Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (Biology and Chemistry)

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BSc in Science in Applied Science (Biology and Chemistry) (BSCAS)^

BSc in Science with Honours in Applied Science (Biology and Chemistry) (BSCHAS)^

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Apply Online The BSc in Applied Science (Biology and Chemistry) is a degree programme for people interested in disciplines of applied science. The programme aims to provide undergraduate training to students to enable them to understand the theories of chemical and biological sciences, and their application to contemporary chemical and biological fields. The programme integrates theory, practices and experimentation in scientific principles, quality assurance in chemical analyses, and hands-on experiences most suitable for use in the applied science discipline. To complete this programme, students will need to complete 120 credits for the Bachelor’s Degree level. Graduates are expected to master the knowledge and be confident to work in the professions associated with biological science and chemical science.

Entry Requirement

Course list:

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit
Foundation level
SCI S122A Foundation Course in Biology and Earth Science10
SCI S123Foundation Physics5
SCI S124Foundation Chemistry5
Middle level
BIOL S205The Core of Life5
CHEM S251Organic and Physical Chemistry10
STAT S242Statistics in Society10
Higher level
BIOL S301Conservation and Biodiversity5
BIOL S302Animal and Plant Physiology5
BIOL S303Molecular Biology and Microbiology5
CHEM S311Analytical Chemistry5
CHEM S312Instrumental Analysis5
BIOL S312Human Physiology5
SCI S330Scientific Research Methods5
BIOL S338Ecology10
CHEM S340Inorganic Chemistry10
CHEM S345Principles of Chemical Synthesis5
BIOL S401Contemporary Biology Development5
CHEM S402Contemporary Chemistry Development5
ENVR S403Applications of Biology and Chemistry in Environmental Studies10
SCI S404Advanced Topics in Food and Health Sciences5
BIOL S406Tools and Techniques in Biotechnology5
SCI S410Research Project in Applied Science10
ENVR S411Environmental Health and Safety10
CHEM S445Advances in Chemical Synthesis5
CHEM S450Advanced Techniques for Organic Structure Analysis5
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Duration of Study:

The academic year starts in early September followed by the Spring Term in late January. Each of the Autumn and Spring Terms consists of 16 study weeks. If you study for the maximum of 15 credits in the first term, and 20 credits in the following terms, the approximate time you would need to obtain an ordinary degree (early exit) would be three and a half years (the time would be shorter if you achieve advanced standing/credit exemption). In general, you are expected to study between 15 to 20 hours a week for a 20-credit course. This would be similar to being a full-time student. Most OUHK students have full-time jobs, so they tend to spread the study load for a degree over a period of five to six years. Most OUHK programmes set no restrictions on how long you can take to complete your qualification. If you wish, you may take a break of any length after completing a course, and resume your study in a future term. (*Longer duration of study may be required if the students do not fulfill the course requirements)

Advanced standing:

You may be able to get credit for your previous studies. Credit exemption, known as ‘advanced standing’ at the OUHK, is available for many students who have completed tertiary-level studies elsewhere. There are 3 types of credit transfer, namely, General Credit Transfer (GCT), Specific Credit Transfer (SCT) and Block Credit Transfer (BCT). Each type of transferred credits has its specific use in counting towards programme requirements. The University has recently relaxed the maximum advanced standing by BCT to 80 credits for relevant Associate Degrees and Higher Diplomas towards an OUHK 120-credit bachelor’s degree. ^ This programme suite will not be offered in the 2020/2021 academic year.
Jonathan Chiu
Marketing Director
3DP Technology Limited

Jonathan handles all external affairs include business development, patents write up and public relations. He is frequently interviewed by media and is considered a pioneer in 3D printing products.

Krutz Cheuk
Biomedical Engineer
Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital

After graduating from OUHK, Krutz obtained an M.Sc. in Engineering Management from CityU. He is now completing his second master degree, M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, at CUHK. Krutz has a wide range of working experience. He has been with Siemens, VTech, and PCCW.

Hugo Leung
Software and Hardware Engineer
Innovation Team Company Limited

Hugo Leung Wai-yin, who graduated from his four-year programme in 2015, won the Best Paper Award for his ‘intelligent pill-dispenser’ design at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering’s International Conference on Consumer Electronics – China 2015.

The pill-dispenser alerts patients via sound and LED flashes to pre-set dosage and time intervals. Unlike units currently on the market, Hugo’s design connects to any mobile phone globally. In explaining how it works, he said: ‘There are three layers in the portable pillbox. The lowest level is a controller with various devices which can be connected to mobile phones in remote locations. Patients are alerted by a sound alarm and flashes. Should they fail to follow their prescribed regime, data can be sent via SMS to relatives and friends for follow up.’ The pill-dispenser has four medicine slots, plus a back-up with a LED alert, topped by a 500ml water bottle. It took Hugo three months of research and coding to complete his design, but he feels it was worth all his time and effort.

Hugo’s public examination results were disappointing and he was at a loss about his future before enrolling at the OUHK, which he now realizes was a major turning point in his life. He is grateful for the OUHK’s learning environment, its industry links and the positive guidance and encouragement from his teachers. The University is now exploring the commercial potential of his design with a pharmaceutical company. He hopes that this will benefit the elderly and chronically ill, as well as the society at large.

Soon after completing his studies, Hugo joined an automation technology company as an assistant engineer. He is responsible for the design and development of automation devices. The target is to minimize human labor and increase the quality of products. He is developing products which are used in various sections, including healthcare, manufacturing and consumer electronics.

Course CodeTitleCredits
 COMP S321FAdvanced Database and Data Warehousing5
 COMP S333FAdvanced Programming and AI Algorithms5
 COMP S351FSoftware Project Management5
 COMP S362FConcurrent and Network Programming5
 COMP S363FDistributed Systems and Parallel Computing5
 COMP S382FData Mining and Analytics5
 COMP S390FCreative Programming for Games5
 COMP S492FMachine Learning5
 ELEC S305FComputer Networking5
 ELEC S348FIOT Security5
 ELEC S371FDigital Forensics5
 ELEC S431FBlockchain Technologies5
 ELEC S425FComputer and Network Security5
 Course CodeTitleCredits
 ELEC S201FBasic Electronics5
 IT S290FHuman Computer Interaction & User Experience Design5
 STAT S251FStatistical Data Analysis5
 Course CodeTitleCredits
 COMPS333FAdvanced Programming and AI Algorithms5
 COMPS362FConcurrent and Network Programming5
 COMPS363FDistributed Systems and Parallel Computing5
 COMPS380FWeb Applications: Design and Development5
 COMPS381FServer-side Technologies and Cloud Computing5
 COMPS382FData Mining and Analytics5
 COMPS390FCreative Programming for Games5
 COMPS413FApplication Design and Development for Mobile Devices5
 COMPS492FMachine Learning5
 ELECS305FComputer Networking5
 ELECS363FAdvanced Computer Design5
 ELECS425FComputer and Network Security5