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Common First Year

Common First Year

All students will be admitted on a Faculty basis and exposed to a list of "Common First Year" courses so that you can explore your interests before declaring Major Programme.

"Common First Year" Courses to be studied by all students admitted into Faculty of Science

For students who have attained a 5* in relevant science subjects, they will be guaranteed for admission to the relevant major programme in Year 2. For example, if he/she has attained a 5* in HKDSE Chemistry, he/she will be guaranteed for admission to Chemistry as his/her major programme.

The criteria for major programme assignment for other students will include the performance in relevant Common First Year course, the cGPA attained by the end of Year 1 and interview performance, if applicable.

Introduction to Biology

  • suit the needs of students who need a broad background in biology; and
  • to deliver the main principles and mechanisms in biological sciences for pursuing in-depth studies

Introduction to Chemistry

  • provide students with fundamental concepts and principles in chemistry; and
  • to demonstrate the diverse and important applications of chemistry in everyday life.

Essence of Computing

  • prepare students with problem solving methodologies and skills using computer;
  • discuss the key components of a computer and the use of computer in our daily life.
  • introduce high level programming methodology and skills.
  • upon completion, students are able to:
    1. describe how a computer works and its importance in our daily life and
    2. write high level programs for solving real world problems.


  • introduce general calculus of a single real variable; and
  • help students understand the basic concepts and fundamental theories of differentiation, integration and their applications.

Introduction to Physics and Energy Science

  • introduces the basic concepts of physics with emphasis on real-life examples;
  • explores the fundamental physical principles in the workings of everyday objects and natural phenomena;
  • discusses physical principles applied in the field of energy science and technology.

Integrated Science Laboratory

  • provide students with basic foundation knowledge in laboratory; and
  • give practical experience in solving real life problems by integrating knowledge from various science perspectives.

Common First Year courses

"Common First Year" courses refer to the list of science courses that all of you will study in the first year, so you can build up a solid foundation before moving on to your Major programme.