The Faculty of Science of the University of Colombo offers two internal degree programs Bachelor of Science (General) and Bachelor of Science (Honours) for the full-time undergraduates admitted through the University Grant Commission (UGC) after the Advanced Level examinations. In addition, the Faculty offers Bachelor of Science (External) degree program as a continuing education program through the Open and Distance Learning Centre (ODLC) of the Faculty of Science.
1. Bachelor of Science (General) and Bachelor of Science (Honours) degrees
The students entering the Faculty of Science of the University of Colombo may read for a Degree in the Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Industrial Statistics & Mathematical Finance. The Faculty offers two BSc degree programs in each stream, namely the general degree program of 3 years duration and the honours degree program of 4 years duration. There are two flavours of honour degrees industrial-oriented and academic-oriented.
There are 7 academic departments in the faculty: Chemistry , Mathematics , Nuclear Science , Physics , Plant Sciences , Statistics and Zoology & Environmental Sciences . These departments together with the Career Guidance Unit, IT Unit 2 and UCSC offer courses in 14 different subject areas. In addition, Computer Science as a subject is offered to all students in the Faculty.
During the first two years, students follow common subjects for both general and honours degree program. After two years of study, students can apply for an honours degree based on merit.
2. Bachelor of Science (External)
External degree programs of the Faculty of Science, designed for part-time continuing education students. Usually these programs are conducted during weekends and the duration of the degree program is three years. These degree programs offered through the Open and Distance Learning Centre.