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The Faculty developed from the Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies. The Department of Environmental Sciences at UPM was established in August 1976 under the Faculty of Science. With the entry of the new Department the Faculty of Science was renamed the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies. In the same year the Bachelor of Environment programme was introduced. This degree is recognised as a professional degree by the Malaysian Public Services Department. It was the first environment programme in Southeast Asia.
The Faculty of Environmental Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, is the only academic body offering degrees in environmental science and management in Malaysia at the Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral levels. There are two Bachelor programmes, two Masters programme and one Doctoral programme offered. More information on these programmes may be found on the Academic Programmes pages.
The academic staff have a wide range of interests. Projects are carried out with members of other departments inside and outside the University. For example, there is long term cooperation with the Department of Environment, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, Local Authorities, and with international agencies such as the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS).