Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Science

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

Course Summary


The Bachelor of Science Honour’s degree programme is an undenominated Science Degree of four Years duration. This degree allows you to complete a variety of science subjects in Year one prior to selecting a specialised honour’s degree to study from Years two to four. So if you are know you want to do a Level 8 science degree, but you cannot make up your mind now, then this is a good choice for you! The programme allows students to study for a degree in science without selecting a final honour’s degree until Year 2 and is thus an excellent option for students who wish to retain flexibility of choice.

The undenominated Science Honour’s Degree builds a core foundation in key science disciplines in the first Year of study. The course emphasises practical laboratory experience for students and is delivered in the new MacMunn Science building at IT Sligo.

The subjects studied in Year one include core Science modules in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Information Technology and Learning to Learn. Students also select elective subjects based on Honour’s Degree paths within the School of Science. The Honour’s Degree courses that students may select at Year 2 are:

BSc Honours Environmental Science with Ecology

BSc Honours Occupational Safety and Health

BSc Honours Medical Biotechnology

BSc Honours Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development

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 minimum of 4 Grade D’s at ordinary level and 2 grade C3 at Higher level. Leaving certificate subjects must include Mathematics, and English or Irish. 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 completion of First Year students progress onto one of the following programmes: Environmental Science with Ecology,Occupational safety and health, Pharmaceutical Science or Medical Biotechnology. The Honour’s Degree courses that students may select at Year 2 are: BSc Honours Environmental Science with Ecology, BSc Honours Occupational Safety and Health;BSc Honours Medical Biotechnology; BSc Honours Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development. Here is the course schedule for Years 2-4 for Environmental Science with Ecology. For the other courses,  please check the relevant IT Sligo webpage.

Students can continue through to Year 4 and obtain an Honours Degree in their selected programme.

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.