Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Sustainability

Environmental Science and Sustainability Students in Environmental Science and Sustainability have an interest in science and environmental issues. The degree concentrates on topics involving environmental sustainability, an established ideology that promotes environmentally-conscious living and development. Courses will discuss local and global environmental topics from a social, political, economic and ethical perspective, giving students the necessary comprehensive approach in dealing with the UAE’s complex environmental challenges. This is driven by the changing 21st century landscape, where climate change, the need for efficient use of limited natural resources including energy and water, biodiversity loss, and deteriorating living conditions involving transportation, food safety, health and other issues demand environmentally friendly solutions. Courses will impart knowledge and skills in all basic sciences, and research, as well as the analysis of environmental and sustainability problems, and the development of strategies to address these.

The study of the environment requires a solid understanding of the sciences, and this preparation could be used for graduate medical studies as students will be able to achieve all requirements for pre-med, provided that the elective outside the program is a psychology course. Career paths are therefore flexible and can either lead to environmental careers, or to graduate studies such as medicine, or any other discipline which requires solid scientific preparation. Careers in environmental science include environmental protection, environmental management, sustainable technologies, environmental health, environmental science, sustainability science, or energy science.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Conceptual Knowledge:

The student will understand the fundamental principles of the natural sciences and their application to environmental issues including environmental sustainability, health, waste management, biodiversity conservation, environmental hazards, energy and earth systems.

2. Communication Skills:

The student will explain environmental science and sustainability concepts using the related terminology in context, and will formulate content using advanced written, oral and visual communication skills.

3. Problem Solving & Critical Thinking:

The student will critically assess the information from various sources to develop logical and coherent arguments and evaluate practical and sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

4. Research Skills:

The student will demonstrate a strong understanding of scientific methods and approaches to collect and analyze scientific data and will apply this knowledge using scientific tools and techniques during practical field and laboratory exercises.

5. Environmental Awareness & Responsibility:

The student will demonstrate a wide appreciation of modern environmental issues at both local and global scales and will incorporate sociocultural norms while taking on professional responsibilities in environmental stewardship.

6. Practical And Professional Engagement:

The student will develop skills to operate professionally, ethically and autonomously in the workplace, whether as individuals, as part of a larger team, or as the leader of a team.