Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology

General

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Program Description

This programme does not consider second choice applications. The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only and subject to review.

Programme Aims

The programme aims to produce competent professionals in biotechnology to meet the needs of biotechnology-related sectors in Hong Kong, China and the world.

In this programme, students gain a thorough understanding of the principles, concepts and applications of biotechnology.  Through learning the principles of modern biotechnology, students develop analytical, creative and problem-solving abilities. Graduates from the programme are well prepared for careers in the rapidly expanding bioscience/biotechnology industries in Hong Kong, the region and around the world. They can also pursue further studies in postgraduate programmes locally or overseas.

Characteristics

This programme integrates theory and practice and culminates in an individual in-depth scientific investigation in the final year.

Students develop both local and global perspectives and have the opportunity to practise in relevant industries, research centres and commercial organizations.

A technician viewing a blot on a fluorescence microscope while another technician is using a pipette at the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF), Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute.

Curriculum

As in all undergraduate programmes at PolyU, students complete 30 credits of General University Requirements in which their language competency, personal development and broad global perspective will be developed.

Students complete the Discipline Specific Requirements in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology to build a sound foundation for their studies.

Upon completion of the foundation subjects, students are required to complete core biological, biochemical and biotechnological subjects before proceeding to select their Elective Subjects in biotechnology.

In the final stage, students complete a Final Year Project in which they tackle a scientific problem or research topic, utilising the discipline-specific knowledge, concepts and generic skills developed through the different stages of this programme.

To cater for the multidisciplinary nature of the current developing trend in biotechnology, students have room in this programme to select Free Elective Subjects in other areas of interest, such as in information technology, business, marketing, engineering, etc.

Professional Recognition

Graduates are qualified for membership of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) in the UK.

Graduates are recognized by universities and research institutes worldwide for postgraduate studies.

Career Prospects

Graduates from this programme are qualified to work in the rapidly expanding biotechnology industries in Hong Kong, the region and around the world. They pursue careers in the industrial, commercial, education and public sectors in technical, executive or managerial positions. Graduates can also pursue further studies in postgraduate programmes locally or overseas.

Entrance Requirements

PolyU welcomes applications from qualified candidates from around the world. The following guidelines are for the reference of students who wish to seek admission to PolyU based on non-local qualifications. Qualifications that cannot be found below will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

GCE A-level / International A-level

GCE Advanced Level or International Advanced Level with passes in 3 AL, OR 2 AL and 2 AS, subjects 

(This is only the minimum eligibility criteria. Applicants who gain admission, typically, attain at least BBB in 3 AL subjects.)

International Baccalaureate (IB)

A minimum score of 24 with at least grade 4 in 2 Higher Level subjects

(This is only the minimum eligibility criteria. Applicants who gain admission, typically, attain a score of 30 or above, including bonus points.)

SAT Reasoning Test/ACT/Advanced Placement Test/SAT Subject Tests

A High School (Graduation) Diploma (non-Chinese curriculum) and any one of the following:

  • a total score of 1190 in the SAT Reasoning Test; or
  • an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 24;

and

  • grade 3 in two Advanced Placement (AP) subjects; or
  • a score of 600 in two SAT Subject Tests

[English language requirement is waived for those attaining a score of 590 or above in the Evidence-based Reading and Writing in the SAT]

Applicants with good results in the GCE A-level / International A-level or International Baccalaureate (IB) can be granted up to 25% credit transfer upon admission to the 4-year degree curriculum.

Other Information

Applicants attaining good results in Biology are preferred.

Last updated Nov 2020

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