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07 Feb 2014

We are excited to announce the launch of a new undergraduate major at NTU, a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Earth Systems Science. This programme is offered by the Division of Earth Sciences at NTU, in collaboration with the Earth Observatory of Singapore and the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE). Together, these institutions have attracted top faculty from around the world, and students will have a chance to conduct research and field studies in close collaboration with these faculties. The major will be selective and elite, and we plan to accept only 30 students to the programme in its first year. The selected students will have the opportunity to participate in a number of field courses abroad, including an introductory field course in Bali that all students from the major will participate in after their first year of study. We encourage students from the major to conduct a semester of study abroad in the location of their choice, and in their final year students can do an industrial attachment or conduct a final year research project in collaboration with faculty members.

Environmental Earth Systems Science is an interdisciplinary subject in the sciences that examines the interactions between the solid earth, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere, with an emphasis on how the physical, biological, and chemical processes at earth’s surface affect each other. Undergraduates will learn the skills to tackle some of the major concerns that the world faces today, such as human impact on the environment, effects of climate change, location and management of natural resources, forecast and mitigation of natural disasters, water resource availability, and implementation of alternative energy systems.

Students will have the opportunity to specialise within the major. Those who opt for the Geosciences Specialisation will focus on the study of the solid Earth, while those who choose the Society and the Earth System Specialisation will study how humans interact with the environment. Other specialisations such as ecology and Environmental Earth systems science will be offered in the coming years. All students will gain a strong quantitative background in mathematics, sciences, and computing that will make them more competitive in the job market.

Students can choose from a variety of career paths based on their interests and goals. Students from the Geosciences Specialisation may be most suited for employment in natural resource exploration, extraction,and management; water resource management; geotechnical consulting; and geologic surveying and monitoring. Students specialising in Society and the Earth System will be most suited for employment in environmental and urban planning, policy, and management, or working in business, finance, or insurance for companies who need to plan for a sustainable future. Students from both specialisations will also acquire the skills to pursue more advanced training, or work in research or teaching.

For more information, visit the major programme website.