Intake AY 2016/17 & AY 2017/18

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Applied Biology

Biology is the study of living things and their vital processes, where at HKBU the academic staff teaching the programmes have a diverse range of expertise, supported by access to a wide range of state-of-the-art research facilities. Currently students can choose either Biotechnology or Environmental Science as their major within the programme.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  1. a minimum cGPA of 2.2; and
  2. a grade of C+ in BIOL1005 Introduction to Biology

Curriculum

Four-Year Undergraduate Programme

Main discipline subjects 61 units
Required courses/electives 55 – 58 units
Final year project/capstone courses 3 – 6 units
General education 38 units
Core requirements 26 units
Distribution requirements 12 units
Electives 30 units
Total 129 units

Biotechnology Concentration

Semester 1 (Units) Semester 2 (Units)
Year 1
(Total Units: 33)
Group A
BIOL1005 Introduction to Biology (3)
CHEM1005 Introduction to Chemistry (3)
SCIE1005 Integrated Science Lab (1)

OR

Group B
COMP1005 Essence of Computing (3)
MATH1005 Calculus (3)
PHYS1005 Introduction to Physics and Energy Science (3)

GE Courses (7-10)

Semester Total (16-17)

Group A
BIOL1005 Introduction to Biology (3)
CHEM1005 Introduction to Chemistry (3)
SCIE1005 Integrated Science Lab (1)

OR

Group B
COMP1005 Essence of Computing (3)
MATH1005 Calculus (3)
PHYS1005 Introduction to Physics and Energy Science (3)

GE Courses (7-10)

Semester Total (16-17)

Year 2
(Total Units: 33)
BIOL2005 Biological Chemistry (3)
BIOL2006 Microbiology (3)
BIOL2007 Microbiology Lab (1)

GE Courses (9)

Semester Total (16)

BIOL2017 Cell Biology (3)
BIOL2025 Cell Biology Lab (1)
BIOL2026 Genetics (3)
BIOL2027 Genetics Lab (1)

GE Courses (6)
Free Elective Courses (3)

Semester Total (17)

Year 3
(Total Units: 32)
BIOL3017 Molecular Biology (3)

GE Courses (6)
Free Elective Courses (6)

Semester Total (15)

BIOL3005 Animal Physiology (3)
BIOL3006 Animal Physiology Lab (1)
BIOL3025 Plant Physiology (3)
BIOL3026 Plant Physiology Lab (1)

Free Elective Courses (9)

Semester Total (17)

Year 4
(Total Units: 31)
BIOL4007 Molecular Biotechnology (3)
BIOL4015 Fermentation & Enzyme Technology (3)
BIOL4005 Biotechnology Studies Lab I (2)
BIOL4898 Applied Biology Project I (3)

Major Elective Course* (0-3)
Free Elective Courses (3-6)

Semester Total (17)

BIOL4027 Developmental Biology (3)
BIOL4025 Biotechnology Studies Lab II (2)

Major Elective Course* (0-3)
Free Elective Courses (6-9)

Semester Total (14)

* A minimum of 3-unit major elective is required to meet programme graduation requirement

Major Electives Courses:

  • BIOL3035 Immunology
  • BIOL3036 Neurobiology
  • BIOL4899 Applied Biology Project II
  • SCIB4005 Interdisciplinary Topics in Science – Cancer Biology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Environmental Science Concentration

Semester 1 (Units) Semester 2 (Units)
Year 1
(Total Units: 33)
Group A
BIOL1005 Introduction to Biology (3)
CHEM1005 Introduction to Chemistry (3)
SCIE1005 Integrated Science Lab (1)

OR

Group B
COMP1005 Essence of Computing (3)
MATH1005 Calculus (3)
PHYS1005 Introduction to Physics and Energy Science (3)

GE Courses (7-10)

Semester Total (16-17)

Group A
BIOL1005 Introduction to Biology (3)
CHEM1005 Introduction to Chemistry (3)
SCIE1005 Integrated Science Lab (1)

OR

Group B
COMP1005 Essence of Computing (3)
MATH1005 Calculus (3)
PHYS1005 Introduction to Physics and Energy Science (3)

GE Courses (7-10)

Semester Total (16-17)

Year 2
(Total Units: 32)
BIOL2005 Biological Chemistry (3)
BIOL2006 Microbiology (3)
BIOL2007 Microbiology Lab (1)

GE Courses (6)
Free Elective Courses (3)

Semester Total (16)

BIOL2015 Biodiversity (3)
BIOL2016 Biodiversity Lab (1)
BIOL2035 Introduction to Environmental Sciences (3)

GE Courses (6)
Free Elective Courses (3)

Semester Total (16)

Year 3
(Total Units: 34)
BIOL3007 Ecology (3)
BIOL3015 Ecology Lab (1)

GE Courses (3)
Free Elective Courses (9)

Semester Total (16)

BIOL3016 Environmental Health & Toxicology (3)
BIOL3027 Waste Treatment and Recycling (3)

GE Courses (6)
Free Elective Courses (6)

Semester Total (18)

Year 4
(Total Units: 30)
BIOL4016 Principles of Environmental Management (3)
Major Elective Courses (3)
BIOL4006 Environmental Science Lab I (2)
BIOL4898 Applied Biology Project I (3)

Free Elective Courses (6)

Semester Total (17)

BIOL4017 Environmental Biotechnology (3)
Major Elective Courses (6)
BIOL4026 Environmental Science Lab II (1)

Free Elective Courses (3)

Semester Total (13)

Major Elective Courses:

  • BIOL2036 Global Environmental Leaderships
  • BIOL3017 Molecular Biology
  • BIOL3025 Plant Physiology
  • BIOL3036 Neurobiology
  • BIOL4015 Fermentation & Enzyme Technology
  • BIOL4027 Developmental Biology
  • BIOL4035 Biological Resources and Management
  • BIOL4899 Applied Biology Project II
  • CHEM3025 Chemical Analysis
  • CHEM3026 Chemical Analysis Lab
  • CHEM4017 Environmental Analysis
  • SCIB4005 Interdisciplinary Topics in Science – Cancer Biology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics