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The Department of Environmental Science became an autonomous Department in August 2019. Prior to that, postgraduate programme in Environmental Science started in 1996 within the then Department of Biological Sciences, which became Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology (TAB) in 2004. In the same year, the establishment of the Department of Environmental Science was conceived (with the introduction of undergraduate programme in Environmental Science) and has been nurtured by TAB until 1st August 2019 when it became an autonomous Department.

The Environmental Science degree programme aims at offering an inter-disciplinary approach to the deepening of knowledge in the natural sciences including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Physical Geography etc in relation to issues of the environment. 

It is designed to:

  1. Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the systems, changes that characterize and govern the structure, function and interaction of the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere.
  2. Upgrade and develop students’ skills in the use of scientific methods and process for which knowledge is advancing in Environmental Science for improvement of quality of life.
  3. Enhanced knowledge to be able to identify major environmental problems; their causes and consequences.
  4. Identify and evaluate human influences on natural processes of earth systems and assess the extent of environmental problems and ways to address them in the future.
  5.  Allow students to develop skills and the interdisciplinary understanding needed to deal with environmental issues.
  6. Train students to have enhanced capacity to fit into careers such as involved in conservation biology, pollution, prevention and abatement, ecosystems protection, restoration and management of aquatic and terrestrial environments.