Curriculum

For this 2-year programme, the student shall complete at least 69 units of courses for graduation. At least 51 units of science courses shall be completed for the major programme requirement, including at least 32 units of science courses from one of the seven following concentration areas:

Biological Sciences / 
Biotechnology / 
Environmental Studies /
Food and Nutrition
Data Science Analytical and Testing Sciences / 
Physical Sciences
  • Biochemistry (BCHE)
  • Biology (BIOL)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology (CMBI)
  • Environmental Science (ENSC)
  • Food and Nutritional Sciences (FNSC)
  • Molecular Biotechnology (MBTE)
  • Mathematics (MATH)
  • Risk Management Science (RMSC)
  • Statistics (STAT)
  • Chemistry (CHEM)
  • Earth System Science (ESSC)
  • Mathematics (MATH)
  • Physics (PHYS)
Degree Structure:

69 units of degree requirement includes the following components:

  • 51 units of major programme requirement
    • Required science courses
    • Elective science courses
    • Research course(s) in the chosen area of concentration
  • 2-5 units of English (depending on the academic qualifications used to earn admission)
  • 8-9 units of General Education (depending on the College Affiliation after admission)
  • 1 unit of Physical Education
Concentration Requirements - 2018/19 and thereafter
Biological Sciences concentration
Required Courses
 
BCHE 2030 Fundamentals of Biochemistry or
BIOL 2120 Cell Biology
3 units
BIOL 2210 Ecology or
MBTE 2010 Diversity of Life: Applications and Sustainability
2-3 units
NSCI 3000 Science and Applications of Biomimicry 2 units
Elective Courses
 
  • Select from Concentration Area Courses, offered by BCHE, BIOL, CMBI, ENSC, FNSC, MBTE programmes, and School of Life Sciences (LSCI). At least 6 units are 4000-level courses, including at least 3 units of research course.
≥25 units
  • Select from courses outside the concentration, offered by CHEM, ESSC, MATH, PHYS, RMSC and STAT programmes.
Remaining units
Total: 51 units
Biotechnology concentration
Required Courses
 
BCHE 2030 Fundamentals of Biochemistry 3 units
BIOL 2120 Cell Biology 3 units
MBTE 2000 Introduction to Molecular Biotechnology 2 units
MBTE 2010 Diversity of Life: Applications and Sustainability 2 units
LSCI 2002 Basic Laboratory Techniques in Life Sciences or
MBTE 4033 Methods in Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory I
2 units
NSCI 3000 Science and Applications of Biomimicry 2 units
Elective Courses
 
  • Select from Concentration Area Courses, offered by BCHE, BIOL, CMBI, MBTE programmes, and School of Life Sciences (LSCI). At least 6 units are 4000-level courses, including at least 3 units of research course.
≥18 units
  • Select from courses outside the concentration, offered by BCHE, BIOL, CHEM, CMBI, ENSC, ESSC, FNSC, MATH, PHYS, RMSC, STAT programmes, and School of Life Sciences (LSCI).
Remaining units
Total: 51 units
Environmental Studies concentration
Required Courses
 
BIOL 2210 Ecology 3 units
ENSC 2270 Introduction to Environmental Science 3 units
ENSC 2515 Environmental Chemistry 3 units
ENSC 3415 Environmental Instrumentation Techniques 3 units
ENSC 3520 Environmental and Biochemical Toxicology 3 units
NSCI 3000 Science and Applications of Biomimicry 2 units
Elective Courses
 
  • Select from Concentration Area Courses, offered by BIOL, CHEM, ENSC and ESSC programmes, and School of Life Sciences (LSCI). At least 4 units of laboratory courses and 6 units are 4000-level courses, including at least 3 units of research course.
≥15 units
  • Select from courses outside the concentration, offered by BCHE, BIOL, CHEM, CMBI, ESSC, FNSC, MATH, MBTE, PHYS, RMSC, STAT programmes, and School of Life Sciences (LSCI).
Remaining units
Total: 51 units
Food and Nutrition concentration
Required Courses
 
BCHE 2030 Fundamentals of Biochemistry 3 units
BIOL 2120 Cell Biology 3 units
FNSC 2001 Introduction to Food Science and Technology 2 units
FNSC 2002 Nutrition for Health 2 units
NSCI 3000 Science and Applications of Biomimicry 2 units
Elective Courses
 
  • Select from Concentration Area Courses, offered by BCHE, BIOL, ENSC, FNSC, MBTE programmes, and School of Life Sciences (LSCI). At least 6 units are FNSC courses at 4000-level and at least 3 units of research course.
≥20 units
  • Select from courses outside the concentration offered by BCHE, BIOL, CHEM, CMBI, ENSC, ESSC, MATH, MBTE, PHYS, RMSC, STAT programmes, and School of Life Sciences (LSCI).
Remaining units
Total: 51 units
Data Science concentration
Required Courses
 
STAT 2001 Basic Concepts in Statistics and Probability I 3 units
STAT 2005 Programming Languages for Statistics 3 units
STAT 3008 Applied Regression Analysis 3 units
NSCI 3000 Science and Applications of Biomimicry 2 units
NSCI 4051 Workshop on Mathematical Sciences 3 units
Elective Courses
 
  • Select from Concentration Area Courses, offered by RMSC, and STAT programmes. At least 3 units are 4000-level courses.
≥18 units
  • Select from courses outside the concentration, offered by BCHE, BIOL, CMBI, CHEM, ENSC, ESSC, FNSC, MBTE, PHYS programmes, and School of Life Sciences (LSCI).
Remaining units
Total: 51 units
Analytical and Testing Sciences concentration
Required Courses
 
CHEM 2400 Analytical Chemistry 2 units
CHEM 2408 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory I 2 units
CHEM 3410 Instrumental Analysis 2 units
CHEM 3870 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II 2 units
CHEM 4430 Accreditation of Laboratory Tests 2 units 
CHEM 4960 Research Projects in Chemical Science I 2 units 
CHEM 4970 Research Projects in Chemical Science II 2 units

Any three from the followings: 

CHEM 2120 Main Group Chemistry 
CHEM 2200 Organic Functional Groups: Structure and Reactivity 
CHEM 2300 Thermodynamics and Chemical Equilibrium
CHEM 2320 Fundamentals of Spectroscopic Analysis

6 units
NSCI 3000 Science and Applications of Biomimicry 2 units

Any one from the followings:

STAT 1011 Introduction to Statistics
STAT 1012 Statistics for Life Sciences 

3 units
Elective Courses
 
  • Select from Concentration Area Courses, offered by CHEM programmes. 
≥7 units
  • Select from courses outside the concentration, offered by BCHE, BIOL, CMBI, CHEM, ENSC, ESSC, FNSC, MBTE, PHYS programmes, and School of Life Sciences (LSCI).
Remaining units
Total: 51 units
Physical Sciences concentration
Required Courses
 

Two from the followings:

CHEM 1070 Principles of Modern Chemistry
CHEM 1072 General Chemistry
MATH 1010 University Mathematics
MATH 1520 University Mathematics for Applications
PHYS 1002 General Physics
PHYS 1111 University Physics I

6 units
NSCI 3000 Science and Applications of Biomimicry 2 units
Elective Courses
 
  • Select from Concentration Area Courses, offered by CHEM, ESSC, MATH, and PHYS programmes. At least 6 units are 4000-level courses, including at least 3 units of research course.
≥24 units
  • Select from courses outside the concentration, offered by BCHE, BIOL, CMBI, ENSC, FNSC, MBTE, RMSC, STAT programmes, and School of Life Sciences (LSCI).
Remaining units
Total: 51 units

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