M.Sc. (Environmental Science)

Introduction to the course

The M.Sc. in Environmental Science programme will be offered by the School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Adamas University. The programme is designed to develop future professionals with profound and inveterate scientific consciousness willing to look for meaningful, impactful and responsible careers. Being a multidisciplinary subject, skill development in the form of capacity building of students in several facets of various scientific disciplines is the primary objective of the course. An ever-increasing consciousness of the human race regarding the environment and the ecosystem services will lead to the demand for experts with scientific dexterity in almost all related domains. The programme is structured in such a sagacious manner that the society as a whole will gain from the contributions of the alumni of this department.

 

How is M.Sc. in Environmental Science Course Beneficial?

  • Students will be able to apply quantitative reasoning and/or mathematical skills/statistical models to field and laboratory data to address environmental problems.
  • Experience of collection of field samples, visit and assess the status of terrestrial and aquatic sites, and industry visits.
  • Awareness of ecosystems in the context of human-environmental interactions.
  • Competently implement a project, which may include literature review, experimental design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Hands on training on sophisticated analytical instruments.
  • Students will be able to locate, evaluate and synthesize information from the scientific literature.
  • Students will apply knowledge of the sciences within an interdisciplinary context in solving environmental issues such as environmental health, food and agriculture, energy, waste and pollution, climate change, population, resource management, and loss of biodiversity.
  • Students will be able to carry out applied research project in natural sciences.
  • Students will be able to communicate science effectively through written work and oral presentations to a variety of audiences.
  • Students will apply the tools commonly used in field research, particularly in the study of plants, animals, and soils including maps, GPS technology, and use spatial analysis software such as GIS, Google Earth, and Google Maps.

Glimpses from our Field Study at East Kolkata Wetlands and adjoining areas, February 2021

Relevance

  1. Environmental Science is an inter-disciplinary subject and its components along with their interactions through assiduous study of Ecology, Biodiversity, Environmental Chemistry, and Environmental Microbiology
  2. Understand the different kinds of pollutions and their sources through study of Climate and Air Pollution Studies, Hazardous Waste & Environmental Toxicology and Soil Pollution and different laws about pollution.
  3. Analyse and determine pollution using Environmental Analytical Techniques, Biostatistics and Computational Techniques.
  4. Understand different technologies like biotechnology, water and wastewater treatment technology to find the solutions and their applications in abatement of Pollution and other environmental problems.
  5. Use of different tools for the management of Environment, Energy resources, solid wastes, Biodiversity conservation like Remote Sensing & Geographical Information Systems and different methodologies.
  6. Understand the basic principles of disaster management and industrial safety.
  7. Determine the environmental impact due to different developmental projects and find solution to eliminate these impacts.
  8. Through Dissertation, student can identify a particular environmental problem, review the literature for finding the gaps, develop research methodology, collect data and carry out data analysis and interpretation.
  9. Students will also acquire the ability to write the research findings in the form of structured thesis and communicate the research results through oral or poster presentations.

 

What are the learning outcomes?

  1. To sensitize students towards environmental issues, and impacts of various anthropogenic activities on global climate and related mitigation strategies.
  2. To provide practical training on modern instrumentation and analytical techniques for environmental analyses.
  3. To enable the students for practical application of their knowledge and prepare them for successful and meaningful careers in research and academics, industries, environmental consultancies and NGOs.
  4. To encourage innovation that is exposure driven, since the dynamics of environmental science ranges from nature study in a locality to climatic and global meteorological issues.
  5. This course will enable the students to get exposed to the real-world situations through nature trails and studies, excursions, industry visits, sophisticated research laboratory visits, rural outreach, socio-economic surveys and many more.

 

Academic and scholarly activity

The primary academic and scholarly activities involved with the Postgraduate course in Environmental Science at School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Adamas University are:

  • Academic as well as professional outlook.
  • Didactic pedagogy, with as much as personalised teaching efforts for such a dynamic and socially relevant subject.
  • Skill enhancement vis a vis development of problem-solving approach, critical thinking, communication, and entrepreneurial abilities.
  • Complete evaluation through examinations, tutorials, assignments, Project work, Labs, Presentations, continuous and comprehensive assessments.
  • Hands-on exposure to high quality environmental research and capacity building for students.
  • Flexibility and continuous mentoring, with focus on development of knowledge, skills, personalities, and most importantly outlook.
  • State of the art laboratory which will support multidisciplinary research and analytical infrastructure.
  • Probable accreditation (NABL) for the laboratory may provide exposure to the students about various aspects of regulatory research activities.
  • Compulsory Summer training/ Dissertation in institutes or laboratories of national and international repute for developing hand-on experience in real world scenario.
  • Industrial training on environmental management, compulsory in credit-centric curriculum, enhances the employability of the students.
  • Career guidance from the departmental faculty members as well as from the academic platforms of the University.
  • Special academic modules for NET and GATE examinations within the competitive syllabus structure that promotes opportunities of going into environmental and health research and education.
  • Scientific orientation programme for Civil Service and other competitive and professional examinations.

 

Subjects covered:

Semester I
Energy and Environment
Environmental Chemistry
Climatology and Meteorology
Ecology and Biodiversity
English
Environmental Chemistry Lab
Ecology Lab
Field Visit

Semester II
Air pollution and Control Technologies
Water Pollution and Control Technology
Environmental Geosciences
Environmental Instrumentation
Environmental Monitoring Lab
Environmental Instrumentation Lab
Environmental Geosciences Lab
Industry Internship

Semester III
Statistical application in Environmental systems
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology
Advanced Elective I
(Remote Sensing and GIS for Environmental Planning and Management/Soil Science)
Computational Lab
Elective I Lab
Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology Lab

Semester IV
Environmental Impact Assessment and Regulatory Framework
Elective II
(Industrial Pollution Prevention and Clean Technologies/ Design for Water and Wastewater Systems)
Elective III
(Environmental Economics, Ethics and Policies/ Occupational health safety and Environmental Management)
Environmental Biochemistry and Toxicology
Environmental Biochemistry and Toxicology Lab
Comprehensive Viva
Seminar on Contemporary Research
Dissertation

 

Specializations:

  • Remote Sensing and GIS for Environmental Planning and Management

          Or,

Soil Science

  • Industrial Pollution Prevention and Clean Technologies

          Or,

Design for Water and Wastewater Systems

  • Environmental Economics, Ethics and Policies

          Or,

Occupational health safety and Environmental Management

 

Lab Infrastructure (if applicable): 

Chemistry Wet Laboratory

Chemistry Instrumentation Laboratory

Geoinformatics Laboratory

Microbiology Laboratory

Internships/Project work: 

  • Students will be sent to various industries and research organizations for internships based on their interest.
  • Internships will help students to apply their knowledge learnt in classroom to the real workplace.
  • Through internship, student will gain experience which is desirable for most of the recruiters.
  • It is a good opportunity for professional networking and to develop interpersonal skills that may be beneficial for finding a job.
  • Internship in research organization will help them to expose to the current research work, laboratory rule and teamwork which will ignite the passion for research in the young minds.

 

Placement & Career Opportunities / Research Opportunities

A healthy environment is a prerequisite for survival and sustenance of life on earth. Therefore, experts having domain knowledge in different areas ranging from biodiversity conservation, wetland management to pollution control are required for the society. The students having a PG Degree in Environmental Science will have the plethora of opportunities of serving in several domains. Students can apply for Ph.D. fellowship in national and international research organizations after completion of M.Sc. they can pursue their career in academics. They can also join as research assistant/officer in various Government and private Laboratories. Besides, doctoral research, students find jobs in various companies. Career Development Cell (CDC) organizes several events for placement and campus interview.

Possible job profiles after M.Sc. in Environmental Science:

  • Environmental Analyst
  • Ecologist
  • Wildlife Conservation Biologist
  • GIS Analyst
  • Sustainability Analyst
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Consultant- Sustainability and Climate Change
  • EHS & Sustainability Consultant
  • Public Health Officer
  • Manager- Environment
  • Manager- Sustainability Reporting
  • Assistant Manager/Manager- Water and Waste Water Treatment
  • Teaching Faculty/Assistant
  • Environmental Content Writer
  • Environmental Law consultant
  • Environmental Expert in NGOs

 

List of some potential recruiters:

  • AECOM
  • Arcadis
  • Atkins
  • Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi
  • Central Pollution Control Board
  • Coal India Ltd.
  • ERM
  • GIST Advisory Pvt. Ltd.
  • Golder Associates
  • Hindustan Unilever Ltd.
  • Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
  • Jal Board
  • KPMG
  • MOEFCC
  • ONGC
  • Praj Industries
  • Rambol
  • Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd.
  • Reliance India Pvt. Ltd
  • Siemens
  • SUEZ Environmental Services
  • Tata Consulting Engineering Pvt. Ltd.
  • United Phosphorus Ltd
  • UEM India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Veolia Water India
  • World Resources Institute
  • WWF India

 

Eligibility:

Minimum 50% aggregate in 10+2 or equivalent examination and Minimum 50% aggregate in Undergraduate degree in Science Graduation with Chemistry as a subject

 

Duration (in Year): 2

B.Sc. (Hons.) Environmental Science

Introduction to the course

This is an undergraduate course in Environmental Science, offered by the School of Basic and Applied Sciences jointly with the School of Engineering and Technology. Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary domain in the truest sense possible, incorporating almost all known conventional subjects. Primarily it bridges a gap between the subjects of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering and environmental and ecological problems faced by us today.  The three-year undergraduate course is divided into six semesters. Candidates should have completed 10+2 or its equivalent exam in Science stream. It is tailor made course for those students who

  • have an intense desire to know about anything and everything around us, who is inquisitive, have an analytical mind, infused with creativity and scientific thought process.
  • want to get trained in a fashion so as to see the world with a different lens, where the air, water, soil is cleaner, a proper balance between economy and ecology is struck, where the humans form an integral part of the biosphere.
  • love the nature around us, the trees, the flowers, the orchids, the butterflies, the birds, wildlife, i.e. every other living being in the environment, and having an inherent urge for its conservation.
  • are willing to specialise in subjects such as pollution management, disaster management, wildlife conservation, ecological restoration, green city management, eco-tourism, environmental journalism, at higher levels (for example, in their PG level courses)
  • have the ability to think and make decisions in an integrated and holistic way.

 

How is B.Sc. (Hons.) Environmental Science Course Beneficial?

  • The UG course lays the foundation stones of how to deal with a multidisciplinary subject. How to have a grasp on each of the core subjects while not losing focus on the interdisciplinary theme.
  • The students will be eligible for admission to PG level courses with specialisation in domains suitable to their capacities and interests.
  • After successful completion of the course the candidates can find employment in organisations dealing with environmental problems.
  • The students can appear for various grad-level competitive become a private teacher in schools and after having passed the Master’s degree plus NET exam they can become a permanent lecturer in colleges/universities.
  • They can create awareness among the public about various environmental issues and their responsibility to keep the natural system in a condition that it sustains life.
  • The students will be able to apply quantitative reasoning and/or mathematical skills/statistical models to field and laboratory data to address environmental problems.
  • Use geospatial technologies (including global positioning systems, geographic information systems, and remote sensing) to address environmental problems.
  • Demonstrate and awareness of ecosystems in the context of coupled human-environmental interactions.
  • Competently implement an individual or group scientific project, which may include literature review, experimental design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting.

 

What are the learning outcomes?

  • Master core concepts of ecological and physical sciences and their applications vis a vis local and global environmental issues.
  • Master core concepts of economic, political, and social analysis as they pertain to the laying out of environmental policies and governance.
  • Appreciate the ethical, cultural, anthropological, and historical context of environmental issues and connection between human and nature.
  • Understand the holistic and trans-boundary character of environmental problems including plausible interactions across local to global scales.
  • Understand interactions between social and environmental processes.
  • Understand the network between citizens, consumers and environmental factors in an interconnected fashion.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in quantitative methods, qualitative analysis, critical thinking, and written and oral communication.
  • Master core concepts and methods from ecological and physical sciences and their application in environmental problem solving.
  • Experience of collection of field samples, visit and assess the status of terrestrial and aquatic sites, and industry visits.

 

Specializations: 

The discipline specific electives or specializations offered in this program are: 

  • Remote Sensing and GIS/Environmental Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • Solid Waste Management/Waste Water Engineering
  • Environmental Health and Toxicology/Hazards and Disaster Management
  • Estimating and Costing/Sewerage System and Management

 

Lab Infrastructure (if applicable): 

  • Chemistry Wet Laboratory
  • Chemistry Instrumentation Laboratory
  • Surveying Laboratory
  • Environmental Engineering Laboratory
  • Civil Engineering Laboratory

 

Internships/Project work 

Students will be encouraged and facilitated to take up compulsory summer internship either in relevant industry or reputed research organizations. Through internship, students can harness their skill, knowledge and theoretical practice that they learn in the classroom to get a first-hand experience of working in the real world. Internship and project work give student an extra edge in their career which subsequently enhance their job scope.

 

Placement & Career Opportunities / Research Opportunities

  • After obtaining graduation degree in Environmental Science students can apply for post-graduation studies offered by various universities in India and abroad.
  • Interdisciplinary nature of this subject offers a plethora of job opportunities to environmental science degree holders. They may find job in government and private organizations, such as, pollution monitoring organizations, water authority and urban planning, waste management, public health sectors, resources conservation, environmental consultancies, and in industries, such as, mining, power plant, textile and dying industry, food processing, fertilizer plants as manager with the help of career development cell (CDC) of our university.
  • The other career options include working as environmental journalist, content writer of environmental journal or working with NGOs.

 

Eligibility:

10+2 from any recognized board with any three of the following subjects:
Environmental Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Statistics, Agronomy, Computer Sc., Nutrition, Home Science, Economics, Agriculture, Geography, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy.

 

Duration (in Year): 3

M.Sc. (Chemistry)

Introduction to the Program:

M.Sc. in Chemistry is a two-year postgraduate programme designed to impart comprehensive knowledge and mastery in Chemistry with flexibility and choices. The two-year MSc programme in Chemistry gives a student the necessary skills for participating in research groups or for the independent leadership and management of complex work and development situations within the field. You can choose between these three specializations: Organic Synthesis, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry. The Master of Science in Chemistry embeds a student in one of our cutting-edge chemistry research groups with world-leaders in areas such as molecular analysis, drug discovery, materials science, sustainable energy and nanotechnology.

A Masters degree is also a gateway to all other types of post-graduate work, including a Doctoral degree in the field. Additionally, postgraduate students in chemistry often have access to equipment and facilities that are not available to those doing undergraduate work.

 

PROGRAMME SPECIFIC OUTCOME (PSO):

PSO 01: Postgraduate will encompass noteworthy opportunities in various service domains both at national and international level, and can work as scientist, analyst at testing facilities/labs, quality controller in production industries, academics, research laboratories etc.

PSO 02: To cultivate in –depth knowledge in Organic chemistry, Inorganic chemistry, Physical chemistry, Analytical chemistry, Spectroscopy, Pharmaceutical technique etc.

PSO 03: Students will acquire deep knowledge in the study of physical, chemical, electrochemical and magnetic properties, structure elucidation using various sophisticated techniques and their applications to study various organic and inorganic materials.

PSO 04: Students will imbibe research acumen and inculcate innovative thinking so as to become a good researcher/academician as well as will perk up analytical and logical capability so as to import the ability to solve new and complex problems.

PSO 05: Postgraduate students will be able to communicate effectively the scientific information and research results in written and oral formats, to both professional scientists and to the public.

 

GRADUATE ATTRIBUTE / PROGRAMME OUTCOME (PO):

GA 01 / PO 01Knowledge Integration: To apply contextual knowledge and modern tools of chemical research for solving problems

GA 02 / PO 02: Critical Thinking: To cultivate a firm foundation in the fundamentals and application of current chemical and scientific theories including those in Analytical, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistries.

GA 03 / PO 03: Chemistry Knowledge: To appreciate the importance of various elements present in the periodic table, coordination chemistry and structure of molecules, properties of compounds, structural determination of complexes using theories and instruments.

GA 04 / PO 04: Expertise in Basic Chemistry: Understands the background of organic reaction mechanisms, complex chemical structures, and instrumental method of chemical analysis, molecular rearrangements and separation techniques.

GA 05 / PO 05: Analytical Skills To be able to design and carry out scientific experiments as well as accurately record and analyze the results of such experiments.

GA 06 / PO 06: Professional Growth: Upon completion of a BS in Chemistry degree, students are able to understand theoretical concepts of instruments that are commonly used in most chemistry fields as well as interpret and use data generated in instrumental chemical analyses.

GA 07 / PO 07: Environment and Sustainability: Find out the green route for chemical reaction for sustainable development.

GA 08 / PO 08: Modern Tools Usage: Use modern chemical tools, Models, Chem-draw, Charts and Equipments.

GA 09 / PO 09: Ethics: Understand the ethical, historic, philosophical, and environmental dimensions of problems and issues facing chemists.

 

Programme Eligibility:

Minimum 50% aggregate in 10+2 or equivalent examination and Minimum 50% aggregate in Undergraduate degree in respective subject from any recognized University in India or abroad

 

Duration (in Years): 2

 

**** Total credit of the programme M.Sc. Chemistry: 23 (1st Sem) + 23 (2nd Sem) + 22 (3rd Sem) + 23 (4th Sem) = 91

 

Major Elective Courses:

For third and fourth Semester: (Any one out of three choices)

  1. Physical Chemistry
  2. Inorganic Chemistry
  3. Organic Chemistry

 N.B. Offer of a particular elective paper is subject to the availability of the expertise as well as required resources at the point of time of teaching

 

1 N.B.: Students are highly encouraged to enroll their names for the suitable courses offered having minimum credit point 2 by UGCMOOCs. A Vertical of SWAYAM courses as one of the skill enhancements courses. The number/grade obtained by the students following the completion of this type of courses will carry equivalent weightage/ credit for the fulfilment of their courses. The name of the courses opted by the students will be reflected in the mark sheet as reported by Head of the Department or Programme In-Charge (empowered by the Dean, SOS) to the examination section of the university.

B.Sc. (Hons) Chemistry

Introduction to the Program:

The program is open to students with 10+2 passed in Science with Chemistry as compulsory paper. A B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry not only provides a rigorous study of the science itself but endows the student with valuable transferable skills. This is essential for the professional development of the individual and readiness for a variety of employment. A strong laboratory component allows the students to explore a range of experiments from classic ones to those that are more recent and advanced. A platter of advanced discipline specific elective offers a glimpse into frontier areas of research and allow students to choose a field of specialization for higher study and socially as well as globally relevant foundation courses will help them to become more competent and confident in their professional career.

 

Program Educational Objective:

PSO 01: To cultivate a firm foundation in the fundamentals and application of current chemical and scientific theories including those in Analytical, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistries.

PSO 02: To appreciate the importance of various elements present in the periodic table, coordination chemistry and structure of molecules, properties of compounds, structural determination of complexes using theories and instruments.

PSO 03: To be able to design and carry out scientific experiments as well as accurately record and analyze the results of such experiments.

PSO 04: To employ critical thinking and the scientific knowledge to design, carry out, record and analyse the results of chemical reactions.

PSO 05: To create an awareness of the impact of chemistry on the environment, society, and development outside the scientific community

 

Program Outcome:

GA 01 / PO 01Knowledge Integration: To apply contextual knowledge and modern tools of chemical research for solving problems

GA 02 / PO 02: Critical Thinking: To cultivate a firm foundation in the fundamentals and application of current chemical and scientific theories including those in Analytical, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistries.
GA 03 / PO 03: Chemistry Knowledge: To appreciate the importance of various elements present in the periodic table, coordination chemistry and structure of molecules, properties of compounds, structural determination of complexes using theories and instruments.
GA 04 / PO 04: Expertise in Basic Chemistry: Understands the background of organic reaction mechanisms, complex chemical structures, and instrumental method of chemical analysis, molecular rearrangements and separation techniques.
GA 05 / PO 05: Analytical Skills To be able to design and carry out scientific experiments as well as accurately record and analyze the results of such experiments.
GA 06 / PO 06: Professional Growth: Upon completion of a BS in Chemistry degree, students are able to understand theoretical concepts of instruments that are commonly used in most chemistry fields as well as interpret and use data generated in instrumental chemical analyses.
GA 07 / PO 07: Environment and Sustainability: Find out the green route for chemical reaction for sustainable development.
GA 08 / PO 08: Modern Tools Usage: Use modern chemical tools, Models, Chem-draw, Charts and Equipments.
GA 09 / PO 09: Ethics: Understand the ethical, historic, philosophical, and environmental dimensions of problems and issues facing chemists.

 

Programme Eligibility:

Minimum 50% aggregate in10th or equivalent examination and minimum 50% aggregate in 10 +2 or equivalent from any recognized board with respective subjects.

 

Duration (in Year): 3

 

SKILL ENHANCEMENT COURSES (SEC)

SEC-A For Semester 3 [Any one]

SEC 1 –Green Methods in Chemistry

SEC 2 – Intellectual Property Rights

SEC 3- Chemistry of Cosmetics & Perfumes

SEC 4 – Any UGC MOOC Courses

 

SEC-B For Semester 4 [Any one]

SEC 5 – Pharmaceuticals Chemistry

SEC 6 – Fuel Chemistry

SEC 7- Chemoinformatics

SEC 8 – Any UGC MOOC Courses

Discipline Specific Courses (DSE)

 For Semester 5

Any One from the following

DSE-1: Advanced Spectroscopy and its application and Corresponding Lab Course

DSE-1: Inorganic Material for Industrial Importance and Corresponding Lab Course

 

For Semester 6

Any one from the following

DSE-II: Chemistry of Nanomaterials and Corresponding Lab Course

DSE-II: Green Chemistry and Corresponding Lab Course

Any one from the following

DSE-III: Environmental Chemistry and Corresponding Lab Course

DSE-III: Polymer Chemistry and Corresponding Lab Course

DSE-III: Molecular Modelling and Drug Desiging and Corresponding Lab Course

Generic Elective Courses (GE)

GE For Semester 1&2 [Any one]

GE 1 – Mathematics

GE 2 – Zoology

 

GE For Semester 3&4 [Any one]

GE 3 – Physics

GE 4 – Computer Science

 

**** Total credit of the programme B.Sc. Chemistry (Hons.): 22(1stSem)+ 23 ( 2ndSem) + 29 (3rdSem) + 30 (4thSem) +26 (5thSem) +26 (6thSem) = 156

1 N.B.: Students are highly encouraged to enroll their names for the suitable courses offered having minimum credit point 2 by UGCMOOCs. A Vertical of SWAYAM courses as one of the skill enhancements courses. The number/grade obtained by the students following the completion of this type of courses will carry equivalent weightage/ credit for the fulfilment of their courses. The name of the courses opted by the students will be reflected in the mark sheet as reported by Head of the Department or Programme in Charge (empowered by the Dean, SOBAS) to the examination section of the University.

 

** N.B. Offer of a particular elective paper is subject to the availability of the expertise as well as required resources at the point of time of teaching

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