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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

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.

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 from 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

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:

SOEE2650GIS for Geoscientists10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2701Fieldwork and Tutorials 220 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE2800Environmental Measurements20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE2810Data Analysis and Visualisation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to select 40 credits which may be from the recommended pathways listed or alternatively choose a combination of modules from these pathways.

Applied Environmental Science Pathway

SOEE2205Contaminated Environments20 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2481Atmospheric Pollution from Local to Global Scales10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2690Managing Biodiversity10 creditsSemester 2

Earth System Science Pathway

SOEE2092Meteorology10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2110Introductory Oceanography10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2160Climate Change: Science and Impacts10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2165Climate Change: Society and Human Dimensions10 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

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to select modules from the list below to make up their remaining credits to 120.

'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

GEOG3535School and Educational Placements20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE3190Earth Observations from Space10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3291Atmospheric Science Field Skills10 creditsSemester 2

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 2

3. 'Water' Pathway:

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

5. 'Environmental Management' Pathway:

SOEE3112Environmental Risk: Science, Policy and Management10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3630Strategic Energy Issues10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3771Sustainable Futures10 creditsNot running in 202021
SOEE3780Sustainable Development in Practice10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

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