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UG Overview

INTRODUCTION TO LIFE SCIENCE PROGRAMS
Recent advances in technology and practical applications have ushered in a golden age for Life Science, spanning academia, industry, medicine and agriculture. Accordingly we can expect to see sustained demand for the graduates produced by the different programs within the Division of Life Science (LIFS). Life Science can be studied at multiple levels and can therefore accommodate a wide range of student aptitudes and motivation. Curricula for the distinctive LIFS programs reflect this reality and are tailored for students either with a general interest in Life Science (BISC Program) or for those attracted to more specialised studies of either applied (BIOT Program) or basic Life Science (BCB Program). In addition there is sufficient flexibility for students to switch between LIFS majors should their interests change. Besides subject knowledge and academic rigor, LIFS graduates will value effective communication skills, independent learning and scientific integrity.
 

SPECIFIC PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences (BISC)
The BISC program will provide students with a broad contemporary knowledge covering the major themes in Life Science, from biomolecules through to organisms and environmental biology. The program involves relatively little training in laboratory techniques although greater exposure is possible via elective courses. Recent technological advances along with increased awareness of healthcare, environmental and educational issues have significantly expanded career opportunities for Life Science graduates beyond purely science. Flexibility of the BISC program will also allow for students to broaden their skill base via double major or minor programs (in Social Sciences, Humanities or Business). It will also be quite feasible for students lacking high school Biology background to enter and prosper in the BISC program.

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology (BCB)
The BCB program emphasises basic science and addresses how complex biomolecules work together either in simplified experimental systems (Biochemistry) or within cells (Cell Biology). The BCB curriculum is broad-based initially thus providing students with a firm foundation in different aspects of biochemistry and cell biology. This will equip students to explore more specialised areas via advanced elective courses as they progress through the program. One of the main BCB program aims is to nurture students who are motivated to pursue postgraduate training and careers in research, either in academia or the business sector. Accordingly, throughout their studies, BCB students will also be encouraged to undertake significant practical training via both formal courses and in-house research opportunities.

Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology (BIOT)
Biotechnology involves application of Life Science to commercial outcomes and problems in health, medical diagnostics, agriculture and the environment. The Biotechnology field is well established as reflected by the global occurrence of relevant undergraduate programs. The BIOT program in LIFS will provide students a sound theoretical training in the necessary aspects of Life Science (biochemistry, cell biology and genetics) but will also emphasise practical realities crucial for biotech product development. The latter aspect defines the BIOT program and will be delivered via a dedicated core curriculum, followed by a large number of specialised electives. Biotechnology is a rapidly growing field and there are ample career opportunities in both the commercial and public sectors at different levels (research, technical, business and management) and in a variety of fields (pharmaceutical, medical, agricultural and educational). BIOT graduates will also be well prepared to pursue post-graduate research studies.

 

 

UG Programs

Research in Life Science

The internationally acclaimed faculty within LIFS are well positioned to deliver a broad range of undergraduate courses and also to foster the crucial link between undergraduate studies and ongoing research. The quality of LIFS faculty and the research infrastructure allow conduct of research at the frontiers of Life Science. Reflecting the diversity of life, LIFS research covers a broad spectrum, including Cellular Regulation, Cancer Biology, Developmental Biology, Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, Macromolecular Structure, Biotechnology, Medicinal Biochemistry, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Marine Biology. The Division is well resourced by state-of-the-art equipment, including facilities for cell culture, molecular and cell biology and microscopy/cell imaging, as well as good facilities for animal care, plant growth and marine science.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Life Science Major Students

BSc in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

  1. Understand and examine in detail the major underlying principles of biochemistry and cell biology and explain the basic concepts and principles of other sciences related to life science. [Knowledge]
  2. Interpret numerical data and demonstrate proficiency in computing technology for life science and formulate solutions to problems both theoretical and in a practical laboratory setting. [Execution]
  3. Critically evaluate scientific data and apply scientific methods to analyze, draw conclusions and offer sound arguments to justify a position. [Judgment]
  4. Effectively communicate scientific concepts to specialists as well as to a lay audience through oral and written presentations. [Communication]
  5. Work independently as well as collaborate effectively in a team to solve scientific problems.[Interpersonal skill & leadership]
  6. Appraise the history, development and societal impact, both positive and negative, of life science in general and biochemistry and cell biology in particular. [Appreciation of science]
  7. Draw on scientific knowledge in developing a principled worldview and apply this to persuading and influencing others through informed discussion of the impact of science, both as a force for progress and as an agent of harm.[Ethical practice]
  8. Appreciate the global impact of innovation in communications on science practice. [International outlook]
  9. Evaluate personal capabilities and motivation for a scientific career. [Self-reflection]

BSc in Biological Science

  1. Understand and explain in detail the relationship between the structure and function of life forms. [Knowledge]
  2. Synthesize knowledge from a range of study areas to formulate integrated solutions to academic, research, experimental and day-to-day problems in the biological sciences. [Execution]
  3. Critically evaluate scientific data and apply scientific methods to analyze, draw conclusions and offer sound arguments to justify a position. [Judgment]
  4. Effectively communicate scientific concepts to specialists as well as to a lay audience through oral and written presentations.[Communication]
  5. Work independently as well as collaborate effectively in a team to solve scientific problems. [Interpersonal skill and leadership]
  6. Critically appraise the role of the biological sciences in assessing the balance between living organisms and the ecosystem and the impact on society, both positive and negative, of past, current or future imbalances. [Appreciation of science]
  7. Draw on scientific knowledge in developing a principled worldview and apply this to persuading and influencing others through informed discussion of the impact of science, both as a force for progress and as an agent of harm. [Ethical practice]
  8. Take personal responsibility for identifying and exploiting the key factors that are conducive to a successful professional life. [Self-reflection]
  9. Take personal responsibility for developing an international perspective on up-to-date scientific advances and on-going biological science-related issues. [International outlook] 

BSc in Biotechnology Program

  1. Understand and explain the scientific principles in basic and advanced biotechnological elements. (knowledge)
  2. Apply functional knowledge to solve problems in the field of academics, research, experimental and/or technical aspect of biotechnology. (execution)
  3. Have broad understanding of and analyze/evaluate information relevant to biotechnological experimental investigation and/or contemporary biotechnological issues. (judgment)
  4. Communicate effectively to audiences about the complexity of issues facing biotechnology and types of contributions that can be offered to society. (communication)
  5. Work independently and collaborate effectively in teams and partnerships to accomplish laboratory-based or problem-based tasks. (interpersonal skills and leadership)
  6. Communicate fundamental knowledge in biotechnological elements with lay audiences to arouse their interest to the value of biotechnology. (appreciation of science)
  7. Recognize the importance of harmony among humans, biotechnology, and a sustainable living society. (ethical practice)
  8. Conduct self-evaluation and develop strategies to continuously enrich themselves for their whole-person wellness. (Self reflection)
  9. Use a global perspective to view issues related to life science or biotechnology. (international outlook)

General University Admission Requirements

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Curriculum

For students admitted in the current academic year

For students admitted in the previous years


Recommended pattern of study

Recommended pattern of study for LIFS UG Programs (for 2017/18 cohort) [Download: Detailed version]


Course Description

[BCB / BISC / BIOT]
http://publish.ust.hk/SISCourseCat/ShowUGCourseList.aspx?Subject=LIFS&WebSite=Interim 

Final Year Projects

[BCB]/[BISC]/[BIOT] UG List of Research Projects 2016-17

 

UG Scholarship

[The D H Chen Foundation Life Science Scholarship] Background / Awardee List


Career Prospects

Like many other science disciplines, many Life Science graduates choose to pursue further studies after graduation. Others have developed careers in areas such as system management and administration, medical and health services, scientific research sector, education sector, etc. The training in the Life Science Majors nurtures and equips our students, enabling them to handle challenges effectively and to succeed in a variety of professions.


Enquiries

Division of Life Science
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clear Water Bay
Kowloon, Hong Kong

Facsimile No. : (852) 2358 1552/1559
Telephone No. : [BCB] (852) 2358-7339 / [BISC] (852) 2358-8180 / [BIOT] (852) 2358-7272
E-mail : [BCB] bcbug@ust.hk  / [BISC] biscug@ust.hk  / [BIOT] biotug@ust.hk