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Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Applied Biology

The Department of Biology at HKBU offers a four-year undergraduate degree programme for BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology. The programme provides 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.

The BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology programme provides professional training in two concentrations of biology.

 

    1. Biotechnology Concentration – Students in this concentration will develop an understanding of the theories of biology as well as biotechnology applications by taking courses in the fields of cellular/ molecular/ developmental biology, organismal biology, genetics, molecular biotechnology, and other biological fields. In addition, various laboratory courses in these fields are provided to equip students with technical skills for biological and biomedical research and biotechnology industry.

 

    1. Environmental Science Concentration – Students in this concentration will develop understanding of the theories of biology as well as environmental science by taking courses focusing in the fields of biodiversity, ecology, environmental impact assessment and waste management, biological resources management and other environmental management skills. Students will learn practical skills, including sample collection, 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 Environmental Science Concentration has recently received HKIQEP full accreditation in FIVE areas. Graduates from our environmental science concentration are provided with a shorter route to become a professional member of HKIQEP, a pathway for Qualified Environmental Professionals. Please visit "Career Prospects" for details.

 

Students selecting environmental science concentration are also eligible to apply for the Double Degree programme between HKBU (Department of Biology) and the University of Lincoln (UoL) (School of Life Sciences), UK to earn an additional BSc (Hons) in Ecology and Conservation from UoL.

 

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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:
    1. English Language, Chinese Language and
    2. Any Two elective subjects (preferably good results in science-related subjects)

 

  • Level 2 in:

Mathematics and Liberal Studies

 

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Admission from Common First Year in Science to Second Year in BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology:

 

Students will be admitted on a Faculty basis with broad-based education in all scientific fields in Year 1.

It allows students to explore and experience various scientific disciplines before choosing their Major study programme in Year 2.

 

Introductory science courses in Year One Curriculum:

  • Introduction to Biology
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Essence of Computing
  • Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics
  • Introduction to Physics or Introduction to Energy Science
  • 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 1 curriculum.

 

Criteria for Major Programme Assignment include:

Students who have attained a 5* in relevant science subjects will be guaranteed for admission to the relevant major programme; or

  • A minimum cGPA of 2.0 attained by the end of Year 1; 
  • 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

 

Intake AY2019/20 onwards


Four-Year Undergraduate Programme

 

Major (Biotechnology or Environmental Science Courses) 65 units
Free Electives 32 units
GE Courses 18 units
University Core 13 units
Total 128 units


 

 

Curriculum by concentration:


 

  Biotechnology Concentration
(Years 2 – 4)
Environmental Science Concentration
(Years 2 -4)
Year 2 Biological Chemistry
Cell Biology
Cell Biology Lab
Genetics
Genetics Lab
Microbiology
Microbiology Lab
Free Elective
GE Courses

Biodiversity
Biodiversity Lab
Biological Chemistry
Cell Biology
Introduction to Environmental Sciences
Microbiology
Microbiology Lab
Free Elective
GE Courses

 

Year 3 Animal Physiology
Animal Physiology Lab
Immunology
Molecular Biology
Plant Physiology
Plant Physiology Lab
Major Elective
Free Elective
GE course or GE Capstone

Biological Resources and Management
Ecology
Ecology Lab
Environmental Health and Toxicology
Waste Treatment and Recycling
Major Elective
Free Elective
GE courses or GE Capstone

 

Year 4

Animal and Plant Biotechnology
Applied Biology Project I
Biotechnology Studies Lab I
Biotechnology Studies Lab II
Developmental Biology
Fermentation and Enzyme Technology
Major Elective
Free Elective
GE Capstone

 

Applied Biology Project I
Environmental Biotechnology
Environmental Science Lab I
Environmental Science Lab II
Principles of Environmental Management
Major Elective
Free Elective
GE Capstone

 

 

Intake AY2018/19 onwards


 

Main discipline subjects 61 units
Required courses/electives 55 – 58 units
Final year project/capstone courses 3 – 6 units
General Education (GE courses) 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

 

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Many of our graduates gain employment after graduation in a variety of careers that requires a solid background in applied biology such as:

 

    1. Biotechnology marketing and management,
    2. Biological science education,
    3. Nature conservation,
    4. Environmental monitoring,
    5. Pollution control,
    6. Public health and sanitation, and
    7. Environmental hygiene

 

HKIQEP Accredited Programme

 

The BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology (Environmental Science Concentration) has been accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Qualified Environmental Professionals Limited (HKIQEP) 香港合資格環保專業人員學會 (香港環專會) under the HKIQEP Accreditation Scheme for Environmental Degree Programmes – Undergraduate Level, for the following FIVE areas (consisting of two Fundamental Areas and three Specific Areas of the HKIQEP Syllabus):

 

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This is the only undergraduate programme in Hong Kong accredited in five areas!

 

Students admitted to the HKIQEP Full Accredited Environmental Science programme from AY2021/22 are on the shorter route to paving their way to becoming Qualified Environmental Professionals. This qualification is recognized by Environment Bureau and Development Bureau, and 45 reputed companies in Hong Kong!

 

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