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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.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills


    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.    

    In addition to developing subject-specific knowledge and understanding in environmental biology, the degree programme aims to develop practical, intellectual, interpersonal and self management skills as well as numeracy and literacy. By the end of the degree programme students are able to:

    • Plan, conduct and report scientific projects
    • Synthesise information from a variety of sources
    • Interpret numerical data
    • Use appropriate equipment effectively
    • Display competence in the laboratory
    • Carry out risk assessments and list appropriate safety precautions associated with practical or project work
    • Collect and present experimental and field survey data

    In addition students develop a series of transferrable skills:

    • Work independently or as part of a team
    • Data recording, analysis and interpretation
    • Competence in the use of relevant Information Technologies
    • Effective written and oral communication skills
    • Effective time management, planning and organisational skills 

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