B.Sc. (Hons) in Biological Sciences

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Programme Requirements

For successful completion of the programme, students are required to fulfill the following requirements:
  1. For students admitted
    1. To the First Year of the programme:
      • AY2018 and onwards: To obtain a total of not less than 131 academic units within the maximum period permitted, unless a candidate has been granted exemption by the School from taking certain courses, on a case-by-case basis.
      • AY2017 and before: To obtain a total of not less than 132 academic units within the maximum period permitted, unless a candidate has been granted exemption by the School from taking certain courses, on a case-by-case basis.
    2. For students admitted directly to the Second Year of the programme:
      • AY2019 and onwards: To obtain a total of not less than 98 academic units within the maximum period permitted, unless a candidate has been granted exemption by the School from taking certain courses, on a case-by-case basis.
      • AY2018 and before: To obtain a total of not less than 99 academic units within the maximum period permitted, unless a candidate has been granted exemption by the School from taking certain courses, on a case-by-case basis.
  2. To have gained a pass grade in all the major and general education requirement courses as determined by the School of Biological Sciences; and
  3. Fulfilled other such requirements as maybe prescribed by the Academic Board.

For students admitted in AY2018 and onwards (including direct-entry to Year 2 students admitted in AY2019 and onwards)

Academic Unit (AU) requirements for candidates admitted to the First Year of the programme
Course Type AU
Core 48
Major Prescribed Elective (Major PE) 42
General Education Requirement (GER) Core 14
Prescribed Elective (PE) Business & Management (BM) 3
Liberal Arts (LA) 3
Science, Technology & Society (STS) 3
Any Category (BM, LA or STS) 3
Unrestricted Electives (UE) 14
Total AUs 131
Academic Unit (AU) requirements for candidates admitted directly to the Second Year of the programme
Course Type AU
Core 21
Major Prescribed Elective (Major PE) 42
General Education Requirement (GER) Core 14
Prescribed Elective (PE) Business & Management (BM) 3
Liberal Arts (LA) 3
Science, Technology & Society (STS) 3
Any Category (BM, LA or STS) 3
Unrestricted Electives (UE) 9
Total AUs 98

For students admitted in AY2016 and AY2017 (including direct-entry to Year 2 students admitted in AY2016 to AY2018)

Academic Unit (AU) requirements for candidates admitted to the First Year of the programme
Course Type AU
Core 36
Major Prescribed Elective (Major PE) 54
General Education Requirement (GER) Core 12
Prescribed Elective (PE) Business & Management (BM) 3
Liberal Arts (LA) 3
Science, Technology & Society (STS) 3
Any Category (BM, LA or STS) 6
Unrestricted Electives (UE) 15
Total AUs 132
Academic Unit (AU) requirements for candidates admitted directly to the Second Year of the programme
Course Type AU
Core 12
Major Prescribed Elective (Major PE) 54
General Education Requirement (GER) Core 12
Prescribed Elective (PE) Business & Management (BM) 3
Liberal Arts (LA) 3
Science, Technology & Society (STS) 3
Any Category (BM, LA or STS) 3
Unrestricted Electives (UE) 9
Total AUs 99