Environmental Science & Sustainable Technology (BSc Honours)
Field of Study
Environmental Science & Sustainable Technology
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4 Years (8 Semesters)
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
• score the necessary CAO points and
• meet the minimum entry requirements
Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.
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Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard.
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There is a mandatory 8 week work placement in Year 3. The student will be placed in an industry, organisation or research group where environmental science and sustainable technology are of importance. It may be possible for the placement to be in an international location.
Leaving Cert Subjects:
Helpful subjects are Physics, Chemistry, Technology, Geography, Mathematics, and Biology.
The protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development are central to the national and global economies. As the world’s industries and markets become greener, the need for scientists who specialise in environmental science and sustainable technology will continue to grow. The aim of this course is to produce graduate scientists for a range of interesting careers within the smart green economy.
Suitable qualified graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree by research at CIT at Masters (MSc) or Doctoral (PhD) levels.
4 Years (8 Semesters)
Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus
What is Environmental Science & Sustainable Technology?
The protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development are central to national and global economies. As the world’s industries and markets become greener, the need for scientists who specialise in environmental science and sustainable technology will continue to grow. The aim of this course is to produce graduate scientists for a range of interesting careers within the smart green economy.
About the Course
This course provides a comprehensive foundation in the physical sciences of physics and chemistry together with modules in mathematics, instrumentation, computer technology and biology. There is a continual green ethos throughout the course to stimulate graduates to become champions of sustainability by the provision of green technical and green managerial modules. There are modules covering recycling, reduction, reuse, water quality and air quality to ensure that graduates are fully up-to-date with the legal, economic and technical aspects of these key topics.
In addition to the scientific and technical modules there are anumber of modules to develop competences in report writing, presentation skills, communication skills, research and team work. Furthermore, there is an emphasis on enquiry and project-based learning throughout the course to encourage enterprise, independent learning and innovation. In the final year of the course there is a major project in the area of environmental science and sustainable technology.
In Year 3, students are placed in an environmental science and sustainable technology role within an industry, organisation or research group. It may be possible for the work placement to be in an international location.
This Honours Degree is recognised by the Institute of Physics. Graduates of recognised Degrees qualify for Associate Membership upon graduation and may apply for full Membership after appropriate work experience.
The Institute of Physics provides routes for suitably qualified and experienced Members to become Chartered Physicists and Chartered Engineers. Further details can be found on the Institute of Physics website.
Suitable qualified graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree by research at CIT at Master’s (MSc) or Doctoral (PhD) levels.
What is the difference between this course and other green courses?
This multi-disciplinary course is quite different to other green courses. It has a broad foundation of physical science and mathematics coupled with a range of green technical modules and green managerial modules. This mix of physical science and green management is unique and quite different to energy engineering courses and traditional environmental science courses.
How comfortable do I need to be with physics?
This course is based on the physical sciences and therefore physics and chemistry are important. Physics at Leaving Certificate level is helpful but not essential as the key content in physics is covered in year one of the course.
What should my interests be?
A strong interest in contributing to the protection of the environment and developing sustainable solutions for industryand society.
Where am I likely to work?
The broad multi-disciplinary nature of this course provides graduates with a wide range of employment opportunities throughout industry and society. Some of these opportunities will be in green-tech industries (services, recycling, energy, water, etc.). California is the greenest economy in the world and 40% of the green jobs there are in consultancy. A similar trend is expected in Ireland.
CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams. For detailed information on the BSc (Honours) in Environmental Science & Sustainable Technology, please click here.
First Year at a Glance
- Environmental Science: an introduction to the scientific study of environmental systems
- Mathematics: Developing the tools for environmental science and sustainable technology
- Chemical Principles: physical sciences to the fundamentals of atomic theory, chemical bonding, the periodic table, physical states of matter, and stoichiometric calculations
- Fundamental Physics: an introductory course comprising foundation physics topics relevant to all fields of science
- Sustainable Technology: current and emerging techniques and technologies in materials and energy that underpin sustainability
- Measurement and Calibration of sensors used for environmental monitoring
This degree is recognised by the Institute of Physics. Graduates of recognised degrees qualify for Associate Membership upon graduation and may apply for full Membership after appropriate work experience.
Green employment opportunities and the range of green careers are growing. Being multi-skilled and interdisciplinary, graduates of this course can expect to find excellent employment opportunities, nationally and internationally, in areas such as green consulting, environmental management, environmental consulting, green auditing, energy auditing, environmental monitoring, waste and emissions reduction, energy generation using sustainable technologies, carbon footprint reduction, research & development and business development.
Potential Areas of Employment
• Green Consultancy
• Environmental Management
• Green Auditing
• Energy Auditing
• Carbon Footprint Reduction
• Waste and Emissions Reduction
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