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BSc Hons Environmental Biology (Study Abroad)


Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Lancaster Environment Centre
UCAS Code: C151 Duration/Length: 3 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Not Defined Director of Studies: Dr A Wilby
Total Credit Points: 360 Credit Points Year 2: 90
Credit Points Year 3: 150

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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    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 abroad programme allows, students spend the second year of the programme in an overseas university, usually in North America or Australasia.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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    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. The whole the second year of the programme is spent in the chosen overseas university and study abroad advisors at Lancaster help students select appropriate modules from the host university to ensure good academic preparation for the third year back in Lancaster.  In the third year 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:

    -       The ability to adapt to a novel society and culture

    -       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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