Enquiry for Major/Minor/Programme Requirements

Major Title Major in Environmental Science
Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in 2017-2018
Objectives:

The Major in Environmental Science aims to provide students with a strong scientific and technological background for understanding and addressing the environmental issues faced by humankind. This includes a flexible teaching and learning programme so that students can explore environmental issues from a range of aspects. Core courses in the curriculum emphasize fundamental knowledge in life and environment, physical and sustainable environment, pollution, monitoring and management. Throughout the curriculum, students are encouraged to undertake their own independent study from primary and secondary sources to incorporate critical thinking, field and laboratory work, documentary and archive scholarship, as integrated elements of relevant courses. By completing the curriculum, students are expected to have enhanced their knowledge in environmental science and have improved their problem-solving ability, communication and social skills. Students will be prepared to work in industries and government agencies, where they will help manage wisely the resources for which they are responsible.

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

identify and describe different components of the environmental systems and key issues in environmental science (by means of lectures, coursework, tutorial classes and field/ laboratory/ team-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 2 :

observe, describe, measure and analyze physical, biological and chemical characteristics of natural and man-made environments (by means of lectures, coursework, tutorial classes and field/ laboratory/ team-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 3 :

appropriately use and critically analyze a range of forms and sources of environmental data, and assess environmental problems (by means of lectures, coursework, tutorial classes and field/ laboratory/ team-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 4 :

gain an advanced level of skills in scientific inquiry and effective communication of global environmental problems, issues of resource management, policies and management methods and appreciation of the related ethical issues (by means of field/ laboratory/ team-based learning, research projects, presentation opportunities and capstone experiences in the curriculum)

Impermissible Combination:

Minor in Environmental Science

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 (18 credits)
ENVS1401 Introduction to environmental science (6)
ENVS2001 Methods in environmental science (6)
ENVS2002 Environmental data analysis (6)
Disciplinary Electives (18 credits)
At least 18 credits selected from the following courses (Level 1 & 2):
CHEM1042 General chemistry I (6)
EASC1020 Introduction to climate science (6)
EASC1401 Blue Planet (6)
ENVS1301 Environmental life science (6)
STAT1601 Elementary statistical methods (6) May take either STAT1601 or STAT1603 to fulfill this 18 credits requirement, but not both.
STAT1603 Introductory statistics (6) May take either STAT1601 or STAT1603 to fulfill this 18 credits requirement, but not both.
BIOL2102 Biostatistics (6)
BIOL2306 Ecology and evolution (6)
CHEM2041 Principles of chemistry (6)
CHEM2241 Analytical chemistry I (6)
CHEM2442 Fundamentals of organic chemistry (6)
2. Advanced level courses (42 credits)
Disciplinary Core Courses (6 credits)
ENVS3004 Environment, society and economics (6)
Disciplinary Electives (36 credits)
At least 36 credits selected from the following courses:
BIOL3110 Environmental toxicology (6)
BIOL3303 Conservation biology (6)
CHEM3141 Environmental chemistry (6)
CHEM3241 Analytical chemistry II: chemical instrumentation (6)
CHEM3242 Food and water analysis (6)
EASC3020 Global change: anthropogenic impacts (6)
EASC3405 Environmental remote sensing (6)
ENVS3006 Environmental radiation (6)
ENVS3007 Natural hazards and mitigation (6)
ENVS3010 Sustainable energy and environment (6)
ENVS3019 Urban ecology (6)
ENVS3020 Global change ecology (6)
ENVS3042 Pollution (6)
ENVS3313 Environmental oceanography (6)
MATH3408 Computational methods and differential equations with applications (6)
STAT3611 Computer-aided data analysis (6)
BIOL4302 Environmental impact assessment (6)
ENVS4110 Environmental remediation (6)
3. Capstone requirement (6 credits)
At least 6 credits selected from the following courses:
ENVS3999 Directed studies in environmental science (6)
ENVS4955 Environmental science in practice (6)
ENVS4966 Environmental science internship (6)
ENVS4999 Environmental science 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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