Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Environment and Resources Management

Programme Director: Dr CHOW, Ka Lai

The Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Environment and Resources Management is a full-time programme for graduates of Associate Degree or Higher Diploma (See requirement). The programme focuses on human interactions with the environment by emphasising the management of natural resources. The programme explores the key issues that shape the outlook for world environment and the sustainable ways by which natural resources can be utilised. It aims to enable students to gain and apply technical knowledge within a multi-disciplinary systems paradigm to address complex natural and anthropogenic problems that impact the environmental condition. Special emphasis will be placed on habitat and resources management, renewable energy, carbon audit and management, green business, climate change, as well as practical skills in ecology and environmental assessment.

Specifically, the programme aims to:

  1. Provide students with a foundational knowledge in both the natural and social sciences in order to apply interdisciplinary approaches in studying and analysing environmental issues;
  2. Deepen students’ appreciation of natural environment and understanding of healthy ecological systems and a sustainable environment;
  3. Develop students’ familiarity with and ability to utilise environmental research methodologies, ecological field skills and statistical tools to identify and critically analyse environmental and conservation issues in the local, regional and global contexts;
  4. Heighten students’ sensitivity to conflicts and challenges in current issues concerning environmental conservation, urban development and resource management; and
  5. Sharpen students’ understanding of the contents and impacts of specific environmental policies and legislations and planning requirements pertaining to environmental management.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Major Courses 60 units
II) Honours Project 6 units
III) University Core Courses 13 units
IV) General Education Courses^* 15 units
V) Free Electives* 34 units
    128 units

^ The 3-unit GE Capstone course is listed under the Major Required or Elective course category with a remark #.

* subject to unit transfer


This programme requires students to complete a total of 128 units, including Major Required Courses and Honours Project (39 units), Major Electives Courses (27 units), University Core Courses (13 units), General Education Courses (15 units) and Free Elective Courses (34 units). This programme is designed primarily for graduates of Associate Degree or Higher Diploma in the environmental conservation and related disciplines who wish to continue on to a Bachelor’s degree in Environment and Resources Management. They will normally be admitted directly into the third year of the programme, with the first and second years of study being exempted. Students who do not meet HKBU’s General Education and programme prerequisite course requirements are required to take make-up courses and to fulfil all course requirements as set for the first and second year studies of the programme. Associate Degree or Higher Diploma graduates in non-environmental disciplines may also be required to take additional units in environmental fields and/or General Education Courses.

The following are the titles and units for the various courses:

I. Major Courses 60 units
  Major Required Courses (33 units)  
  ERMT2005 Global Environmental Issues 3 units
  ERMT2015 Physical Geography 3 units
  ERMT3005 Anthropogenic Climate Change and Society 3 units
  ERMT3015 Natural Resources Management 3 units
  ERMT3025 Research Methods and Statistics 3 units
  ERMT3035 Geo-environmental and Ecological Field Study 3 units
  ERMT3055 Laboratory Environmental Analysis 3 units
  ERMT3065 Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology 3 units
  ERMT3805 Sustainable Community Energy Planning# 3 units
  ERMT4005 Environmental Impact Assessment and Management 3 units
  ERMT4015 Advanced Topics in Environmental Planning and Management 3 units
  Major Elective Courses (27 units)  
  ERMT2105 Tourism and Sustainability 3 units
  ERMT3105 Environmental Biotechnology 3 units
  ERMT3115 Environmental Pollution and Toxicology 3 units
  ERMT3125 Internship for Environment and Resources Management 3 units
  ERMT3145 Urban Development and Environment 3 units
  ERMT3155 Environment and Resources Management Field Camp 3 units
  ERMT3165 Environmental Health and Policy 3 units
  ERMT4105 Biodiversity and Conservation 3 units
  ERMT4115 Energy Audit and Carbon Management 3 units
  ERMT4125 Environmental Law, Policy and Ethics 3 units
  ERMT4135 Green Industry and Business Management 3 units
  ERMT4145 Integrated Waste Management 3 units
  ERMT4155 Restoration Ecology and Habitat Management 3 units
  ERMT4165 The Pearl River Delta: An Environmental Survey 3 units
  ERMT4175 Environmental Data Analytics 3 units
II. Honours Project 6 units
  ERMT4008 Honours Project I 3 units
  ERMT4009 Honours Project II 3 units
III. University Core Courses 13 units
IV. General Education Courses 15 units
V. Free Electives 34 units
    128 units


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