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Natural Sciences Tripos

 

**Statement on NST IA teaching for 2021-2022**

The aim is to deliver as much teaching in person, we do however have courses with class sizes too great to meet the risk assessment requirements for lectures in any available indoor space.  Practical teaching is being prioritised.  Specific details will be provided by each course on their websites.  This will remain under review and updates for Lent and Easter will be notified as soon as possible.

 

Choosing your subjects and registering for practical classes: What subjects can I study?

In the second year, Part IB, of the Natural Sciences Tripos you read THREE subjects from those listed below. There are some timetabling restrictions and you cannot take more than one subject from any one group. The subjects are grouped together as follows:

Group Subjects Lecture times
A Earth Sciences B; Physics B M. W. F. 9
B Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Earth Sciences A M. W. F. 10
C Evolution & Animal Diversity; Mathematics; Pharmacology M. W. F. 11
D Ecology, Evolution & Conservation; Biology of Disease; Physics A M. W. F. 12
E Chemistry B; Physiology Tu. Th. S. 9
F Materials Science; Cell and Developmental Biology Tu. Th. S. 10
G Experimental Psychology; Plant and Microbial Sciences Tu. Th. S. 11
H Chemistry A; Neurobiology Tu. Th. S. 12
I History and Philosophy of Science M. W. F. 5

Due to timetable clashes it is inadvisable to take Physics B with Evolution & Animal Diversity or Pharmacology.  If you wish to take either of these combinations you must speak to your Director of Studies who will need to make an application to the Natural Sciences Tripos Management Committee on your behalf.

 

TIMETABLE OF TEACHING 2021-22

Practicals

Staggered start times may be possible where there are clashes with lectures. You will be informed of the start time when you register.

Evolution & Animal Diversity W. 12-5 or Th. 12-5. Four hours, fortnightly.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Approximately four hours starting at 12 on M. or 11 on Tu. or W. or Th.or F. This does not include a 1 hour lunch break to be taken at the discretion of the Senior demonstrator: finishing times are 5 on M. and 4 on Tu. W. Th. and F.
Biology of Disease W. and  F. 2-4.
Cell and Developmental Biology Tu. or F. 11-5. Sessions are broken down into AM (11-1) and PM (2-5) sessions on both days.  Students can request preferences for a certain slot on Tuesday or Friday, however these cannot be guaranteed.
Chemistry A M. Tu. W. Th. F. 1.45-5.
Chemistry B M. Tu. W. Th. F. 1.45-6.
Ecology, Evolution & Conservation

There are no practicals for this course: instead students undertake a research project. Students will also attend a small number of field trips and group sessions which will take place on various Monday afternoons during term; we also encourage students to undertake their project work during this time slot where possible, so students should therefore be available on Mondays 1-5pm.

Experimental Psychology Two, two-hour sessions per week, one chosen from Tu. 9-11 or W. 10-12 or 2-4, and the other from Th. 2-4 or F. 10-12 or 2-4.
Earth Sciences A Three 1.5 hour sessions. Choose one from each set: 
Set 1: F 11-1, F 2-4
Set 2: M 11-1, M 2-4, Tu 10-12
Set 3: W 11-1, W 2-4, Th 10-12
Earth Sciences B Three 1.5 hour sessions. Choose one from each set: 
Set 1: M 11-1, Tu 10-12
Set 2: W 11-1, Th 10-12
Set 3: F 11-1, S 10-12
Materials Science One regular practical per week in Michaelmas and Lent Terms only, either M. 9-11.30, or Tu. 2-4.30 or W. 9-11.30 or W. 2-4.30
Mathematics See Maths Timetable
Neurobiology TBC - Tu. or Th. 2-5.
Pharmacology TBC - Tu. 2-5 or W. 2-5.
Physics A M. 2-5.45, Tu. 10-5.45, Th. 10-5.45, F. 2-5.45. Students will be allocated periods within these times.
Physics B M. 2-5.45, Tu. 10-5.45, Th. 10-5.45, F. 2-5.45. Students will be allocated periods within these times.
Physiology Tu. or Th. 2-4(5).
Plant & Microbial Sciences M. or Tu. 12-5. Four hours.

 

Practical registrations

Students must register for each subject at the following times and places:

Chemistry A

9-12 or 2-5, Monday 4 October, Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry 
Introductory talk: 11am, Wednesday 6 October, Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre.

Chemistry B 9-12 or 2-5, Monday 4 October, Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry 
Introductory talk: 10am, Wednesday 6 October, Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre.
Earth Sciences A and B Register online by Wednesday 6 October.  Link will be emailed by the department.
Materials Science Register online by 10 am on Friday 1 October at https://forms.office.com/r/jsGWzXkTuu 

Physics A and   Physics B

2.00, Wednesday 6 October, online.
Introductory talk will also be online.

All biological subjects

Students should also express their provisional wishes on the NST IB Practical Registration Moodle site by 1st Sept. Contact FacBiol@admin.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions.

This year a new version of the timetable calendar has been developed and you will be able to go to www.timetable.cam.ac.uk, select your subjects and ‘Add’ the lectures and practicals. Once you have registered for a practical session, in order to add your practical sessions you can select the subject, click on  ‘Practicals’ in the ‘Module’  box to expand the list, and then ‘Add’  those practical sessions which apply.

Location of Lectures

The location of the FIRST lecture in the Michaelmas Term for each of the courses is listed below:

Evolution & Animal Diversity

Main Lecture Theatre, Department of Zoology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Online
Cell and Developmental Biology Biffen Lecture Theatre, Department of Genetics
Chemistry A BMS Lecture Theatre, Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry
Chemistry B BMS Lecture Theatre, Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry
Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Main Lecture Theatre, Department of Zoology
Experimental Psychology Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building
Earth Sciences A Tilley Lecture Room, Department of Earth Sciences
Earth Sciences B Tilley Lecture Room, Department of Earth Sciences
History and Philosophy of Science Mill Lane Lecture Rooms
Materials Science BMS Lecture Theatre, Yusf Hamied Department of Chemistry
Mathematics BMS Lecture Theatre, Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry
Neurobiology Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Department of PDN
Biology of Disease Online
Pharmacology Mixture of online and Biffin Lecture Theatre, Department of Genetics
Physics A Cockcroft Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site
Physics B Cockcroft Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site
Physiology Michaelmas - Lecture Theatre 1, Department of Physiology
Lent - please see Physiology timetable
Plant and Microbial Sciences Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences

Further information on each subject is available in the programme specification, on the course website, and in the subject summary.