Environmental Science BSc (Hons)

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Course Code: CK404

Course Title: Environmental Science

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Environmental Science

Duration: 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSc (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for 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. Students are required to pay a contribution to travel and accommodation for site visits and field trips that are included in their programme.

Entry Requirements: Refer to CK404.


Environmental Science is the study of physical, chemical and biological processes of the Earth and of human interactions with these processes.  It uses a multi-disciplinary perspective to consider approaches to protecting, preserving and managing the environment.

Environmental Science has become more important in recent years because of the need to protect the natural and human environment for present and future generations.

Environmental issues such as climate change, conserving biodiversity, management of waste and natural resources, production of energy and protecting human health are now high on the agenda of all governments, resulting in more stringent regulations and standards. This in turn has created a greater need for knowledgeable and appropriately trained Environmental Scientists.

Dealing with these current and future environmental issues requires a multidisciplinary approach, an open mind, and problem-solving skills.

Course Details

Year 1 Modules:

BL1002 Cells, Biomolecules, Genetics and 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 (5 credits);

ER1006 Applied Earth Systems (5 credits);

EV1002 The Environment (5 credits);

GG1010 Introduction to Physical Geography (5 credits);

GL1001 Introduction to Geology (5 credits);

GL1004 Geological Evolution of Ireland (5 credits);

MA1001 Calculus for Science Part 1 (5 credits);

PY1009 Physics for the Environmental Sciences I (5 credits)

Year 2 Modules:

Practical Ecological Skills;  Fundamentals of Ecology;  Mathematical Modelling for Biological and Environmental Sciences;  Introductory Organic Chemistry for Environmental Sciences; Practical Environmental Science;  The Environment and Human Health;  Quaternary Environments and Geomorphology;   Introduction to Geoinformatics;   Introductory Sedimentology for Non-Geologists;  Physics for the Environmental Sciences;  Introduction to Biostatistics;  Invertebrate Diversity

Year 3 Modules:


Conservation Biology;  Environmental Science in the Field;  Environmental Chemistry and Analysis;  Environmental Science Literature Review;  Sustainable Use of Freshwater;  Ecology and Hydrology of Wetland Systems;  Environmental Remote Sensing;  Sedimentary Environments;   Environmental Physics;   Biostatistics 


Introduction to Ecotoxicology;  Analytical Chemistry;  The Atmospheric Environment;  Coastal and Marine Geomorphology;  Advanced Geographical Information Systems;  Geohazards and Research Skills;   Valuing the Environment;  Plants & Hostile Environments;  Practical Invertebrate Skills

Year 4 Modules:


Environmental Impact Assessments;  Environmental Monitoring and Assessment;  Environmental Risk Assessment and Auditing;  Environmental Science Research Project


Advanced Ecotoxicology;  Landscape Conservation and Management;  Biology and Management of Alien Species;  Architecture and Planning;  Advanced Analytical Chemistry; Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution;  Practical Offshore Marine Science;  Environmental Work Placement;  Climate Variability and Change;  Market Forces and the Environment; Food Production;  Environmentally Protective Management of Plant Pests and Pathogens;  Crop Physiology and Climate Change;  Biostatistics

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on the modules.

Course Practicalities

Some modules incorporate practical laboratories and for these you may be required to purchase basic safety items such as a laboratory coat or goggles. Other modules may require specific items such as rubber boots and outdoor waterproof clothing. For more information on course practicalities, please contact us:

T: +353(0)21 490 4650



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, practical exercises, field reports, multiple-choice-question tests, 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 the School of BEES UCC and other contributing schools and departments. In Year 4 several guest lecturers who work in a variety of environmental sectors contribute to a few modules and share their personal experience of environmental work.

Further Contact Information

Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

T: +353(0)21 490 4650


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