Program of Study

Course Unit System


The faculty conducts general degree and special degree programmes. The degree programmes are conducted on a Course Unit System where each course is assigned credits, a time based quantitative measure. A Credit is equivalent to 15 hours of lectures or 30-45 hours of practical/field work. The credit weight of a course unit may be either 01 or more.


Note: English shall be taught 03 hours per week throughout the 1st and 2nd year.



Course Scheme


The faculty offers courses for students entering from A-level science streams namely Biological Science and Physical Science. A Biological Science stream student has to choose Biology as a main subject from the first column given below together with two other main subjects from each column. A Physical Science student has to similarly choose three subjects from each column with Mathematics I from first column. Only those who offer mathematics I may offer mathematics II.


First Main Subject Second Main Subject Third Main Subject
Biology Applied Statistics Computer Science
Mathematics I Chemistry Earth Science
  Physics Mathematics II

A student must register for their chosen three main subjects at the beginning of their first year. The chosen subject combination cannot be changed after Second week of the First year of the First Semester.


There may be restrictions on the number of students being permitted to a particular main subject depending on available resources.


The subject combinations offered might change in some years and such a change will be notified to the particular batch of students at the beginning of their study programme.


In addition to above major courses, compulsory courses, enhancement / auxiliary and optional courses are also offered.


Note: The Board of fas with the approval of the Senate, reserves the right to change the contents (syllabus) of any course unit.


The notations used for main subjects are given below.


Notation Subjects
BL Biology
CH Chemistry
AS Applied Statistics
ES Earth Science
MT Mathematics (I & II)
CS Computer Science
PH Physics
EL English

Course Notation


A particular course unit is denoted by an alphanumeric code. The code consists of 04 numerals prefixed by 03 letters. The first 02 letters refer to the subject area of the course unit and the 3rd indicates whether it is a main, compulsory, optional or enhancement course. The 1st numeral denotes the level, the 2nd and 3rd indicates the number assigned to the course unit by the department concerned and the 4th indicates the credit value of that course unit.


Example: MTC 1021 is a level 1 Basic Mathematics (MT) compulsory course unit (C), having subject number 02 and credit value 1.


BLM 1041 is a level 1 Biology (BL) main course unit (M), having subject number 04 and credit value 1.


ELE 1011 is a level 1 English (EL) enhancement course unit (E), having subject number 01 and credit value 1.


Each main subject will have 08 credits per year. A subject without a practical component will have theory course units to the value of 08 credits per year. A subject with a practical component will usually have theory course units to the value of 06 credits and practical course units to the value of 02 credits per year. The theory to practical ratio may change in some cases, particularly in level 3 and level 4courses.



The Degree Programmes


The minimum credit requirements for a three year degree will be 90 credits and for a four year degree 120 credits, excluding those earned for enhancement / auxiliary courses. Grades earned for enhancement / auxiliary course will not be considered in computing GPA, although they would appear in the transcript. The academic departments / units concerned may request the student to follow enhancement courses where necessary.


A minimum and maximum credits a student can take in an academic year, excluding repeat course units, shall be 27 and 33.


As summarised in Table bellow


, a student may be allowed to follow


  • The degree type 2 and 3 at the end of level 2 if fulfil the following requirements:

    • Obtains a GPA of at least 2.3 (with no E grades) for course units in levels 1 and 2.

    • A GPA of at least 2.7 for course units of the subject(s) of specialization in levels 1 and 2.

  • The degree type 4 at the end of level 3 if obtains a GPA of at least 2.3 (with no E grades) for course units in levels 1, 2 and 3.


Table 1: Summary of minimum credit requirements for different degree programmes, excluding enhancement / auxiliary courses.

Degree type Year of Study Main subject X Main subject Y Main subject Z Compulsory courses Degrees
  Level 1 08 Credits 08 Credits 08 Credits 05 Credits  
  Level 2 08 Credits 08 Credits 08 Credits 06 Credits  
1 Level 3 08 Credits 08 Credits 08 Credits 07 Credits B.Sc. (General) Degree
2 Level 3 26 Credits - 04 Credits - B.Sc. (Special) Degree in X (Y or Z)
Level 4 30 Credits - - -
3 Level 3 15 Credits 15 Credits - - B.Sc. (Joint Major) Degree in X and Y (X and Z or Y and Z)
Level 4 15 Credits 15 Credits - -
4 Level 4 30 Credits (shall contain lectures, Practical, Industrial Training, Mini Projects, Self Employment Projects, etc.) B.Sc. Degree in Applied Sciences

The four year degree programmes may be offered based on available resources and demand. The number of students for any specific type of four year degree programme will be limited and decided by the department(s) concerned based on the resources available. Thus, in case of more applicants only the most eligible candidates will be selected based on the order of the rank of their GPA of the subject of specialization.


Although not encouraged, for students who follow the degree types 2,3 and 4, a three year exit is possible provided a minimum of 90 credits have been earned that would provide a B.Sc. (General) degree.


The faculty offers a general degree programme of 03 academic year duration and a special degree programme of 04 academic year duration.


The study programme is based on a semester system and an academic year comprises 02 semesters. A semester consists of 15 weeks of academic activities. The duration of a semester is usually 24 weeks, including examinations and vacations. The academic calendar of a semester is usually as follows.


8 weeks Academic Activities
1 week Mid-semester Vacation
7 weeks Academic Activities
2 weeks Study Leave
3 weeks End-semester Examinations
3 weeks End-semester Vacation