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BBS and timetable constraints

It is essential for BBS students to be able to attend ALL lectures offered by both their Major and Minor Subjects. For this reason, only combinations of subjects which have compatible timetables are permitted.

Permissible combinations

Please note the information below applies to those studying in NST Part II BBS in 2022-23.

The Faculty office has prepared a detailed table of incompatible combinations for each Major Subject module and each Minor Subject for 2022-23.

The Faculty Board of Biology gives notice, in accordance with Regulation 30 for the Natural Sciences Tripos, that the following combinations of Major and Minor Subjects will be offered in the Natural Sciences Tripos, Part II (Biological and Biomedical Sciences) in 2022-23.

Subject to any restrictions announced in a particular year by the Faculty Board under the provisions of Regulation 30, candidates are required to offer in the examination for Part II of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences of the Natural Sciences Tripos:
(a) the examination requirements of one Major Subject;
(b) the examination requirements of one Minor Subject;
(c) a dissertation of not more than 6,000 words, excluding tables, figures, and references.
All subjects make provision for candidates to offer a dissertation.

A module taken as part of a Major Subject cannot be taken as a Minor Subject.

Permissible combinations for 2022-23:
Disclaimer: Please note the information below is given to the best of our knowledge of subject timetables, which occasionally change from year on year.

Major Subject

Permissible Minor Subjects

402 - Pathology (A & B)

105, 107, 108, 109, 111, 113, 114, 120, 124, 126, 128, 130, 132, 134, 135, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149 and 151

403 - Pathology (A & C)

107, 108, 109, 111, 113, 114, 120, 124, 126, 128, 130, 132, 140, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149 and 151.

404 - Pathology (A & D)

105, 107, 108, 109, 111, 113, 114, 120, 124, 126, 128, 130, 132, 134, 135, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149 and 151.

405 - Pathology (B & C)

104, 107, 108, 109, 111, 113, 114, 120, 124, 126, 128, 130, 132, 138, 140, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149 and 151.

406 - Pathology (B & D)

104, 105, 107, 108, 109, 111, 113, 114, 120, 121, 124, 126, 128, 130, 132, 134, 135, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149 and 151.

407 - Pathology (C & D)

104, 107, 108, 109, 111, 113, 114, 120, 124, 126, 128, 130, 132, 138, 140, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149 and 151.

408 - Pharmacology

107, 108, 109, 111, 113, 114, 120, 124, 126, 127, 128, 136, 137, 142, 143, 144, 146, 147, 149 and 151.

409 - Psychology

Students must have taken MVST Part IB or NST Part IB Experimental Psychology to take this Major Subject.

107, 128 and 136 - students may choose additional Minor Subjects that do not have lecture clashes with the Psychology modules chosen – please consult the relevant lecture timetables.

411 - Biochemistry

107, 108, 114, 128 and 136

412 - Plant Sciences (Cellular – PLM1, PLM2, PLL1, PLL3)

104, 105, 108, 109, 120, 121, 124, 135, 141, 146, 148 and 151.

413 - Plant Sciences (Ecology – PLM3 and Zoology ZM2, PLL2 and Zoology ZL4)

104, 105, 107, 108, 109, 111, 114, 121, 135, 138, 139, 140, 142, 143, 145, 147, 149 and 151.

414 - Genetics

107, 108, 113, 127, 128, 130, 132, 136, 140, 144, 145, 147, 148 and 151 – Students to choose a minor subject that does not have lecture clashes with the Genetics modules – please consult the relevant lecture timetables.

415 - Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (4 out of 15 modules)

A fifth PDN module can be taken as a Minor Subject. Students may choose Minor Subjects that do not have lecture clashes with the PDN modules chosen – please consult the relevant lecture timetables.

424 - Pathology (B & E)

105, 107, 108, 109, 113, 114, 120, 124, 126, 128, 130, 132, 134, 135, 139, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149 and

151.

425 - Pathology (C & E)

107, 108, 109, 113, 114, 120, 124, 126, 128, 130, 132, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149 and 151.

426 - Pathology (D & E)

105, 107, 108, 109, 113, 114, 120, 124, 126, 128, 130, 132, 134, 135, 139, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149 and 151.

427 - Zoology (Choose 2 from Zoology modules M1 to M8 or Plant Sciences M3, and 2 from L1 to L7 or Genetics module 5)

109, 143, 149 and 151 - A fifth Zoology module can be taken as a Minor Subject. Students may choose Minor Subjects that do not have lecture clashes with the Zoology modules chosen – please consult the relevant lecture timetables.

428 - Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour (PNB)

142 - Students may choose Minor Subjects that do not have lecture clashes with the PNB modules chosen – please consult the relevant lecture timetables.

429 - Human Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour

108, 120, 126, 143, 144, 146, 147 and 149 - Students may choose Minor Subjects that do not have lecture clashes with the Human Evolution modules chosen – please consult the relevant lecture timetables.

430 - History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine

105, 108, 109, 120, 121, 135, 136, 138, 139, 141, 143, 145, 146, 148 and 149.

Timetables

Using Timetable.cam.ac.uk is the easiest way to build your personal timetable, combining your Major and your Minor Subjects.

Major Subjects can be found by selecting the corresponding subject.

All Minor Subjects have been brought together under the area of study "Biological and Biomedical Sciences".

Over the summer vacation, timetable.cam.ac.uk leads to a place holder page but you can continue to view the previous year timetable by adding the year in the web address, such as 2021-22.timetable.cam.ac.uk. This might help you when choosing your Major and Minor Subjects. However note that a number of Subjects change their timetables from one year to the next. The list of permissible combinations and the detailed incompatibility table given above include all changes communicated to the Faculty of Biology Office and are therefore better suited to help you choose your Major and Minor Subjects for the following academic year.

Information contacts

For information regarding Major Subjects such as content and timetables, please see the contact details on the Major Subjects webpage.

For information regarding Minor Subjects such as content and timetables, please see the contact details on the Minor Subjects webpage.

For general administration of BBS and general questions which cannot be answered in departments, please contact the Faculty of Biology Office (FacBiol@admin.cam.ac.uk, (7)66899)

If you wish to move to or from BBS or wish to change Major and/or Minor subject(s), please contact the departments involved AND the Faculty of Biology Office.