Undergraduate level (BSc Degree Curriculum)

Faculty of Science Undergraduate Programme (2018-19)

There are two Majors and two Minor offered:
Major in Ecology & Biodiversity
& Major in Biological Sciences
Minor in Ecology & Biodiversity & Minor in Biological Sciences

Details are shown in Undergraduate Syllabuses & Regulations

This major is directed at teaching students: (1) how organisms interact with each other and their environments, (2) how species are distributed throughout the world, and (3) key threats and approaches to conserving biodiversity. Special reference is made to Hong Kong and Asia; the ways in which humans have impacted upon natural environments; and, the approaches used to manage or ameliorate those impacts. This major is based around a first year-core, which emphasizes plant and animal biology and includes a compulsory week-long residential field trip. The second and third year of the major teaches students about the ecology and biodiversity of different ecosystems (e.g. marine and freshwater environments) with an emphasis on field work, introduces the use of statistical and molecular techniques in ecology, and focuses on certain applied topics such as environmental impact assessment, ecotoxicology, fisheries and mariculture, and biodiversity conservation. Students have an opportunity to conduct independent research in ecology and biodiversity as a final year project or a dissertation under the close supervision of an individual staff member. Apart from the fundamental knowledge and skills in understanding and managing biodiversity offered in the core courses of this major, strong emphasis is placed upon experiential learning such as overseas field expedition and work placement in the environmental sector. Biodiversity conservation requires scientific input as well as passion. Through the range of formal field-based courses as well as extra-curricular activities offered, students taking this major will have opportunities to participate in research, field conservation and education projects both locally and internationally. Assistance will be provided so that students can develop expertise in one or a few groups of plants or animals, as familiarity with species identification is an essential prerequisite of biodiversity scientists or conservation biologists.

Learning Outcomes:
a. understand and appreciate the major living and non-living components of the regional and global environment, and how they interact; identify threats to them; and know how these threats can be mitigated;
b. understand and appreciate the variety of life in Hong Kong's and Southeast Asia's natural habitats, and become equipped to understand, study, manage and protect that diversity;
c. have sufficient experience of the basic techniques of modern ecological science and prepare to learn new ones for specific tasks;
d. are able to use IT tools appropriately, and access and evaluate materials from libraries, archives and the Internet;
e. demonstrate original, independent and critical thinking, with mastery of a range of communication skills;
f. have the skill and knowledge to pursue postgraduate ecological research or to develop a career in nature conservation and environmental education, especially in Hong Kong and southern China;
g. are motivated and sufficiently equipped to be able to apply the knowledge solve local, regional and global environmental problems.

Research postgraduates

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M.Sc. in Environmental Management

Master of Science in Environmental Management was launched in September 1989 as the University of Hong Kong’s first inter-faculty, multi-disciplinary taught masters programme. It remains the only programme of its type in the University. Since 1989 more than 600 students have graduated from the programme and many now occupy senior positions in the public and private sectors and academia.

The distinctive feature of the programme is its focus on management perspectives surrounding a wide variety of environmental and sustainability issues. The programme provides a basic introduction to many aspects of environmental science and environmental engineering as well as legal and policy-related concerns. It emphasizes the importance of developing an integrated approach to the analysis of environmental and sustainability problems to gain a more effective understanding of their nature and causes, and the remedial options available to tackle them. Although we aim to provide a comprehensive training in the field of environmental management we also offer opportunities for the development of specialist interests and skills through our optional courses and the research dissertation which all students are required to prepare.

Programme Director - Dr. Billy Hau

For further information on the above see:

Faculty of Science Home page : For Undergraduate Level
Faculty of Science Home page : For Postgraduate Level
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