Department of Environmental Sciences

 

Department of Environmental Sciences


The department of Environmental Sciences (ENS) has been founded in the academic year 1400-1401H (1980-1981G) as one of four main departments of the Faculty of Meteorology and Environmental Studies. The department is considered an outstanding scientific and unique achievement for King Abdulaziz University, and is a distinguished one among those in other universities of the Kingdom and Arab countries, as until several years ago it was the only one in the region. The department is interested in all hazards of environmental pollution; both on the national and international levels, searching into how to face these hazards by modern scientific and technological means; with the aim of preserving natural resources and graduating citizens specialized in these pollution fields, capable of tackling such hazards. The department includes the following specialties: air pollution, water pollution, food contamination, environmental toxicology, occupational hygiene and safety, wastes management, environmental health, and noise pollution.

 

Mission


Preparing and qualifying specialized and proficient cadres in the field of environmental sciences to meet the community needs and development plans.

 

Objectives


Graduates will be prepared to:

1. Apply their integrated high-quality knowledge in the various domains of environmental sciences.

2. Invest their capabilities in analysis and assessment of the environmental problems and finding of appropriate solutions.

3. Demonstrate the research capabilities through their participation in the ongoing scientific research and attendance of relevant symposia and conferences.

4. Exercise teamwork in the field of environmental sciences through interactive education.

5. Use communication skills in the field of environmental sciences.

6. Consider Islamic ethics and adhere to legislation when dealing with environmental issues.

7. Participate in promoting environmental awareness among people.

 

Degrees offered by the department


  • BSc in the field of environmental sciences, after completion of 128 credit hours, including the requisites of the University, Faculty and Department.
  • MSc  in the field of environmental sciences, after completion of 35 credit hours of the MSc program of which 8 credit hours for a research thesis to be reviewed by a scientific committee.
  • PhD  in the field of  environmental sciences, after completion of 42 credit hours of the PhD program of which 12 credit hours for a research thesis to be reviewed by a scientific committee.