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Environmental Sciences: Biological and Biomedical Sciences

B.A. (Moderatorship) ; 4 years full-time ; CAO code: TR060

Students who wish to study Environmental Sciences apply to the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Stream (TR060) and may select Environmental Sciences as their specialist subject for the third and fourth years at the end of the second year.

See also:

ScienceTR060 - Biological and Biomedical SciencesTR061 - Chemical SciencesTR062 - Geography and GeoscienceTR063 - Physical Sciences

Get In Touch

Course Director

Prof. Matthew Saunders

Telephone Number

+353 1 896 4870

saundem@tcd.ie

Website

www.tcd.ie/Botany/people/saundem/

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What is Environmental Sciences?

Environmental Science is the study of the various interactions between the biological, chemical and physical components of our environment with special emphasis on the human influences on these components. Environmental scientists have training that is similar to other physical or life scientists, but is specifically applied to the environment.

Environmental Sciences: The course for you?

This course has been designed to provide for the needs of students with an interest in this rapidly developing academic and professional field. It comprises specially designed modules plus suitable approved modules from contributing disciplines. There should be ample choice within the listed optional modules for a selection that reflects a particular student’s interests.

Environmental Sciences @ Trinity

Environmental Sciences is by its nature a multidisciplinary research area. A broad scientific knowledge is required which may also involve an understanding of economics, law and the social sciences. The Environmental Sciences programme therefore comprises specially designed modules plus a large range of optional modules from contributing disciplines to allow students to follow their own particular interests. Fieldwork is a core component of the course structure. Students attend a range of residential field excursions both around Ireland as well as in the Canary Islands and Kenya.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

As a graduate in this area you will be able to take advantage of the worldwide demand generated by increasing environmental awareness. Our graduates pursue careers in conservation, resource management, waste management, environmental research, environmental protection and environmental education.

Many graduates move straight into environmental consultancy, while others find employment in NGO’s, national and local government departments, monitoring agencies, conservation bodies and analytical laboratories. It is also common for a number of our graduates to choose to further their education by pursuing postgraduate degrees in Environmental Science.

Your degree and what you’ll study

THIRD YEAR

Mandatory modules

  • Fundamentals of Ecology
  • Hydrology and Water Quality
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Plants and the Irish Environment    
  • Experimental Design and Analysis
  • Soil Science
  • Environmental Governance

Optional modules

  • Environmental Dynamics
  • Field Skills in Plant and Environmental Science
  • Entomology
  • Economic Botany
  • Diversity of Plant Morphology

FOURTH YEAR

Mandatory modules

  • General Environmental Sciences
  • Capstone Research Project
  • Data Handling
  • Research Comprehension
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Global Environmental Change

Optional modules

  • Plant Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Environmental Governance II
  • Conservation and Wildlife Management
  • Evolution of Plants and Plant-Atmosphere Interactions
  • Tropical Ecology and Conservation
  • Plant-Animal Interactions
  • Vegetation Description and Analysis
  • Spatial Analysis using GIS
  • Restoration Ecology and re-wilding

If you would like more detailed information on all the modules offered, see:
www.naturalscience.tcd.ie/undergraduate/environsci/index.php

Rosie O’Neill, Graduate

“I originally decided to study Environmental Science as it was best suited to my own interests and the broad scope of future career choices it allowed. Beginning the course under a Natural Sciences title gives the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects in the first 2 years; an excellent experience which offers the chance to consider all options before deciding on a speciality. 

The Environmental Science course itself was full of relevant and interesting modules that were not only applicable to science but also to current affairs and global politics (e.g. the Environmental Governance module). The practical side of this course was on-going and involved plenty of lab work, field studies and trips to places such as Gran Canaria. It also connected with external opportunities such as Operation Wallacea that allowed students the optional chance to gather data for their theses in more exotic environments during the summer of 3rd year. 

Overall, I would consider this course to be one of the most exciting areas of study regarding the future global climatic and economic situation. I have found that the opportunities it offers are huge and can filter into many different types of careers.

I graduated in 2017 and am now carrying out a PhD on Greenhouse Gas emissions in Teagasc.”

Course Options

Students who wish to study Environmental Sciences apply to the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Stream (TR060) and may select Environmental Sciences as their specialist subject for the third and fourth years at the end of the second year.

See also:

ScienceTR060 - Biological and Biomedical SciencesTR061 - Chemical SciencesTR062 - Geography and GeoscienceTR063 - Physical Sciences

Course Details

Award

B.A. (Moderatorship)

Duration

4 years full-time

CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

TR060

Admission Requirements

For general admission requirements please click here

Get In Touch

Course Director

Prof. Matthew Saunders

Telephone Number

+353 1 896 4870

saundem@tcd.ie

Website

www.tcd.ie/Botany/people/saundem/