B.Sc. (Hons) in Biological Sciences

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Curriculum & Course Descriptions for Students admitted in AY2014

Year 1
Semester 1
(16 AU)
BS1001 Introductory Biology Major-Core 3 AU
BS1002 Biophysical Chemistry Major-Core 3 AU
BS1003 Organic Chemistry Major-Core 3 AU
ML0001 Absolute Basics for Career ^ GER-Core 1 AU
GER-PE GER-PE 3 AU
GER-UE GER-UE 3 AU
Year 1
Semester 2
(19 AU)
BS1005 Biochemistry I Major-Core 3 AU
BS1006 Principles of Genetics Major-Core 3 AU
BS1007 Molecular and Cell Biology I Major-Core 3 AU
BS1008 Bioinformatics and Statistics Major-Core 3 AU
GC0001 Introduction to Sustainability: Multidisciplinary Approaches and Solutions ^ GER-Core 1 AU
GER-PE GER-PE 3 AU
GER-UE GER-UE 3 AU

NOTE: Direct-entry to Year 2 students are required to complete 12AUs of GER-Cores, including ‘ML0001 Absolute Basics for Career’ and ‘GC0001 Introduction to Sustainability: Multidisciplinary Approaches and Solutions’.
Year 2
Semester 1
(17 AU)
BS2001 Physiology Major-Core 3 AU
BS2002 Microbiology Major-Core 3 AU
BS2003 Biochemistry II Major-Core 3 AU
BS2004 Molecular and Cell Biology II Major-Core 3 AU
HW0128 Scientific Communication I GER-Core 2 AU
GER-UE GER-UE 3 AU
Year 2
Semester 2
(18 AU)
BS2008 Experimental Molecular & Cell Biology Major-Core 3 AU
Major PE from Table A Major-PE 3 AU
Major PE from Table A Major-PE 3 AU
Major PE from Table A Major-PE 3 AU
HW0228 Scientific Communication II GER-Core 2 AU
HY0001 Ethics and Moral Reasoning ^ GER-Core 1 AU
GER-UE GER-UE 3 AU

Year 3
Semester 1
(19 AU)
Major PE from Table B Major-PE 3 AU
Major PE from Table B Major-PE 3 AU
Major PE from Table B Major-PE 3 AU
BS0001 Biology and Society GER-Core 3 AU
ML0002 Career Power Up! ^ GER-Core 1 AU
GER-PE GER-PE 6 AU
Year 3
Semester 2
(16 AU)
Major PE from Table C Major-PE 3 AU
Major PE from Table C Major-PE 3 AU
Major PE from Table C Major-PE 3 AU
Major PE from Table C Major-PE 3 AU
ET0001 Entrepreneurship and Innovation ^ GER-Core 1 AU
GER-PE GER-PE 3 AU

Year 4
Semester 1
(15 AU)
Major PE from Table B Major-PE 3 AU
Major PE from Table B Major-PE 3 AU
Major PE from Table B Major-PE 3 AU
Major PE from Table B Major-PE 3 AU
GER-UE GER-UE 3 AU
Year 4
Semester 2
(12 AU)
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Major-PE

12 AU

*The above curriculum is based on a 4 year B.Sc. (Hons) in Biological Science programme.​​

Table A
Table B
BS2103* TCM Diagnostics ​Major-PE ​6 AU
BS3001 Neurobiology Major-PE 3 AU
BS3003 Developmental Biology Major-PE 3 AU
BS3004 Cancer Biology Major-PE 3 AU
BS3005 Advanced Molecular Genetics Major-PE 3 AU
BS3016 Molecular Evolution ​Major-PE ​3 AU
​BS3018 Plant Biology ​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS3020 Plant Biotechnology ​Major-PE ​3 AU
​BS3021 Bioimaging Techniques in EM ​Major-PE ​3 AU
​BS3023 Regulatory Control of Healthcare Products and Medical Devices  ​Major-PE 3 AU​
​BS3024 Human Evolution - from Genes to Health  ​Major-PE 3 AU​
BS3334# Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB)       Workshop (Series II) – DNA engineering for Fluorescent In-situ Hybridization (FISH) ​Major-PE ​3 AU
​​BS3338# Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB) Workshop
             (Series II) – Effect of anti-mitotic drugs on cancer cells
​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS3342# Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB) Workshop (Series II) - Role of Actin cytoskeleton regulators in metastasis  ​Major-PE 3 AU​
​BS3343# Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB) Workshop (Series II) - Genetics of Human Diseases
​Major-PE 3 AU​
​BS4004 Current Topics in Immunology ​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS4006 Virology ​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS4009 Biology of Aging ​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS4010 Synthetic Biology ​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS4011 Biology of Social Behavior ​Major-PE ​3 AU
​BS4012 Current Topics in Cancer Drug Discovery  Major-PE​ 3 AU​
​BS4013 Physiological Systems: Animal Models for Drug Development  ​Major-PE 3 AU​
BS4014 Molecular Basis of Diseases  ​Major-PE 3 AU​
BS9001 Research Experience ​​Major-PE ​3 AU
Table C
​BS1101* Basics of TCM ​Major-PE ​6 AU
​BS3006 Bioentrepreneurship  ​Major-PE 3 AU​
BS3008 Computational Biology & Modelling Major-PE 3 AU
BS3010 Current Topics in Stem Cell and Developmental Biology Major-PE 3 AU
BS3011 Protein Folding & Biomolecular NMR Major-PE 3 AU
BS3012 Functional Genomics and Proteomics Major-PE 3 AU
BS3013 Drug discovery & Development, Biotechnology ​Major-PE ​3 AU
​BS3014 Biological Foundations of Behavior ​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS3015 The RNA world ​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS3017 Advanced Microbial Pathogenesis ​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS3019 Neuropsychology of Stress and Resilience ​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS3022 Protein Trafficking ​Major-PE ​3 AU
​​BS3030 Telomere Biology: Genome Stability, Cancer and Ageing ​​Major-PE ​​3 AU
BS3331# Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB) 
              Workshop (Series I) – Applied Immunology
​Major-PE ​3 AU
​​BS3336# Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB) Workshop
             (Series I) – Proteomics Workshop
​Major-PE ​​3 AU
​​BS3339# Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB) Workshop
             (Series I) – Neurobiology
​Major-PE ​​3 AU
​​BS3340# Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB) Workshop
             (Series I) – Science of aging and life extension in C. elegans
​Major-PE ​​3 AU
​​BS3341# Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB) Workshop
             (Series I) – Handling Stress and Resilience
​Major-PE ​​3 AU

 ^Online courses

*BS1101 and BS2103 are considered as ONE Major PE

#Recommended Major-PE which is conducted during the 1-week term break or during the 2-weeks before the term starts.