Minor Program Overview

About the Undergraduate Minor Program in Bioengineering

Bioengineering is the bridge between the basic life sciences and engineering. It is broad in its spectrum, with its foundation in all the engineering sciences as well as biology, biotechnology, medical and health sciences. The goal of this minor program is to stimulate students' interests and develop their knowledge and skills in bioengineering. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of bioengineering, the program is structured to encourage students to

1) widen their scope of learning to encompass different areas of science and engineering;

2) integrate the principles in biology and engineering in a specific application direction.

This program also intends to foster a collaborative environment among different schools and departments to contribute to the development of a strong interdisciplinary program in HKUST.

Area of Concentration

The Bioengineering Minor Program has three areas of concentration, they are


The demand for new and improved commercial products will be met through bioprocessing, a type of advanced manufacturing that involves chemical, physical, and biological processes employed by living organisms or their cellular components. Bioprocessing enables the translation of research discoveries into commercial products with unique and highly desirable characteristics and offers new production opportunities for a wide range of items, including energy sources such as ethanol and methane; commodity chemicals, such as enzymes; polymers for films and coatings; and improved high-value products, such as pharmaceuticals and health supplements.

Biological informatics and data processing

Biological informatics and data processing involve the use of techniques from applied mathematics, informatics, statistics and computer science to solve biological problems. Biological informatics can be applied in area such as sequence alignment, gene finding, genome assembly, protein structure alignment, prediction of gene expression, protein structure and protein-protein interactions and the modeling of evolution.

Applied Bioscience

Applied Bioscience enhances the existing knowledge and understanding of biosciences, within the context of applications in biomedical, health and food sciences. The knowledge of fundamental bioscience could be applied in the design of biomicrosystems and biomedical instruments.

Enrollment Requirements

Any undergraduate students at HKUST with a minimum CGA of 2.15 or above may enroll in the Bioengineering Minor Program.

Curriculum Requirements (PDF)

The Bioengineering Minor Program requires a minimum of 18 credits to be taken from the following courses

(1) 6 credits must be taken from the following compulsory courses, of which one course is from the School of Science and one from School of Engineering

(2) 12 credits need to be taken from the following elective course groups:

(a)     Either BIEN2010 or CENG1600, but not both, can be counted toward the credits of the minor program.
(b)     At least one course must be at 4000-level taken in 2011-12 and after or at 300-level taken prior to 2011-12.
(c)     No more than one course within the same course group can be counted toward the elective requirements of this minor.

Credit Transfer

For credit transfer, students can transfer a maximum total of 6 credits to the minor program. Courses accepted for transfer credits must normally be at a level equivalent to HKUST courses of 2000-level or above taken in 2011-12 and after, or at 100-level or above taken prior to 2011-12.

Graduation Requirements

For students admitted in 2012-13 or after, at least 9 credits out of the total credits required by the minor program should be single-counted within the minor and are not used to fulfill any other requirements of graduation except the 120-credit degree requirement.

To graduate with a minor in Bioengineering, the students must be enrolled in the minor program and complete all of its requirements, as well as the requirements of the major program of study; and have attained an average grade point of at least 2.15 in courses taken within the minor program.

Application Procedure

Students must declare their intention to enroll in the minor program no earlier than the first regular term of their second year of study but no later than the last day of the add/drop period in the first regular term of their final year of study. Students who wish to withdraw from the minor program should apply before the last day of add/drop period in the last regular term of their study.

Application form is obtainable from the Admissions, Records and Registration Office (ARRO). Students should complete the application form, pass it to the major department for approval, and submit the approved form to the Bioengineering Program (BIEN) Office for endorsement. Students will be notified of the application results in writing by ARRO.

For Further Information

Bioengineering Graduate Program
School of Engineering
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: (852)2358 8483
Fax: (852)3106 4857
Email: bien@ust.hk

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