This environmental biology and ecology degree explores a range of contemporary issues in conservation, biodiversity and monitoring the ecological impact of human activity, by drawing together a unique blend of laboratory and field disciplines. An understanding of key concepts in biogeography, ecosystem services, habitat loss, pollution and climate change is developed. This course equips graduates for careers in environmental protection, research, consultancy and ecosystems management by training in ecosystems biology, environmental microbiology, pollution monitoring, ecotoxicology and environmental biochemistry.
The 21st century is a challenging time for those for whom the natural world is a source of pleasure or employment. The planet is increasingly threatened by extinction and degradation, yet new and exciting areas of traditional disciplines such as ecology are emerging in response to these forces. This course aims to provide students with two different elements that are crucial in equipping them to work in this changing environment. Firstly, we provide a sound theoretical underpinning in science and especially ecology, a broad base in biology upon which to build specialist knowledge. Secondly, we provide practical skills and real-world experience through field days and residential field courses that allow the theory to be placed in context. Environmental biology also allows students to diversify, adding elements of ecotoxicology and microbiology to their portfolios. These subjects are ever increasing fields in the challenged environment of the 21st century.