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Course Exemption


ELIGIBILITY


Students with outstanding Singapore GCE ‘A’ Level, International Baccalaureate (IB) and NUS High School Diploma results may be eligible for exemptions from up to 3 selected first-year courses in Table 1 below.

Exemption Criteria for Students with GCE 'A' Level

Grade ‘A’ for a H2 subject relevant to the course to be exempted (see Table 1 below).

Exemption Criteria for Students with IB

Grade ‘7’ for a HL subject relevant to the course to be exempted (see Table 1 below).

Exemption Criteria for Students with NUSHS Diploma

Major Cap of 4.7 for a subject relevant to the course to be exempted (see Table 1 below).


Table 1: Courses Available for Exemption & Relevant A Level / IB / NUSHS Subject

Course Relevant A Level / IB / NUSHS Subject Applicable Programme
BG1103 Chemistry for Engineers Chemistry BIE, BEBM, BEPE, BEFS, BEEC
​BG2211 Introduction to Computational Thinking  ​Computing / Computer Science / Computing Studies ​BIE, BEBM, BEPE, BEFS, BEEC
CE/CZ1003 Introduction to Computational Thinking 

Computing / Computer Science / Computing Studies

CE, CS, CEBM, CSBM, CEEC, CSEC, BCE, BCG, DSAI
CE/CZ1011 Engineering Maths 1
Mathematics
 
CE, CS, CEBM, CSBM, CEEC, CSEC, BCE, BCG
​CE/CZ1013 Physics for Computing ​Physics ​CE, CS, CEBM, CSBM, CEEC, CSEC, BCE, BCG
​CH2107 Introduction to Computational Thinking   ​Computing / Computer Science / Computing Studies CBE, CBBM, CBFS, CBEC
​CV1014 Introduction to Computational Thinking  ​Computing / Computer Science / Computing Studies CEE, CVBM, CVSU, CVEC,  EE, ENBM, ENSU, ENEC
EE1005 From Computational Thinking to Programming ​Computing / Computer Science / Computing Studies EEE, EEBM, EESU, EEEC, IEM, IEBM, IEEC
​HE9091 Principles of Economics (GER-PE (LA)) ​Economics​

ALL except Second Major in Business, Society and Urban Systems, and Double Degree Programmes 

MA1008 Introduction to Computational Thinking ​Computing / Computer Science / Computing Studies AERO, ASBM, ASEC, ME, MEBM, MEEC, MESU 
MH1810 Mathematics I

Mathematics

AERO, ASBM, ASEC, BIE, BEBM, BEPE, BEFS, BEEC, CBE, CBBM, CBFS, CBEC,  CEE, CVBM, CVSU, CVEC, EEE, EEBM, EESU, EEEC, ENE, ENBM, ENSU, ENEC, ENG, IEM, IEBM, IEEC, MAT, MTBM, MTMB, MTPE. MTEC, ME, MEBM, MEEC, MESU 
​MS1008 Introduction to Computational Thinking ​Computing / Computer Science / Computing Studies ​MAT, MTBM, MTMB, MTPE, MTEC
MS1013 Materials Chemistry I
Chemistry
MAT, MTBM, MTMB, MTPE, MTEC
PH1011 Physics
Physics
AERO, ASBM, ASEC, BIE, BEBM, BEPE, BEFS, BEEC, CEE, CVBM, CVSU, CVEC, EEE, EEBM, EESU, EEEC, EEGT, ENE, ENBM, ENSU, ENEC, ENG, IEM, IEBM, IEEC, ME, MEBM, MESU, MEEC, MAT, MTBM, MTMB, MTPE, MTEC 

 

Polytechnic Qualifications

Course exemption for top local polytechnic students may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, depending on the diploma and courses that students have taken in their respective polytechnic, and if they satisfy the requirements/conditions set by their respective engineering schools. Generally, students with an Advanced Certificate, Diploma Plus certificate and/or Certificate of Merit or Distinction may be considered for exemption from up to 4 courses or 12 AU, depending on the relevance of the polytechnic courses taken and the grades obtained.

Please contact the undergraduate office of your respective engineering school.


International Science Olympiad Medallists

Exemption / Credit Transfer For International Science Olympiad (ISO) Medallist
(Criteria:  Gold, Silver or Bronze Medals only)​ ​ ​
​S/N ISO Competition​ ​Exempted Course
1 International Physics Olympiad Competition (IPhO)
  • PH1011 Physics
    (Applicable to all except SCSE students)
  • CE/CZ1013 Physics for Computing

     (Applicable to SCSE students)

2 International Chemistry Olympiad Competition (IChO)
  • MS1013 Materials Chemistry
    (Applicable to MSE students only)
     
3 International Olympiad in Informatics Competitions (IOA)
  • BG2211 Introduction to Computational Thinking  (Applicable to SCBE students only)
  • CH2107 Introduction to Computational Thinking(Applicable to SCBE students only)
  • CE/CZ1003 Introduction to Computational Thinking
    (Applicable to SCSE students only)
  • CV1014 Introduction to Computational Thinking 
    (Applicable to CEE students only)
  • EE1005 From Computational Thinking to Programming (Applicable to EEE students only)
  • MA1008 Introduction to Computational Thinking
    (Applicable to MAE students only)
  • MS1008 Introduction to Computational Thinking
    (Applicable to MSE students only)
4 International Mathematical Olympiad Competition (IMO)
  
  • MH1810 Mathematics I

     (Applicable to all except SCSE students)

  


EXEMPTION CONSIDERATIONS

Students who are granted course exemptions are deemed to have earned the credits awarded to the course. However, the exempted courses do not carry any grades and are therefore excluded from the computation of students' GPA.  This means that students' GPA would be subsequently based on higher level courses which may require more effort to score.  

On the other hand, exemptions enable students to proceed to advance courses sooner, which may in turn allow them to accelerate their studies.

Students who are considering course exemptions must ensure that they are truly proficient in the courses to ensure no knowledge gap that may affect their learning in other courses.


HOW TO APPLY

Students who qualify for course exemptions will be notified via email by their respective engineering school, there is no need to apply separately. They can then view the courses for which they are exempted via STARS during the first week of the semester and inform their respective undergraduate offices if they wish to accept or opt out of the exemptions.  

School Contact
​SCBE ​A/P Raymond Lau
​CEE Mrs Lee-Chua Lee Hong
​SCSE Ms Selina Pang
​EEE Mrs Thian-Lim Ai Fang or Ms Madona
​MSE Mr Muhammad Fareez
​MAE MAE Undergraduate Office
 Note: Common Engineering students may contact Ms Noriki Chai at the College of Engineering.



 

Programme Codes

Single Degree Programmes
AERO - Aerospace Engineering
BIE - Bioengineering
CBE - Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
CE - Computer Engineering
CEE - Civil Engineering
CSC - Computer Science
EEE - Electrical and Electronic Engineering
ENE - Environmental Engineering
ENG - Common Engineering
IEM - Information Engineering and Media
MAT - Materials Engineering
ME - Mechanical Engineering
MS - Maritime Studies

Second Major Programmes
ASBM - Aerospace Engineering with a Second Major in Business
BEBM - Bioengineering with a Second Major in Business
BEFS - Bioengineering with a Second Major in Food Science and Technology
BEPE - Bioengineering with a Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering
CBBM - Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a Second Major in Business
CBFS - Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a Second Major in Food Science and Technology
CEBM - Computer Engineering with a Second Major in Business
CSBM - Computer Science with a Second Major in Business
CVBM - Civil Engineering with a Second Major in Business
CVSU - Civil Engineering with a Second Major in Society and Urban Systems
EEBM - Electrical and Electronic Engineering with a Second Major in Business
EESU - Electrical and Electronic Engineering with a Second Major in Society and Urban Systems
ENBM - Environmental Engineering with a Second Major in Business
ENSU - Environmental Engineering with a Second Major in Society and Urban Systems
IEBM - Information Engineering and Media with a Second Major in Business
MEBM - Mechanical Engineering with a Second Major in Business
MESU - Mechanical Engineering with a Second Major in Society and Urban Systems 
MTBM - Materials Engineering with a Second Major in Business
MTMB - Materials Engineering with a Second Major in Medical Biology
MTPE - Materials Engineering with a Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering

Double Degree Programmes
ASEC - Aerospace Engineering and Economics
BEEC - Bioengineering and Economics
BCG - Business and Computing
BCE - Business and Computer Engineering
CBEC - Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Economics
CEEC - Computer Engineering and Economics
CSEC - Computer Science and Economics
CVEC - Civil Engineering and Economics
EEEC - Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Economics
ENEC - Environmental Engineering and Economics
IEEC - Information Engineering and Media and Economics
MEEC - Mechanical Engineering and Economics 
MTEC - Materials Engineering and Economics