FAQ on the 6901 Bachelor of Science

On Curriculum

1. What are the features of 6901 BSc programme?
2. What are the choices of Science Majors available for the programme?

3. How many and what courses I have to complete for the programme?

4. When do I have to declare my Major?

5. Can I declare a Major in a subject in which I have no background in my secondary school studies?

6. Is there any quota for each Science Major?

7. If there is no quota, would there be possibilities that some Majors have a large number of students, some not?

8. If that situation arises, would that degrade the quality of the teaching?

9. Can I change my declared Major and Minor?

10. Do I need to spend extra time if I change Major?

11. Can I do double Major or take Major-Minor in Science or non-Science discipline?

12. Do I have one degree or two if I do a second Major in a non-Science discipline? Is it still going to be a BSc one?

13. What happens if I want to do specific double Major but there are time-table clashes?

14. Is there any quota for a second Major or Minor in other Faculties?

15. Can I take advanced level courses in Year 1?

16. If I do the Major-Minor instead of a single Major, will I be less employable by a specialty field? Will the chance of furthering my study in a specialized subject be degraded?

17. How do companies know how specialized I am in a subject?

18. How do I get advice from the Faculty on course selection?

19. Are there undergraduate research opportunities?

20. How do you facilitate students in the 4-year curriculum to take courses across the faculties?

On Admission

21. What are the University entrance requirements and your Faculty entrance requirements?
22. Do I need to put the Programme in Band A choice?

23. How many places are available for the 6901 BSc programme? How many for 6729 BSc in Actuarial Science programme and for the 6119 Bachelor of Education & Bachelor of Science (5-year Double degree) programme?

24. Do you interview students for admission? Any test?

25. How many and what subjects are counted and considered for admission? Are Science subjects counted differently?

26. Is extended module 1 or 2 (M1 or M2) of Mathematics counted as a subject?

27. What are the highest and lowest HKDSE admission scores for 6901 BSc programme in 2016?

28. If I get 5** in DSE English, will I be exempted from taking the English courses?

29. If I get 5** in DSE Chinese, will I be exempted from taking the Chinese course?

30. What will be on the Aptitude Test? How do I prepare for the Test?

31. Will HKU Science accept combined HKDSE certificates?

32. Other universities are also adopting the common admission policy, how do they differ from the 6901 BSc programme?

Young Scientist Scheme (YSS) for Outstanding Students in 6901 BSc (new scheme from 2016-2017)

33. What is Young Scientist Scheme (YSS)?
34. Who is entitled to join YSS?

Direct Admission Scheme to 3rd Year of 4-year BSc Programme

35. Who is eligible to apply for the scheme?
36. How many places are available?
37. Do you interview students for admissions?

38. When will I know my results of application?

39. How many advanced standing credits will I receive?

40. What are the choices of Science Majors if I apply via Direct Admission Scheme?

On Curriculum

1. What are the features of 6901 BSc programme?

  • one programme code with a choice of 16 science Majors
  • complete freedom in choosing any science Major after admission
  • no quota for each Science Major
  • easy to change Majors
  • second Major and Minor options are available in both Science or non-Science disciplines

2.   What are the choices of Science Majors available for the programme?

16 Sciences Majors are available:
- Astronomy
- Biochemistry
- Biological Sciences
- Chemistry
- Decision Analytics (new)
- Earth System Science
- Ecology & Biodiversity
- Environmental Science
- Food & Nutritional Science
- Geology
- Mathematics
- Mathematics/ Physics
- Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
- Physics
- Risk Management
- Statistics

3.   How many and what courses I have to complete for the programme?

To complete the BSc degree curriculum, a student has to pass at least 240 credits, equivalent to 40 6-credit courses, normally spread over 4 years of full-time study. A BSc curriculum typically comprises:

  • 96 credits for 16 courses on Major including 2 Science Foundation Courses and capstone requirement (40%);
  • 18 credits for 2 English courses and 1 Chinese course for university language requirement (7.5%);
  • 36 credits for 6 Common Core courses in 4 Areas of Inquiry (15%);
  • 90 credits for 15 courses available for electives, or courses leading to a Minor or a second Major (37.5%)

Curriculum Structure

component

courses

no. of credits

%

Compulsory

Common Core

English

Chinese

36

12

6

22.5%

Specialization

Science Major

96 (including two Science Foundation courses and a capstone course)

40%

Electives

Electives, or courses leading to a Minor or 2nd Major

90

37.5%

Total

 

240

100%

4.   When do I have to declare my Major?

 You are not required to declare your Major in the first year. You may "shop around" in your first and second years and make the decision after your second year of study at the latest.

 5.   Can I declare a Major in a subject in which I have no background in my secondary school studies?

Yes, but you may have to study the preparatory courses first to decide whether you can follow the Major.

6.   Is there any quota for each Science Major?

No.  Students are free to choose any science Major after admission. 

 7.   If there is no quota, would there be possibilities that some Majors have a large number of students, some not?

Yes, certainly. But first of all, the Faculty did some estimation and believes the number of students in each Major will not fluctuate too widely from that of the past. Secondly, it is also natural for the number of students in different Majors to go up and down according to demand. Thirdly, the market will have a natural mechanism of adjustment.

8.   If that situation arises, would that degrade the quality of the teaching?

Absolutely not. The Faculty will adjust teaching staff number to cope with changing number of students in a Major.

9.  Can I change my declared Major and Minor?

Yes, you can change Majors during your study but each Major has its own course requirements.  You should seek advice from your academic adviser.

10.  Do I need to spend extra time if I change Major?

No, if you can still meet the curriculum requirements within the years of studies. If not, you may have to spend an extra semester or a year, or even longer.

11.  Can I do double major or take Major-Minor in Science or non-Science discipline?

Yes, in addition to the primary science Major for the BSc degree, you may take a second Major or a Minor in both Science and non-Science (arts, business, social sciences, engineering, etc) disciplines.  About 1/4 of BSc students take one Major and one Minor, and another 1/4 take two Majors.

12.  Do I have one degree or two if I do a second Major in a non-Science discipline? Is it still going to be a BSc one?

You have only one degree — the BSc, as you are accepted to the Bachelor of Science degree when you are admitted.  The degree always goes with the first Major. But your Majors will be recorded on your transcript.

13.  What happens if I want to do specific double Major but there are time-table clashes?

You have to have a primary Major in Science. The feasibility of the second Major or Minor does depend on timetable. The Faculty cannot make guarantee on feasibility of all combinations.

14.  Is there any quota for a second Major or Minor in other Faculties?

There is no quota for Science Majors, but for the Majors and Minors offered by other faculties, enrolment of courses may be restricted by quota, timetable clashes or certain requirements. There may be circumstances that you are not able to enroll in some of the popular courses offered by non-science departments, such as business courses.

15.  Can I take advanced level courses in Year 1?

Yes, subject to the approval of the department that offers the courses.

16.  If I do the Major-Minor instead of a single Major, will I be less employable by a specialty field? Will the chance of furthering my study in a specialized subject be degraded?

For those who intend to develop a career in a specialized area or further their study (MPhil/PhD), we would recommend them to specialize early on one subject and takes more than the minimum number of core courses required for the specialized subject.

17.  How do companies know how specialized I am in a subject?

The courses you have taken and the Major/Minor will be shown on the transcript.

18.  How do I get advice from the Faculty on course selection?

We understand that selection of Major or course is a very important decision for students. Our Faculty academic advisers will advise students on the choice of Major, course requirement and possible Major-Minor combination to suit their interests, career aspiration and ability. The Faculty, has also produced a booklet on "Tips for choosing your Major".

19.  Are there undergraduate research opportunities?

Yes, we encourage undergraduate students to engage in research early. Research projects, Summer Research Fellowships, Overseas Research Fellowships and Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programme are available for students.

20.  How do you facilitate students in the 4-year curriculum to take courses across the faculties?

The University has introduced a central timetabling system from 2012 requiring all undergraduate courses to adopt a standard timetable pattern and all time tables will be assigned centrally.

On Admission

21. What are the University entrance requirements and your Faculty entrance requirements?

  • English language: Level 3
  • Chinese language: Level 3
  • Mathematics: Level 2
  • Liberal Studies: Level 2
  • Elective subjects: Level 3 in two subjects, with at least one elective subject in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined Science or Integrated Science

Students who are not applying on the strength of HKDSE qualifications such as Associate Degree, Higher Diploma, GCE, IB, SAT or students from Mainland or overseas will be considered individually under the Non-JUPAS scheme. 

 22.  Do I need to put the Programme in Band A choice?

Over 98% of students admitted in the past years place Science programmes amongst their JUPAS Band A choices. Past experience indicates that the higher the priority you put HKU Science programmes, the greater chance you will be admitted.

23.  How many places are available for the 6901 BSc programme?  How many for 6729 BSc in Actuarial Science programme and for the 6119 Bachelor of Education & Bachelor of Science (5-year Double degree) programme?

6901: 358 places for the 4-year programme; and an additional 85 places for Direct Admission Scheme.
6729: 61 places for the 4-year programme.
6119: 50 places for the 5-year programme.

(There is a separate quota for mainland and international students)

24.  Do you interview students for admission? Any test?

Interviews may be arranged for principal nominees and students with outstanding performance in other areas such as extra-curricular activities, sports and leadership. Aptitude test may be arranged for students in the borderline after the announcement of the HKDSE results in July.  Aptitude test and interviews may also be arranged for selected non-JUPAS students and those applying under the Direct Admission Scheme.

25.  How many and what subjects are counted and considered for admission? Are Science subjects counted differently?

Students must have taken at least 4 core and 2 elective subjects to fulfill the university's minimum requirement. For admission to 6901 BSc programme, one elective subject must be a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined Science or Integrated Science). The admission is mainly based on the scores of the best 5 subjects which must include English, Mathematics, and the best Science subject, plus the best 2 of the remaining subjects, including M1/M2.

Yes, Science subjects (Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined Science and Integrated Science) and M1/M2 are weighed heavier.

26.  Is extended module 1 or 2 (M1 or M2) of Mathematics counted as an elective subject?

Yes, M1 or M2 is counted as an elective subject (but not a "Science subject" as specified in Q25).

27. What are the highest and lowest HKDSE admission scores for 6901 BSc programme in 2016?

The highest score and lowest score of the DSE students admitted to 6901 BSc programme based on the best 5 HKDSE subjects are 34 and 22, respectively.
Level to score conversion: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5*, 5** → 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 respectively.

28. If I get 5** in DSE English, will I be exempted from taking the English courses?

Yes, the first English course will be exempted.

29. If I get 5** in DSE Chinese, will I be exempted from taking the Chinese course?

No.

30. What will be on the Aptitude Test? How do I prepare for the Test?

It will test the general knowledge in Science which a Science student ought to know. No advanced level disciplinary knowledge is assumed. No preparation is necessary.

31. Will HKU Science accept combined HKDSE certificates?

For 6901 BSc Programme, the best results in years 2016 and 2017 will be considered, with no penalty.  Other cases will be considered individually.
For 6729 BSc(AC) Programme, the best results in years 2016 and 2017 will be considered, but with penalty.
For 6119, BEd-BSc Double Degree Programme, the best results in years 2016 and 2017 will be considered, with no penalty.

32.  Other universities are also adopting the common admission policy, how do they differ from the 6901 BSc programme?

The common admission policy of the 6901 BSc programme may differ from other universities’ Science programmes in the following manner: 

  • HKU Science is the first university to implement this common admission since 2007;
  • All the 16 Science Majors offered by the Faculty of Science are under this common admission policy;
  • There is no quota for any of the 16 Science Majors.  Students have complete freedom in choosing any Science Major;
  • Second Majors and Minors are available in both Science and non-Science disciplines.  About 1/4 students take one Major and one Minor, and another 1/4 take two Majors in the BSc degree curriculum each year.

Young Scientist Scheme (YSS) for Outstanding Students in 6901 BSc (new from 2016-2017)

33. What is Young Scientist Scheme (YSS)?

As a strong, research-oriented faculty, the Faculty of Science at HKU is committed to providing our students with the best science education and incubating future scientists.  YSS provides outstanding students with ample early research experiences in 6901 BSc Programme.

Students in YSS are guaranteed with:

  • Enrolment in our flagship Summer Research Fellowship (SRF) Scheme to conduct research under the supervision of our professors in the first summer
  • A further SRF or Overseas Research Fellowship (ORF) in a foreign institution in subsequent years
  • International exchange study
  • Attendance in international scientific conference on frontier research Guidance from a research mentor individually from the start of the undergraduate study
  • Enrolment in our Frontiers of Science Honours Seminar to learn how our award-winning professors solve their research problems
  • An entrance scholarship ranging from HKD 20,000 to HKD 40,000#
  • Stipends for research programmes

You may also visit the YSS website for more information.

# for JUPAS students with a total score of 31 or above in their best 5 HKDSE subjects (Category A subjects and M1/M2). Scholarship for Non-JUPAS students are considered on a case-by-case basis.

34. Who is entitled to join YSS?

JUPAS
JUPAS students admitted to 6901 BSc programme with a total score of 31 or above in their best 5 HKDSE subjects (Category A subjects and M1/M2) are automatically accepted to YSS. No interview is needed.

Non-JUPAS
Selected Non-JUPAS applicants will be invited to enrol in YSS.

Note: Other students who are not accepted to YSS can still compete for the SRF, ORF and/or international exchange during their study
 

Direct Admission Scheme to the 3rd Year of 4-year BSc Programme

35. Who is eligible to apply for the scheme?

Candidates who hold a recognized full-time Associate Degree (AD) or Higher Diploma (HD) in community colleges in Hong Kong (at least two years in duration) in a relevant discipline are eligible to apply for direct entry to the third year of the 4-year BSc degree programme.  Students in their second year of study of AD or HD programmes can also apply.  You may also visit the direct admission scheme website for more information.

36. How many places are available?

85 places for 2017.

37. Do you interview students for admission?

You may be invited to an interview in March/April.

38. When will I know my results of application?

Some conditional offers will be issued to students after the interview.  For those who do not get conditional offers, they will be considered after the announcement of their AD/HD examination results in July.

39. How many advanced standing credits will I receive?

The 4-year degree curriculum requires students to complete 240 credits for graduation. Students accepted to the third year of the 4-year BSc degree curriculum under this Scheme would be granted 120 credits of advanced standing including certain core courses of the Major, 24 credits (for AD holder) or 18 credits (for HD holder) of Common Core courses, 6 credits of English language course, 6 credits of Chinese language course and elective courses.

40. What are the choices of Science Majors if I apply via Direct Admission Scheme?

You can choose your Major from the 16 Science Majors (please refer to Q2 of FAQ).  You are required to indicate your Major when you submit an application.