Minors in the Bachelor of Science

A minor is an optional additional area of focus for a degree. Most major BSc subjects are available as minors, while some subjects are only available as minors.

A minor is made up of a collection of courses in a particular subject. The workload for a minor is lighter than for a major—fewer courses to do, fewer points required. This makes a minor a good way to build a second or third area of focus or concentration into your degree. Find out more about how minors work.

All majors, with the exception of Environmental Science, can be also be taken as a minor, so check the majors available in the Bachelor of Science. You might also be able to study majors from other undergraduate degrees as a minor in your Bachelor of Science. There is one exception: if you are majoring in Biology, Biotechnology or Cell and Molecular Bioscience in the BSc, you can’t do a minor from the Bachelor of Biomedical Science.

Minors are made up of at least 60 points from the relevant subject area at 200 level or above. At least 15 of those points must be at 300 level and not counted towards a major or another minor.

Some subjects are not available as majors, but you can take them as a minor. Other subjects have special requirements and course options as minors. Explore these minors below.

Actuarial Science

Get the knowledge and skills you need to set you on the path to become a qualified actuary. Actuarial Science brings economics, mathematics, and statistics together to help companies and organisations forecast and manage risks. Take advantage of the growing demand for actuarial skills in many areas including in investment, stockbroking, and software development, as well as in government, education, and health.


Complete the following courses:

And complete one further course from:

Computer Graphics and Games

Learn about the key concepts and tools used in the creation of today's computer graphics and effects. Gain the programming, engineering and maths skills to create your own rendering tools, and get an introduction to the design side of computer graphics.


Complete CGRG 252, NWEN 241 and 15 further 300-level CGRA points.

Data Science

Develop technical skills in computing technologies, statistics, and mathematics and work with real data sets to develop a practical understanding of the social dimensions of data.


Complete the following courses:

And complete one further 200- or 300-level course from the Data Science major requirements for the BSc.

Development Studies

Study the enormous differences in living standards around the world and what we can do about it. Examine the relationships between people and institutions—from small communities, to government agencies and international organisations. Focus on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals that set out to address inequality in wealth, education and health around the world.


Complete GEOG 212.

Complete two further courses from:

Environmental Studies

Go beyond the 'pure' sciences to examine social, cultural, and economic perspectives on the environment. Learn about the pressures humans place on the earth and what we can do about it. Study a range of topics from climate change to urban green spaces, Māori resource management to the impact of humans on Antarctica.


Complete the following courses:

Complete a further 20 points from:

Forensic Science

Discover how fundamental scientific techniques are applied to criminal forensic investigations in this rapidly advancing field. To complete this minor you'll spend a semester on exchange at the National University of Singapore, one of the world's top universities. This minor is available to just two Victoria University of Wellington students each year. You must be majoring in Chemistry or Cell and Molecular Bioscience to apply.


Complete least 60 points from:

  • Approved 200- and 300-level courses, including 30 points from the National University of Singapore, taken as part of an exchange programme.

Find out more

If you’re new to this university and interested in pursuing a minor in Forensic Science, contact one of our liaison officers. Or, if you’re already a student here, contact a student adviser.


Study the science behind our brains and our behaviour. Gain insights into why people think, act and feel the way they do.


Complete the following:

Renewable Energy Systems

This minor is not accepting new students in 2021.

Study Renewable Energy Systems at Victoria University of Wellington and you’ll find out how carbon-neutral energy technologies—like geothermal power, solar power, wind power, and hydropower—can replace fossil fuels.

Get the skills and knowledge to help establish truly resilient communities, helping them to develop self-sustaining systems that they can use to power themselves.


Complete the following:

Complete one of the following:

Science in Society

Explore the relationships between science and technology, scientists and society, and the history and philosophy of science. Examine how scientific ideas and issues are communicated to different audiences in society.


Complete SCIS 213

Complete one of the following:

Complete 30 points from:

Science Communication

Build your knowledge of science and the scientific process, and develop an understanding of the factors that influence the communication of scientific information.


Complete the following:

Complete one of:


Learn to collect, analyse and interpret data. Statistics is a mathematical tool to help us understand today's information rich world. Statistics themselves are used in many different spheres—from the financial world to marketing campaigns to government policy.


Complete either MATH 277 or STAT 292.

Complete one course from:

Complete one further course from:

Complete 15 further points at 200 or 300 level from the Science schedule.