B.Sc. Environmental Science | Kathmandu University

Kathmandu University (K.U) is offering B.Sc. in Environmental Science since 2005 AD. This is a 4 years degree program presented by Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Science, Kathmandu University at Dhulikhel. This program is based on semester system and has altogether 8 semesters in total. B.Sc. in Environmental science is all about exploring and identifying environmental problems and reaching to their solutions. Environmental science focuses on the study of various natural and unnatural processes such as physical, chemical as well as 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 new syllabus which is added by Kathmandu University in this 4 years bachelor degree has been designed in such a way that the student’s will only study subjects related to basic science in the first year and in the rest of 3 years, the students have to study the real environmental science subjects which is essence.

This degree  provided by Kathmandu University focuses mainly on “Learning by doing principle”; therefore, students are exposed to projects, assignments, and practical as well as field work in every part of this course. Besides teaching and learning, Environmental Science Department frequently conducts various Seminars, presentations and workshops. Furthermore, the University has been providing the needed resources and facilities required for educating and promoting researches in Environmental science sector. 

Curriculum of courses in Kathmandu University:

The total credit of this degree is 146. As per Kathmandu University, the total credit is distributed among different disciplinary field in the below given basis:

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

Evaluation criterion by Kathmandu Univerity:

Throughout the whole study period, the students are continuously assessed by the representatives of Kathmandu University. The students are evaluated on the basis of attendance, performance of the class, and completion of the given tasks as well as assignments, presentations, class projects and final exam of each and every semester. The students receive their final grade as per the letter grading (grade point average system) at the end which ranges from Grade A to Grade F.

List of B.Sc. Environmental Science Colleges

Below is the list of colleges for B.Sc. Environmental Science program under Kathmandu University in Nepal.

Objectives of B.Sc. Environmental Science

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

Admission Requirements in B.Sc. Environmental Science

In order to be eligible for the admission, the applicants must fulfill the following given criteria provided by Kathmandu University:

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

2. Applicants must have to pass the entrance examination conducted by the Kathmandu University and then the candidates who pass the entrance exam are selected after taking individual interview by the representatives of the colleges or universities.

Procedure of the admission in Kathmandu University:

The eligible candidates seeking admission are always notified by way of major national newspapers and the official website of Kathmandu University (K.U), which is www.ku.edu.np during the month of June or July. After collecting the forms from all the interested candidates at a certain deadline, the Board will arrange entrance examination. All the applicants must have to appear in 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 phase of interview, the lists of names of selected candidates will be published. After the publication of selected students, the college or university will start the classes from the first week of August.

Documents required at the time of admission

1. Copy of citizenship of the main applicant.

2. Certificate of Character from the applicant’s last school.

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

Cost and Financial Assistance by Kathmandu University:

The total cost of this program is around Rs. 4.5 lakhs to Rs. 6.5 lakhs and for the ease of student, this fee can be paid to the university in 16 installments. Kathmandu University will provide financial aid and few scholarships are also provided to the eligible students if they need it. Up to date information regarding them can be found on the official website of Kathmandu University: www.ku.edu.np

B.Sc. Environmental Science Syllabus


First 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

Second Semester

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

Third Semester

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

Fourth Semester

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

Fifth 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

Sixth 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

Seventh 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

Eighth 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 surely an outstanding career opportunity. As we all know that, this degree from Kathmandu University (K.U) is internationally recognized by biggest education institutions and education authorities. Graduates of this degree can get admissions on Master’s program with ease and the graduates can also travel to study abroad and continue the course. The practical and project based nature of this degree also prepares graduates for internships and jobs. The graduates can grab their opportunities at various NGOs, INGOs, and other community based organizations as well. The career options directly related to this degree are as follows:

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

Since, environmental science is an interdisciplinary subject and it can have scope in wide ranging field of applied sciences. The graduates can also utilize 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 and choices.

The 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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