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Environmental Biology BSc

University Park Campus, Nottingham, UK

Course overview

Are you passionate about environmental protection, wildlife conservation and ecology?

Our course uncovers the human impacts on our natural environment. You will study environmental threats and management. The biggest threats to biodiversity are climate change, habitat loss, invasive species. You'll study the effect of these threats, and learn ways to manage and reduce them.

All environmental sciences students will complete fieldwork and gain practical skills. This real-world experience allows you to apply your knowledge and develop the skills which are in demand by the environmental sector.

 

Indicative modules

Mandatory

Year 1

Building a Habitable Planet

Mandatory

Year 1

Principles of Ecology

Mandatory

Year 1

Academic Skills

Mandatory

Year 1

Environmental Science and Society

Mandatory

Year 1

Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour

Mandatory

Year 1

Habitat Management

Mandatory

Year 1

Geographical Information Systems for Environmental Monitoring

Mandatory

Year 2

Ecology

Mandatory

Year 2

Ecological Surveying

Mandatory

Year 2

Research and Professional Skills

Mandatory

Year 2

Climate Change Science

Optional

Year 2

Insect Biology

Optional

Year 2

Environmental Plant Physiology

Optional

Year 2

Ecosystem Processes

Optional

Year 2

The Urban Environment

Optional

Year 2

Evolutionary Biology of Animals

Optional

Year 2

Forest Ecology and Management

Optional

Year 2

Biological Photography and Imaging I

Optional

Year 2

Managing Tourism and the Environment: Conflict or Consensus?

Optional

Year 2

Soils

Optional

Year 2

Computer Modelling in Science: Introduction

Optional

Year 2

Plant Pests and Diseases

Optional

Year 2

Practical Policy Making

Optional

Year 2

The Green Planet

Optional

Year 2

Animal Behaviour and Physiology

Mandatory

Year 3

Environmental Biology Research Project

Optional

Year 3

Conservation Genetics

Optional

Year 3

Arctic Ecology Field Course

Optional

Year 3

Environmental Pollution Field Course

Optional

Year 3

Tropical Ecology and Conservation

Optional

Year 3

Biological Photography and Imaging II

Optional

Year 3

Evolutionary Ecology

Optional

Year 3

Applied Bioethics 1: Animals, Biotechnology and Society

Optional

Year 3

Plants and the Light Environment

Optional

Year 3

Plant Ecophysiology

Optional

Year 3

Palaeobiology

Optional

Year 3

Environmental Biotechnology

Optional

Year 3

Sustainable Soil Management

Optional

Year 3

Conservation

Optional

Year 3

Computer Modelling in Science: Applications

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. This content was last updated on Friday 26 January 2024.

Year in Computer Science

You can choose to add this optional additional year when you start your degree. It takes place between your second and third years. You'll learn how to work across other science disciplines and develop your computational skills. This is increasingly important to help solve some of the biggest challenges we face. Module topics will cover:

  • programming
  • software development
  • modelling
  • databases
  • problem solving
  • image processing

You'll study at our Jubilee Campus, taught by experts from the School of Computer Science. If you choose this option, your degree certificate will change to ‘…with a Year in Computer Science'.

 

Teaching methods

  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Field courses
  • Computer labs
  • Practical classes
  • Problem-based learning

We use a range of assessment methods, including exams, essays, verbal presentations and practicals. You will receive a copy of our marking criteria which provides guidance on how we will assess your work.

Your work will be marked on time and you will receive regular feedback. You must pass each year to progress. This typically means that you will need to achieve marks of at least 40% in each module.

Students who do not achieve an average 55% mark at the end of Year 2 will transfer to the three year BSc programme. Full details on our marking criteria and structure will be provided at your induction.

To study abroad as part of your degree, you must meet minimum academic requirements in year one.

Assessment method

  • Coursework
  • Group project
  • Lab reports
  • Oral exam
  • Poster presentation
  • Research project
  • Written exam

In your first year, you will take 120 credits of modules. As a guide, one credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. You will spend around half of your time in lectures, seminars and practicals. The remaining time will be independent study.

 

Where you will learn


University Park Campus covers 300 acres, with green spaces, wildlife, period buildings and modern facilities. It is one of the UK's most beautiful and sustainable campuses, winning a national Green Flag award every year since 2003.


You could work for conservation organisations, environmental consultancies, alternative energy companies, local authorities and government agencies.

Roles include:

  • environmental education officers
  • engineering consultants
  • marine biologists
  • nature conservation officers
  • hydrology, recycling and sustainability officers

These degrees can also lead into roles in teaching, scientific journalism or further research degrees.

 

Average starting salary and career progression

86.40% of undergraduates from the Faculty of Science secured employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £27,834.

HESA Graduate Outcomes (2017- 2021 cohorts). The Graduate Outcomes % is calculated using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

 

Careers advice

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

Everyone tells you that doing a placement will give you invaluable experience in your industry. Whilst that is true, your year out can be so much more. I expanded my experience within research science in one of the coolest workplaces ever at Paignton Zoo, then after work I was at the beach exploring with my workmates. It was such a great lifestyle, and I came back with a much better idea of what I wanted as a graduate.

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Open Day June 2022