Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Biology—Environmental Science Concentration

Programme Director: Dr YUE, Patrick Y K

The BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology is structured to provide students with comprehensive training in biological sciences with specialties in biotechnology and environmental sciences. The courses are designed to assist students in understanding the theories of biology and to provide training in technical skills for research and applications.

Students in this Environmental Science concentration will develop understanding of the theories of biology as well as environmental science by taking courses in the fields of microbiology, biodiversity, ecology, biochemistry, environmental health and toxicology, biological resources management and other biology related courses. Students will learn practical skills, such as the collection and analyses of water and soil samples from the field, and instrumental analyses in the lab, and various management tools and their applications to address current and topical environmental and human health-related issues and challenges.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Major Courses 62 units
II) Project 3 units
III) University Core Courses 13 units
IV) General Education Courses 18 units
V) Free Electives# 32 units
    128 units

# Students may take additional Healthy Lifestyle courses and/or General Education (Level 1 or 2) courses in any categories, subject to a maximum of 6 units, to fulfil the Free Electives requirement.


I. Major Courses 62 units
  Science Common Core Courses (16 units)  
  BIOL1005 Introduction to Biology 3 units
  SCIE1005 Integrated Science Laboratory 1 unit
  Either four courses from the following list OR three courses from the following list and one course from the Major Elective Courses:
  CHEM1005 Introduction to Chemistry 3 units
  COMP1005 Essence of Computing 3 units
  MATH1025 Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics 3 units
  PHYS1005 Introduction to Green Energy 3 units
  PHYS1006 Introduction to Physics 3 units
  Major Required Courses (40 units)  
  BIOL2005 Biological Chemistry 3 units
  BIOL2006 Microbiology 3 units
  BIOL2007 Microbiology Laboratory 1 unit
  BIOL2015 Biodiversity 3 units
  BIOL2016 Biodiversity Laboratory 1 unit
  BIOL2017 Cell Biology 3 units
  BIOL2035 Introduction to Environmental Sciences 3 units
  BIOL3007 Ecology 3 units
  BIOL3015 Ecology Laboratory 1 unit
  BIOL3016 Environmental Health and Toxicology 3 units
  BIOL3027 Waste Treatment and Recycling 3 units
  BIOL3055 Biological Resources and Management 3 units
  BIOL4006 Environmental Science Laboratory I 2 units
  BIOL4016 Principles of Environmental Management 3 units
  BIOL4017 Environmental Biotechnology 3 units
  BIOL4045 Environmental Science Laboratory II 2 units
  Major Elective Courses (6 units)  
  BIOL2026 Genetics 3 units
  BIOL2036 Global Environmental Leaderships 3 units
  BIOL3005 Animal Physiology 3 units
  BIOL3017 Molecular Biology 3 units
  BIOL3025 Plant Physiology 3 units
  BIOL3057 Marine Biology 3 units
  BIOL4015 Fermentation and Enzyme Technology 3 units
  BIOL4899 Applied Biology Project II 3 units
  CHEM3025 Chemical Analysis 3 units
  CHEM3026 Chemical Analysis Laboratory 1 unit
  CHEM4017 Environmental Analysis 3 units
  SCIB4005 Interdisciplinary Topics in Science—Cancer Biology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics 3 units
II. Project 3 units
  BIOL4898 Applied Biology Project I 3 units
III. University Core Courses 13 units
IV. General Education Courses 18 units
V. Free Electives 32 units
    128 units
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