Students taking double Majors, Major-Minor or double Minors with overlapping course requirements

For 4-year Curriculum:

1. Double-counting of courses up to a maximum of 24 credits is permissible with double majors. The double-counted courses in both Science majors must include SCNC1111 and SCNC1112. Additional credits to be double-counted must be for courses required (‘disciplinary core’) by both majors. For cases with 24 or less double-counted credits, the student must make up an equivalent number of credits by taking other courses offered by any Faculty.

2. The following list shows the major-major combinations that have more than 24 credits of the same ‘disciplinary core’ courses that appear in both majors and is subject to the rule of double counting:   

Major-Major combination Admission Year
(Year 1)
No. of common ‘disciplinary core’ courses (credits) appear in both majors including SCNC1111 and SCNC1112 No. of replacement courses (credits) to be taken in the 2nd major (‘Major 2’)
Major in Astronomy
Major in Mathematics/Physics
2012, 2013, 2014 5 (30 credits) 1 (6 credits)
Major in Astronomy
Major in Physics
2012, 2013, 2014 6 (36 credits) 2 (12 credits)
2015, 2016, 2017 5 (30 credits) 1 (6 credits)
Major in Biochemistry
Major in Chemistry
2015, 2016, 2017 5 (30 credits) 1 (6 credits)
Major in Biochemistry
Major in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
2012, 2013, 2014 5 (30 credits) 1 (6 credits)
Major in Biological Sciences
Major in Ecology & Biodiversity
All years 7 (42 credits) 3 (18 credits)
Major in Biological Sciences
Major in Food & Nutritional Science
2012, 2014, 2017 6 (36 credits) 2 (12 credits)
2013 5 (30 credits) 1 (6 credits)
2015, 2016 7 (42 credits) 3 (18 credits)
Major in Biological Sciences
Major in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
2012, 2013, 2014 5 (30 credits) 1 (6 credits)
2015, 2016, 2017 6 (36 credits) 2 (12 credits)
Major in Earth System Science
Major in Geology
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 5 (30 credits) 1 (6 credits)
Major in Ecology & Biodiversity
Major in Food & Nutritional Science
2013, 2017 5 (30 credits) 1 (6 credits)
2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 6 (36 credits) 2 (12 credits)
Major in Ecology & Biodiversity
Major in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
All years 5 (30 credits) 1 (6 credits)
Major in Food & Nutritional Science
Major in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
All years 6 (36 credits) 2 (12 credits)

If more than 24 credits (including SCNC1111 & SCNC1112) are listed as required courses (‘disciplinary core’) in both the first (‘Major 1’) and second (‘Major 2’) majors undertaken by a student, the student must make up the number of credits above the 24 permissible by taking replacement course(s) in the second major (‘Major 2’). The replacement course(s) must be the disciplinary elective course(s) in the second major (‘Major 2’) and have the same prefix and at the same or higher level as the double-counted course(s). The double counted credits should count the following courses in this order: (1) SCNC1111 and SCNC1112, (2) introductory level (levels 1 and 2) courses, and (3) advanced level (level 3 or above) courses. For example, if a student takes a first major in Ecology & Biodiversity (‘Major 1’) and the 2nd major in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (‘Major 2’), SCNC1111, SCNC1112, BIOL1110, BIOL2102 and BIOL2103 are the common ‘disciplinary core’ courses that appear in both majors. The first 3 courses SCNC1111, SCNC1112, and BIOL1110 would first be counted plus either BIOL2102 or BIOL2103 for the major in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology. The student has to take a replacement ‘disciplinary elective’ course (with a prefix of BIOL at level 2 or above) in the 2nd major in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology to make up for BIOL2102 or BIOL2103.

3. Double counting of credits is not permissible for major–minor or double-minors combinations. When a course is required (‘disciplinary core’) both by the major and minor or by both minors, the student must take a replacement course for the minor. The replacement course must be the disciplinary elective in the minor and have the same prefix and at the same or higher level as the course to be replaced.

4. For students taking the Mathematics related majors/minors should note the following exemption and replacement arrangement:

Students who fall into the following exemption situation for the introductory level Disciplinary Core Mathematics courses in Science Majors/Minors are required to take the specified replacement course(s) as prescribed in the table:

Exempted Course Exemption granted under the following circumstances Specified Replacement Courses
MATH1013
University mathematics II

For students taking Minor with an overlap of Disciplinary Core Course :

MATH1013

Select 6 credits from the following to replace MATH1013:

- MATH2012 Fundamental concepts of mathematics (6)
- MATH2241 Introduction to mathematical analysis (6)
- Any 6-credit advanced level Mathematics Disciplinary Elective chosen from the Programme/Major/Minor structure in which MATH1013 is the disciplinary core course

For students taking Programme/Major/Minor with Disciplinary Core Courses :

MATH1851 and MATH1853
(which are together deemed equivalent to MATH1013)

For students taking Professional Core in Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science with Disciplinary Core Course :

MATH1821
(which is equivalent to MATH1013)

MATH2014
Multivariable calculus and linear algebra

For students taking Professional Core in Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science with Disciplinary Core Course :

MATH2822
(which is equivalent to MATH2014)

Select 6 credits from the following to replace MATH2014:

- MATH2012 Fundamental concepts of mathematics (6)
- MATH2241 Introduction to mathematical analysis (6)
- Any 6-credit advanced level Mathematics Disciplinary Elective chosen from the Major/Minor structure in which MATH2014 is the disciplinary core course

MATH2101
Linear algebra I

For students taking Minor with an overlap of Disciplinary Core Course :

MATH2101

Select 6 credits from the following to replace MATH2101:

- MATH2012 Fundamental concepts of mathematics (6)
-  MATH2241 Introduction to mathematical analysis (6)
- Any 6-credit advanced level Mathematics Disciplinary Elective chosen from the Minor structure in which MATH2101 is the disciplinary core course

MATH2211
Multivariable calculus

For students taking Minor with an overlap of Disciplinary Core Course :

MATH2211

Select 6 credits from the following to replace MATH2211:

- MATH2012 Fundamental concepts of mathematics (6)
- MATH2241 Introduction to mathematical analysis (6)
 - Any 6-credit advanced level Mathematics Disciplinary Elective chosen from the Minor structure in which MATH2211 is the disciplinary core course

18 credits of Introductory level courses requirement of the Minor:

MATH1013
MATH2101
MATH2211

 For students taking Professional Core in Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science
with Disciplinary Core Courses :

MATH1821 and MATH2822
(which are together deemed to have satisfied MATH1013, MATH2101 & MATH2211)

Select 18 credits from the following to replace the credit requirement of MATH1013, MATH2101 & MATH2211:

- MATH2012 Fundamental concepts of mathematics (6)
(if not the disciplinary core course in the structure); and/or
- MATH2241 Introduction to mathematical analysis (6)
(if not the disciplinary core course in the structure); and/or
- Equivalent credits of advanced level Mathematics Disciplinary Elective(s) chosen from the Major/Minor structure in which MATH1013, MATH2101 & MATH2211 are the disciplinary core courses

 5. For the situations of 2, 3 and 4 above, students have to complete the application form, seek the written endorsement from the Course Selection Adviser of the second major (‘Major 2’) / minor and then return it to the Faculty Office by the closing dates of course selection or add/drop periods.