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First interdisciplinary degree programme in environment studies at NUS

28 February 2011

INTRODUCING NEW 'GREEN' DEGREE: (From left) Director of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research Prof Peter Ng, Director (Special Projects) at NUS Faculty of Science Prof Leo Tan, Vice Dean (Undergraduate Studies) at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Assoc Prof Paulin Straughan and Deputy Head of the Department of Geography Assoc Prof Matthias Roth during the media briefing

Recognising the complex and interconnected environmental issues faced by the world today and the need therefore to develop expertise and nurture young talents who can think broadly and deeply about environmental issues, NUS will be launching a new Bachelor of Environmental Studies programme in August 2011. This programme will be the University's first-ever interdisciplinary undergraduate degree programme.

Lauding the launch of the new programme, NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan said: "It is the first undergraduate course that draws on expertise from eight Faculties in NUS, making full use of the comprehensive strengths of our University."

The four-year direct Honours degree programme was designed by a taskforce led by highly respected conservationist Prof Leo Tan of the Faculty of Science (FoS) and Nominated Member of the Singapore Parliament and sociologist Assoc Prof Paulin Straughan from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS).

Students will acquire a solid foundation on environmental issues through a broad-based curriculum in their first two years, and specialise in either Environmental Biology hosted by the FoS or Environmental Geography hosted by the FASS in their third and final year of studies.

The specially designed curriculum will include highlights such as a series of five unique integrated modules which encourage an integrated approach towards environmental management. Students can also look forward to exciting field courses in the region to conduct in-depth, hands-on research and hone their investigative skills; as well as internship opportunities in environmental agencies and research institutes, and roundtable discussions with top policymakers and industry captains on critical environmental issues.

For more information on the Bachelor of Environmental Studies, click here.