Environmental Earth Sciences BSc HonsUniversity of St Andrews
Environmental Earth Sciences BSc Hons
Environmental Earth sciences is the science that underpins the global Earth system. Combining aspects of geology, oceanography, biology and geography this degree considers how the oceans, atmosphere, biosphere, and geosphere interact to drive environmental change from early Earth history to the modern era. The course also addresses the main challenges facing society from climate change to environmental degradation.
The degree provides hands-on training in field and laboratory techniques central to environmental and geobiological sciences.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- SQA Highers
- GCE A-Levels
- IB points
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Students are required to take the following compulsory modules in their first year:
- Understanding Planet Earth
- Earth's Resource Challenges
Students are required to take the following compulsory modules in their second year:
- Dynamic Earth: The Earth System
- Dynamic Earth: Magma, Minerals and Metamorphism
- Dynamic Earth: Earth Surface Processes
If you decide to take Earth and environmental sciences in your third and fourth years, you choose from a wide variety of advanced options, including modules in climate research, hydrology, geochemistry and geophysics.
Honours modules involve key skills training and first-hand experience linked to new research discoveries and advances in Earth sciences, and courses that have been offered in the past included the following topics:
- Advanced Geochemistry
- Data Analysis in Earth Sciences (R and Python)
- Environmental Drivers of Marine Habitats
- GIS and Spatial Analysis for Earth Scientists
- Global Biogeochemical Cycles
- Global Climate Change
- Sedimentary Systems
- Water in the Environment.
The School’s teaching philosophy is to provide a thorough understanding of Earth sciences through experiential learning via field and lab-based study, first-hand experience in collecting data, testing hypotheses and undertaking analyses, and student-led investigative research.
The BSc in Earth and Environmental Sciences is taught through a combination of:
- practical classes
- field work
- research projects.
Typical class sizes include:
- First year: lectures 80 to 110, tutorials 3 to 6
- Second year: 30 to 40
- Honours: 10 to 30
When not attending lectures, tutorials and practical classes, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:
- reading relevant literature
- working on individual and group projects
- undertaking research in the library
- preparing coursework assignments and presentations
- preparing for examinations.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
The School is proactive about developing career opportunities, and career activities are provided for all students from first year onwards. Assessment styles imitate real workplace scenarios and many modules in Honours years are supported by visits to and by industry partners. As a result, graduates are well prepared for industry and graduate employment prospects are consistently among the best in the UK.
There are multiple career options for Earth and environmental sciences graduates, both specifically in the energy, natural resources, and environmental sectors, as well as in wider science and policy areas.
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University of St Andrews
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The University of St Andrews is situated in a truly beautiful location. Part of a seaside town it is a picturesque and inspirational location to pursue your studies, where you will have the thinking space needed to be your very best. As a smaller university our size is one of our greatest strengths with class sizes allowing for a close and individual learning experience and giving great access and support from your teachers.
Graduates of St Andrews are highly sought after by employers around the world due to our reputation for excellence. A qualification from St Andrews will help you reach your ambitions and kickstart your career.
Consistently ranked as the best student academic experience in the UK by students in the National Student Survey, your time as a student in St Andrews will be unique and rewarding, leaving you with a prestigious qualification, but also memories and connections to treasure for years to come.
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