B.Sc. Environmental Science
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B.Sc. Environmental Science

B.Sc. Environmental Science (Kathmandu University)

Kathmandu University offered degree in B.Sc. in Environmental Science since 2005 AD. It is a 4 years(8 semester) degree program awarded by Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Science, Kathmandu University at Dhulikhel. B.Sc Environmental science is all about exploring and identifying environmental problems and reaching their solution. Environmental science focuses on the study of various natural and unnatural processes such as physical, chemical and biological processes; the interrelation between them and the subsequent impact it leaves on the other living beings; especially the impact of human behavior on the environment. The 4 year course syllabus taught in this degree has been designed in a way such that students only reads subjects related to basic science in the first year and the rest of 3 years they study the real environmental science subjects.

The degree focuses on learning by doing principle, therefore, students are exposed to projects, practical and field work in every part of the course and degree level. Seminars, presentations and workshops are conducted frequently by Environmental Science Department. Furthermore, the University has been providing the needed resources and facilities required for educating and promoting researches in Environmental science. 

Curriculum/ Distribution of courses

146 is the total credit of the degree. It is distributed among different disciplinary domain as such:

  • Core environmental - 32%
  • Basic sciences – 25%
  • Interdisciplinary – 20%
  • Skill development – 15%
  • Project work – 8%

Evaluation criterion

Throughout the semester the students are continuously evaluated on the metrics of attendance, class performance, and completion of assignments, presentations, class projects and the end of the semester final exam. The students receive their final grade as per the letter grading (grade point average system) at the end which ranges from A – F.


Objective

  • To demonstrate competency of knowledge on the subjects related to environmental science.
  • To design an independent research project focused on some aspect of environmental science or environmental management.
  • To demonstrate an ability to apply appropriate skills and techniques for data collection, and then analyze and intergrate those data to draw conclusion related to environmental science.
  • To demonstrate technical and problem solving skills ranging from interpreting data, designing experiments, analyzing scientific papers etc.
  • To demonstrate assessment of environmental impact and policy making skills.
  • To demonstrate ability to research and develop technology which help lessens the impact of humans on environment.


Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission for B.Sc. in Environmental Science, the applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

1. Applicants must have completed their 12(10+2) years of formal education with a minimum 50% aggregate in PCM and/or PCB.

2. Applicants must pass the entrance examination conducted and the subsequent selection interview.

Procedure of admission

The eligible candidates seeking admission will be notified via major national newspapers and the official website of KU which is www.ku.edu.np during the month of June/July. After collecting the forms from all the interested candidates at a certain deadline the applicants must appear the entrance exam which tests their proficiency in physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology. The qualified applicants must go through the interview process designed to test their aptitude in the chosen field of study. After the interview list of candidates eligible are published and the class starts from the first week of August.

Documents required at the time of admission

1. Copy of citizenship of the applicant

2. Character certificate from the applicant’s last school

3. Academic transcript of the applicant’s secondary and higher secondary education with minimum 50% marks in PCM and/or PCB

Cost and Financial Assistance

The total cost of the program is Rs. 4.5 lakhs to 6.5 lakhs and it can be paid to the university in 16 installments. Financial aid and few scholarships are also provided to the students in need. Up to date information regarding them can be found on the department website: www.ku.edu.np


Course of Study

1st Semester

  • Calculus and Algebra
  • Mechanics and Optics
  • Physics Lab work
  • General Chemistry
  • General Biology
  • Computer Foundation
  • Engg. Project Preparation
  • Engineering Drawing I
  • Communication Skills I

2nd Semester

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Computer Programming
  • Engineering Project
  • Engineering Drawing II
  • Communication Skills II
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Introd. to Environmental Science

3rd Semester

  • Ecological Principles
  • Quantitative Analysis I
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Practical and project I
  • Natural resource Mgmt.
  • Applied Statistics
  • Quantitative Analysis I

4th Semester

  • Microbiology
  • Quantitative Analysis II
  • Biodiversity & Taxonomy
  • Environmental Physics
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Human Ecology and Sociology
  • Practical and Project II
  • Quantitative analysis Practical II

5th Semester

  • Energy and Environment
  • Environmental Geology & Geomorphology
  • Instrumental analysis
  • Instrumental analysis lab
  • Climatology & Meteorology
  • Specialization groups:A- (Pollution and waste management) 1- Pollution monitoring and control
  • Specialization groups:A- (Pollution and waste management) 2- Toxicology and Eco-toxicology
  • Specialization groups:A- (Pollution and waste management) 3- Environmental Management
  • Specialization groups:B- (Resource conservation and management) 1- Ecosystems of the World
  • Specialization groups:B- (Resource conservation and management) 2- Biogeography
  • Specialization groups:B- (Resource conservation and management) 3- Environmental Management
  • Specialization groups:B- (Resource conservation and management) 4- Ecology of Agriculture & forest crops
  • Practical and Project III

6th Semester

  • Environmental Policy, law & sustainable development planning
  • GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Applied soil Science & Land Mgmt.
  • Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Environmental economics
  • Specialization groups:A- (Pollution and waste management) 1- Pests and Pesticides
  • Specialization groups:A- (Pollution and waste management) 2- Environmental health (public & occupational)
  • Specialization groups:A- (Pollution and waste management) 3- Environmental hazards and Disasters Mgmt
  • Specialization groups:B- (Resource conservation and management) 1- Applied entomology
  • Specialization groups:B- (Resource conservation and management) 2- Conservation biology
  • Specialization groups:B- (Resource conservation and management) 3- Environmental hazards and Disasters Mgmt
  • Specialization groups:B- (Resource conservation and management) 4- Bioengineering
  • Specialization groups:B- (Resource conservation and management) 5- Rangeland Resource Management

7th Semester

  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Forest silvics and management
  • Specialization groups:A- (Pollution and waste management) 1- Environmental System Modeling
  • Specialization groups:A- (Pollution and waste management) 2- Waste Management I (Municipal)
  • Specialization groups:A- (Pollution and waste management) 3- Water Quality Assessment
  • Specialization groups:A- (Pollution and waste management) 4- Urbanization, Industrialization & Environment
  • Specialization groups:B- (Resource conservation and management) 1- Environmental System Modeling
  • Specialization groups:B- (Resource conservation and management) 2- Aquatic Ecology
  • Specialization groups:B- (Resource conservation and management) 3- Landscape science
  • Practical & project V

8th Semester

  • Specialization groups:A- (Pollution and waste management) 1- Waste Management II (Toxic/Hazardous)
  • Specialization groups:A- (Pollution and waste management) 2- Water and Wastewater management
  • Specialization groups:A- (Pollution and waste management) 3- Air & Noise pollution monitoring & control
  • Specialization groups:A- (Pollution and waste management) 4- Soil pollution monitoring and control
  • Specialization groups:B- (Resource conservation and management) 1- Nature reserve and wildlife management
  • Specialization groups:B- (Resource conservation and management) 2- Glacier environment
  • Specialization groups:B- (Resource conservation and management) 3- Watershed management
  • Specialization groups:B- (Resource conservation and management) 4- Ethno-biology
  • Specialization groups:B- (Resource conservation and management) 5- Behavioral Science and Sociobiology
  • Entrepreneurship development
  • Project Work

Scope and Career Prospects

The graduate of this 4 year program has outstanding career opportunities. Since the degree from KU is internationally recognized the graduates can get admissions on Master’s program with assistantships should they choose to pursue higher education abroad. The practical and project based nature of this degree also prepares graduates for internships and jobs at various NGOs, INGOs, and other community based organizations. The career options directly related to this degree are as follows:

  • Environmental scientists
  • Environmental lawyers, engineers , geologists , biologists
  • Water management officer
  • Waste management officer
  • Nature conservationists
  • Environmental policy makers
  • Environmental lab technician etc.

Since environmental science is an interdisciplinary subject and it can have scope in wide ranging filed of applied sciences, the graduates can use their degree from research to agriculture, business policy making to healthcare, horticulture to soil science, wildlife conservation to microbiology and so on. You can carve your own career path as per your interests.

Organizations providing jobs to environmental science graduates in Nepal are as follows:

  • UNDP
  • Nepal government
  • Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation(NORAD)
  • Alternate Energy Promotion Center, Government of Nepal
  • The Small Earth Nepal(SEN)
  • Integrated development society(IDS), Nepal



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