|Degree:||Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc (Hons))|
If you are applying to begin Year 1 of this course in 2020, please go to the following link.
The B.Sc. Honours Degree in Environmental Science at IT Sligo is the longest running environmental science degree on the island of Ireland. We have nearly 30 years of graduates working in the area of environmental science all over the world.
Why Environmental Science @ IT Sligo?
Meet some of our recent graduates by clicking on the links below.
Natalie Patton, Graduate with Irish Water/Ervia.
Fergal Maguire, Group Environmental Licensing Manager, ABP Food Group.
Aidan Loughlin, Graduate with Veolia Water.
What will I study?
For more detailed information, see the “What subjects will I study” link on the right of this page.
An introduction to the world of environmental protection and the earth’s energy & environmental systems. Students will study and gain practical experience in the core topics of biology, chemistry, maths, geology and earth science, computers, communications and basic environmental systems. At the end of the year students will have a good fundamental knowledge base in the disciplines of environmental science.
Students will receive more in-depth practical experience in climate science, water quality, ecology, microbiology, computer mapping and modelling systems, environmental instruments and analysis of water, air and soil. These core specialised subjects will set the student up for the third year and provide the foundation for advanced laboratory skills.
Modules focus on environmental systems and the interaction of humans, industry and development on the environment. Students will become competent in the areas of water and wastewater treatment, waste management, habitat and species management, environmental agricultural systems, environmental assessment, chemical toxicology, environmental microbiology and molecular biology. All modules have a practical emphasis preparing the student for the workplace and their work placement, which takes place at the end of this year.
The fourth year of the honours degree programme is set on management principles so that the graduate has the skill to not only understand science and the environment but apply it practically with leadership and direction. The specialist topics covered include environmental planning, ecological and energy management systems, environmental legislation, science research methods and advanced geographical mapping (GIS). Students will also undertake a major project in a specific area of their choice.
International Study Opportunities
Opportunities to study abroad via Erasmus semester and year-long exchanges with EU partners, also the Mid Sweden University Summer School Programme (https://www.miun.se/en/education/summeruniversity/more-information/partners/) and Work placement in EU, Tenerife or other.
This is an accredited course with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the largest professional body for chartered environmental scientists. All students on this course are eligible to become student members of this professional body. For further details please click here.
Environmental Science gives access to a wide range of career opportunities with opportunities for office based, lab based, and field based careers. Many careers involve a mixture of these activities. The diversity of career options is perhaps one of the main benefits of a career in Environmental Science. The table below summarises some of the main areas our graduates find employment in.
Environmental and Natural
Public Sector Environmental
Education & Enforcement
Environmental Compliance &
• Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)
• Irish Water
• Veolia & other Water Utilities
• Greenstar & other Waste Utilities
• Local Authorities
• Environmental Protection Agency
• Health & Safety Authority (HSA)
• Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI)
• Sea Fisheries Protection Authority
• AbbVie & Abbott
• Intel Corporation
• Glaxo Smith Klein (Stiefel)
• Boston Scientific
• Jennings O’Donovan
• JJ Rhatigan & Co
• Woodrow Consulting
• Scott Cawley Consulting
• McCarthy Keville O'Sullivan
Management of natural resources such as land, water, soil, plants and animals, with a particular focus on managing the quality of life for both present and future generations.
Environmental Enforcement is the implementation and enforcement of environmental legislation, including promoting conservation and sustainability, and enhancing the public's enjoyment of the environment.
Working in a range of highly regulated industries, such as medical devices, pharmaceuticals, banking and energy to ensure that environmental activities are in line with appropriate legislation.
An environmental consultant works with organisations on a range of environmental issues, offering expert advisory and assessment services to ensure that possible damaging effects are managed or eliminated.
For more information Download our summary leaflet of Environmental Science at IT Sligo along with career opportunities in Environmental Science.
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