American University of Sharjah

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences

Bachelor of science in environmental sciences
In recent years, major concerns related to the preservation of the environment have gained urgency. Local governments and private industries recognize the importance of conservation, recycling and environmental awareness.

Our multidisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences program integrates biology, chemistry and other related sciences in order to enable students to identify and understand environmental issues and devise solutions. It focuses on:

  • giving our students an understanding of these issues
  • developing the skills they will need to become environmental science professionals
  • providing the necessary undergraduate education to pursue a graduate program in environmental sciences

Enthusiastic, well-trained environmental scientists, biologists, chemists and physicists guide our students through this program to help them identify and understand the vital environmental issues and develop solutions that can be implemented in this ever-expanding environmental field.

Our program seeks to:

  • provide students with an integrated knowledge of contemporary principles and applications of environmental science that will prepare them for advanced degrees and careers in research, industry, education and business
  • provide a high-quality, laboratory-rich learning environment where students will learn proper laboratory protocols, plan and conduct experiments, practice the scientific method, analyze data, and reach logical and reasonable conclusions
  • provide opportunities for interested and qualified students to participate in meaningful research projects of their own, under the guidance of the environmental sciences faculty
  • provide students with adequate background in the basic natural sciences, which will form the basis for their environmental studies
  • foster motivation and opportunities for lifelong learning
  • maintain a dynamic curriculum that reflects the needs of a changing world
  • present students with opportunities for awareness of environmental issues within a global context

We believe that upon graduation from our program, our students will be able to:

  • participate effectively in practical, experience-based learning, through conferences, field experiences, workshops and independent research projects
  • gain ability to work as a research team member and become proficient in the use of advanced equipment used in environmental analysis, including gas chromatography (GC), high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC), ion chromatography (IC) and inductively coupled plasma spectrometry (ICP)
  • evaluate and discuss sources of local and regional environmental threats and perform impact assessment studies
  • define simple research tasks and carry them out, and assist in more complex research tasks as required for professional work
  • demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of environmental modeling, environmental monitoring techniques and risk assessment
  • evaluate the ethical, social, civic, cultural and political dimensions as they relate to environmental issues
  • produce written and oral reports in the style most commonly used in scientific literature

Our graduates can go on to work in and have found successful employment in four general areas:

  • environmental protection
  • conservation and protection of natural resources
  • environmental education and communications
  • environmental research