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From 2022, JUPAS applicants could become a EESC student at CUHK through one of the following two paths:

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences(JUPAS Code: JS 4648) (starting from 2022 Entry)
    Specific Requirements Other Additional Requirement/ Remarks
    Core Subjects Elective Subjects
    English Chinese Maths Citizenship and Social Development Elective Subject 1* Elective Subject 2#
    3 3 3 (A) Attained 4 3 Bonus points would be offered to the 3rd elective subject in Category A.
  • * One of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics (Module 1 or 2), Geography and Combined Science
    # Any one subject in Category A.



  • Science – Broad-based Admission Scheme under the Faculty of Science
    (JUPAS Code: JS 4601)
  • Admission Requirements
  • Major Declaration




Programme Introduction



Admission Talk (JUPAS)




Programme Details

Global climate change, environmental pollution, natural hazards, biodiversity loss, and the current energy and food crisis are all critical issues of public concern. Earth and Environmental Sciences Programme (EESC), integrating Earth System Science and Environmental Science, will equip students with the latest knowledge and technical skills to observe, understand, analyse, and model the systems and processes that drive natural and anthropogenic global environmental changes, as well as help find solutions to those challenges.


In this programme, particular emphasis is placed on multidisciplinary and combined theoretical observational approaches to understanding the problems stated above and formulating potential solutions. Students will acquire a strong comprehensive foundation in the dynamics of the Earth and its environment, with options to specialize in the following streams to suit their background, interests and career objectives such as Atmospheric Science, Geophysics, and Environmental Science and Technology. Students will be given opportunities to gain valuable quantitative and analytical skills, and build their capabilities via laboratory work, field studies, numerical modeling and programming experience, seminars, workshops and research projects. Further enhancing these are exchange opportunities at overseas universities as well as internships in the Hong Kong Observatory and other government agencies, geotechnical firms, and environmental organisations.

Career Prospects

Upon graduation, students are well prepared for jobs in the government, NGOs, and industries, including, but not limited to, geotechnical survey and engineering, meteorological and marine services, as well as climate, energy and environmental consulting. Students can also pursue further studies or embark on careers in the educational sector.

(This new programme is subject to confirmation of the University Senate for launch in 2022-23.)

Major Programme

Students can select study schemes that enable them to pursue specializations in Atmospheric Science, Geophysics, Environmental Science & Technology or remain in the general Earth and Environmental Sciences stream. Stream declaration will occur in Year 1 for students admitted through the JS4648 pathway.

Students admitted through the Broad-based pathway (JS4601) can declare their preferred stream anytime during their degree.

FAQ of Undergraduate Admission for JUPAS Applicants

  1. What are the differences between Earth and Environmental Sciences (EESC), Earth System Science Programme (ESSC) and Environmental Science (ENSC)?

    EESC is the new integrated programme resulting from a merger between ESSC and ENSC. Each of ESSC and ENSC has had unique strengths and scopes catering to students of different needs and backgrounds, and the new EESC programme aims to combine such strengths such that students can be the most prepared to address the pressing environmental and resource problems of the 21st century. Starting from the academic year of 2022-23, new students entering CUHK can choose EESC as their major, but not ESSC or ENSC.

  2. What is the advantage of being admitted through EESC (JS4648)?

    Students entering via the separate JUPAS will gain early exposure to the EESC community, where they can enjoy not only more specific advice from teaching staff and peer mentors, but also early opportunities to EESC-focused activities.

  3. Will the existing internships and learning activities such as field trips in ENSC or ESSC be kept in the new programme EESC?

    Yes, absolutely. By integrating existing opportunities into a combined programme, students across the board can enjoy an even wider range of learning activities.

  4. I am a student admitted to CUHK before 2022, can I change major to EESC or declare minor in EESC?

    No, you cannot change major to EESC or minor in EESC. Major or minor in EESC is only applicable to students admitted in 2022-23 and thereafter.


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