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BSc Environmental Science

Programme code:BS-ENVI/SCUCAS code:F851
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Tracy Aze Contact address:T.Aze@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

Normally three A-Levels at grades ABB, including TWO of: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental studies, Geology, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, one of which must be Mathematics or a science subject. Excludes General Studies.

- International Baccalaureate: normally 32 points overall, with 16 at the Higher Level.

- Scottish Highers: normally ABBBB.

Other Qualifications (Access to HE Diploma, BTEC etc):
- Please refer to our website http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk
- Or email admissions@see.leeds.ac.uk

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of the Environment

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of the Environment

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies

Programme specification:

WHY?
Understanding of the scientific processes leading to global environmental problems, and of potential sustainable solutions to these problems, requires interdisciplinary analysis of environmental systems and related human impacts. It is vital for improved environmental management that environmental scientists provide clear input from environmental monitoring and from theories and models of environmental change.

WHAT?
This programme is designed to provide flexible opportunities for interdisciplinary investigation of environmental problems affecting different environmental systems both locally and globally. This involves a balance of both theory and practice of environmental science.
This programme is designed to:
- develop a broad understanding of the principles and methods of natural and social sciences as applied to environmental science issues;
- provide opportunities for detailed analysis of contemporary theories of environmental system functioning, and their implications to environmental monitoring frameworks;
- develop research skills to enable acquisition, interpretation and analysis of fieldwork, experimental and theoretical information to applied environmental science problems;
- provide practical problem-solving experience of using environmental monitoring techniques, analysing data and communicating findings in a variety of forms.

HOW?
On completion of the programme students should be able to:
- understand the functioning of terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric environmental systems;
- assess the impact of human interventions on environmental systems in leading to a range of environmental problems;
- display hands-on experience of identifying environmental problems and their causes, to become flexible, competent environmental analysts and decision-makers;
- undertake individual research on an environmental problem and contribute to in-depth analysis of an environmental issue.
In addition, students should be able to demonstrate a broad range of transferable graduate key skills including: intellectual; practical, laboratory and fieldwork; communication; numeracy and C⁢ interpersonal/teamwork; self management and professional development.

WHO?
The programme is suitable for students with a background in any scientific disciplines including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Maths, and/or Physics. An interest in environmental issues and a desire to improve knowledge of global environments is paramount.
Graduates of the programme are well suited to careers with public or private environmental organisations, in the wider graduate employment market and for further research or academic study in a range of affiliated environmental disciplines.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules. All modules are Pass for Progression.

SOEE1034Natural Hazards10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1111Sustainable Development20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE1181Ecology10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1281Atmosphere10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1401Weather10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1434Water10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1443Fieldwork and Tutorials 110 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE1561Earth10 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

- Candidates who DO NOT have A level Maths grade A-C (or equivalent) are required to register for SOEE1481. Those DO who have A level Maths grade A-C are not permitted to register for SOEE1481.
- Candidates who DO NOT have A level Physics grade A-C (or equivalent) are required to register for SOEE1541. Those DO who have A level Physics grade A-C are not permitted to register for SOEE1541.
- Candidates who DO NOT have A level Chemistry grade A-C (or equivalent) are required to register for SOEE1135. Those DO who have A level Chemistry grade A-C are not permitted to register for SOEE1135.
- Candidates who DO who have A level Maths grade A-C are not permitted to register for SOEE1486.
- SOEE1481, SOEE1541 and SOEE1541 are Pass for Progression

SOEE1135Foundation Chemistry10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1481Foundation Mathematics 1
Pre-requisite for: SOEE1486
10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1541Foundation Physics10 creditsSemester 2

Candidates not required to take some or all of SOEE1481, SOEE1541 and SOEE1135 should choose form the following options and/or Discovery modules to make their credits up to 120.

Students with Pure or Further Maths at A level will need to discuss enrolment onto SOEE1302 and should consult the Programme and Module Leaders for advice.

SOEE1302Advanced Mathematics 110 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1486Foundation Mathematics 2
Pre-requisite for: SOEE1302
10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates can select from the optional modules or Discovery modules to make up their credits for the year to 120.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE2160Climate Change: Science and Impacts10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2700Environmental Research and Career Skills30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will then be required to study 3 x 20 credit blocks from the 5 subject pathways below:
1. 'Earth' Pathway
2. 'Atmosphere' Pathway
3. 'Water' Pathway
4. 'Bio' Pathway
5. 'Environmental Management' Pathway.

'Skills' modules:
Candidates will be required to study 10 credits from the first block of 'Skills' modules

Students are not permitted to take SOEE1302 (formerly SOEE1301) if they have already studied this in year 1. Students with Pure or Further Maths at A Level may be excluded from taking SOEE1302 depending on units studied and should consult the Programme and Module Leaders for advice.

SOEE1302Advanced Mathematics 110 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2431Advanced Mathematics 2 for Environmental Science10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2650GIS for Geoscientists10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2710Data Analysis and Visualisation for Environmental Applications10 creditsSemester 1

1. 'Earth' Pathway:

SOEE2010Chemistry of the Earth10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2460Contaminated Land Studies: Integrating Business Skills and Science in Consultancy10 creditsSemester 2

2. 'Atmosphere' Pathway:

SOEE2092Meteorology10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2481Atmospheric Pollution from Local to Global Scales10 creditsSemester 2

3. 'Water' Pathway:

SOEE2110Introductory Oceanography10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2170Water Quality10 creditsSemester 2

4. 'Bio' Pathway:

SOEE2145Palaeoecology, Palaeobiology and Evolution10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2690Managing Biodiversity10 creditsSemester 1

5. 'Environmental Management' Pathway:

SOEE2165Climate Change: Society and Human Dimensions10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2355Energy Transitions: Technologies, Markets and Policy10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 10 credits of Discovery modules.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE3030Environmental Research Project40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE3710Frontiers in Environmental Research10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will then be required to study 2 x 30 credit blocks from the 5 subject pathways below:
1. 'Earth' Pathway
2. 'Atmosphere' Pathway
3. 'Water' Pathway
4. 'Bio' Pathway
5. 'Environmental Management' Pathway.

'Skills' modules:
Candidates will be required to study 10 credits from the first block of 'Skills' modules.
Students on the 'Environmental Management' pathway cannot take SOEE3190 Earth Observations from Space

SOEE3190Earth Observations from Space10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3291Atmospheric Science Field Skills10 credits1 Sept to 31 Jan
SOEE3521Earth and Environmental Sciences into Schools10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE3690Advanced Fieldwork: Principles of Environmental Ecology10 creditsNot running in 201920

The fieldtrips for SOEE3291 and SOEE3690 both take place in the September preceding the start of the academic year.

1. 'Earth' Pathway:

SOEE3110Earth System Science: Biogeochemical Cycles10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3135Engineering Geology10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3282Groundwater10 creditsSemester 2

2. 'Atmosphere' Pathway:

SOEE3410Atmosphere and Ocean Climate Change Processes10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3431Atmospheric Pollution: Causes, Impact and Regulation10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3700Practical Weather Forecasting10 creditsSemester 1

3. 'Water' Pathway:

SOEE3287Catchment Processes and Management10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3515Ice in the Earth System10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3610Oceanography in the Earth System10 creditsSemester 1

4. 'Bio' Pathway:

BLGY3247Advanced Topics in Conservation Science20 creditsSemester 2
GEOG3321Management of Wilderness Environments10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3760Terrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System10 creditsSemester 2

5. 'Environmental Management' Pathway:

SOEE3112Environmental Risk: Science, Policy and Management10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3630Strategic Energy Issues10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3771Sustainable Futures10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3780Sustainable Development in Practice10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Last updated: 29/05/2019

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