JS2510 Bachelor of Science (For 2019/20 Year 1 Students)

Frequently Asked Questions

A. Add/Drop Science Courses in Year 1

Q1: Do I need to take all the 6 Science courses?
A1:

Among the 6 Science courses, students must take SCIE1005 Integrated Science Laboratory. For the remaining Science courses as listed below, students can take all the 5 courses, or choose 4 out of the 5 courses.

  1. BIOL1005 Introduction to Biology
  2. CHEM1005 Introduction to Chemistry
  3. COMP1005 Essence of Computing
  4. MATH1025 Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics
  5. Either PHYS1005 Introduction to Green Energy or PHYS1006 Introduction to Physics

Q2: Do I need to add/drop the Science courses by myself?
A2:

All students of Bachelor of Science programme are pre-assigned to take the 6 Science courses in Year 1 of studies. Students will be assigned to either Group A or Group B in Semester 1 and Semester 2. Students can add/drop the pre-assigned Science courses according to your preferences (except SCIE1005 Integrated Science Laboratory) during the course add/drop period in BUniPort by yourselves.

For "SCIE1005 Integrated Science Laboratory", you should obtain course instructor's approval using the form "Application for Adding a Course" (REG001) if you prefer to add the course, or approach the course instructor if you prefer to drop the course during the course add/drop period.

Group A

Group B

BIOL1005 Introduction to Biology

COMP1005 Essence of Computing

CHEM1005 Introduction to Chemistry

MATH1025 Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics

SCIE1005 Integrated Science Laboratory

PHYS1005 Introduction to Green Energy


Q3: Are there any special arrangement I need to know if I drop COMP1005 Essence of Computing or MATH1025 Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics?
A3:

If you drop COMP1005 Essence of Computing in Year 1 and study BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Statistics in Year 2, you will need to take this course after being admitted to the programme in order to fulfill the graduation requirements.

If you drop MATH1025 Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics in Year 1 and study BSc (Hons) in Chemistry or BSc (Hons) in Computer Science in Year 2, you will need to take this course after being admitted to the programme in order to fulfill the graduation requirements.


Q4: How can I take PHYS1006 Introduction to Physics?
A4:

If you want to take PHYS1006 Introduction to Physics instead of PHYS1005 Introduction to Green Energy, you need to add/drop the course during the course add/drop period in BUniPort by yourself.


Q5: Can I take both PHYS1005 Introduction to Green Energy and PHYS1006 Introduction to Physics?
A5:

No. You can only take either one course.


Q6: If I am pre-assigned to take SCIE1005 Integrated Science Laboratory in semester 1, can I drop it and take it in semester 2?
A6:

You can approach the course instructor if you prefer to drop the course during the course add/drop period. Students who drop the course in semester 1 will not be guaranteed if you can take it back in semester 2 due to quota.


Q7: Can I change the section of the pre-assigned Science courses?
A7:

You can change the section of the pre-assigned Science courses during course add/drop period via BUniPort by yourself (except SCIE1005 Integrated Science Laboratory) if course quota is available.

For "SCIE1005 Integrated Science Laboratory", you are allowed to change the pre-assigned section in a semester during the course add/drop period. You should obtain course instructor's approval using the form "Application for Adding a Course" (REG001). Successful approval of student’s selected section is subject to reason(s) for the change and quota.


Q8: Which course should I take if I drop a Science course in Year 1?
A8:

You can take GE courses or other University-required courses in Year 1 for the 3 units released first. You will then need to take an extra 3-unit Major elective course after being admitted to a major programme.


Q9: If I drop a Science course in semester 1, can I take it in semester 2?
A9:

Whether you can take the course in semester 2 or not will be subject to course quota and you will not be guaranteed to take it in semester 2.


Q10: What if I drop a Science course by mistake?
A10:

You can add the course during the course add/drop period via BUniPort by yourself provided that course quota is available. For "SCIE1005 Integrated Science Laboratory", you should obtain course instructor's approval using the form "Application for Adding a Course" (REG001) if you prefer to add the course.


B. Apply for Course Exemption for Year 1 Science Courses

Q11: Can I apply for course exemption for Year 1 Science courses if I have studied relevant courses before?
A11:

Yes. Students with outstanding public examination results may consider to apply for course exemption for Year 1 Science courses (except SCIE1005 Integrated Science Laboratory). A maximum of 2 courses will be approved. Please visit http://ar.hkbu.edu.hk/curr/dl_area/ for application details.


Q12: Which course(s) should I take if my application for course exemption for Year 1 Science course(s) is approved?
A12:

You will be required to take course(s) offered by the Science Departments for the units exempted before graduation.

In Year 1, you may consider to take GE course(s) or other University-required course(s) for units exempted. On the other hand, you may also take level 2 Science course(s) offered by the Science Departments in Year 1.


Q13: If I have dropped a Science course, can I still apply for course exemption for the other Science course(s)?
A13:

Yes. You can still apply for course exemption and a maximum of 2 courses will be approved.


C. Progression and Graduation

Q14: Do I need to take all the 6 Science courses before graduation?
A14:

No. Students MUST take SCIE1005 Integrated Science Laboratory and at least 4 out of the 5 Science courses as listed below in order to fulfill the graduation requirement.

  1. BIOL1005 Introduction to Biology
  2. CHEM1005 Introduction to Chemistry
  3. COMP1005 Essence of Computing
  4. MATH1025 Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics
  5. Either PHYS1005 Introduction to Green Energy or PHYS1006 Introduction to Physics

Q15: Can I study my preferred major programme if I drop the Science course in Year 1?
A15:

You are required to take certain Science courses in Year 1 in order to be eligible for admission to the relevant programme. Students will be responsible for ensuring the fulfilment of the graduation requirements.


D. Others

Q16: If I am interested in conducting research in Year 1, what can I do?
A16:

You can approach Prof Yuen Pong Chi, Associate Dean of Science, for the arrangement. The research arrangement (including project content, duration, etc.) will be subject to the mutual agreement between the supervisors and the students.