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5 great courses on Environmental Science

With events like World Environment Day highlighting the need for sustainable development and ecological preservation, careers in Environmental Sciences are emerging as an interesting option. Here is a list of 5 great degrees in the field.
BY R. Sidharth |   05-06-2018

Every year, June 5th is celebrated as the World Environment Day. It is a global event with participation from over 143 countries annually. With India hosting the 2018 edition of the event, initiatives ranging from plastic clean-up drives in public areas, national reserves, and forests to simultaneous beach clean-up activities have been planned, garnering immense interest and enthusiasm from the public.

But what if you want to go a step further and build your career working with nature, addressing environmental and ecological issues full-time? Studying Environmental Science is an option you can consider.

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environment, incorporating its structure, functioning, and human interactions with the environment.  It integrates information and ideas from multiple disciplines like Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Indigenous Studies.

Environmental scientists help businesses and engineering agencies adopt sustainable models, advice corporations and governments on environmental risks, conduct analysis, and develop scientific solutions to counter environmental issues. Graduates in the subject can work with government bodies, research and consultancy organizations, corporates, engineering and construction businesses, enter academia, and work in many other positions. Postgraduate and doctorate study in the field can help students develop skills in specialised areas like hydrology and urban resilience.

Here are some exciting undergraduate courses in Environmental Sciences from around the globe:-

  1. BSc Environmental Sciences and International Development: University of East Anglia (UK)

    Located just outside the historic Norwich city centre in Norfolk, UEA is a research-led university which is internationally renowned for its academic, social, and cultural facilities. Students engage with their peers from diverse subjects like Geography, International Development, and other specialised degrees.  The course provides an opportunity to construct the degree according to individual interests, and students can focus on a single theme or build a varied profile by choosing from different modules.

  2. Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science: James Cook University (Australia)

    JCU is recognised as one of the best modern universities in the world, and is surrounded by marvels of nature like the iconic Great Barrier Reef. The three-year course is available in the University’s campuses in Townsville (Queensland) and Singapore, and combines the study of expanding human population with business strategies to mitigate its effects on the environment. Apart from classroom and research activities, active fieldwork is an integral part of the course, which helps students to plan and lead sustainable business practices in local, regional, and international markets.

  3. BSc Environmental Sciences: University of Canterbury (New Zealand)

    UC is the country’s second-oldest University, and offers a flexible three-year degree with around 18 major subjects on offer. Students combine Environmental Science with a second Science major, ensuring an interdisciplinary approach to the subject. The University is home to multiple research centres and institutes, which host scholars from around the globe. UC also operates field stations that are well-equipped for Environmental Science teaching and research. The course aims to deepen your skillsets, knowledge, and employability.

  4. BSc Honours Environmental Sciences: University of British Columbia (Canada)

    UBC is consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the World, and is a global centre for research and teaching. The four-year specialized degree offers a strong foundational science background along with a broad perspective on environment and environmental issues. Team work, writing, and oral presentations are integral to the course, and students are required to develop skills in either analytical or field-based research methods. The degree also offers two separate areas of concentration, leading to an individual research project with a faculty supervisor in the senior year.

  5. BSc in Environmental Science: University of California, Los Angeles (USA)

    UCLA is among the most prestigious institutions in the world, known for its innovative research and inspirational teaching. The four-year degree emphasizes real-world practice, with students encouraged to work and solve problems with companies, organizations, and communities. After laying a strong foundation in the sciences, students choose one of seven minors/concentrations, which are indicated on their diplomas. Students get to learn with global experts which visit the University on a near-daily basis, and go on annual retreats to work on their analytical skills and learn from experts and alumni.



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