Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)

College of Science

What our lecturers say

What our lecturers say
Environmental Science

What our students say

What our students say
Studying Environmental Science

Course overview

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary study which examines the interaction between humans and the environment, with specific reference to the effects of modern technological advances.

Today, the necessity to understand our environment has never been more urgent and the need for environmental scientists to deal with increasingly complex issues is growing. The course provides a thorough grounding in the basic sciences in the first year, followed by the application of this knowledge to current environmental problems in the later years. While studying a broad range of subjects, students are also given the opportunity to specialise in topics of their choice.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum HC3 in two subjects and Passes in four other subjects at H or O Level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2014

Entry points(2013): range 400 - 505

A Level Grades (2013): AAA (A-Level) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 23

Course outline

Year 1

  • Biology
  • Chemistry/Physics
  • Introduction to Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Hot Topics in Environmental Science
  • Irish Legal Systems
  • Probability

Year 2

  • Environmental Modules
    - Ecological Survey Techniques
    - Environmental Law
  • Botany and Plant Science Modules
    - Fundamentals in Aquatic Plant Science
    - Plant Diversity, Physiology & Adaptation
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences Modules
    - Ancient Earth Environments
    - Introduction to Palaeontology & Evolution
  • Microbiology Modules
    - Microbes and the Environment
    - Laboratory Skills in Microbiology
  • Zoology Modules
    - Invertebrate Biology
    - Vertebrate Zoology
  • Interdisciplinary Module
    - Evolution and the Tree of Life

Year 3

  • Nature Conservation and Habitat Managements
  • Field Course with Environmental Skills
  • Habitat Management Planning
  • Legislation for Environmental Scientists
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Marine Microbiology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Statistics
  • Plus four electives from a wide range of modules

Year 4

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Science Seminars
  • Marine Microbiology and Nutrient Cycling
  • Advanced Field Course in Environmental Science
  • Anaerobic Microbial Biotechnology & Systems Biology
  • Project
  • Plus two electives from a wide range of modules

Further education

Postgraduate research opportunities in the field of Environmental Science leading to MSc and PhD degrees are available within the college. Research areas currently include the fields of agri-environmental research, biodiversity, biological control, and habitat management and wetland studies.

Find out more

The College of Science
T 353 (0)91 493 334
F 353 (0)91 494 578
E mike.gormally@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/science

CAO code

GY308

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,492 p.a. 2014/15 (Inclusive of Levy & SCC)
 - Tuition: €4,518 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student contribution: €2,750 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2014/15

EU Fees:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €2,750 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Current Students

Brendan Canning

BSc (Environmental Science)

"...The four years I spent studying environmental science instilled in me a keen interest in the biological sciences and has given me a deeper appreciation of the natural world around me. The combination of lectures, lab work, and outdoor field trips, I feel has provided me with both the knowledge and enthusiasm I need to succeed in my future career..."

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