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Admission Requirement
BSc in Environmental Science

The deterioration of our environment due to rapid economic development and over-exploitation of natural resources has become an increasingly important global issue. It has also imposed enormous threats to the well-being of humans and the sustainable development of our society. As a result, we are facing a range of environmental challenges—pollutions, changes in land use, loss of biodiversity, stratospheric ozone depletion, ocean acidification, global climate changes, and so on.

This Program intends to provide students with a solid training in environmental science with a special focus in ecosystems. During the foundation years, rigorous training in quantitative and critical thinking skills in both natural and social sciences will be provided. The Program emphasizes on the basic understanding of the environment as an integrated system which encompasses factors involving air, land and water, as well as natural processes and human activities. In addition, the Program specifically focuses on the diversity of life, as well as the complex and dynamic interactions between different life forms and the environment. The curriculum also provides an opportunity for students to learn more about physical environmental science.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates should achieve the following specific learning outcomes:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the environment as an integrated system involving air, land, water, and human activities. [Knowledge]
2. Apply the principles and knowledge to solve environmental problems. [Execution]
3. Interpret and critically analyze scientific data; draw conclusions from experiments and field studies. [Judgment]
4. Effectively communicate fundamental environmental science knowledge through oral and written presentations. [Communication]
5. Work independently and collaborate effectively in team work. [Interpersonal skill and Leadership]
6. Recognize the importance of harmony among human, the nature, and a sustainable living society.
[Appreciation of science]
7. Become a responsible citizen towards their community and contribute to a sustainable environment. [Ethical practice]
8. Self-evaluate their own learning progress, and develop motivation and skills for lifelong learning. [Self-reflection]
9. Use a global perspective in conjunction with scientific knowledge to view issues in environmental science.
[International outlook]
Career Prospects

The demand for such talents is strong and ever increasing around the world. It is particularly important for Hong Kong because of the very limited land resources and mighty pressure of economic development in the region. Pollutants from the Pearl River Delta and local sewage have caused the loss of marine fishery resources and biodiversity, coastal eutrophication and hypoxia, and the increasing outbreak of harmful algal bloom. Worsening air quality is threatening Hong Kong to become a world financial center. The recent proposals by the Hong Kong Government to build the third runway for the airport, and an artificial island to host incineration facilities (both located in the habitats of the endangered Chinese White Dolphins) are examples of the conflicts between urban development and nature conservation in Hong Kong.

To resolve the conflicts and achieve sustainable development, there is a great need for Hong Kong to train more environmental scientists who can use their expertise to contribute in relevant sectors, which include but not limited to the following:
government departments (Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Environmental Protection Department)
environmental consultancies (environmental impact assessments, natural resource management)
public education (teaching, conservation groups, ecotourism), and