General Information

           
Terminology Explanation/ Definition Remarks
Academic Year An academic year comprises two semesters; the first semester to commence in September and end in December, and the second semester to commence in January and end in May/June. It includes, normally at the end of each semester, a period during which candidates are assessed. An optional summer semester runs normally from late June to mid-August and is only available to non-final year undergraduates.
Add/Drop of Courses Students are allowed to change the selected courses during the add/drop period, i.e. in the first two weeks of each semester. No permission will be given to add/drop a course after the add/drop period.
Advanced Standing Advanced standing may be granted to students in recognition of studies completed prior to admission to the curriculum (normally at post HKDSE or equivalent standard). Advanced standing credits granted shall be recorded on the transcripts but not be included in the calculation of GPA. Examples of granting advanced standing credits include students completing year one in another Bachelor degree programme of this University or at another local or overseas university or Associate Degree/Higher Diploma holders. Students who wish to apply for advanced standing must complete the form “Application for Granting of Advanced Standing” and submit it to the Faculty Office by the specified deadline before the commencement of their first year of study. Late application or application made in subsequent year of studies will not be considered.
Capstone Course All students must undertake at least one capstone course approved in the Science major / Professional core which requires students to integrate knowledge and skills they have acquired to accomplish some nontrivial tasks in their areas of disciplinary study. The credit requirement of capstone course(s) for each major may be different and details can be found in the syllabuses. If any BSc III/BSc(ActuarSc) III or above students wish to apply for exemption from taking a capstone course in the second (Science) major, you have to complete the form “Application for Exemption from Taking a Capstone Course in the second (Science) Major”. 
Course Duration 1 semester. Some 12 credits courses (e.g. project) are year long.
Course Load The normal course load is 60 credits a year.

You are normally required to take at least 60 credits, of which not fewer than 24, nor more than 30 credits in any one semester (except the summer semester). You may, of your own volition, take additional credits not exceeding 6 credits in each semester, and/or further credits during the summer semester, accumulating up to a maximum of 72 credits (including the summer semester courses and internship courses, if any) in one academic year.
With the special permission of the Board of the Faculty, you may exceed the annual study load of 72 credits in a given academic year provided that the total number of credits taken does not exceed the maximum curriculum study load of 288 credits for the normative period of 4 years study.

Where students are required to make up for failed credits, the Board of the Faculty may give permission for students to exceed the annual study load of 72 credits provided that the total number of credits taken does not exceed the maximum curriculum study load of 432 credits for the maximum period of registration specified in the curriculum regulations which is 6 years for the BSc and BSc (Actuarial Science) programmes.

For students who need to continue their studies beyond the normative study period (i.e. 4 years), the number of credits of courses they are allowed to take should not be greater than those required for graduation, plus a maximum of 12 credits.
Course Co-requisite Co-requisite means a course which candidates must take in conjunction with the course in question.  
Course Pre-requisite Pre-requisite means a course or a group of courses which candidates must have completed successfully or a requirement which candidate must have fulfilled before being permitted to take the course in question.

The system will disapprove the course in question automatically if its pre-requisite cannot be met.
If you wish to select courses which you do not meet the pre-requisite, you have to seek approval from the Course Selection Adviser(s) of the course offering department(s)/school(s) by completing the "Course Approval Form".
 
Course Replacement
 
Double-counting of courses up to a max. of 24 credits is permissible with double majors and professional core-major combination. For cases with 24 or less double-counted credits, the student must make up an equivalent no. of credits by taking other courses offered by any Faculty. Double counting of credits is not permissible for certain situations and details can be found at https://webapp.science.hku.hk/sr4/servlet/enquiry.

For students who wish to take any majors/minors offered by FBE, please be advised to check with FBE directly for the specified replacement course.
If you wish to apply for course replacement, you have to complete the form "Application for Taking a Replacement Course".
Course Unit 6 credits. A small number of courses are 12 credits.
Credit Transfer Credit transfer may be granted to students for course completed at other institutions, whether inside or outside of Hong Kong, at any time during the students’ candidature at the University. Example of granting credit transfer includes HKU students going out for one semester/year exchange study. Students who wish to apply for credit transfer must complete the form “Application for Leave of Absence and Transfer of Credits for BSc/BSc (ActuarSc) Outgoing Exchange/Visiting Students” and submit it to the Faculty Office at least 1 month before the date of departure.
Grade Points Grade points are standardized measurements of candidates' academic achievement in courses taken to satisfy the requirements of the degree curriculum and are expressed as a scale prescribed in these regulations.  
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Grade point average is a numerical measure of a candidate’s academic achievement over a specified period of time. Each course attempted (including each failed course) is assigned a numerical value, with all courses carrying equal weighting. This numerical value is the product of grade points earned for the course and the credit value of that course. The Grade Point Average is the sum of these numerical values divided by the total number of credits attempted:
 
       
       
(where "i" is the number of all passed and failed courses taken by the student over a specified period.)
 
Semester GPA
 
Semester Grade Point Average or Semester GPA is the GPA in respect of courses attempted by a candidate (including failed courses) during a given semester.  
Year GPA Year Grade Point Average or Year GPA is the GPA in respect of courses attempted by a candidate (including failed courses) during a given academic year.  
Cumulative GPA Cumulative Grade Point Average or Cumulative GPA is the GPA in respect of courses attempted by a candidate (including failed courses) at the time of calculation.  
Graduation GPA Graduation Grade Point Average or Graduation GPA is the GPA in respect of courses attempted by a candidate (including failed courses) at the point of graduation.  For students in the 2017-18 intake and thereafter who have successfully completed six Common Core courses, the calculation of Graduation GPA is subject to the proviso that either five Common Core courses with the highest grades (covering all four Areas of Inquiry), or all six courses will be counted towards Graduation GPA, depending on which generates the higher Graduation GPA.  
Level of Course
(for Science courses only)
Introductory level courses (course code starting with 1 and 2) include levels 1 and 2 courses. They are normally taken in Year 1 and 2.

Level 1 courses: give students a very general overview of the subject and basic principles and methods. They serve as 'tasters' as well as free elective courses for the non-faculty students. A Level 1 course requires no, certain HKDSE subject or a level 1 course as prerequisite.

Level 2 courses: aimed as foundation courses in a discipline for students who have declared their major of study. They cover concepts and methods essential for preparing the student to progress into the advanced-level courses in the major. A Level 2 course requires a level 1 course or a level 2 course as prerequisite.

 

Advanced level courses (course code starting with 3, 4 or 7) include levels 3, 4 and 7 courses. They are normally taken in Year 3 and 4.

Level 3 courses: These courses are the building blocks of the discipline. A Level 3 course requires a level 2 course or a level 3 course as prerequisite.

Level 4 courses: advanced courses in a sub-field of the discipline, research-based courses, or capstone courses that require students to apply and integrate knowledge learnt in previous courses. Level 4 courses are normally taken in the final year of the study. A Level 4 course requires a level 3 course or a level 4 course as prerequisite.

Level 7 courses: graduate courses that are offered to the more able undergraduate students as electives.
Majors and Minors
 

A number of Science majors and minors are available each year.

BSc students must complete at least one Science major as the primary major for the award of the BSc degree. In addition to the primary Science major, students may take a second major or a minor in a Science or non-Science discipline.

Students shall take at least 96 credits of the required courses as prescribed in the regular major programme, or at least 144 credits (or a higher credit requirement by the accredited bodies) of the prescribed courses in the intensive major programme, of the BSc degree curriculum

BSc(ActuarSc) students may optionally take a major or a minor in a Science or non-Science discipline, provided that they fully satisfy the course requirements.

Some non-Science faculties may set a minimum requirement for their majors and minors offered. You should check with the relevant Faculty for the detailed requirements.
Required Courses Required courses refer to those disciplinary core and disciplinary elective courses in the Science major/minor and BSc(ActuarSc) degree curriculum that you take to fulfil the requirements.

'Disciplinary core course’ or ‘Disciplinary Core’ means any courses offered in the same major or minor programme or the professional core which must be taken by candidates to fulfill the curriculum requirements as specified in the syllabuses of the degree curriculum. 

'Disciplinary elective course’ or ‘Disciplinary Elective’ means any courses offered in the same major or minor programme or the professional core which can be taken by candidates to fulfill the curriculum requirements as specified in the syllabuses of the degree curriculum.
Details of the BSc syllabuses (major, minor & courses) and BSc(ActuarSc) syllabuses (degree curriculum & courses) can be found at https://webapp.science.hku.hk/sr4/
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Science Foundation Courses
(For Science majors)
2 Science Foundation courses, Scientific Method and Reasoning, and Fundamentals of Modern Science are offered as disciplinary core (compulsory) courses in any of the 14 regular or 4 intensive Science majors to give students a common science experience and prepare them with sufficient background to pursue any of Science majors.
 
All 4-year students taking a Science major (as major 1 or major 2) should enroll in the 2 Science Foundation courses in their first year of study.
Teaching Weeks Each semester (except the summer semester) includes 12 teaching weeks, a reading week, and a revision week.  
Timetable Clashes The system will disapprove your course automatically if it has timetable clash with another course. If you wish to select such courses, you have to seek approval from the Course Selection Adviser(s) of the course offering department(s)/school(s) by completing the "Course Approval Form".