Environmental science is an interdisciplinary research and academic field that integrates various scientific fields such as biodiversity, conservation, , physics, chemistry, zoology, toxicology, mineralogy, limnology (hydrology & hydrogeology), soil science, geology, atmospheric (climate) science and geography. Besides these, certain subdivisions i.e., environmental engineering, environmental economics, environmental ethics, environmental management, environmental sociology, environmental microbiology and environmental biotechnology, are generally treated as independent academic disciplines parallel to environmental science.
Department of Environmental Sciences at CUI Abbottabad campus (established in 2004) brings together faculty, researchers and students with a common interest in our environmental future and also provides the solution of environmental problems.
Several of these academicians and PhD students are showcased in our videos, discussing some of the innovative and collaborative research that’s taking place in this area.
Goals & Objectives
The department of environmental sciences primarily focuses on the development and innovation of environmental techniques, in order to solve complex environmental issues of varying scale, including pollution control (air, soil & water), climate change, clean energy, sustainable urbanization, Land use land cover, sustainable agricultural ecology and marine environment etc., and so on.
The main aims of department are
- To provide outstanding academic programs that further strengthens our performance, pre-eminence and efficiency in the fields relevant to above-mentioned environmental issues.
- To provide an excellent teaching and learning environment to faculty and students to reach a level that matches the atmosphere prevailing at best universities in the world.
- To raise revenues from partnerships, research grants and technology transfer with national & International organizations while strengthening our ability to more effectively invest and allocate resources for education.
Scope & Career Opportunities
Environmental science has a vast scope in terms of the various objectives as it covers a wide range of subject matters that helps in saving the environment. Environmental science has been considered to be associated with a number of career opportunities. Major career options related to the subject can be described as follows:
Industries: Industries need to show compliance against a number of environmental norms. Hence, environmental experts are needed to guide the industries for adopting clean technologies, controlling pollution, disposing the wastes in proper way, and carrying out environmental audit.
Consultancy: Environment consultancies are hired by governments, industries, and NGOs for carrying out different types of laboratory-based analyses or field-based studies, which are often, required in environmental impact assessment (EIA) and other compliance processes.
Research and development (R&D): R&D opportunities in this area include studying pollution control (air, soil & water), climate change, clean energy, urbanization, Land use land cover, agricultural ecology and marine environment etc. Scientists, researchers, and analysts are some of the common career profiles.
Academics: Environmental science is taught at almost every level of education, that is, from school to university level. A large number of teachers or academicians are required to fulfill this need. Many national & International organizations offer handsome amount of scholarships for the students of environmental sciences to pursue their higher education from well-known and high ranking institutes of the world
Green marketing & media: Skilled manpower is required to promote ecofriendly products in market. Environmental quality certifications like ISO-14000 are also being incorporated in marketing strategy. In order to generate awareness about the environment, there is an immense need for skilled environmental manpower in the field of print and electronic media.
Green advocacy: Environmental lawyers are emerging as major players in ensuring proper implementation of environmental norms, laws, and programs. Public Interest Litigation (PIL) empowers a common man to fight against any anti-environment activity.
International opportunities: Various international agencies such as UNEP, IUCN, TSBF, and World Bank require qualified human resources to implement environment-related projects.