Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Science

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required 338*
  • Course Code SG444
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 4

Course Summary


This programme is an undenominated science degree that gives students an exceptional level of flexibility. The programme builds a core foundation in key science disciplines in the first year of study. This is a good choice for students who know they want to study science but are unsure about their key area at the time of application. Students are given advice during the year to guide them, and also get to choose from elective science subjects in year one before selecting a specialised honours degree at the end of that year.

PRORAMME OVERVIEW

Students follow one of four designated honours degree pathways in Years Two, Three and Four. These pathways are in

  • Environmental Science with Ecology
  • Occupational Safety and Health,
  • Biomedical Science and Medical Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical science with Drug Development.

YEAR ONE 

The subjects studied in Year one include core Science modules in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Information Technology and Learning to Learn. Students also select from a range of elective modules relating to the future pathways listed above. 

YEAR TWO, THREE & FOUR 

In year 2, students select which pathway they would like to take. Please see subsequent programme page for these courses 

Environmental Science with Ecology

Occupational Safety and Health

Biomedical Science and Medical Biotechnology

Pharmaceutical science with Drug Development

EXTRA SKILLS 

The course particularly encourages critical thinking skills in students and this aspect of your education will ensure your ongoing professional career and lifelong learning development. Their skills profile will equip graduates for a diverse range of key environmental, health and safety, med biotech or pharma roles in industry, local authorities, public sector agencies, or in research and development.

Graduates will also be well equipped to progress onto research degrees at MSc and PhD level cognate to their honour’s degree. Numerous government reports have indicated that in order for the “Knowledge Economy” to develop in Ireland a critical requirement is the education of science graduates with key sectoral skills. By joining this degree you can make your own choices in Year 2 and find employment that suits you.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at IT Sligo are available for download below:

A science subject at leaving certificate is not a requirement.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are employable as scientists and occupational safety and health officers in a wide range of industries including the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device, medical diagnostic, food and beverage, construction and biotechnology sectors. These industries have a high profile in the Western and North Western regions.

Graduates will also be suitable for employment in government and public agencies as analysts and environmental scientists in a broad range of roles, including environmental protection.

Further Study

Following the completion of First-Year, students progress onto one of the following programmes:

Environmental Science with Ecology

Occupational Safety and Health

Biomedical Science and Medical Biotechnology

Pharmaceutical science with Drug Development

Upon completion of the level 8, graduates may apply for postgraduate study in taught Masters programmes as well as Doctoral research programmes. There are also a wide range of IT Sligo online programmes at Masters level to suit graduates in the workplace

Did you know?

IT Sligo has one of the largest Science schools in Ireland. 

Students enjoy the flexibility to choose their speciality after one year with a common entry course. It allows students to discover the many aspects of science in order to identify the best fit for them.

We offer an excellent learning environment in our recently refurbished science building with field trips, site visits and interactive modules.

We focus on hands-on skills, work experience and competencies that employers are seeking so that our graduates are career-ready on their first day at work.

Many of our programmes provide professional accreditations and progression routes into professional careers.

We also offer Higher Certificate in Science which offers a common first year - Higher Certificate in Science

Course Format

Semester 1

TitleCredits
CHEMISTRY 105
PHYSICS 105
BIOLOGY 105
Mathematics for Science 105
Information Technology 105
Learning to Learn05

Semester 2

TitleCredits
CHEMISTRY 205
PHYSICS 205
Mathematics for Science 205
Information Technology 205
BIOLOGY 205
Introduction to Environmental Science [E]05
INTRODUCTION TO DRUG DISCOVERY AND DEVELOPMENT [E]05
INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL BIOTECHNOLOGY [E]05

Semester 3

TitleCredits
Water Quality05
Microbiology05
Environmental nuisance 05
Climate Science05
Aquatic Ecology: Theory and Lab05
Environmental Quality Systems05

Semester 4

TitleCredits
Environmental Instrumental Analysis05
Terrestrial Ecology05
Environmental Engineering05
Environmental Microbiological Monitoring05
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems05
Soils and the Environment05

Semester 5

TitleCredits
Air Quality Theory & Practical05
Applied and Environmental Microbiology05
Waste Management05
Environmental Toxicology05
Sectoral Environmental Issues05
Biomolecular Technologies05
Ecological Monitoring05

Semester 6

TitleCredits
Water and Wastewater Treatment Theory05
Wastewater Enquiry Based Learning05
Occupational Safety and Health 05
Statistics05
Law & Environmental Legislation05

Semester 7

TitleCredits
Research Methods 05
Environmental Legislation and Policy05
Advanced Geographic Information Systems05
EMS, EIA and Planning05
Environmental Science Research Project Part 105
Work Placement05

Semester 8

TitleCredits
Project 210
Resource Management05
Environmental Biotechnology Bioremediation CompostingAnaerobic Digestion05
Ecological Management 05
Energy Management05

[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.