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Environmental Biology Stage 2 (EBC2)

Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ, Credits 240)
Academic Year 2024/2025
Internships Available
Study Abroad
Sustainable Development Goals
Duration:
4 Year(s)
Next Intake:
2024/2025 September
General Entry Requirements (A-Level)

ABB / BBBD /


BBB + D AS Level

General Entry Requirements (IB)

29

Subject Requirements (Mathematics)

GCSE A / A Level D

(or AS Level C)
IB SL 6 / HL 4

Subject Requirements (Laboratory Science)

GCSE A / A Level D

(or AS Level C)
IB SL 6 / HL 4

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
Visit the UCD Global Undergraduate Entry Requirements webpage.

Curricular information is subject to change.

Environmental Biology focuses on the biological aspects of environmental science. It equips students with a strong background in ecology and its application to environmental assessment and management. Marine, terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems are studied through the disciplines of plant, animal and microbial ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation biology, global change biology, pollution biology, soil science and wildlife ecology. There’s a strong emphasis on vocational skills and links with industry. Core modules include mock environmental impact assessment, field-based sampling in Ireland, Spain and Costa Rica, and guest lectures from environmental managers and consultants.

Information on all our courses including pathways, internships and careers information is available in the UCD Science Undergraduate Courses Entry 2024 Brochure (PDF).

About this Course

Environmental Biology is one of the degree subjects available through either the Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences OR Earth & Environmental Sciences streams in the common entry Science course. 

Students study similar modules for all degree subjects in the Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences OR Earth & Environmental Sciences stream in first year and will study modules for a minimum of two degree subjects in second year. At the end of second year, students choose their degree major. Assuming students meet all the academic requirements in first and second year, students are guaranteed a degree subject from the stream they are studying in second year. We do our best to ensure that students go on to study their top degree subject choice. As we offer plenty of degree subjects in each stream, students have a number of similar degree subjects to choose from as their degree major. For more information on choosing a degree major at the end of Second Year, visit the Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences stream page.

This is a sample set of modules that an Environmental Biology student could study each year in UCD.

First Year
Scientific Enquiry • Cell Biology & Genetics • Basis of Organic and Biological Chemistry • Biomedical Sciences • Biology in Action • Life on Earth • Linear Algebra for Science • Calculus for Science • Optional Science Modules • Elective Module 

Second Year
Biomolecular Lab Skills • Scientific Communication • Principles of Environmental Biology & Ecology • Chemistry for Biology • + modules for 2 other Science Subjects • Elective Modules

Third Year
Wildlife Conservation & Fisheries Management • Analysis of Environmental Materials • Working with Biological Data • Diversity of Plant Form & Function • Ecological and Environmental Microbiology • Optional Modules • Elective Modules

Fourth Year
Research Project • Bioassessment of Freshwaters • Environmental Impact Assessment • Peatlands and Environmental Change • Tropical Field Ecology • Ecological Mapping • Foodborne Pathogens • Ornithology • Conservation of Biodiversity • Marine Community Ecology • Biological Invasions

Below is a list of all modules offered for this degree in the current academic year. Click on the module to discover what you will learn in the module, how you will learn and assessment feedback profile amongst other information.

Incoming Stage 1 undergraduates can usually select an Elective in the Spring Trimester. Most continuing undergraduate students can select up to two Elective modules (10 Credits) per stage. There is also the possibility to take up to 10 extra Elective credits.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
BMOL20060 Biomolecular Lab Skills 1 Autumn

5

BIOL20060 Scientific Communication Spring

5

ENVB20050 Principles of Environmental Biology & Ecology Spring

5

Stage 2 Core Modules
     
Stage 2 Options
     
CHEM20090 Chemistry for Biology Autumn

5

Stage 2 Options
     
Stage 3 Core Modules
     
ENVB30010 Systems Ecology Autumn

5

ENVB30020 Wildlife Conservation and Fisheries Management Autumn

5

ENVB30140 Analysis of Environmental Materials Autumn

5

BIOL30030 Working with Biological Data Spring

5

BOTN30050 Diversity of Plant Form & Function Spring

5

ENVB30100 Ecological and Environmental Microbiology Spring

5

Stage 3 Core Modules
     
Stage 3 Options
     
AESC30080 Agri-Environmental Issues and Policy Autumn

5

AESC30220 Soil Science Applications Autumn

5

BIOL30020 Landscape Ecology Autumn

5

BIOL30040 Scientific Writing for Biology Autumn

5

ENVB30110 Food Microbiology Autumn

5

ZOOL20020 Animal Behaviour Autumn

5

ZOOL30030 Evolutionary Biology Autumn

5

ZOOL30050 Diversity of Invertebrates Autumn

5

BOTN30140 Experimental Plant Physiology Spring

5

GENE20020 Principles of Genetics Spring

5

ZOOL30020 Arthropoda Spring

5

ZOOL30040 Diversity of Vertebrates Spring

5

ZOOL30060 Biogeography and Field Biology Spring

5

Stage 3 Options
     
Stage 4 Core Modules
     
BIOL40360 Research Project 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

20

Stage 4 Core Modules
     
Stage 4 Options
     
BOTN40300 Plant Biology Field Course Autumn

5

ENVB40030 Bioassessment of Freshwaters Autumn

5

ENVB40040 Environmental Impact Assessment Autumn

5

ENVB40310 Peatlands and Environmental Change Autumn

5

ENVB40490 Tropical Field Ecology Autumn

5

ENVB40540 Introduction to Ecological Mapping with open source software (QGIS) Autumn

5

LAW30440 Environmental Law and Policy Autumn

5

MICR40050 Microbiology of Foodborne Pathogens Autumn

5

SCI30080 Professional Placement-Science Autumn

5

ZOOL40500 Ornithology Autumn

5

ZOOL40510 Conservation of Biodiversity: Theory and Practice Autumn

5

BIOL40850 Big Questions in Biology Spring

5

ENVB40020 Marine Community Ecology Spring

5

ENVB40290 Ecological Modelling Spring

5

ENVB40480 Applied Microbial Ecology Spring

5

GENE40080 Population Genetics Spring

5

MICR40040 Microbial Pathogenicity Spring

5

ZOOL40280 Biological Invasions Spring

5

ZOOL40490 Wildlife Habitat Modelling for Ecology and Conservation Spring

5

Students in third year have spent time studying in New Zealand, USA and Australia at the University of Auckland, University of California, Santa Barbara, and University of Melbourne.

Students have the opportunity to complete a Professional Placement module worth 5 credits. This module provides students with an opportunity to undertake a placement in industry (6-10 weeks) in the summer following Third Year.

Students in recent years have completed internships in Teagasc or in research labs in UCD.

Placements are secured on a competitive basis and are subject to change each year.



More information about the internship module and application process.


Environmental Biologists pursue a wide range of careers such as fisheries managers, environmental consultants, habitat ecologists, pollution biologists, wildlife and conservation officers, national park supervisors, technical and scientific officers, and university researchers and professors.

Graduate opportunities are also available for students to pursue MSc or PhD programmes. Taught MSc programmes that can be pursued by Environmental Biology graduates at UCD include Applied Environmental Science, Environmental Sustainability (Online) and Global Change: Ecosystem Science and Policy.

The following advice is for Non-EU applicants. For Irish/EU/UK students, please apply via MyUCD.

The following entry route(s) are available:
 
Science: Earth & Environmental Sciences Stream (EES1)
Undergraduate Degree (Non EU)
Entry in Sep 2024
Full Time - 4 Year(s) Apply from Oct 2023 Apply

By studying an undergraduate degree in the Science programme, you will be joining a global community of scientists and will be taught by world-class researchers at the forefront of research in one of the most innovative and diverse programmes in Ireland, encompassing biology, sustainability, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, mathematics and computer science. Faculty who teach on the Science programme draw on their research to provide an inclusive and equitable education for scientists who will be leaders and innovators in a range of industries and research institutes working towards a sustainable and equitable future. 

The curriculum is informed by the following research:

  • Exploring and understanding the processes that drive and can mitigate and enable adaptation to global change from evolutionary, environmental and social perspectives at levels ranging from molecular and genetic to individual, ecosystem and landscape

  • Translating fundamental discoveries to a greater understanding of health and disease, with the ultimate aim of informing novel drug discovery

  • Performing fundamental and applied research with a focus on current societal challenges including the energy transition, environmental change, geohazards and access to natural resources

The College of Science offers a range of degree subjects within the Science and Sustainability common entry courses that embed sustainability principles and are working towards the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Good Health and Well-being (SGD 3)
  • Quality Education (SDG 4)
  • Affordable and Clean Energy (SGD 7)
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9)
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities (SGD 11)
  • Responsible Consumption and Production (SGD 12)
  • Life Below Water (SDG 14)
  • Life on Land (SDG 15)

The programmes at UCD are designed to equip students with the best education in their chosen field, while at the same time embedding the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) in their education where most relevant.

SDG3
SDG4
SDG 7
SDG 9
SDG 11
SDG 12
SDG 14
SDG 15

I had the opportunity to travel to the Costa Rican Rainforest for a two-week field trip with my classmates and lecturers. The trip to the rainforest allowed us to put the theory we had learned into practice. We had the chance to advance our skills in field sampling, monitoring and data handling and we also got to live in one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world with pumas, monkeys, parrots, giant butterflies and snakes. I was a member of the Choral Scholars of UCD, as well as President and Co- Founder of UCD Women+ in STEM Society. Being a Choral Scholar has been fantastic because I have been able to earn academic credits, record CDs and travel to New York to sing in Carnegie Hall.

Sadhbh McCarrick, Graduate

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Environmental Biology Stage 2 (EBC2)

Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ, Credits 240)