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Environmental sciences

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR071
  • Min Entry Points for 2012: 470* points
  • Duration: 4 Year(s) Full Time
  • Award: B.A.
  • Course Options:

    Students who wish to study Environmental sciences apply directly to the Science degree (TR071) and may select Environmental sciences as their specialist subject for the third and fourth years.

    Junior Freshman (first year) prerequisites: Biology 1101 and 1102.

    Senior Freshman (second year) prerequisites: 4 of the following: Biology BY2201, BY2202, BY2203, BY2204, BY2205, BY2206, BY2207, BY2208, BY2209, BY2210.

    For details of the first two years of the Science course, including entry requirements, see TR071: Science (common entry).

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What is Environmental sciences?

Environmental sciences is by its nature a multidisciplinary research area - a study of the various interactions between the biological, chemical and physical components of our environment. Environmental scientists have training that is similar to other physical or life scientists, but is specifically applied to the environment. A broad scientific knowledge is required which may also involve an understanding of economics, law and the social sciences.

The undergraduate degree course offered by the School of Natural Sciences has been designed to provide for the needs of students with an interest in this rapidly developing academic and professional field. The programme comprises specially designed modules plus suitable modules from contributing disciplines. There should be ample choice within the listed optional modules for a selection which reflects a particular student’s interests.

Field work is a core component of the course structure. Students attend field excursions in their Junior Sophister (third) year; students have a choice of up to three field trips which they can attend, as well as a mandatory introductory field trip. In addition, optional trips offered by Zoology and Plant sciences allow the possibility of students to attend field courses in Terrestrial ecology, and a Mediterranean field trip.

What will you study?

Teaching is by lecture, seminar, practical laboratory and fieldwork classes in areas such as:

  • Environmental governance
  • Water technology
  • Global environmental change
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Terrestrial and aquatic pollution
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Geographical information systems

Joint modules with other disciplines include fundamentals of ecology, bioindicators and pollution, wildlife biology, environmental dynamics, coastal processes and management, and environmental impact assessment. In the Senior Sophister (fourth) year you will research and write a thesis on an environmental project. In the past, students have undertaken projects on air pollution, waste management, restoration ecology, water quality, habitat management and greenhouse gas emissions.

Career opportunities

As a graduate in this area you will be able to take advantage of the worldwide demand generated by increasing environmental awareness. Many graduates move straight into environmental consultancy or are working with regulatory authorities and county councils. The course also provides an ideal background for taking a higher degree or pursuing a career in business or industry.

Further information

www.tcd.ie/Botany/undergraduate/environmental-science

Tel: +353 1 896 1274

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