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Students Taking Double Majors, Major-Minor or Double Minors with Overlapping Course Requirements

  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.

 

  1. The following list shows the major-major combinations that have more than 24 credits of the same ‘disciplinary core’ courses that appear in both Science 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
Science majors including
SCNC1111 and SCNC1112

No. of replacement
courses (credits)
to be taken in the
2nd major
(‘Major 2’)

Major in Astronomy

Major in Physics

2015, 2016, 20175 (30 credits)1 (6 credits)

Major in Biochemistry

Major in Chemistry

All years

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

2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

6 (36 credits)

2 (12 credits)

2015, 2016

7 (42 credits)

3 (18 credits)

Major in Biological Sciences

Major in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

All years

6 (36 credits)

2 (12 credits)

Major in Earth System Science

Major in Geology

2015, 2016

5 (30 credits)

1 (6 credits)

Major in Ecology & Biodiversity

Major in Food & Nutritional Science

2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

5 (30 credits)

1 (6 credits)

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 a second 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 second major in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology to make up for BIOL2102 or BIOL2103.

 

  1. Starting from this academic year, candidates who have been admitted to Year 1 in 2020-21 (and thereafter) and have achieved any one of the following qualifications are exempted from taking SCNC1111:

    • Level 4 or above in Mathematics Extended Part Module 1 or 2 in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
    • Level 5 or above in Mathematics Higher Level in International Baccalaureate (IB)
    • Grade B or above in Mathematics and Further Mathematics in General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCEAL)
    • Mathematics qualification in Gao Kao will be considered on a case-by-case basis

    It is optional for them to take the course SCNC1111. Those who do not take this course should take a 6-credit disciplinary elective course of the science major in lieu.

    The eligible students will be informed by the Faculty, via email, of the granting of an exemption from taking SCNC1111 in late August (before the start of your first year of study). You (as an eligible student) can try out courses that suit your academic interest before you commit to a particular major and submit your application form for taking a replacement course for SCNC1111 during the courses add/drop periods in your second/third year of study. The replacement course must be the disciplinary elective in your declared Science major. If you wish to take double Science majors, you should take the disciplinary elective in each of your declared Science majors to replace the course SCNC1111.

    Under these circumstances, the following list shows the major-major combinations that have 24 credits (or more) of the same ‘disciplinary core’ courses that appear in both Science majors and is subject to the rule of double counting:
Major-Major combinationAdmission Year
(Year 1)
Exemption grantedNo. of replacement courses (credits) to be taken in the 1st major (‘Major 1’)No. of common ‘disciplinary core’ courses (credits) appear in both Science majors including SCNC1111 and SCNC1112No. of replacement courses (credits) to be taken in the 2nd major (‘Major 2’)
Major in Biochemistry
Major in Chemistry
2020SCNC11111 (6 credits)5 (30 credits)1 (6 credits)
Major in Biochemistry
Major in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
2020SCNC11111 (6 credits)4 (24 credits)

1 (6 credits)

- to replace SCNC1111

Major in Biological Sciences
Major in Ecology & Biodiversity
2020SCNC11111 (6 credits)7 (42 credits)3 (18 credits)
Major in Biological Sciences
Major in Food & Nutritional Science
2020SCNC11111 (6 credits)6 (36 credits)2 (12 credits)
Major in Biological Sciences
Major in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
2020SCNC11111 (6 credits)6 (36 credits)2 (12 credits)
Major in Earth System Science
Major in Geology
2020SCNC11111 (6 credits)4 (24 credits)

1 (6 credits)

- to replace SCNC1111

Major in Ecology & Biodiversity
Major in Food & Nutritional Science
2020SCNC11111 (6 credits)5 (30 credits)1 (6 credits)
Major in Ecology & Biodiversity
Major in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
2020SCNC11111 (6 credits)5 (30 credits)1 (6 credits)
Major in Food & Nutritional Science 
Major in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
2020SCNC11111 (6 credits)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). In light of the exempted course SCNC1111, the double counted credits should count the following courses in this order: (1) 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 a second 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 4 courses (SCNC1112, BIOL1110, BIOL2102, and BIOL2103) would be counted for the major in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology. The student has to take a replacement ‘disciplinary elective’ course in the second major in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology to make up for SCNC1111.
 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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 below:

Exempted Course

Exemption granted

under the following circumstances

Specified Replacement Course

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:

 

  • Any 6-credit level 2 or above Mathematics Disciplinary Elective chosen from the Programme/Major/Minor structure in which MATH1013 is the disciplinary core course
     
  • MATH2012 Fundamental concepts of mathematics (6)
    (if not the disciplinary core course in the structure)
     
  • MATH2241 Introduction to mathematical analysis (6)
    (if not the disciplinary core course in the structure)

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 Programme/Major with Disciplinary Core Courses :

MATH2101 and MATH2211
(which are together deemed equivalent to MATH2014)

 

Select 6 credits from the following to replace MATH2014:

 

  • Any 6-credit level 2 or above Mathematics Disciplinary Elective chosen from the Programme/Major structure in which MATH2014 is the disciplinary core course
     
  • MATH2012 Fundamental concepts of mathematics (6)
    (if not the disciplinary core course in the structure)
     
  • MATH2241 Introduction to mathematical analysis (6)
    (if not the disciplinary core course in the structure)

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

MATH2822
(which is equivalent to MATH2014)

 

 

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