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  • Mission and Learning Outcomes

    Program Mission

    The mission of the Environmental Science Program is to produce scientists with the knowledge in environmental issues, especially pertaining to marine life and coastal issues, who are able to apply their learned skills in careers that benefit the environment of the UAE and the world. The program aims to graduate students able to demonstrate their acquired knowledge, skills and scientific techniques in order to become contributing scientists in the environmental field and profession.

    Program Objectives

    • Students who can achieve academic and intellectual leadership in the area of environmental issues.
    • Students who can identify analyze and understand the relationships between the many aspects of environmental issues.
    • Students who can take ethical, professional, and socially responsible actions in the area of environmental science.
    • Students who have the skills and techniques required for a profession in environmental science.
    • Students who have the overall understanding of the field of environmental science within their region necessary to meet the future needs of the region.
    • Students who are competent in making decisions either individually or with a group on environmental issues.

    Learning Outcomes

    The learning outcomes of the BS in ENS at ADU are to produce graduates able to:

    • Describe the essential processes of the ecological systems in the world in terms of chemical, biological and physical processes.
    • Assess the economic and social implications of environmental issues. The assessment should take into account the effects of environmental policy and be aware of the many facets of sustainability of these issues, actions and consequences.
    • Analyze, understand and predict the consequences of human actions on the physical, biological and cultural world, and use this information to be able to specify requirements needed to achieve environmental conservation for a sustainable society.
    • Develop action plans needed to follow the requirements for environmental conservation for a sustainable society.
    • Write, speak and use electronic communication to skillfully communicate with the public and professionals concerning environmental issues.
    • Use critical thinking methods, including logic, discrimination and deliberate evaluation when making decisions and value judgments on environmental issues.
    • Exhibit teamwork, leadership and conflict resolution skills when working with groups on environmental issues.
  • Admission Requirements

    These courses can be chosen from set of courses in the major apart from the above courses (9 credits) and from any other program at the University for which you meet the entry requirements (9 credits). Alternatively, you can choose a Minor (6 courses) in a specialization other than English.

    Requirements Credit Hours
    University Requirements 39 credit hours
    College Requirements 18 credit hours
    Major Requirements 58 credit hours
    Open Electives 12 credit hours
    Total 127 credit hours
  • About Program

    The magnitude and complexity of environmental problems are creating a growing need for scientists with rigorous, interdisciplinary training in environmental science. Employment of environmental scientists globally is expected to increase by 25 percent between 2006 and 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations.

    What is Environmental Science?

    Environmental Science is the study of the relationship between physical, chemical and biological processes in the environment with a view to solving environmental problems.

    Why Study Environmental Science?

    Today we face many challenging environmental issues with potentially disastrous consequences if these issues are not addressed. Global climate change, the loss of biodiversity, increased frequency of floods and droughts, increased energy demands, rising volumes of waste are but just a few examples of the significant pressures on the environment.
    Something has to be done to address these above issues and this is why environmental science is an important area to study.

    Environmental Scientists: Their Role and Employment Opportunities

    Environmental Scientists monitor the quality of the environment and develop strategies and solutions for dealing with environmental problems. In addition, environmental scientists help planners develop and construct buildings, transportation systems, and utilities that protect water resources and enable the efficient and beneficial use of land.

    Currently, worldwide, the majority of Environmental Scientists are employed in governmental positions, but job opportunities are opening up in the private sector spurred largely by the increasing demands placed on companies to be responsive to the need to protect the environment and to comply with laws and regulations relating to ground-water decontamination, clean air, and flood control.

    Employment of environmental scientists globally is expected to increase by 25 percent between 2006 and 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations.

    The Abu Dhabi University undergraduate degree program in Environmental Science will appeal to those who have an interest in learning more about the environment, in developing an understanding of environmental processes and issues, and in developing solutions to environmental problems.

    The Abu Dhabi University BSc in Environmental Science

    The program will include study of topics and issues such as:

    1. Introduction to environmental science.
    2. The basic concepts of conservation.
    3. Protected areas and eco-tourism.
    4. The management of waste and water resources.
    5. The effect of the eco-system on plants, animals and birds.
    6. Oceanography .
    7. Marine science .
    8. Marine biodiversity.
    9. Marine endangered species.
    10. The management of coastal habitats .
    11. Air and water pollution.
    12. The ozone layer.
    13. The greenhouse effect.
    14. Environmental crisis management.
  • Sheikha Latifa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Scholarships

    scholarshipAbu Dhabi University is proud to announce the launch of the highly anticipated Sheikha Latifa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Environmental Science Scholarships. Aimed at nurturing local talent, these scholarships will be used to encourage young and talented female Emirati students to follow the Environmental Science program. Sheikha Latifa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan is keen to see other young women follow in her footsteps, building an understanding of and an ability to protect the environment of the UAE for future generations.

  • Eligibility Criteria

    Sheikha Latifa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Scholarships Eligibility Criteria

    The scholarships target young female Emirati students who wish to study this program at Abu Dhabi University, and who join the spring 2010 cohort.

    The Fine Print

    The scholarships will cover full tuition fees for four years of the undergraduate program, provided a grade point average (GPA) of over 3.0 is maintained. Academic performance in secondary school will be given the highest priority in selecting the winners of these scholarships.

    Rules for maintaining the scholarship

    1. Minimum enrollment of 12 credit hours per semester
    2. Cumulative Grade point average (GPA) over 3.0 for two consecutive semesters.
    3. Passing grade on all English Level (ELI) courses.
  • Who will Teach

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    For questions about degree plan and related information contact

    Fares M. Howari, Ph.D
    Chair of Applied Science & Mathematics,
    Managing Director, Abu Dhabi University Center of Excellence for Environment Health and Safety,
    Professor of Environmental Sciences & Engineering
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Abu Dhabi University, P.O.Box 59911, Abu Dhabi, UAE
    Tel: +971 2 5015345
    Fax: +971 2 5860183
    Email: Fares.howari@adu.ac.ae

  • Curriculum

    TOTAL CREDITS: 128 Credit Hours

    University Requirements 39 credit hours
    College Requirements 18 credit hours
    Major Requirements 58 credit hours
    Open Electives 12 credit hours

    University Requirements 39 Credit Hours
    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS
    ARL 100 (A) Communication Skills in Arabic I No Prerequisite 3
    ARL 105 Communication Skills in Arabic II ARL 100 (A) 3
    ENG 100 English I No Prerequisite 3
    ENG 200 English II ENG 100 ('C' grade) + UNS 102 3
    ENG 305 Technical Communication for Engineering and Sciences ENG 200 3
    ISL 100 (A) Islamic Culture No Prerequisite 3
    ITE 100 Introduction to Information Technology Applications No Prerequisite 3
    MTT 101 Mathematics for Science and Technology MTG 100/Math Placement Test 3
    PHI 300 Professional Ethics ENG 105 3
    PSY 201 General Psychology UNS 102 + ENG 100 3
    SOC 201 UAE & GCC Society UNS 102 + ENG 100 3
    STT 100 General Statistics No Prerequisite 3
    UNS 102 University Study Skills No Prerequisite 1
    CRT 301 Critical Thinking UNS 102 + ENG 200 2

     

    College Requirements 18 Credit Hours
    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS
    ASC 301 Research Report Writing STT 100 3
    BOT 300 Plant Materials I BIO 206/CIV 203 3
    CIV 203 Introduction to Soil Sciences GOL 205/LAR 200 3
    GOL 205 Physical Geology ENG 105 3
    MTT 102 Calculus I MTT 101 3
    PHY 102 Physics and Engineering Applications I MTT 102 3
    PHY 102L Physics and Engineering Applications I Lab MTT 102 + PHY 102 (Co) 1

    NOTE: (Co) => this course can be taken as a co-requisite

    Major Requirements 70 Credit Hours
    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS
    BIO 205 General Biology I ENG 100 (Co) + UNS 102 (Co) 3
    BIO 205L General Biology Laboratory I BIO 205 (Co) 1
    BIO 206 General Biology II BIO 205 3
    BIO 206L General Biology Laboratory II BIO 205L + BIO 206 (Co) 1
    BIO 215 Biometrics BIO 205 + STT 100 3
    BIO 305 Genetics BIO 206 3
    BIO 405 Microbiology BIO 206 3
    CHE 205 General Chemistry I ENG 100 (Co) + UNS 102 (Co) 3
    CHE 205L General Chemistry Laboratory I CHE 205 (Co) 1
    CHE 206 General Chemistry II CHE 205 3
    CHE 206L General Chemistry II Lab CHE 205 + CHE 206 (Co) 1
    CHE 305 Organic Chemistry CHE 206 4
    CHE 405 Biochemistry CHE 305 3
    ENS 205 Introduction to Environmental Science ENG 200 + UNS 102 3
    ENS 210 Natural Resources Conservation ENS 205 3
    ENS 215 Oceanography ENS 205 3
    ENS 220 Environmental Policy ENS 205 3
    ENS 299 Environmental Seminar ENS 205 1
    ENS 310 Global Environment ENS 205 3
    ENS 315 Environmental Problems ENS 205 + BIO 215 3
    ENS 499 Undergraduate Research ENS 205 + CHE 206 + BIO 206 4
    GEO 205 Geography ENG 200 (Co) + UNS 102 (Co) 3

     

    Elective Courses 12 Credit Hours
    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS
    OE 1 Open Elective I No Prerequisite 3
    OE 2 Open Elective II No Prerequisite 3
    OE 3 Open Elective III No Prerequisite 3
    OE 4 Open Elective IV No Prerequisite 3

    Note: Students can use the elective courses to earn a degree concentration, as specified below:

    Marine Biology
    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS
    ENS 305 Marine Zoology ENS 215 3
    ENS 306 Marine Biology ENS 215 + BOT 300 3
    ENS 405 Marine Fisheries ENS 215 3
    OE 4 Open Elective IV No Prerequisite 3

     

    Chemistry
    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS
    CHE 415 Analytical Chemistry CHE 206 3
    CHE 425 Environmental Chemistry CHE 305 3
    OE 3 Open Elective III No Prerequisite 3
    OE 4 Open Elective IV No Prerequisite 3

     

    Biology
    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS
    BIO 405 Microbiology BIO 206 3
    BIO 415 Advanced Genetics BIO 305 3
    OE 3 Open Elective III No Prerequisite 3
    OE 4 Open Elective IV No Prerequisite 3

     

    Management
    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS
    BUS306 Introduction to Management STT 100 3
    MGT200 Principles of Management ENG 105 3
    MGT411 Project Management BUS 306 3
    OE 4 Open Elective IV No Prerequisite 3

    Natural Resources
    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS
    ENS 350 Wetlands ENS 205 3
    ENS 420 Desert Studies ENS 205 3
    ENS 450 Water Resources ENS 205 3
    OE 4 Open Elective IV No Prerequisite 3

    Applied Ecology
    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS
    ENS 410 Impact Assessment ENS 205 3
    LAR 401 Natural Environmental Design Studio III LAR 302 3
    LAR 410 Landscape Ecology LAR 302 3
    OE 4 Open Elective IV No Prerequisite 3

     

    Engineering
    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS
    CIV 301 Civil Engineering Measurements and Surveying No Prerequisite 3
    CIV 315 Fundamentals of Geographical Information Systems CIV 301 3
    CIV 340 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering CHE 201 3
    OE 4 Open Elective IV No Prerequisite 3
  • Fees

    UNDERGRADUATE TUITION AND FEE RATES
    Academic Year 2017-2018

    TUITION STRUCTUREAED Per Credit Hour for College/Department Requirement
    Arts & Sciences AED 1,440
    Business AED 1,620
    Engineering AED 1,780
    Other Engineering Programs (BSc in Aviation and BSc in Civil Engineering) AED 1,890
    Law AED 1,440
    University College AED 1,440
    FeesAED
    Admission Application Fee (Non-refundable) AED 300
    Registration Fee (Non-refundable; Paid once upon admission) AED 2,850
    Fall/Spring Winter/Summer
    Late Registration/Payment 500 500
    Student Services 350 175
    Healthcare Services 120 60
    Transportation - Door to Door (Optional) 3,700 1,850
    Transportation - Drop-Off Point (Optional) 2,400 1,200
    Institutional TOEFL+ Writeplacer (Optional) 585
    IELTS Exam (Optional) 945
    Accommodation FeesAED
    Fall/Spring Winter/Summer
    Private 12,500 3,800
    Semi-private 9200 2800
    Double 6700 2000
    Double with Shared-bath 5400 1700

    Note:  Abu Dhabi University reserves the right to make changes affecting tuition and other fees during the fiscal year.



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