B.Sc (Hons) in Biological Sciences with 2nd Major in Biomedical Structural Biology


Curriculum & Course Descriptions for Students admitted in AY2017 and before

Year 1
Semester 1
(20 AU)
BS1001 Introductory Biology ^
(exempted with H2 Biology = A)+
Major-Core 3 AU
BS1002 Biophysical Chemistry Major-Core 3 AU
BS1003 Organic Chemistry
(exempted with H2 Chemistry = A)+
Major-Core 3 AU
BS1005 Biochemistry I Major-Core 3 AU
CM1031 Basic Organic Chemistry with Laboratory ​GER-UE-Core  ​​4 AU
ML0001 Absolute Basics for Career ^ GER-Core 1 AU
**Students will be pre-registered with GER-PE-LA ‘HE9091 Principles of Economics’ (3AUs) in their first semester.
Students may drop the pre-registered GER-PE-LA and register for other available GER-PE

Year 1
Semester 2
(20 AU)
BS1006 Principles of Genetics Major-Core 3 AU
BS1007 Molecular and Cell Biology I
(exempted with H3 subject = Distinction or Merit)+​
Major-Core 3 AU
BS1008 Biostatistics Major-Core 3 AU
BS1100 Molecular and Cell Biology Techniques Level 1 Major-Core 3 AU
CM1041 Basic Physical Chemistry with Laboratory ​GER-UE-Core ​​4 AU
GC0001 Sustainability: Seeing through the Haze ^ GER-Core 1 AU
+ Students may be exempted with other courses if they have other matching H2 or H3 courses. Please see Table 1.​

Year 2
Semester 1
(20 AU)
BS2001 Physiology Major-Core 3 AU
BS2002 Microbiology ​Major-Core ​3 AU
BS2003 Biochemistry II Major-Core 3 AU
BS2020 Mathematics and Physics Topics for Structural Biologists GER-UE-Core 3 AU
CM2031 Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry GER-UE-Core 3 AU
HW0128 Scientific Communication I GER-Core 2 AU
Year 2
Semester 2
(21 AU)
BS2008 Experimental Molecular & Cell Biology Major-Core 3 AU
CM2041 Physical and Biophysical Chemistry I ​GER-UE-Core ​3 AU
BS2021 RNA Structures & RNA Based Drug Development​ GER-UE-Core 3 AU
HW0228 Scientific Communication II GER-Core 2 AU
HY0001 Ethics and Moral Reasoning ^ GER-Core 1 AU
Major PE from Table A Major-PE 9 AU

Inter-semester Break

BS9001 Research Experience (Optional)++

Major-PE 3 AU
++ Recommended Major-PE which is conducted during inter-semester break. Completion of BS9001 will allow you to do one less Major-PE in any of the future semesters. Registration of BS9001 will be done by the School. 

Year 3
Semester 1
(19 AU)
BS3021 Bioimaging Techniques in EM GER-UE-Core 3 AU
Major PE from Table B Major-PE 9 AU
GER-UE-PE from Table D GER-UE-PE 3 AU​
BS0001 Biology and Society GER-Core 3 AU
ML0002 Career Power Up! ^ ​GER-Core ​1 AU
Year 3
Semester 2
(19 AU)
BS3025 NMR in Structural Biology GER-UE-Core 3 AU
GER-UE-PE from Table D GER-UE-PE 3 AU
Major PE from Table C Major-PE 12 AU
ET0001 Enterprise and Innovation ^ GER-Core 1 AU


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


12 AU

^^^ Students may opt to take BS4224 Professional Internship in Year 4 Sem 1 or Year 4 Sem 2. 
For students admitted in AY2016/17 and onwards (excluding the direct-entry to Year 2 students admitted in AY2016), please adhere to the following curriculum in Year 4 Sem 2 :
Year 4
Semester 2
(12 AU)
BS4020 Final Year Project    or, Major-PE 12 AU
1 AU
+ 11AU
^ Online courses
^^Students are recommended to read BS4223 in Year 3 Sem 1 , Year 3 Sem 2 or Year 4 Sem 1 before going on Professional Internship. "ML0002 Career Power Up!" is the co-requisite of BS4223.
Table A
BS2004 Molecular and Cell Biology II Major-PE 3 AU
BS2007 Immunology Major-PE 3 AU
BS2010 Bioimaging Major-PE 3 AU
BS2012 Genetics and Genomics Major-PE 3 AU
BS2014 Microbial Biotechnology Major-PE 3 AU
BS211S^ Equations of Life Major-PE 3 AU
BS3332# Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB) 
              Workshop (Series I) – Methods in Histology
Major-PE 3 AU
BS3335# Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB) 
              Workshop (Series I) – Protein behavior in health and disease –              biophysical tools
​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS3347# Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB)
              Workshop (Series I) – Metabolomics and Lipidomics
Major-PE​ ​3 AU
​AAB20D Ecology ​ Major-PE​ ​3 AU
Table B
BS1101 Basics of TCM Major-PE 3 AU
BS3001 Neurobiology ​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS3003 Developmental Biology Major-PE 3 AU
BS3004 Cancer Biology and Therapy Major-PE 3 AU
BS3014 Biological Foundations of Behavior ​Major-PE ​3 AU
​BS3018 Plant Biology ​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS3023 Regulatory Control of Healthcare Products and  Medical
​Major-PE  3 AU​
​BS3024 Evolution in Health and Disease ​​Major-PE ​3 AU​
BS3031 Beauty and the Myths Major-PE 3 AU
BS3032 Environmental Microbiology 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​
BS3345#Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB) Workshop (Series II) Microbial Biotechnology and Systems Biology Major-PE 3 AU
BS4002 Current Topics in Cell Biology ​Major-PE 3 AU ​
​BS4004 Current Topics in Immunology ​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS4006 Virology ​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS4010 Synthetic Biology ​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS4011 Biology of Social Behavior ​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS4015 Plant Biotechnology ​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS9001 Research Experience ​​Major-PE ​3 AU
BS2103^^ TCM Diagnostics Major-PE 6 AU
BG4215 Biomedical Nanotechnology
​Major-PE 3 AU
​CH4306 Bioanalytical Techniques​ ​Major-PE ​​3 AU ​
​ES2304 Microbes on natural ecosystems​ ​Major-PE ​​3 AU 
ES3302 Tropical Ecology ​Major-PE ​3 AU 
ES4303 Marine and Aquatic Ecology ​Major-PE ​3 AU 
​​HH2016 History of Animals​​ ​​Major-PE ​​6 AU 
Table C
BS3006 Bioentrepreneurship ​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
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
BS3035 One Health ​​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
​​BS3346# Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB) Workshop
             (Series I) –  Bridges between Neuroscience and Psychology
​Major-PE ​​3 AU
BS1101^^ Basics of TCM Major-PE 6 AU
HH3010 Biotechnology & Society Major-PE 3 AU

^^ BS1101 and BS2103 are considered as ONE Major PE.

Table D (To choose 3)
CM4034 Natural Product Chemistry ​Sem 1
(not offered)
CM9082 Drug Design and Synthesis ​Sem 2 ​GER-UE-PE ​3 AU
​​BS3008 Computational Biology & Modelling ​Sem 2 ​GER-UE-PE ​3 AU​
​​BS3013# Drug discovery & Development, Biotechnology ​Sem 2 ​GER-UE-PE ​3 AU​
​BS3027# Spectroscopic Methods in Biomedical Structural Biology  ​Sem 1 GER-UE-PE​ 3 AU​
​​BS3028 Chemical Biology ​Sem 2 ​GER-UE-PE ​3 AU​
BS3344# Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UEAB) Workshop (Series I) - Macromolecular X-ray Crystallography ​Sem 1 GER-UE-PE ​
3 AU​
CM4051 Advanced Bioorganic Chemistry ​Sem 2
(on hold)
CM9081 Medicinal Chemistry ​Sem 1 GER-UE-PE ​ 3 AU
CM4043 Molecular Modeling: Principle and Applications ​Sem 1 GER-UE-PE ​ 3 AU
BS4014# Molecular Basis of Diseases ​Sem 1 GER-UE-PE ​ 3 AU
​CM9031 Analytical & Manufacturing Techniques in Pharmaceutical Industry​ ​​​Sem 2 ​GER-UE-PE ​ ​3 AU

#Note: For BSxxxx courses under Table D, it will be cleared as UE to fulfil 2nd major in Biomedical Structural Biology first. The BS course could be reclassified to Major PE when all UE requirements under 2nd major in Biomedical Structural Biology have been fulfilled.

BS4012 and BS4013 have ceased to offer. Students who have taken the courses before can still count them to fulfil the 2nd major in BSSB requirement.