Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences


Program Description

Biological Sciences

  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Degree / Award Title: Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences
  • Offering Academic Unit: Department of Biomedical Sciences
  • Mode of Study: Full-time

Aims of Major

This major aims to nurture students to embark on professional, educational, scientific or technical career after graduation.

We provide a rigorous, broad-spectrum curriculum combined with specialization in major fields of biology such as cancer biology, nanobiotechnology, neurobiology and ecology. The Biological Sciences (BS) major presents an in-depth study of modern biology, with courses ranging from bioinformatics to biochemistry, genetics and cellular molecular biology.

The BS major provides a thorough understanding of how science is done with state-of-the-art equipment in laboratory for students interested in research and other science-based careers.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)

Upon successful completion of this major, students should be able to:

  • Explain biological phenomena from the molecular to the cellular basis of life.
  • Explain biological phenomena based on lectures and observations in the laboratory.
  • Design experiment and evaluate experimental data to test hypotheses, and to create innovative and practical solutions.
  • Demonstrate good time management and problem- solving skills, and effectively communicate scientific ideas in both written and oral formats.
  • Demonstrate the ability to read, understand, and critically review scientific information
  • Accomplish laboratory-based or problem-based tasks independently.
  • Apply the broad-based foundation and latest advances in the knowledge of biological sciences to real-world problems.
  • Develop strategies for acquisition, application and synthesis of knowledge in the biological sciences.
  • Apply biological knowledge to address bioethical issues and to understand the role of science in society and the ethical conduct of science.

Degree Requirements



  1. For students with recognised Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent qualifications.
  2. For Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates admitted as senior-year intake students.

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for senior-year (Advanced Standing II) admission, applicants are normally expected to have completed an Associate Degree/Higher Diploma with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of ≥3.0 or an equivalent overall mark, or a credit award, and have studied Biology and a science-related subject such as Chemistry, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Statistics at a high school or post-secondary institution.

What You Will Be Studying

Biology is the study of life, and this major offers courses in many areas of the life sciences that are aimed at expanding our understanding of the natural world. The subject areas offered in the major command applications in diverse fields such as molecular and cellular biology, physiology, ecology, biodiversity, biotechnology and systems and regenerative biology. The curriculum is rigorous and provides a background in problem-solving, critical thinking, research, organisation, time management and communication skills. Students are encouraged to participate in various faculty-mentored research projects, and benefit from a variety of interdisciplinary streams and industrial and co-op programmes that provide a wide range of professional and personal development options. This major is designed for students interested in careers in areas such as education, basic and applied research and the environmental and biomedical sciences.

Number of Credits

For Normative 4-year Degree, the number of credit units required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences programme is 120 credit units. These are distributed through 8 semesters (i.e. 4 years) each up to 18 credit units. The maximum study period is 8 years.

For Advanced Standing I, the number of credit units required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences programme is 90 credit units. These are distributed through 6 semesters (i.e. 3 years) each up to 18 credit units. The maximum study period is 6 years.

For Advanced Standing II, the number of credit units required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences programme is 60 credit units. These are distributed through 4 semesters (i.e. 2 years) each up to 18 credit units. The maximum study period is 5 years.

Career Prospects

Upon graduation, students can work in various areas, such as:

Medical and Health Services

  • Diagnostics sector in the medical and health industries
  • Medical devices sector in the health industry
  • Pharmaceutical and laboratory instrumentation industries

Education and Research

  • Professors/lecturers in universities
  • Principle investigators in universities and non-profit research institutes
  • Scientists/Researchers in pharmaceutical and biotech R&D industries

Management and Consultant

  • Product marketing and sales
  • Consultancy services
  • Laboratory management
  • Clinical trials management


  • Environmental Protection Department
  • Department of Food and Health
  • Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department


  • Patent law firm
  • Public health
  • Journalism

Industrial Training and International Exchange

The Department offers work placement opportunities through internship schemes that provide students with full-time job attachments to firms not only in Hong Kong but also in the Pearl River Delta region and overseas. Through such placements, students will:

  • Gain solid experience in a real-life work environment;
  • Develop problem-solving abilities and interpersonal skills;
  • Learn the right attitudes towards work and professionalism; and
  • Broaden their experience and enhance their employability.

Furthermore, to help students broaden their educational horizons, gain language experience and enhance their awareness of different cultures, the Department, College and University offer around 340 credit-bearing exchange programmes with various partner institutions around the world including universities in Australia, Canada, Europe, the US and the Asia-Pacific region.

The Department also organises out-of-classroom learning activities to broaden students’ learning interests. These include:

  • Industrial Attachment and Overseas Internship schemes, which help students to acquire work experience in various local, regional and international companies and organisations; and
  • Student Exchange programmes, which provide students with opportunities to experience foreign cultures and enhance their intercultural and interpersonal skills while studying abroad.

Bonus Features

Our courses are practical and based on examples from the local region. Many courses are augmented with laboratory sessions, field trips and field camps.

We aim to facilitate your active learning, rather than forcing you to memorise information. We use a range of strategies to help you learn, including:

  • Web-based software to enhance your discussion of course materials;
  • The Personal Response System, an electronic device used in the classroom to gauge your understanding during lessons;
  • Problem-based learning schemes that stimulate you to apply subject knowledge to solve daily life problems related to biology; and
  • Open book examinations in some courses to encourage you to read widely and enhance your comprehension skills.


Department of Biomedical Sciences (options: BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Biomedical Sciences)

  • Year of Entry: 2020
  • Mode of Funding: Government-funded
  • Admission Code: 1203 Department of Biomedical Sciences (options: BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Biomedical Sciences)
  • Mode of Study: Full-time
  • Indicative Intake Target (subject to change):
    • JUPAS and non-JUPAS government-funded places: 80
    • Direct Application Places (Local Students): 17 for the Department of Biomedical Sciences
    • Non-Local Students: Direct Application route for international and mainland Non-Gaokao students: around 250. NUEE route [全国普通高等学校统一招生计划(统招)] for mainland Gaokao students: around 225
  • Normal Duration of Programme: 4 years
  • Direct/Non-JUPAS Application Deadline: 2 January 2020 (Local & Non-local)

Programme Video

Department of Biomedical Sciences

The Department of Biomedical Sciences was established in January 2014 to develop strategic growth areas in the life sciences. It has the aim of becoming a leading centre for biomedical education and cutting-edge research on cancer, neuroscience and regenerative medicine. Besides carrying out internationally competitive research in the biomedical sciences, promotes interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaboration, and conducts translational research from bench to bedside, the Department provides programmes that best equip graduates for future careers in healthcare, pharmaceutical, biotech and related industries. It currently offers programmes in a stimulating teaching, learning and research environment.

The Department of Biomedical Sciences offers two undergraduate majors:

  • BSc Biological Sciences
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences

Admission Arrangements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

Applicants to this programme (admission code: 1203) will be considered for admission to first-year studies at the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Students will enter a major (current major options: Biological Sciences; Biomedical Sciences) after one year of study. The top 40% of students# will have a free choice of majors offered by the Department. The other 60% of students will be allocated a major within the Department, subject to the availability of places and the selection criteria set by individual majors.

# Based on CGPA with no failed grades and completion of at least 30 credit units including College/Department required courses.

Applicants seeking advanced standing entry can submit an application for the following programme:

  • BSc Biological Sciences (admission code: 1701A)

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements.

Did You Know?

Resources and Facilities

The Department currently has 28 faculty members, who have won such prestigious awards as the Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award (Science and Technology), achieved outstanding results in grant applications, and produced high-quality research outputs.

All programmes and research activities are supported by a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment with cutting-edge techniques including electrophysiology and in vivo imaging, and anatomical, genetic, molecular and cellular tools to address challenges in the biomedical sciences.


Last updated Jan 2020

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