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JS5181

Science (Group A) with an Extended Major in Artificial Intelligence 理學A組– 延伸主修人工智能

SSCI-A (AI)

Short Description

The Science (Group A) with an Extended Major in Artificial Intelligence program (JS5181) is designed for science students who want to gain solid knowledge in Science disciplines PLUS innovative applications of AI in their major areas.

The world is changing fast; artificial intelligence (AI) has come to define society today in ways we never anticipated. Examples include robotics, autonomous vehicles, intelligent sensors and complicated data analysis. The knowledge of AI can be a very good supplement to science subjects, which requires strong mathematical sense and relevant tools to achieve synergy. The other way round, scientific background can help build better AI in different subject areas. Understanding the key trends will allow people and businesses to prepare and grasp the opportunities, companies and individuals that do not keep up with some of the major tech trends run the risk of being left behind. To promptly equip our students for this challenge, the pioneering Science (Group A) with an Extended Major in Artificial Intelligence (SSCI-A (AI)) program is designed as an extended major to enrich major study in four relevant science subjects (Mathematics / Physics / Ocean Science and Technology / Data Science and Technology) with cross-disciplinary AI technology applications.

One important feature of the SSCI-A (AI) program is that students need not invest four years to study an emerging technology area. Our flexible approach allows students from the SSCI-A (AI) program to learn the best of AI when it is in the climax of development. They are guaranteed the study of AI at the time of admissions. The curriculum is cross-disciplinary and practical. They will learn solid knowledge in one of the three relevant major science subjects PLUS innovative application of AI in their major areas. In addition, students will gain cross-disciplinary problem-solving skills and professional insights through a Design Thinking course and Professional Seminars in AI. The Capstone Project+, with strong AI components and sponsorship from industry, enables students to practice AI applications on real world problems. Students should expect to take, approximately one additional course per term throughout four years. Upon satisfactory completion, students will earn a BSc in Mathematics / Physics / Ocean Science and Technology / Data Science and Technology with an Extended Major in Artificial Intelligence.

The knowledge of AI, together with cross-disciplinary problem-solving skills, will provide students with a competitive edge in the job market. These students are more self-motivated and open-minded in new findings and these attributes are essential and appreciated by most employers. Students will enjoy career opportunities relevant to their majors, in industries and businesses that are empowered by AI. Careers include Machine Learning Modellers / Consultants, AI Associates in Bank, Deep Learning Scientist, Data Analysts, AI Algorithm Engineer, Environmental Consultants, etc.

Remarks:
Students can apply for the SSCI-A (AI) program through the direct choice in JUPAS, or apply for transfer from the regular Science (Group A) program after their first year of study. Students interested in SSCI-A (AI) program are encouraged to include both the SSCI-A (AI) program (JS5181), and the Science (Group A) program (JS5102) in their JUPAS program choices.

Requirements

  • Programme Entrance Requirements
  • General Entrance Requirements
Core Subjects Minimum Level
CHINESE LANGUAGE 3
CITIZENSHIP AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENTNote1 Attained
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 3
MATHEMATICS COMPULSORY PART 3
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
Two of the following elective subjects:
BIOLOGY 3
CHEMISTRY 3
PHYSICS 3
MATHEMATICS EXTENDED MODULE 1 OR 2 3
ANY 1 SUBJECTNote2 3

Notes:

  1. The result(s) of Liberal Studies (Level 2 or above) achieved in previous sitting(s) will also be considered.
  2. The above subjects refer to Category A subjects.


For more details about admissions score calculation, please refer to: http://join.hkust.edu.hk/admissions/jupas/.

Core Subjects Minimum Level
CHINESE LANGUAGENote1 3
CITIZENSHIP AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENTNote2 Attained
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 3
MATHEMATICS COMPULSORY PART 2
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
ANY 2 SUBJECTSNote4 3
Or
ANY 1 SUBJECT 3
MATHEMATICS EXTENDED MODULE 1 OR 2 3
Notes: 
  1. Non-Chinese speaking (NCS) students may use an alternative Chinese subject, an HKDSE Other Language subject, or an HKDSE Applied Learning Chinese subject to satisfy the University’s Chinese language requirement. 
  2. The result(s) of Liberal Studies in previous sitting(s) will also be considered in HKUST General Entrance Requirement. Level 2 or above is required. 
    "Attained" level in Citizenship and Social Development and the result(s) of Liberal Studies will not be considered in the admissions score calculation.
  3. The above subjects refer to Category A subjects.
  4. Grade C or above in Category C (Other Languages) subjects can count as Elective 2 (for some programs).

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

Once the minimum entrance requirements have been met, the best results achieved in all sittings will be used for calculating admissions scores.

First Year Tuition Fee

HK$ 42,100

Contacts

School of Science

Email: ugscience@ust.hk

Tel: (852) 2358 5065

Statistics

Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2023 132 177 261 249 196 1015
2022 162 239 326 293 258 1278
2021 197 287 318 293 234 1329

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

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2023 33 0 0 0 0 33
2022 34 0 0 0 0 34
2021 41 0 0 0 0 41