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BSc Hons Environmental Biology

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Lancaster Environment Centre
UCAS Code: C150 Duration/Length: 3 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Biosciences Director of Studies: Dr A Wilby
Total Credit Points: 360 Credit Points Year 2: 105
Credit Points Year 3: 135

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • PartI
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 1 modules from the following group:
  • PartII (Year 2)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 4 modules from the following group:
  • PartII (Year 3)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 5 modules from the following group:

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Biologists are at the forefront of responses to the significant challenges that confront human populations and the biosphere.  The Environmental Biology degree encompasses the links between environmental factors and biota at a range of levels from molecules to ecosystems, and the application of this knowledge to challenges such as sustainable food production, biodiversity conservation and maintenance of ecosystem services. Students learn about the relationships between organisms and their environment, including the study of animal behaviour, animal and plant physiology and ecosystem science and gain a solid understanding of mankind's impact on the environment.

    In the first year of the degree programme students cover a broad range of introductory modules in environmental physiology, ecology, evolution, conservation biology, biogeographic processes, environmental issues and skills. In the second and third years students take more advanced modules covering environmental physiology and sustainable agriculture with optional modules in plant science, animal behaviour, evolution, ecology, conservation biology and selected topics in environmental science and geography.  The degree scheme provides students with a progressive understanding of key topics in environmental biology through the first to third years of study.

    The programme aims to:

    • Provide a flexible but structured, progressive and thematic training in Environmental Biology which will provide students with a knowledge and understanding appropriate for subject-specific graduate employment.
    • Develop key transferable skills to prepare students for more general graduate employment.
    • Develop the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to postgraduate research and training.
    • Encourage academic curiosity which will prepare students for lifelong learning.
    • Offer a broad range of modules within which students can select a specialised route.
    • Offer all students the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project.


Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    On successful completion of this scheme of study students will be able to:

    • Describe basic organism structure and diversity
    • Describe mechanisms for the life processes and appreciate how the physiology of an organism fits it for its environment
    • Demonstrate an appreciation of the linkages between the cellular, physiological, whole organisms and community scales
    • Critically describe the principles and processes governing the interactions of organisms with each other and the environment
    • Plan, conduct and report on scientific projects
    • Collect and present experimental and field survey data
    • Apply practical techniques and skills relevant to the biosciences
    • Use appropriate equipment effectively
    • Carry out risk assessments and list appropriate safety measures applicable to both laboratory and field research
    • Interpret numerical data
    • Apply relevant numerical skills (including statistical analysis, where appropriate) to biological data
    • Evaluate and critically analyse the effects of human interactions on natural populations and ecosystems
    • Discuss and demonstrate comprehension of nutrient and energy flow through individuals, populations and communities


    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

     On successful completion of this scheme of study students will be able to:

    • Access and evaluate bioscience information from a variety of sources and communicate the principles both orally and in writing (e.g. essays, laboratory reports) in a way that is well organised, topical and recognises the limits of current hypotheses
    • Plan, execute and present an independent scientific investigation in which qualities such as time management, problem solving and independence are evident, as well as interpretation and critical awareness of the quality of evidence
    • Prepare, process, interpret and present data, using appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques, statistical programmes, spreadsheets and presentation packages
    • Communicate about their subject to a variety of audiences using a range of formats and approaches
    • Use relevant information technologies competently
    • Manage their time effectively
    • Work effectively both individually and as members of a team
    • Appreciate the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving


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