Department of Enviromental Sciences

BACKGROUND

Department of Environmental Sciences has been offering Bachelor of  Science in Environment since it was first established in 1976. This program has received recognition from Public Service Department as a first (graduate-entry) professional degree program. The objective of this program is to produce competent graduates who are ready to actively and effectively contribute to the environment and society in Malaysia.

Bachelor of Science in Environment program is a multi-disciplinary program which covers fundamental sciences, economics, social sciences, management, technology and engineering components.  Primary emphasize is given on professional training in which students are required to undergo specific training provided by governmental agencies or private companies to expose them with real world environmental related experiences and practical analysis.

Initially, the program is specifically tailored to meet the Environmental Quality Act (1974) and other similar laws in which most graduates work as environment control officers at the Department of Environment (DOE) under Ministry of  Natural Resources and Environment. Nowadays, many graduates are employed as science officers, consultants and researchers not only at governmental agencies such as MACRES, FRIMS, SIRIM, and ASMA, but also at government-linked corporation (GLC) and big name companies such as Shell, ESSO and Petronas. Besides those who are working, a number of qualified graduates continue their studies in Master and PhD program at local universities and overseas. Many graduates also attend KPLI program upon their graduation which prepares them for school-level teaching job.

Academic staffs and faculty members in the Department of Environmental Science has excellent academic and research backgrounds in their respective fields which accommodates the needs of the students of the Bachelor of Science in Environment program. Among active research and consultancy activities that are currently undergoing includes waste management, wastewater treatment, seawater quality assessment, groundwater reserve and  water quality assessment, river classification, air and noise quality, environment policy and managements, environmental quality standardization, GIS application, remote sensing, environmental health, and environmental modeling.

The department is equipped with modern and state-of-the-art educational and researching tools such as GCMS, atomic absorption spectrometer, gas analyzer, ion analyzer, total organic carbon, water quality parameters multi-probe sensor, noise level detector, portable weather station, hydrology cycle model, bore hole geophysical logger, earth resistivity imaging tools, ground penetration radar and many more. These technologies and faculty members’ expertise will provide endless opportunities for students to gain knowledge and hand on experiences in environmental studies.

In addition to providing formal education, the department also work closely with governmental and private agencies in terms of consultancies and grants or funding for research activities that are related to environment.