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  • Academic Title
    Environmental Science, BSc Hons
  • Course description
    Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary combination of social, natural and physical science. At its core is the idea of sustainable environmental management. This involves developing an understanding of the physical landscape and how society impacts on the environment. Solutions to environmental issues are investigated from a diversity of perspectives including scientific, political, legal and philosophical positions.

    The programme is geared to producing professionals who are able to deal with local and global environmental issues both academically and practically. Students learn about underlying causes of environmental problems and are presented with possible solutions from a range of scientific, technological and societal perspectives. The programme produces graduates who are able to document human impact on the landscape, explore environmental conflicts and issues, develop environmental policy and law, and manage the environment sustainably.

    As a member of the Erasmus exchange scheme, we have collaborative arrangements with universities in the Netherlands, Italy and France that permit students to study abroad for a period of time. Such experiences add to the students' experience and CV.

    Year 1

        * Society, Economy and Sustainability
        * Practical Science Skills
        * Earth's Dynamic Systems
        * Science and the Environment
        * Residential field trip to the Lake District

    Year 2

        * Research Methods for Geography and Environmental Science
        * Sustainability: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
        * Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
        * One option from:
              o Environmental Management and Regeneration
              o Issues in Geography 1
              o Issues in Geography 2
        * Residential field trip in Spain

    Optional Sandwich Year (Work Placement)

    Final Year

        * Research dissertation
        * Sustainability: a global perspective
        * Readings Course: from a range of topics including Nature and Society, Environmental Management and Auditing, Biofuels, Environmental Archaeology, Carbon Sequestration, Carbon Budgets, Sustainable Communities, Third World Development Issues, Sustainable Use of Water Resources, Community Participation in Planning and Regeneration
        * Two options from:
              o Environmental Impact Assessment
              o Conservation and the Environment
              o Climate Change
              o Urban Development and Planning
              o Geography of Tourism and Development
              o Contaminated Land Remediation

    Career options

    Opportunities exist in environmental and land management, conservation and heritage management, waste management, local government, environment agencies, ecology and biodiversity, ov

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