Faculty of Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Information for New Students

Information for New Students

(For 2019 Entry)

(Not Applicable to Students Admitted to Natural Sciences Programme)

The Faculty of Science established in 1963 and now has six major teaching units (School of Life Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Department of Mathematics, Department of Physics, Department of Statistics, and Earth System Science Programme) offering 14 undergraduate programmes.

 

Curriculum

The CUHK curriculum is built on a credit-unit system, with flexibility and choices both in the selection of courses and in the sequence and pace of electives. The normative period of study is four years, and students have to complete 123 units satisfy requirements under separate categories.  

curriculum 
curriculum 4yr

Note: For students admitted with advanced standing, at least 18 units of University Core are exempted. Students may apply for further exemptions on Faculty Package course(s) and the maximum Advanced Standing Exemptions to be granted is 24 units. The 
normative period of study may be reduced by up to one year. Further details are available on the General Regulations Governing Full-time Undergraduate Studies [Annex III & IV].

  • Undergraduate Student Handbook 
    (including Requirements of University Core and Faculty Package, Study Schemes of Major/Minor & Recommended Course Pattern, and University Regulations and Rules)
  • Contacts of course offering units and related administrative units
Units Telephone, Email, Website & Office Location
Faculty Office of Science

3943-6327
sfo@cuhk.edu.hk  
Room G30, Science Centre

Department of Chemistry

3943-6344
chemistry@cuhk.edu.hk  [Website]
Room G59, Science Centre

Earth System Science Programme

3943-9624
essc@cuhk.edu.hk  [Website]
Room 303, Mong Man Wai Building

School of Life Sciences 

3943-1004
lifesciences@cuhk.edu.hk  [Website] 
Room 132, Science Centre

Department of Mathematics

3943-7989
dept@math.cuhk.edu.hk  [Website] 
Room 220, Lady Shaw Building

Department of Physics

3943-6154
physics@cuhk.edu.hk  [Website] 
Room 108, Science Centre

Department of Statistics

3943-7931
statdept@cuhk.edu.hk  [Website] 
Room 119, Lady Shaw Building

Department of Chinese Language and Literature 

3943-7095
chilan@cuhk.edu.hk [Website]
Room 523, Fung King Hey Building

The English Language Teaching Unit

3943-5963
sa.eltu@cuhk.edu.hk  [Website]
Room 436, Li Dak Sum Building

Office of the IT Foundation Course

3943-4252
engg1000@cuhk.edu.hk  [Website]
Room 1207, Yasumoto International Academic Park

Office of University
General Education 

UGFN/H
3943-3730
gef-info@cuhk.edu.hk  [Website]
7/F, Hui Yeung Shing Building

UGEA/B/C/D
3943-7075
uge-info@cuhk.edu.hk  [Website]
8/F, Hui Yeung Shing Building

Physical Education Unit

3943-6097 
peunit@cuhk.edu.hk  [Website]
G/F, University Sports Centre

Registration & Examinations Section (RES) 3943-9888
ugadmin@cuhk.edu.hk  [Website]
10/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park

 
Major Declaration for SCIENCE (BSCIN) Students 

Students admitted via SCIENCE Broad-based Admission Scheme (JS4601) can declare their major at the time of entry or at the end of Year 1 or 2, and admission is guaranteed. Details please click HERE

 

Course Selection and Add/Drop

  • Plan your study schedule for Term 1 and 2 of the coming academic year (FAQ for Course Selection)
  • Check time appointment for course selection in “Term Information” under CUSIS and use ‘Plan’ and ‘Validate’, and put the intended courses in the ‘Shopping Cart’ (starting from 16 Aug)
  • Enroll courses under CUSIS (Computer-based Training Video) during the assigned date and time
  • Finalize your course selection by 2nd week of each term
  • Remove your name from the wait list if you do not want to “auto-enroll” into a class when quotas exist again by end of e-Add/Drop period
  • Always check “My Class Schedule” under CUSIS to get the most updated course enrolment records since departments may make changes to their class schedules or cancel a course
  • No Add/Drop would be allowed after the Special Add/Drop period (i.e. after 20 Sep 2019 for Term 1 and after 31 Jan 2020 for Term 2) 

Add Drop

 


Timeline of Major Events

06 Aug New Student Orientation Day  [link]
09 Aug Academic Counselling Session for New Full-time Undergraduate Students [link]
09-12 Aug First Year Student Survey  [link]
10 Aug (23:59) Application Deadline for the Science Orientation Camp  [link]
12 Aug (17:00) Deadline of Online Student Registration  [link]
13 Aug (14:30) Academic Counselling Session for New Full-time Undergraduate Students
(For Year 1 students admitted with advanced standing)
14-17 Aug Science Orientation Camp [link]
21 Aug Academic Counselling Session for New Full-time Undergraduate Students [link]
(For non-local students)
22 Aug CU Link Card Day  [link]
23 Aug Course Selection - Term 1 (under CUSIS from 10:00 – 22:00)  [link]
(Students admitted with Advanced Standing start at 10:00; others start at 11:00)
02 Sep  Inauguration Ceremony for Undergraduates  [link]
(Science Faculty Tea Reception starts at 11:45)
09-15 Sep e-Add/Drop Period under CUSIS  [link]
16-20 Sep Special Add/Drop Period at Course Offering Units  [link]
(No Add/Drop would be allowed after 20 Sep)
23 Sep (Tentative) Deadline for Survey of Potential Major for BSCIN Students (from 2-23 Sep)
(Academic advisor will be assigned based on your potential major)
Early/Mid Oct 
Declaration of Major (Phase 1) for BSCIN Students (under CUSIS)
Early Nov Assignment of Academic Advisor (Level 1)
18-19 Nov Course Selection – Term 2 (under CUSIS from 20:30 on 18 Nov – 20:30 on 19 Nov)  [link]
(For Year 1 students admitted with advanced standing)
21-22 Nov Course Selection – Term 2 (under CUSIS from 20:30 on 21 Nov – 20:30 on 22 Nov)  [link]
(For Year 1 students EXCEPT those admitted with advanced standing)
Jun 2020 Declaration of Major (Phase 2) for BSCIN Students (After the release of Term 2 results)

 

Presentation File of Academic Counselling Session (BSCIN)

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