Plan of Study

 4-Year Curriculum

Major in Geology (Coordinator: Dr. King, Jess)
Geology concerns the scientific study of the Earth's structure, processes, materials and history. Geologists apply knowledge of chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics to solve Earth’s problems. The Geology Major aims to give students a sound foundation in the geological sciences and enable them to pursue postgraduate studies or careers in the geosciences. The curriculum emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills, and practical experience in the field. The core courses are designed to give students a well-rounded understanding of the geological disciplines including petrology, palaeontology, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology and the applications of geological knowledge to resource development, natural hazard management, and geotechnical and environmental engineering.

The Department of Earth Sciences offers a Major in Geology which is accredited by the Geological Society of London. This more intensive "Accredited Pathway" requires 150-153 credits (not includuing University requirements such as language classes and Common Core classes), whereas the Major in Geology involves 96 credits. For more information, see the Accreditation webpage as well as the summary table showing the courses offered in our degrees (below).

Curriculum

Introductory Courses (42 credits)
EASC1402 Principles of Geology
EASC2401 Fluid/Solid Interactions in Earth Processes
EASC2402 Field and Laboratory Methods
EASC2406 Geochemistry
EASC2407 Mineralogy
SCNC1111 Scientific Method and Reasoning
SCNC1112 Fundamentals of Modern Science

Advanced Courses (36 credits)
EASC3402 Petrology
EASC3403 Sedimentary Environments
EASC3404 Structural Geology
EASC3408 Geophysics
EASC3409 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrogenesis
EASC4406 Earth Dynamics and Global Tectonics

Electives (12 credits among the following)
EASC3406 Reconstruction of Past Climate
EASC3410 Hydrogeology
EASC3412 Earth Resources
EASC3413 Engineering Geology
EASC3414 Soil and Rock Mechanics
EASC3416 Advanced Geochemistry & Geochronology
EASC3417 Earth Through Time
EASC3999 Directed Studies in Earth Sciences
EASC4403 Biogeochemical Cycles
EASC4407 Regional Geology
EASC4408 Special Topics in Earth Sciences
EASC4999 Earth Sciences Project (12 credits)
ENVS3007 Natural Hazards and Mitigation

Capstone Requirement (6 credits)
EASC4955 Integrated Field Studies

For course descriptions please the visit the following link to the Science Faculty website:

https://www.scifac.hku.hk/current/ug/academic/syllabuses

Major in Earth System Science (Coordinator: Dr. Li, Yiliang
Earth System Science seeks to understand the Earth as an integrated system, including its past, present and future behaviour, from the environments where life evolves on the surface to the interactions between the crust and its fluid envelopes (atmosphere and hydrosphere), with interests extending to the Earth's interior. Core courses in the major focus on understanding the composition, structure and processes of the solid Earth, the hydrosphere and the atmosphere, and their interactions. Students will be equipped with knowledge to help manage geological resources and natural hazards. Throughout the curriculum there is consistent emphasis on transferable skills, learning through fieldwork, laboratory studies and research-based classes, designed to enhance students' ability to think critically, to communicate effectively and to develop solutions to complex problems. Graduates from the major can pursue further studies in the Earth Sciences and careers in a wide variety of geoscience-related areas including resource management, hazard mitigation, soil and water conservation and teaching.

Revised Curriculum (Starting from 2017-18 admission year)

Introductory Courses (48 Credits)
EASC1401 Blue Planet
EASC1406 Introduction to the Earth-life System
EASC2401 Fluid/Solid Interactions in Earth Processes
EASC2402 Field and Laboratory Methods
EASC2404 Introduction to Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
EASC2410 Data Analysis and Modeling in Earth Sciences
SCNC1111 Scientific Method and Reasoning
SCNC1112 Fundamentals of Modern Science

Advanced Courses (42 credits)
EASC4403 Biogeochemical Cycles
Plus at least 36 credits from Lists A and B, among which at least 18 credits from List A.

List A:
EASC3410 Hydrogeology
EASC3415 Meteorology
EASC3418 Coasts and Coastal Change
ENVS3313 Environmental Oceanography

List B:
EASC3020 Global Change: Anthropogenic Impacts
EASC3403 Sedimentary Environments
EASC3405 Environmental Remote Sensing
EASC3406 Reconstruction of Past Climate
EASC3412 Earth Resources
EASC3417 Earth Through Time
EASC3419 Earth System Science Field Studies
EASC3999 Directed Studies in Earth Sciences
EASC4408 Special Topics in Earth Sciences
EASC4999 Earth Sciences Project (12 credits)
ENVS3007 Natural Hazards and Mitigation

Capstone Requirement (6 credits)
EASC4911 Earth System: Contemporary Issues

For course descriptions please the visit the following link to the Science Faculty website:https://www.scifac.hku.hk/current/ug/academic/syllabuses

Major in Environmental Science (Coordinator: Dr. Dingle, Caroline)
The Major in Environmental Science aims to provide students with a strong scientific and technological background for understanding and addressing the environmental issues faced by humankind. This includes a flexible teaching and learning programme so that students can explore environmental issues from a range of aspects. Core courses in the curriculum emphasize fundamental knowledge in life and environment, physical and sustainable environment, pollution, monitoring and management. Throughout the curriculum, students are encouraged to undertake their own independent study to incorporate critical thinking, field and laboratory work, documentary and archive scholarship as integrated elements of relevant courses. By completing the curriculum, students are expected to have enhanced their knowledge in environmental science and have developed their problem-solving ability, communication and social skills. Students will be prepared to work in a variety of fields including industry, government agencies, NGOs and academia, where they will help manage wisely the resources for which they are responsible.

Revised Curriculum (starting from 2018-2019 admission year)

Introductory Core Courses (36 credits)
CHEM1042 General Chemistry I
ENVS1401 Introduction to Environmental Science
ENVS2001 Methods in Environmental Science
ENVS2002 Environmental Data Analysis
SCNC1111 Scientific Method and Reasoning
SCNC1112 Fundamentals of Modern Science

Introductory Electives (12 credits among the following)
EASC1020 Introduction to Climate Science
EASC1401 Blue Planet
ENVS1301 Environmental Life Science*
BIOL2102 Biostatistics
BIOL2306 Ecology and Evolution*
CHEM2241 Analytical Chemistry I

* May take either ENVS1301 or BIOL2306 to fulfill this 12 credits requirement, but not both.

Advanced Courses (6 credits)
ENVS3004 Environment, Society and Economics (6 credits)

Advanced Electives (36 credits among the following)
BIOL3110 Environmental Toxicology
BIOL3217 Food, Environment and Health
BIOL3303 Conservation Biology
CHEM3141 Environmental Chemistry
CHEM3241 Analytical Chemistry II: Chemical Instrumentation
EASC3020 Global Change: Anthropogenic Impacts
EASC3405 Environmental Remote Sensing
ENVS3007 Natural Hazards and Mitigation
ENVS3010 Sustainable Energy and Environment
ENVS3019 Urban Ecology
ENVS3020 Global Change Ecology
ENVS3022 Environmental Science Field Course
ENVS3028 Coastal Sustainability
ENVS3042 Pollution
ENVS3313 Environmental Oceanography
BIOL4302 Environmental Impact Assessment
BIOL4110 Environmental Remediation

Capstone Requirement (6 credits)
ENVS3999 Directed Studies in Environmental Science
ENVS4966 Environmental Science Internship
ENVS4999 Environmental Science Project (12 credits)

For course descriptions please the visit the following link to the Science Faculty website:https://www.scifac.hku.hk/current/ug/academic/syllabuses

Summary table showing the courses offered in our degrees

Course Course ESS GEO GEO (Intensive) 2019-2020 2020-2021
EASC1020 Introduction to Climate Science      
EASC1401 Blue Planet Core   Core
EASC1402 Principles of Geology   Core Core
EASC1403 Geological Heritage of Hong Kong      
EASC1405 Peaceful Use of Nuclear Technologies        
EASC1406 Introduction to the Earth-life System Core    
EASC2401 Fluid/Solid Interactions in Earth Processes Core Core Core
EASC2402 Field and Laboratory Methods Core Core Core
EASC2404 Intro. Atmosphere and Hydrosphere Core   Elect
EASC2406 Geochemistry   Core Core
EASC2407 Mineralogy   Core Core
EASC2408 Planetary Geology     Elect
EASC2409 Regional Field Studies     Core
EASC2410 Data Analysis and Modeling in Earth Sciences Core    
EASC3020 Global Change: Anthropogenic Impacts Elect   Elect  
EASC3402 Petrology   Core Core  
EASC3403 Sedimentary Environments Elect Core Core
EASC3404 Structural Geology   Core Core
EASC3405 Environmental Remote Sensing Elect   Elect 
EASC3406 Reconstruction of Past Climate Elect Elect Elect  
EASC3408 Geophysics   Core Core
EASC3409 Igneous & Metamorphic Petrogenesis   Core Core
EASC3410 Hydrogeology Elect Elect Elect
EASC3412 Earth Resources Elect Elect Elect
EASC3413 Engineering Geology   Elect Elect 
EASC3414 Soil & Rock Mechanics   Elect Elect
EASC3415 Meteorology Elect    
EASC3416 Adv. Geochemistry & Geochronology   Elect Elect    
EASC3417 Earth Through Time Elect Elect Core
EASC3418 Coasts and coastal change Elect    
EASC3419 Earth System Science Field Studies Elect    
EASC3999 Directed Studies in Earth Sciences Elect Elect Elect
EASC4403 Biogeochemical Cycles Core Elect  Elect
EASC4406 Earth Dynamics and Global Tectonics   Core Core
EASC4407 Regional Geology   Elect Core
EASC4408 Special Topics in Earth Sciences Elect Elect Elect    
EASC4911 Earth System: Contempt. Issues Core   Elect
EASC4955 Integrated Field Studies   Core Core
EASC4966 Earth Sciences Internship     Elect
EASC4999 Earth Sciences Project Elect Elect Core
ENVS1401 Introduction to Environmental Science      
ENVS3004 Environment, Society & Economics      
ENVS3007 Natural hazards and mitigation Elect Elect Elect
ENVS3042 Pollution      
ENVS3313 Environmental Oceanography Elect   Elect
ENVS3999 Directed Studies in ENVS      
ENVS4966 Environmental Science Internship      
ENVS4999 Environmental Science Project      
* ESS - Major in Earth System Science
  GEO - Major in Geology
  GEO (Intensive) - Major in Geology (Intensive)
  ✔  - Courses that will be available in 2019 - 2020 and 2020 -2021

For course descriptions please the visit the following link to the Science Faculty website: https://www.scifac.hku.hk/current/ug/academic/syllabuses