Environmental Biology (EBS1)

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The BSc Environmental Biology degree programme is focussed on the biological aspects of environmental science and equips students with a strong background in ecology and its application to environmental assessment and management. The course reflects the broad integrated multidisciplinary approach required in modern environmental research and management, drawing on modules from the disciplines of zoology, plant science and microbiology. Our students graduate with an ability to find, critically appraise, synthesise and communicate existing knowledge in environmental topics, and with practical experience of generating and reporting new insights as independent researchers. The programme aims to support a systematic development of knowledge and specialised and transferable skills via lectures, tutorials, field-based studies, laboratory-based practical classes and small group teaching. Student learning is assessed both continually within the semester and by end of semester examinations. The principles underlying the degree structure are flexibility and choice to enable students to develop and explore their interests in different branches of the discipline, while at the same time ensuring the breadth of experience required by many employers. Indeed, there is a strong emphasis on skills and links with industry – core modules include mock environmental impact assessment, field-based sampling and identification, and guest lectures from environmental managers and consultants. The programme uses research-led teaching, experimental and problem solving practicals, case studies, field-based analysis and development of core scientific and transferable skills, and culminates in a major final year research project under the supervision of an academic staff member.


1 - 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity, evolution and ecophysiology of plants, animals and microbes
2 - 2. Be conversant with the principles of population, community and ecosystem ecology
3 - 3. Understand anthropogenic pressures and their impacts on natural ecosystems
4 - 4. Understand ecotoxicology and evaluate different approaches to environmental monitoring
5 - 5. Be able to describe key environmental legislation in Ireland and Europe
6 - 6. Demonstrate an understanding of conservation biology and environmental management
7 - 7. Be able to identify and classify biota
8 - 8. Evidence mastery of appropriate field skills, including scientific drawing, sampling, producing field notes, operating within health and safety legislation
9 - 9. Demonstrate competence in scientific method, experimental design, interpreting data and problem solving
10 - 10. Have developed a capacity for using and communicating scientific information (finding, critical appraisal, synthesis, reporting)
11 - 11. Demonstrate the competence for project planning, time management and independent research
12 - 12. Be able to work effectively as part of a team
Approved Additional Standards for Continuation in undergraduate degree programmes in Science (all majors):

Students who return failing grades in a semester amounting to 15 credits, or more, will be identified under the UCD Continuation and Readmission Policy. Students whose rate of progression and performance over two academic sessions (2 years) is deemed unacceptable will be referred to the Academic Council Committee on Student Conduct and Capacity for exclusion from the programme.

As Stages 3 and 4 have the most dynamic components of the programme, and the material studied previously may no longer be relevant, a student who has been away from the programme for a significant period should be required to register again to Stage 3. The upper limit for completion of Stages 3 and 4 should be six years, if they choose to do 120 credits with 20 in each year.
Stage 3

Students take six core modules and four option modules. Students should select two modules from List A and one module from List B. The fourth module may be selected from List A, B or C. Additional modules can be selected from within the BSc programme or alternatively, students can select 10 credits from elective modules. If you are interested in doing an Internship as part of Stage 4, you must indicate your interest now (in Stage 3). See full details www.ucd.ie/science /careers/internships/students/

Stage 4

- Students take one core and eight option modules. - The 20 credit research project module is spread over two trimesters and 10 credits of work is expected in Autumn. Students should bear this in mind when selecting options and balance their workload across trimesters.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 3 Core Modules
     
ENVB30010 Systems Ecology Autumn

5

ENVB30020 Wildlife Conservation and Fisheries Management Autumn

5

ENVB30140 Analysis of Environmental Materials Autumn

5

BIOL30030 Working with Biological Data Spring

5

BOTN30050 Diversity of Plant Form & Function Spring

5

ENVB30100 Ecological and Environmental Microbiology Spring

5

Stage 3 Core Modules
     
Stage 3 Options - A)MIN2OF:
Students must select a total of 4 options, with at least 2 modules from List A below.
     
BOTN30140 Experimental Plant Physiology Spring

5

GENE20020 Principles of Genetics Spring

5

ZOOL30020 Arthropoda Spring

5

ZOOL30060 Biogeography and Field Biology Spring

5

Stage 3 Options - A)MIN2OF:
Students must select a total of 4 options, with at least 2 modules from List A below.
     
Stage 3 Options - B)MIN1OF:
Students must take at least 1 module from List B.
     
ZOOL30050 Diversity of Invertebrates Autumn

5

ZOOL30040 Diversity of Vertebrates Spring

5

Stage 3 Options - B)MIN1OF:
Students must take at least 1 module from List B.
     
Stage 3 Options - C)MIN0OF:
Students must select a 4th module from either List A, B or C
     
AESC30080 Agri-Environmental Issues and Policy Autumn

5

AESC30220 Soil Science Applications Autumn

5

BIOL30020 Landscape Ecology Autumn

5

BIOL30040 Scientific Writing for Biology Autumn

5

ENVB30110 Food Microbiology Autumn

5

ZOOL20020 Animal Behaviour Autumn

5

ZOOL30030 Evolutionary Biology Autumn

5

ZOOL30050 Diversity of Invertebrates Autumn

5

ZOOL30040 Diversity of Vertebrates Spring

5

Stage 3 Options - C)MIN0OF:
Students must select a 4th module from either List A, B or C
     
Stage 4 Core Modules
     
BIOL40360 Research Project 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

20

Stage 4 Core Modules
     
Stage 4 Options - A)8 OF:
Please select 40 credits from the list below. Please note that students who successfully completed SCI30080 will be registered by the School to the module.
     
ENVB40030 Bioassessment of Freshwaters Autumn

5

ENVB40040 Environmental Impact Assessment Autumn

5

ENVB40310 Peatlands and Environmental Change Autumn

5

ENVB40540 Introduction to Ecological Mapping with open source software (QGIS) Autumn

5

LAW30440 Environmental Law and Policy Autumn

5

MICR40050 Microbiology of Foodborne Pathogens Autumn

5

SCI30080 Professional Placement-Science Autumn

5

ZOOL40500 Ornithology Autumn

5

BOTN40190 Plants and Stress Spring

5

ENVB40020 Marine Community Ecology Spring

5

ENVB40290 Ecological Modelling Spring

5

ENVB40480 Applied Microbial Ecology Spring

5

ENVB40490 Tropical Field Ecology Spring

5

GENE40080 Population Genetics Spring

5

MICR40040 Microbial Pathogenicity Spring

5

ZOOL40030 Insect-Plant Interactions Spring

5

ZOOL40280 Biological Invasions Spring

5

ZOOL40490 Wildlife Habitat Modelling for Ecology and Conservation Spring

5


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