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Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences BSc (Hons)

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Course Code: CK404

Course Title: Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Duration: 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSc (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: The State will pay the tuition fees for full-time EU students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, one Laboratory Science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. Special Entry Requirements: H4 in a Laboratory Science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.

Entry Points: 2017: 441

Overview

BSc in Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences is the foundation year for different degree outlets in the School of Biological, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, BEES. You will receive a solid grounding in the fundamental disciplines that support your choice of degree from Year 2 onwards.

Please refer to the information on each of our degree outlets for more specific details.

Course Details

Year 1 Modules:

BL1002 Cells, Biomolecules, Genetics & Evolution (5 credits);

BL1004 Physiology and Structure of Plants and Animals (5 credits);

BL1005 Habitats and Ecosystems (5 credits);

CM1003 Introductory Chemistry for Environmental Scientists (10 credits);

ER1006 Applied Earth Systems (5 credits);

EV1002 The Environment (5 credits);

GL1001 Introduction to Geology (5 credits);

GL1004 Geological Evolution of Ireland (5 credits);

GG1010 Introduction to Physical Geography (5 credits);

MA1001 Calculus for Science Part 1 (5 credits);

PY1009 Physics for the Environmental Sciences I (5 credits)

Years 2, 3 and 4 Modules:

Students select one degree stream from:

Applied Plant Biology;  Earth Science;  Ecology and Environmental Biology;  Environmental Science;  Geography;  Geology;  International Field Geosciences;  Science Education (Biology route only);  Zoology

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of Programme Modules.

Detailed Entry Requirements

 

H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, one Laboratory Science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Special Entry Requirements: H4 in a Laboratory Science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.  Students presenting with a 2016 (or previous) Leaving Certificate must present with a HC2 in a Laboratory Science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.

Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and may be called for interview. Applicants are assessed on education, life and/or relevant experience as demonstrated in the CAO application and statement of interest.  There are approximately eight places available for mature applicants.

International Students should visit the International Education website. 

FETAC Requirements.

Application Procedure

EU applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours: Lectures are held in the mornings 

Expected lab/practical hours: Practical classes are held in the afternoons

Field trips: There are a number of field days and one residential field trip.

Students may incur the costs of some laboratory items, such as lab coats and manuals, as well as some of the costs costs associated with field trips. 

Assessment

Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment including essays, assessed practical exercises, field reports, multiple-choice questionnaires, assessed presentations and project work. The range of assessments provides a broad skills-base of relevance to future employment.

Who Teaches This Course

Staff at School of BEES, UCC and other contributing schools and departments.

Further Contact Information

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

E: bees@ucc.ie

T: +353(0)21 490 4650

W: http://bees.ucc.ie

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