What Is an Environmental Science Degree?
Environmental science is an inter-disciplinary degree which encompasses biology, chemistry, ecology, geography and geology: to name but some. Environmental science is concerned with the natural world and how humans interact with and change it. Graduates of environmental science often work in conservation but are equally well equipped to work in research, education or industry.
What will I study?
You will study topics from geology and geography, learning about the natural environment and the challenges facing it. Students develop expertise in conservation and environmental management. You will learn scientific research skills through lab-work and practical field trips. You will have the option to spend time studying abroad for a semester or to take a year in industry to gain invaluable work experience.
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During your first year you will study core modules in physical and human geography. You will undertake an introductory course to ecology and conservation, during which you will gain an understanding of issues such as pollution and climate change. You will begin to develop rigorous data collection and analysis skills during field trips to Greece and Tunisia.
Second year students continue to develop their research skills through field work and lab-based experiments. You will study environmental management and earth systems. Students begin to specialise in areas that interest them by choosing elective modules such as ‘paleoenvironments’ or ‘sustainable development’. During the second term, you will also undertake a careers and employability module.
In your third year you will further your knowledge of environmental management. You’ll continue to specialise by taking modules that are of interest, and will carry out a large, independent research project. Elective options include ‘species interaction’ and ‘aquatic environments’. Students also have the option to undertake field studies in the Amazon rainforest: an incredible opportunity to experience first-hand one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems.
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