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


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

Department of Biology GE Courses 2016 – 2017


Scholarships are offered by the Department of Biology and the Faculty of Science which include the following:

1. Biology Undergraduate Scholarship;
2. Mr. Johnny Ho Memorial Scholarship – Outbound Experience Award
3. Pisces Biology Scholarship;
4. Excellence in Technology Innovation and Commercialization Scholarship Award Scheme;
5. Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award Scheme;
6. Lee Koon Shin Scholarship; and
7. The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong and Donors Scholarship.

Undergraduate Scholarships Summary 2016 – 2017

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Student Exchange Programme

Students can join the Student Exchange Programme and study outside of Hong Kong for one semester or one academic year, with numerous exchange partners located throughout the world.

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1. Invitrogen (Thermo Fisher Scientific) Summer Marketing Internship Programme 2016

Invitrogen (Thermo Fisher Scientific) are currently recruiting for a marketing intern, who will assist the marketing and sales teams on various stages of online and offline marketing campaigns. The placement is expected to begin on 1st June 2016 and end on 31st August 2016. The successful candidate is expected to work 3 days per week.

For further details, please refer to the email sent to you. If you are interested in applying, please send your CV and mobile number to Dr. Patrick Yue patrick@hkbu.edu.hk by Monday, 30th May 2016.

2. WWF (HK) Summer Internships 2016

The WWF (Hong Kong) are offering a number of internship placements during summer 2016.

WWF (HK) Summer Internships 2016 Placements List

3. HKWP Summer Internship Programme 2016

The Hong Kong Wetland Park (HKWP) Summer Internship Programme aims at offering opportunities for students of tertiary institutions to gain working experience through taking part in daily operations and front-line nature conservation work in HKWP. Interns will receive a series of training, covering basic knowledge on wetlands, park management, interpretation skills as well as wildlife identification. There will only be 18 places available for candidates from local and overseas institutions

HKWP Summer Internships 2016
HKWP Summer Internship 2016 Student Application Form

4. Coastal Watch 2015 – 2016

Coastal Watch is a citizen science project organized by WWF-Hong Kong and partner organizations, aiming to engage public teams to conduct ecological surveys and marine litter surveys of Hong Kong’s coastal habitats. The information obtained in this territory-wide project is important in conserving our valuable ecosystems and marine wildlife.

To get an idea of previous internship placements, check out the videos and posters below.

Internship Programme 2014 – 2015

1. HKWP Summer Internship Programme 2015

The Hong Kong Wetland Park (HKWP) Summer Internship Programme aims at offering opportunities for students of tertiary institutions to gain working experience through taking part in daily operations and front-line nature conservation work in HKWP. Interns will receive a series of training, covering basic knowledge on wetlands, park management, interpretation skills as well as wildlife identification.

HKWP Summer Internship 2015 Programme Outline
HKWP Summer Internship 2015 Briefing Session Reply Slip
HKWP Summer Internship 2015 Student Application Form

2. WWF (HK) Dolphin Watching Interpreter Training Programme and Summer Internships 2015

The dolphin watching interpreter training programme and a number of internship placements were offered by WWF (Hong Kong) during summer 2015.

WWF Summer Internship 2015 Opportunities

Internship Programme 2013 – 2014

Internship Programme 2012 – 2013

The departmental internship programme (2012 – 2013) drew to a close with the grand finale exhibition held at the Gallery Hallway, Shaw Campus from Monday, 28th October 2013 to Wednesday 30th October 2013. Check out the video (Part 2. Exhibition) below to see how it went.

The internship programme (2012-2013) consisted of three sections. The first involved attending the training course funded by The Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning (CHTL), that started in mid-April, which involved a range of training including, but not limited to workshops, seminars, ecotours and excursions. Selected participants gained quality hands-on experience in the field of biological science and technology.

Participants who successfully completed 95% of the training were then given the opportunity to join the second section of the programme involving a practical internship, from May to September, offered by one of our partnership organisations such as The Conservancy Association, WWF (HK) and AFCD (Wetland Park). This enabled participants to gain an invaluable insight into the working world of environmental science or biotechnology, whilst expanding their entrepreneurial thinking and skills beyond their lectures and lab practicals.

Participants were also given the opportunity, as part of the third section of the programme, to share their experience gained throughout the months to their peers as an intern, via exhibitions, video clips, e-books etc. as a grand finale!

The programme did not only provide participants with opportunities to develop their practical skills, multi-disciplinary knowledge and critical thinking, but also broadened their knowledge and made them think outside of the box (and the classroom).

Internship Programme 2013 Training Workshop Schedule

Video for Training Workshops 2013

Internship Programme 2013 – Part 1. Training Workshops

Video for Grand Finale Exhibition 2013

Internship Programme 2013 – Part 2. Exhibition



Sri Lanka is a global biodiversity hotspot that has extremely high levels of endemism. During this overseas field trip, students will be exposed to the very high biodiversity in various habitats including forests, wetlands, savannas and coastal areas. Students will have the chance to see a great variety of animals including elephants, leopards, sloth bears and buffaloes. The experience gained will be beneficial for participants’ future involvement in environmental research, education, nature conservation and ecotourism in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

Excursion Dates: Monday, 18th July 2016 to Saturday, 30th July 2016

Field-based training, including biodiversity survey techniques, may be provided to students before the trip. After the trip, all participants will be required to assist with post-trip activities, including public seminars and analysis of the data collected from the trip.


In July 2015, 14 students from the Department of Biology travelled to Sabah, which is famous for its extremely high biodiversity. The students ventured into lowland primary forests, montane primary forests and mangroves that proved to be an exhilarating experience for them, where they observed first-hand how wildlife survives in these pristine habitats. Many species that were observed are significantly threatened by habitat destruction, overexploitation or global climate change. It is hoped that the experience from this trip will motivate participants to develop a greater holistic understanding of sustainable development and proactive attitude to biodiversity conservation.

Sabah Excursion Photo Album: Part One
Sabah Excursion Photo Album: Part Two


In July 2014, a group of BIOL 1130 Biodiversity and GDSC 1006 You and Your Environment students, supported by HKBU and the Department of Biology went on an amazing field excursion to Madagascar, in which a book called “A Journey of Discovery to Madagascar” has now been published with Sun Effort Ltd. All profits will go to HKBU Biology Department to support students going on future overseas experiential learning trips.

You can also check out the poster, itinerary and YouTube videos to find out more!

Madagascar Field Trip 2014 Videos

Madagascar Field Trip 2014


Animals in Madagascar


Students cruised around the northeastern waters of Hong Kong to explore the marine ecology and mariculture, visited the Fishery Marketing Organisation to broaden their horizons of local fisheries resources and discovered the vast species of fauna and flora at the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden.

Global Environmental Leadership Programme 2016 – 2017

The Global Environmental Leadership (G.E.L.) Programme aims to nurture students from different disciplines as global environmental leaders using a multidisciplinary approach and a variety of teaching and learning activities. The programme is supported by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) and The Conservancy Association.

The programme consists of two parts – Part A will take place in Hong Kong from 28 December 2016 to 7 January 2017, while Part B1 will be held in Texas, US, from 31 May to 8 June 2017, and Part B2 in Vancouver, Canada, from 8 to 22 June 2017. Selected students from HKBU, HKU, CUHK, and CITYU will be able to participate in field trips, interactive tutorials and lectures, conduct group projects, and interact with US and Canadian students.

If you are interested in applying, please refer to the posters for details and submit your application to environleader@project.hkbu.edu.hk by 12:00 noon on Thursday, 8th September 2016. Enquiries should also be sent to the same e-mail address.

G.E.L. Programme 2016 – 2017 Student Application Form