Enquiry for Major/Minor/Programme Requirements

Major Title Major in Biological Sciences
Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in 2017-2018
Objectives:

This Major is designed for students seeking a broad-based training in modern biology.  Students are guided in an inquiry-driven learning environment to appreciate the major biological systems at different levels of biological organization.  Teaching emphasizes both core concepts and applied aspects in biological sciences.  The programme is highly flexible as students can select courses according to their own interests from a wide spectrum of elective courses.  At the advanced level, students are further exposed to three fundamental areas of biological sciences (genetics, molecular & cell biology; ecology, systematics and evolution; physiology and organismic biology) and will undertake experiential learning activities. The diverse learning experience exposes students to problem-based learning, and an exciting array of laboratory and field techniques.  Students will also be able to acquire valuable transferable skills in analysis, organization and communication.  The Biological Sciences Major applies modern scientific inquiry to prepare graduates for employment as professionals in a variety of careers or for postgraduate study.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this programme, students should be able to:
PLO 1 :

understand concepts underpinning advances in genetics, molecular & cell biology; ecology, systematics and evolution; physiology and organismic biology (by means of coursework, tutorial classes and laboratory-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 2 :

evaluate diverse threads of enquiry in science, and identify the value of datasets and written output (by means of coursework, tutorial classes and laboratory-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 3 :

interpret scientific data from a range of sources and explain trends observed (by means of coursework, tutorial classes and laboratory-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 4 :

demonstrate independent and critical thinking and appreciate moral and ethical issues related to biological sciences (by means of coursework, tutorial classes and laboratory-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 5 :

communicate in a professional capacity with educators, business, media and the scientific community (by means of coursework, tutorial classes, project-based and presentation opportunities in the curriculum)

PLO 6 :

be prepared to enter employment as professional scientists, educators and managers (by means of coursework, tutorial classes, laboratory-based, project-based and capstone learning in the curriculum)

Impermissible Combination:

NIL

Required courses (96 credits)
1. Introductory level courses (48 credits)
Disciplinary Core Courses: Science Foundation Courses (12 credits)
SCNC1111 Scientific method and reasoning (6)
SCNC1112 Fundamentals of modern science (6)
Disciplinary Core Courses (36 credits)
BIOL1110 From molecules to cells (6)
BIOL1309 Evolutionary diversity (6)
BIOL2102 Biostatistics (6)
BIOL2103 Biological sciences laboratory course (6)
BIOL2220 Principles of biochemistry (6) Take either BIOL2220 or BIOC2600 to fulfill this 36 credits requirement, but not both. BIOL2220 and BIOC2600 are mutually exclusive.
BIOL2306 Ecology and evolution (6)
BIOC2600 Basic biochemistry (6) Take either BIOL2220 or BIOC2600 to fulfill this 36 credits requirement, but not both. BIOL2220 and BIOC2600 are mutually exclusive.
2. Advanced level courses (at least 42 credits)
Disciplinary Electives (42 credits)
(A) Genetics, molecular and cell biology (at least 12 credits selected from area A)
BIOL3401 Molecular biology (6)
BIOL3402 Cell biology and cell technology (6)
BIOL3404 Protein structure and function (6)
BIOL3408 Genetics (6)
(B) Ecology, systematics and evolution (at least 12 credits selected from area B)
BIOL3301 Marine biology (6)
BIOL3302 Systematics and phylogenetics (6)
BIOL3303 Conservation biology (6)
BIOL3419 Insect ecology: the little things that run the world (6)
BIOL3501 Evolution (6)
(C) Physiology and organismic biology (at least 18 credits with 6 credits from each of List I, II & III)
List I
BIOL3105 Animal physiology and environmental adaptation (6)
BIOL3205 Human physiology (6)
BIOL3403 Immunology (6)
BIOL3406 Reproduction and reproductive biotechnology (6)
BIOL3503 Endocrinology: human physiology II (6)
List II
BIOL3107 Plant physiology (6)
BIOL3314 Plant structure and evolution (6)
BIOL4411 Plant and food biotechnology (6)
List III
BIOL3109 Environmental microbiology (6)
BIOL3203 Food microbiology (6)
BIOL3508 Microbial physiology and biotechnology (6)
BIOL4401 Medical microbiology and applied immunology (6)
3. Capstone requirement (6 credits)
At least 6 credits selected from the following courses:
BIOL3994 Directed studies in biological sciences (6)
BIOL4964 Biological sciences internship (6)
BIOL4994 Biological sciences project (12)
 
Notes:

1. Double-counting of courses up to a maximum of 24 credits is permissible when a student with a science major opts to undertake a second major in science. The double-counted courses must include SCNC1111 Scientific method and reasoning (6 credits) and SCNC1112 Fundamentals of modern science (6 credits). Additional credits to be double-counted must be for courses required ('disciplinary core') by both majors. For cases with 24 or less double-counted credits, the student must make up an equivalent number of credits by taking other courses offered by any Faculty.

2. If more than 24 credits (including SCNC1111 & SCNC1112) are listed as required courses ("disciplinary core") in both the first and second majors undertaken by a student, the student must make up the number of credits above the 24 permissible by taking replacement course(s) (disciplinary electives) in the second major. Double counting of credits is not permissible for major-minor or double-minors combinations. For details, please refer to "Students taking double Majors, Major-Minor or double Minors with overlapping course requirements" in the BSc syllabuses.

3. Students are not required to take Capstone if this Science major is taken as a second major on the condition that the capstone experience in the first major requires the integration or application of knowledge from both major disciplines.  If this is approved, a 6-credit advanced level course (disciplinary electives) in the second major must be taken to fulfill the credit requirement of the capstone experience.

4. Capstone requirement for BEd&BSc degree students is different. Students are required to take an additional 6-credit advanced level course (disciplinary electives) in the major to replace the capstone requirement of this Major.  Students should consult the Faculty of Education for details.

Remarks:

Important! Ultimate responsibility rests with students to ensure that the required pre-requisites and co-requisite of selected courses are fulfilled. Students must take and pass all required courses in the selected primary science major in order to satisfy the degree graduation requirements.



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