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

Year 1 Study

All students will be admitted on a Faculty basis and exposed to a list of Year 1 Science courses as follows so that you can explore your interests before declaring Major Programme.

Year 1 Science Courses

Apart from Integrated Science Laboratory, students are free to choose at least four of the above lecture courses.*

Course Selection

Students who choose four Science lecture courses are required to drop the course during the add/drop period in BUniPort by themselves in the semester which student is pre-enrolled to study the course. For the units released, students can take GE courses or other University-required courses in Year 1, and then take Major Elective courses after admitted to a Major Programme in Year 2.^

^ For BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and BSc (Hons) in Computer Science, if students do not take Mathematics and Statistics in Year 1, they will need to take it after admitting to the programmes.
For BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Statistics, if students do not take Essence of Computing in Year 1, they will need to take it after admitting to the programme.

For arrangement about registration and withdrawal of other courses, please click here.

Sample Study Schedule in Year 1

Sem 1UnitsSem 2Units
University English I 3 University English II 3
Free Elective Courses 3 University Chinese 3
Science Courses
(*Group A or Group B)
7-9 Science Courses
(*Group A or Group B)
(Quantitative Reasoning or Values and the Meaning of Life)
3 GE
(Quantitative Reasoning or Values and the Meaning of Life)
University Life 0 University Life 0
Total 16-18   16-18

*Students will be assigned to either Group A or Group B in Sem 1 and Sem 2
Group A: Introduction to Biology, Introduction to Chemistry and Integrated Science Laboratory
Group B: Essence of Computing, Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics, and Introduction to Green Energy


Student will be assigned a staff member as Mentor. Students are required to indicate their preferred mentor department using the Mentor Indication System in September.

Major Application

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.

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

Major Application Schedule
*Intended major declaration (via BUniPort): N/A
Major application (via BUniPort): 17 – 23 Jun 2020
Major assignment: on or before 15 Jul 2020

* Students need to declare intended major programme to let us know more about your preferences only. This exercise will not affect your major application.

Minor Programmes

In order to widen students' academic exposure, students can make use of units of electives to pursue a minor programme. Please click here for more details.

Relevant Science Subjects

5* Subjects in HKDSE Guaranteed Admissions into the following Major Programme(s)
Biology Applied Biology /
Bioresource and Agricultural Science
Chemistry Analytical and Testing Sciences /
Information and Communication Technology Computer Science
Integrated Science, Combined Science Analytical and Testing Sciences /
Applied Biology
Bioresource and Agricultural Science
Mathematics Computer Science
Mathematics and Statistics
Physics Physics and Green Energy

Criteria for Major Programme Assignment

BSc (Hons) Programmes in
Minimum Requirements*
  • Applied Biology
    • Biotechnology Concentration
    • Environmental Science Concentration
  • Bioresource and Agricultural Science
(1) cGPA of 2.2; AND
(2) Grade C in BIOL1005 Introduction to Biology
  • Analytical and Testing Sciences
  • Chemistry
(1) cGPA of 2.0; AND
(2) Grade C in CHEM1005 Introduction to Chemistry
Computer Science
  • Computer Science
(1) cGPA of 2.0; AND
(2) Grade C+ in COMP1005 Essence of Computing
  • Mathematics and Statistics
For students admitted to Science Year 1 in or after 2018-19:
Grade C in MATH1025 Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics
For students admitted to Science Year 1 in or before 2017-18:
Grade C in MATH1025 Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics; OR
Grade C in MATH1005 Calculus; OR
Grade D in MATH1006 Advanced Calculus I
  • Physics and Green Energy
(1) Grade C in PHYS1005 Introduction to Green Energy; OR
(2) Grade C in PHYS1006 Introduction to Physics

*Remark: If "DT (Distinction) / S (Satisfactory) / U (Unsatisfactory)" grade instead of “Letter grade” is assigned for the Year 1 Science Courses in 2019-20, students who get “DT” or “S” grade in the relevant Year 1 Science course will satisfy the minimum grade requirement of the respective major programme.

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.

Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics

  • introduces basic mathematics and statistics for university students
  • covers a wide range of mathematical topics including elementary calculus, optimization, numerical methods, and applications in finance, as well as statistical topics such as confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses, and linear regression

Introduction to Physics

  • provides a modern perspective to physics that focuses on its role in generating fundamental understanding of natural phenomena as well as innovation of new technologies;
  • emphasizes the exercise and development of skills of quantitative reasoning and analysis in the context of daily life experience.

Introduction to Green Energy

  • introduces basic physics concepts and engineering toolbox for applications in innovative green energy technologies and smart environment;
  • explores quantitative principles and methodologies underlying efficient energy harvesting, conversion, storage and usage;
  • discusses the impact of green energy technologies towards building modern smart cities.

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.

Note: No laboratory works is allowed before the student completed the Laboratory Safety training in the first class.