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Faculty of Science and Technology

Department of Biological & Chemical Sciences


Environmental Science Major


About the Programme

The Major in Environmental Science is designed for Science students who are interested in the environment as an area of application. It allows students to develop knowledge and skills that will allow them to contribute to regional and global issues such as ocean health, climate change, water quality, sustainable energy, and natural hazards.

What Will I Study?

If you want to:
  • Get outside the classroom to engage in cutting-edge field-based research
  • Understand how storms, climate, and other hazards affect people
  • Harness technology to help manage the environment sustainably
  • Understand the environmental issues associated to climate such as drought, atmospheric and ground pollution

Then this degree is for you!

Environmental Science Majors develop knowledge and skills that allow them to contribute to international and regional needs in areas such as:

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • Coastal Management
  • Environmental Law
  • Geology/Geologic Stability
  • Natural Hazards
  • Ocean/Marine Health
  • Pollution Assessment
  • Sustainable Development
  • Water Quality/Management

Facilities and Resources

Enhance your learning experience by fully utilising our experiential resources both on and off campus:
  • Bellairs Research Institute (near Holetown)
  • Andromeda Botanic Gardens
  • Barbados National Herbarium



Faculty in the Environmental Science Major conduct research in:
  • Climate: Dr. Gouirand research interest is focused on the dynamic processes related to Caribbean climate and the factors influencing the rainfall from seasonal to multi-decadal time scale.
  • Ocean and Environmental Health: Dr. Smith is an expert for the United Nations World Ocean Assessment and is involved in analyzing pollutants in turtle eggs, whale tissues, as well as fish, water, soil, air and human breast milk samples.
  • Geoscience: A multiple award-winning teacher-scholar, Dr. Allen retains expertise in geomorphology (“Science of Scenery”), geo/landscape archaeology, and promoting fieldwork opportunities locally and internationally for students, especially tied to rock/stone decay and geologic stability of rock art.
Read about our Faculty and Research Projects

Career Opportunities

With a major in Environmental Science, you can have a career in such fields as:
  • Climate Studies/Science
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Planning
  • Geoscience
  • Hazard Mitigation
  • Hazard Planning
  • Hydrology
  • Natural Resources
  • Oceanography
  • Park Ranger
  • Soil Science/Conservation
  • Sustainability
  • Water Resource/Quality Science

Why Study in Barbados

Come for a semester on Study Abroad or do a full degree in a scientific and technological learning environment.  Enjoy the beach, experience the culture and excel in your studies.

We welcome local, international and regional students.

Additional Information

Some of the courses require field trips on land or at sea.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Undergraduate
  • Qualification: BSc
  • Duration: Part time: Minimum 5 years, Full Time: 3-4years


Programme Details

Students are required to take:

  • Essentials of Oceanography
  • Introduction to the Earth-Life System
  • Earth’s Climate
And choose from the following to complete the 30-credit requirement:
  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Natural Hazards
  • Climate Variation and Change
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Chemistry of the Environment
  • Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
  • Caribbean Island Biodiversity
  • Essentials of Ecology
  • Caribbean Environmental Law
  • Case Study in Environmental Science
  • Research Project in Environmental Science

Applications are accepted from November to February. However, expressions of interest are accepted ALL year. Visit the Admissions website to view entry requirements and to apply Now.

We offer low tuition fees and several scholarships and financial aid are available. Choose a payment plan that fits your education budget.

Department of Biological & Chemical Sciences
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