Faculty of Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - B.Sc. in Environmental Science

B.Sc. in Environmental Science

(Offered by School of Life Sciences)

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Admission  SCIENCE (JS4601)


Environmental Science is an integrated science using the basic knowledge and skills of applied biochemistry, biology, and chemistry to assess and resolve environmental problems. In response to the growing public concerns about the environmental protection and conservation issues, the University established the Environmental Science Programme in 1994. We foster our students with training in ecology, environmental chemistry, pollution control, waste management, biodiversity, conservation, toxicology and health, energy research, environmental impact assessment, and policy development. Our body of lecturing staff comprises professors from the School of Life Sciences and Department of Chemistry, as well as other professionals from related disciplines.


Study focus

  • Ecology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Instrumentations Techniques
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Environmental and Biochemical Toxicology
  • Internship

Elective areas

  • Chemical Treatment Processes
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Environmental Protection and Pollution Control
  • Environmental Health
  • Field Study
  • Hong Kong Flora and Fauna
  • Marine Biology
  • Methods in Toxicological Research
  • Electives from other programmes


Wide range of elective courses from:

  • Chemistry and Earth System Science in the Faculty of Science
  • Energy and Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering such as Energy Utilisation and Human Behaviour, Atmospheric Science Chemistry in Biofuel, etc.
  • Geography and Resource Management in the Faculty of Social Science
  • Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine such as Urban Environmental Problems, Ecosystem Restoration and Management, Hydrology and Water Resources, Biostatistics, Soil Science, Environment and Health, etc

Career Prospects

More than half of our graduates directly involve in environmental related jobs after graduation. They work in government departments, consulting firms, green groups, and commercial sectors focusing on various aspects of environmental issues, from green purchasing, carbon audit, to environmental impact assessments and tree management. Other graduates become postgraduate students or find jobs in schools as teachers, in the business sectors as administrators or marketing officers.Our graduates could become environmental professionals by joining the HKIQEP (Hong Kong Institute of Qualified Environmental Professionals).

Alumnus Sharing

MAK Chu Wa

Throughout my university life, the undergraduate curriculum enables me to learn a wide variety of environmental management and protection topics, I have gained extensive knowledge in my studies and developed myself a multi-dimension thinker. I have found an area in which my curiosity and my ability are suitably paired. In my final year, I took the Directed Research Project for strengthening my laboratory skills and independent working ability. It was also a valuable experience to have a preliminary exposure of becoming a scientist. This programme provides a number of elective courses, field studies, as well as encourages the development of aspiring environmentalists inside and outside of the classrooms.