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Department of Environmental Sciences has  been offering Bachelor of Environmental Science and Technology 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 Environmental Science and Technology 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 Environmental Science and Technology 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 gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), gas analyzer, total organic carbon (TOC), 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.



Updated:: 07/11/2017 [masridien]


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