 Cities and Regions: Planning for Change

Students have to choose two or more elective modules from the lists below to obtain a total of six or more modules inclusive of the core modules.

  1. RE2104 Real Estate Finance OR RE2706 Real Estate Finance
  2. RE3103 Real Estate Development OR RE2701 Urban Planning
  3. RE4211 REIT Management OR RE3701 Real Estate Investment Analysis
  4. RE4301 Housing Markets and Housing Policies OR RE3902 Housing Markets and Policies
  5. AR2223 Theory of Urban Design and Planning
  6. GE2202 Economy and Space
  7. GE3241 Geographies of Social Life
  8. EC3381 Urban Economics
  9. EC3382 Transport Economics I
  10. GE3219 Globalisation and the Asian Cities
  11. GE3236 Transport and Communications
  12. SC3206 Urban Sociology

Note:

  • At least four modules required for the Urban Studies Minor must be taken outside the student’s own department
  • At least two modules must be from Level 3000

Requirements for Cohort 2017/2018 onwards

 

At least three core modules from the list below. These can be either two RE + one GE modules OR two GE + one RE modules, which include the following:

  1. RE1705 Real Estate Finance and Accounting
  2. RE1701 Urban Land Use and Development
  3. RE1706 Design and Construction
  4. GE2204 Cities in Transition
  5. GE3204 Cities and Regions: Planning for Change

Students have to choose two or more elective modules from the lists below to obtain a total of six or more modules inclusive of the core modules.

  1. RE2706 Real Estate Finance
  2. RE2701 Urban Planning
  3. RE3701 Real Estate Investment Analysis
  4. RE3902 Housing Markets and Policies
  5. AR2223 Theory of Urban Design and Planning
  6. GE2202 Economy and Space
  7. GE3241 Geographies of Social Life
  8. EC3381 Urban Economics
  9. EC3382 Transport Economics I
  10. GE3219 Globalisation and the Asian Cities
  11. GE3236 Transport and Communications
  12. SC3206 Urban Sociology

Note:

  • At least four modules required for the Urban Studies Minor must be taken outside the student’s own department
  • At least two modules must be from Level 3000
  • AR2223 Theory of Urban Design and Planning is no longer offered. Students who have read and passed the module in AY16-17 and before may count it towards their graduation requirements.

 

For more information on the minor programmes, please click here.