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LC434 - Environmental Science & Agriculture – Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Programme Code:
    Course Level:
    Level 8
    Applied Science
    CAO Points:
    278 (Round 1) ​​
    ​4 Years

    What is the programme about?
    The Irish agriculture and food-processing sector is currently undergoing considerable growth, but it is crucial that this growth does not negatively affect the environment. Skilled environmental managers with knowledge of the environmental issues in agriculture and agri-business are needed by industry. This programme provides a solid foundation in science and environmental management, combined with agriculture modules to equip specialists to work in this field. Graduates develop expertise in the management of agriculture’s interaction with the environment to enable sustainable outcomes. They are strongly placed to take advantage of the growing employment opportunities within the agriculture and agri-business sector and also the wider environmental management field.

    The programme is delivered in conjunction with the existing B.Sc. in Environmental and Geographical Sciences. Approximately two thirds of the programme focuses on science and environmental management with one third focused on agricultural issues. The degree is run in co-operation with Gurteen College, Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary. There is considerable lab work, fieldwork, field trips and computer skills sessions provided throughout the degree. There is a work placement in the summer of third year. In the fourth year of the programme there are modules on soil science, soil management and carbon management in agriculture.

    Who is the programme suited to?
    This programme will suit people with an interest in agriculture and the environment. School subjects such as geography, agricultural science, biology and chemistry will be particularly relevant. The programme incorporates options for students to be able to exit with a Level 6 Higher Certificate award after two years or a level 7 Ordinary Degree after three years.

    Programme Aims:
    The aims of the programme include the following;

    • To produce graduates who will have the capacity to apply knowledge and skills of environmental management to the agriculture and food sector
    • To produce graduates that can contribute to agri-businesses and farms in protecting the environment while increasing the value of their output
    • To produce graduates that can assist the Irish food sector to maintain and enhance its status as an environmentally sustainable producer of high quality food

    Class Contact Hours
    Year 1: 25 hours per week
    Year 2: 24 hours per week
    Year 3: 16 hours per week
    Year 4: 14 hours per week 

    Did You Know?
    Agriculture and food is an expanding sector in the Irish economy and environmental management is becoming increasingly important within that sector. Agri-food and Fisheries is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry. It collectively employs some 150,000 people with an annual output of over €24 billion.The requirement for environmental managers in the agribusiness sector is a defined, significant and growing employment segment within the Irish economy. A key challenge for agriculture will be to increase production in a sustainable manner which does not negatively impact on the natural environment.

    Want More?
    The course will be proportioned in such a way that approximately two thirds of the programme will focus on science and environmental management while one third of the programme will focus on agricultural issues. The degree will be run in conjunction with Gurteen College, Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary where a ten credit module will take place in Gurteen during the first year of the programme titled “Farm Enterprises - Theory & Practice”. The second and third year will see progressively increased content relating to agriculture, with considerable lab work, field work, field trips and computer skills sessions provided throughout the degree.

    A sustainable development stream will allow wider reflection on balancing the needs of the environment, the economy and society while a professional development module will prepare students for a work placement during the summer of third year. Fourth year will see modules on soil science, which is a very important area of study for those participating in the agriculture and environmental management sector.


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