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Admission Requirement
Minor Program in Environmental Science

Today, we are facing a complex array of environmental problems such as climate change, air and water pollutions, loss of biodiversity, increases in frequency and scale of extreme weather and natural disasters, and unsustainable use of natural resources. These environmental problems have threatened not only the quality of our environment, but also the wellness of our future generations (that is, sustainable development). Managing and reducing these problems requires an integrated and multidisciplinary approach that involves a broad range of basic and applied sciences, as well as a general understanding of related social and economic impacts. It is anticipated that this Minor Program will serve as an introduction and overview for students to understand environmental science as a broad field.

Learning Outcomes

Through this Minor Program, students should achieve the following specific learning outcomes:
1. Understand environment as an integrated system involving air, land, water, and human activities. [Knowledge]
2. Recognize the importance of harmony among human, the nature, and a sustainable living society. [Appreciation of science]
3. Become a responsible citizen towards their community and contribute to a sustainable environment. [Ethical practice]
Foundation Electives Credit
*LIFS or ENVR 1030 OR 2010 Environmental Science OR Environmental Science Fundamentals 3
LIFS 1901 General Biology I 3
LIFS 1902 General Biology II 3
LIFS 2060 Biodiversity 3
CHEM 1030 General Chemistry II 3
PHYS 1003 Energy and Related Environmental Issues 3
ENVR 2020 Urban Air Pollution 3
Depth Electives Credit
LIFS 3130 Marine Biology 3
LIFS 3160 Ecology 3
CHEM 2311 Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 4310 Environmental Chemistry 3
CHEM 4320 Environmental Analytical Chemistry 3
ENVR 3110 Sustainable Development 3
*Student could only take either LIFS1030 or ENVR2010, but not both, to count toward this minor program.
To earn this Minor degree, students are required to complete 18 credits (9 credits of foundation electives + 9 credits of depth electives; that is, a total of 6 courses) from the above curriculum. Among the 6 courses selected, at least 3 courses should be outside individual student's Major requirements.

For other course descriptions, please refer to the University Course Catalogue.

Career Prospects

The Minor Program is designed to provide students with a broad overview on environmental science and conservation. Environmental Science covers a wide range of subjects, including biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, engineering, technology, and management. Such background is important in many job areas including relevant government departments, environmental conservation, green business, education sector, and so on. The Program will also enable students to pursue further studies in related field.

Admission and Selection

Students under School of Science with an overall CGA 1.85 or above may enroll in this Minor Program.

Declaration of the Minor Program should be done no earlier than the first regular term of the students' second year but no later than the last day of the add/drop period in the first regular term of their final year of study.

Application for withdrawal from the Minor Program should be submitted before the last day of the add/drop period in the first regular term of their final year.