The programme aims to expose students to an integrated view of the planet earth as a life support system. The lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere are explored with particular reference to land resources, water and minerals. Key interactions of plant and animal populations and the effect of human activities on these are considered.  Management interventions considering air pollution and climate change, energy alternatives, waste disposal, recycling, biodiversity loss and land degradation are explored.


The programme also looks at the different ways in which the environment is perceived and understood in the social sciences and how these various perspectives shape the way in which management interventions are implemented. This involves identifying and unpacking the conceptual framework and underlying ideologies which characterize the different environmental perspectives. The aim here is to develop a critical approach to investigating environmental issues and policy analysis. Key economic ideas and concepts are also explored to show how these can be used to explain environmental problems and shape appropriate intervention measures. The programme also explores the varied environmental management principles which recognize the complex nature of defining and dealing with environmental problems.

In order to qualify for normal entry to the Environmental Science Degree programme, a prospective student must satisfy the following requirements:


Have obtained a pass at ‘A’ level in any TWO of the following core subjects or their recognized equivalents: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Geography.


Have obtained at least 5 O’ Level subjects including English Language Mathematics and a Science subject.


Have a relevant and recognized diploma in the Sciences including Forestry, Environmental Health, Mining and Agriculture.

4 years Conventional and Block Release.

Graduates of this programme can be employed in Government, the Private sector and Non-Governmental Organizations in various capacities. These include Research Scientists, Field Officers, Policy Analysts, Environmental Lobbyists, Conservationists and Environmental Educators, Environmental Consultants, Community Development or Livelihoods Officers to mention a few. They are especially sought after by mines, industry and local authorities where their expertise in designing measures to cut on effluent discharges and emissions go a long way to reduce costs associated with the polluter pays principle thus enhancing profitability.

This is a four-year programme or 8 semesters of study inclusive of one year of industrial attachment. A student takes a range of courses which cover topical environmental issues.


A registered Honours Degree student is required to go on industrial attachment for a period of not less than nine (9) months and also to carry out research and submit a research project at the end of his/her study.

Full Programme Structure


ASES 1101 Introduction to Environmental Science
ASES 1102 Ecological Processes
ASES 1103 General Biology
ASES 1104 Introduction to Mathematics
ASES 1105 Introduction to Computers for Environmentalists
ASES 1106 General Chemistry


ASES 1201 Natural Resources and Sustainable Development
ASES 1202 Environmental Law and Governance
ASES 1204 Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing
ASES 1205 Hydrology and Water Resources Management
ASES 1206 Principles of Environmental Management


IDPL 2100 Peace and Leadership Studies
ASES 2101 Research Methods for Environmental Science
ASES 2102 Mining and Environment
ASES 2103 Soil Science and Soil conservation
ASES 2104 Agriculture and the Environment
ASES 2105 Applied GIS and Remote Sensing
ASES 2106 Environmental Management in Industry


ASES 2201 Air Pollution and Climate Change
ASES 2202 Management of Solid and Hazardous Waste
ASES 2203 Natural Hazards and Human Response
ASES 2204 Biometry
ASES 2205 Common Property Resources Management
ASES 2206 Energy Alternatives


ASIA 3000 Industrial Attachment:
Student’s Work Related Learning Report
Academic Supervisor’s Assessment Report
Employer’s Assessment Report

ASES 4101 Environmental Impact Assessment
ASES 4102 Forestry and Wildlife Management
ASES 4103 Gender Issues in Environmental Management
ASES 4104 Environmental Economics
ASES 4105 Freshwater Resources Management
ASES 4106 Political Economy and the Environment


ASES 4201 Dissertation
ASES 4202 Sanitation and Wastewater Treatment
ASES 4203 Environmental Education and Extension
ASES 4204 Project Planning and Appraisal
Plus any one elective from the following modules:
ASES 4205 Monitoring and Evaluation
ASES 4206 Tourism and the Environment
ASES 4207 Environmental Sociology