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The Chinese University of Hong Kong

JS4633

Earth System Science (Atmospheric Science / Geophysics) 地球系統科學 (大氣科學 / 地球物理)

ESSC (AS / GEO)

Short Description

Global environmental change, air and water pollution, natural hazards, energy resources, and nuclear waste disposal are all critical issues of public concern. In recent decades, the scientific community has realised that tackling these complex scientific issues requires a fundamental understanding of both the dynamics of the Earth as an interrelated system, comprising the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere and hydrosphere, and the human impacts on that system. Such an understanding hinges on scientific research that integrates traditional disciplines such as geology, meteorology and oceanography. It also requires the development of a curriculum designed to educate and prepare a new generation of students in the interdisciplinary framework of Earth System Science (ESSC).

The Earth System Science (Atmospheric Science/Geophysics) curriculum provides in-depth study and training to students wishing to understand the basics of and quantitative tools useful to either Atmospheric Science or Geophysics, the two sub-disciplines in Earth System Science. The programme prepares students well for careers in academic or applied research in these fields. Under this programme, students have early exposure to some of the scientific issues, including the latest research topics related to the Earth System, and are given opportunities to gain valuable quantitative and analytical skills, and build their research and career capacities through laboratory work, field trips, numerical modeling and programming experience, seminars, workshops and research projects. Further enhancing these are exchange opportunities at overseas universities, and summer research and internships in the Hong Kong observatory and geotechnical firms. Advanced undergraduate/graduate level courses in numerical methods, statistics, geophysics, atmospheric dynamics and chemistry are also available. On graduation, students are well prepared for jobs in government and industries, including but not limited to geotechnical survey and engineering, the meteorological service, as well as climate, energy and environmental consulting. They may also pursue postgraduate studies in Atmospheric Science or Geophysics.

Remarks:

For the structure of the 4-year undergraduate curriculum, please click here.

Requirements

  • Programme Entrance Requirements
  • General Entrance Requirements
Core Subjects Minimum Level
CHINESE LANGUAGE 3
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 4
LIBERAL STUDIES 2
MATHEMATICS COMPULSORY PART 4
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
One of the following elective subjects:
MATHEMATICS EXTENDED MODULE 1 OR 2 4
CHEMISTRY 4
COMBINED SCIENCE 4
GEOGRAPHY 4
PHYSICS 4
One of the following elective subjects:
MATHEMATICS EXTENDED MODULE 1 OR 2 3
BIOLOGY 3
CHEMISTRY 3
COMBINED SCIENCE 3
GEOGRAPHY 3
INTEGRATED SCIENCE 3
PHYSICS 3
Core Subjects Minimum Level
CHINESE LANGUAGENote1 3
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 3
LIBERAL STUDIES 2
MATHEMATICS COMPULSORY PART 2
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
ANY 2 SUBJECTSNote2 3

Note 1
Applicants with very special circumstances may be granted waivers of this requirement on a case-by-case basis. For details, please click here.

Note 2:
The two subjects may include:
(i) 2 New Senior Secondary elective subjects#; or
(ii) 1 New Senior Secondary elective subject and Mathematics (Extended Part) Module I or Module II.    

#Other Language subjects (Grade E or above) will be considered as an unspecified elective subject in fulfilling (i) above.


Note 3:

"Attained with Distinction" in Applied Learning subjects will be accepted by some programmes as an extra subject for awarding bonus points. For details, please click here.     

Calculation of scores for applicants with more than 1 sitting in HKDSE Examination

Most programmes offered by CUHK consider the best results in the same subject taken by a candidate in more than one sitting of HKDSE.  Some programmes may have specific arrangements and the admission scores of candidates seeking admission on the strength of results from more than one sitting of HKDSE may be adjusted.  Details of calculation of scores in more than one sitting of HKDSE for the 2018-19 entry will be finalised and posted at the admissions website (www.cuhk.edu.hk/adm).

First Year Tuition Fee

HK$ 42,100

Contacts

Enquiries:

Email: esscadm@cuhk.edu.hk

Tel: 39439624

Statistics

Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2017 82 96 197 231 225 831
2016 101 117 173 264 228 883

Offer Statistics (as at the Announcement of the Main Round Offer Results)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2017 22 0 0 0 0 22
2016 22 0 0 0 0 22
Footnote(s)
(1) These are indicative admission quotas, which are subject to adjustment. 
(2) For latest information on interviews for 2018 entry, please visit
http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/adm