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Undergraduate Programmes BSc (Hons) in Bioresource and Agricultural Science

This new programme offered by the Department of Biology, with the first intake in September 2019, is the first professional, multidisciplinary degree programme in Hong Kong that explores the key issues shaping the outlook of agricultural science and the management of bioresources from the perspective of sustainability. This internationally competitive programme focuses on the integration of agriculture with bioresource management — a new and unique approach not found in other degree programmes in Hong Kong.

 

Bioresources, which refer to any resource of biological origin including all living organisms and its derivatives that have actual or potential use or value for humanity, are being depleted at an alarming rate due to overexploitation and environmental problems such as the contamination of land and water, and the effects of climate change, all which influence food security and food safety. Thus, it is important to cultivate an understanding of sustainable resource management via sustainable agriculture practices and bioresource conservation.

 

Locally, the redevelopment of agriculture in Hong Kong has great potential as highlighted in the recent Policy Addresses from the Hong Kong SAR Government. The New Agriculture Policy and the Hong Kong 2030+ initiatives have endorsed the future increase in agricultural activities in Hong Kong, which aim to diminish the stress on local food security. The recent development of the “One-Belt-One-Road” and the Bay Area in South China also addresses the demand on professionals and experts in bioresource and agricultural science.

 

Programme Objectives

 

The programme aims to:

 

  • Provide students with essential knowledge and a solid foundation for the study of bioresource and agricultural science;
  • Deepen students’ appreciation of how sustainability could contribute to nature and humanity and understanding of the science of sustainable agriculture and bioresource management;
  • Develop students’ ability to utilise research methodologies, field skills and statistical tools to identify and critically analyze agriculture, bioresource and conservation issues in the local, regional and international contexts; and
  • Heighten students’ sensitivity to conflicts and challenges in current issues concerning the interfaces of agricultural practices, nature conservation, urban development and bioresource management.

 

Special Features of the Programme

 

  • First multidisciplinary degree programme in Hong Kong covering agriculture, landscaping, social, environment, economic and sustainability;
  • Internship experience in the industry for all students;
  • Basic farm training at the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) Experimental Station;
  • Local / overseas technical and practical training, e.g. Organic Certification and Inspector Training Course by International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA).
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For JUPAS applicants with Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Qualification, applicants must fulfill the following HKDSE requirements for admission to the programme:

  • Level 3 in:

English Language, Chinese Language and

Any Two elective subjects (preferably good results in science-related subjects)

  • Level 2 in:

Mathematics and Liberal Studies

 

For Non JUPAS applicants:

 

Admission from Common First Year in Science to Second Year in BSc (Hons) in Bioresource and Agricultural Science:

 

Students will be admitted on a Faculty basis with broad-based education in all scientific fields in Year One.

It allows students to explore and experience various scientific disciplines before choosing their major study programme in Year Two.

 

Introductory science courses in Year One Curriculum:

  • Introduction to Biology
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Essence of Computing
  • Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics
  • Introduction to Green Energy
  • Integrated Science Laboratory

 

Apart from Integrated Science Laboratory, students are free to choose four or five of the above introductory science courses in their Year One curriculum.

 

Criteria for Major Programme Assignment:

  • A minimum cGPA of 2.0 attained by the end of Year One;
  • A grade of C in BIOL1005 Introduction to Biology; and
  • Interview performance, if applicable.
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Structure of Four-Year Undergraduate Degree Programme

 

Total (minimum) units required for graduation

– 129 units:

  • Science Common Core – 16 units
  • Major Core and Major Electives – 52 units
  • University Core – 13 units
  • General Education (GE) – 18 units
  • Free Electives – 30 units
Schedule of Courses by Semester
  Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
(Total 31 units)
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Chemistry#
Integrated Science Laboratory
Essence of Computing#
Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics#
Introduction to Green Energy
University Core/ GE or Free Electives
Year 2
(Total 33 units)
Introduction to Agricultural Science and Food Systems
Natural Resources and Environment
University Core
GE or Free Electives
Biodiversity
Biodiversity Laboratory
Genetics
Summer Internship
University Core
GE or Free Electives
Year 3
(Total 34 units)
Ecology
Ecology Laboratory
Biological Resources and Management
GE or Free Electives
Soil Science and Fertility
Soil Science and Fertility Laboratory
Crop Production and Management
GE or Free Electives
Year 4
(Total 31 units)

Plant Diseases, Pests, and Weed Management
Urban Horticulture
Bioresource and Agricultural Science Laboratory
Bioresource and Agricultural Science Project I
Major Electives Course
GE or Free Electives
Farm Management for Urban Environment
Agribusiness: Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Organic Certification and Inspector Training
Major Electives Course
GE or Free Electives

 

# Students may take either all four courses OR three courses from the four courses and one course from the Major Elective Courses to fulfill the requirement of Science Common Core (16 units)

Major Electives

Students can choose from the following list of major electives:

  • Plant Physiology
  • Principles of Environmental Management
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Bioresource and Agricultural Science Project II
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical & Testing Sciences Tutorials I
  • Rural and Agricultural Development in China
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The Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Bioresource and Agricultural Science will provide graduates with the knowledge and practical skills required for a wide array of bioresource, agriculture, and environmental-related professions.

 

  • Agribusiness (agricultural produce e.g. crops, agrochemicals, animal feeds, and equipment and services)
  • Businesses (production, processing, distribution and retailing in the food sector)
  • Professionals in agrotechnology
  • Research and development (crop and soil science, environmental science, food science, animal science)
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Government (e.g. Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Environmental Protection Department)
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Green groups

 

The programme is supported by the Institute of Bioresource and Agriculture (IBA) which was newly established under the Faculty of Science. The Institute serves as a knowledge hub that actively engages in research in sustainable agriculture and bioresource management, and promotes bioresource conservation, sustainable consumption, and organic agriculture to the general public.

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BSc (Hons) in Bioresource and Agricultural Science students are provided with diversified opportunities to nurture your personal developments ranging from internships, exchange opportunities to study tour.

 

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