Part-time Degree Programmes

BSc in Science in Applied Science (Biology and Chemistry) (BSCAS)

BSc in Science with Honours in Applied Science (Biology and Chemistry) (BSCHAS)

Part-time Distance Learning Programmes

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The BSc in Applied Science (Biology and Chemistry) is a degree programme for people interested in disciplines of applied science. The programme aims to provide undergraduate training to students to enable them to understand the theories of chemical and biological sciences, and their application to contemporary chemical and biological fields.

The programme integrates theory, practices and experimentation in scientific principles, quality assurance in chemical analyses, and hands-on experiences most suitable for use in the applied science discipline. To complete this programme, students will need to complete 120 credits for the Bachelor’s Degree level.

Graduates are expected to master the knowledge and be confident to work in the professions associated with biological science and chemical science.

Entry Requirement

  • Candidates who are 17 years of age or above can enroll these distance learning programmes.

Course list:

Course Code Course Title Credit
Foundation level
SCI S122 A Foundation Course in Biology and Earth Science 10
SCI S123 Foundation Physics 5
SCI S124 Foundation Chemistry 5
Middle level
BIOL S205 The Core of Life 5
CHEM S251 Organic and Physical Chemistry 10
STAT S242 Statistics in Society 10
Higher level
BIOL S301 Conservation and Biodiversity 5
BIOL S302 Animal and Plant Physiology 5
BIOL S303 Molecular Biology and Microbiology 5
CHEM S311 Analytical Chemistry 5
CHEM S312 Instrumental Analysis 5
BIOL S312 Human Physiology 5
SCI S330 Scientific Research Methods 5
BIOL S338 Ecology 10
CHEM S340 Inorganic Chemistry 10
CHEM S345 Principles of Chemical Synthesis 5
BIOL S401 Contemporary Biology Development 5
CHEM S402 Contemporary Chemistry Development 5
ENVR S403 Applications of Biology and Chemistry in Environmental Studies 10
SCI S404 Advanced Topics in Food and Health Sciences 5
BIOL S406 Tools and Techniques in Biotechnology 5
SCI S410 Research Project in Applied Science 10
ENVR S411 Environmental Health and Safety 10
CHEM S445 Advances in Chemical Synthesis 5
CHEM S450 Advanced Techniques for Organic Structure Analysis 5

For detailed regulations and credit requirements, please click here.

Duration of Study:

The academic year starts in early September followed by the Spring Term in late January. Each of the Autumn and Spring Terms consists of 16 study weeks.

If you study for the maximum of 15 credits in the first term, and 20 credits in the following terms, the approximate time you would need to obtain an ordinary degree (early exit) would be three and a half years (the time would be shorter if you achieve advanced standing/credit exemption). In general, you are expected to study between 15 to 20 hours a week for a 20-credit course. This would be similar to being a full-time student. Most OUHK students have full-time jobs, so they tend to spread the study load for a degree over a period of five to six years. Most OUHK programmes set no restrictions on how long you can take to complete your qualification. If you wish, you may take a break of any length after completing a course, and resume your study in a future term.

(*Longer duration of study may be required if the students do not fulfill the course requirements)

Advanced standing:

You may be able to get credit for your previous studies. Credit exemption, known as ‘advanced standing’ at the OUHK, is available for many students who have completed tertiary-level studies elsewhere. There are 3 types of credit transfer, namely, General Credit Transfer (GCT), Specific Credit Transfer (SCT) and Block Credit Transfer (BCT). Each type of transferred credits has its specific use in counting towards programme requirements. The University has recently relaxed the maximum advanced standing by BCT to 80 credits for relevant Associate Degrees and Higher Diplomas towards an OUHK 120-credit bachelor’s degree.