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