BSc (Hons) in Science

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 years one and two prior to selecting a specialised honour’s degree to study in years three and four. The programme allows students to study for a degree in science without selecting a final honour’s degree from year one 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 two years 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 as well as elective choices.

The second year of the degree focuses on developing your knowledge, skills and competence in core areas of analytical science, biochemistry and microbiology, whilst allowing the flexibility to specialise in elective choices. In year two the core science modules include Microbiology, Biochemistry, Analytical Techniques, Mathematics and Science Communications, and elective choices in Pharmaceutical Science, Environmental Science, Biomedical Science, Chemistry and Occupational Health and Safety. Students may select from a number of Honour’s Degree paths within the School of Science to study in years three and four. The final Honour’s Degree paths that students may select from are:

Forensic

BSc Honours Medical Biotechnology

BSc Honours Environmental Science

BSc Honours Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development

BSc Honours Occupational Safety and Health

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. Graduates will be well equipped to progress onto research degrees at MSc and PhD level cognate to their honour’s degree. Their skills profile will equip graduates for key roles in industry, and research and development. 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 will become part of this “ Knowledge Based Economy” driving competiveness and excellence in a revitalised Irish economy.

DepartmentCodeAward
Life Sciences SG444 Honours Degree Abinitio
2016 POINTS
300
NFQ LEVEL
8
DURATION (YRS)
4

Entry Requirements

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 in a wide range of industries related to their final honour’s degree including Pharmaceuticals, Biopharmaceuticals, Medical Device, Medical Diagnostic, Food and Beverage, Environmental Sciences, Biotechnology, and Occupational Health and Safety sectors. These industries have a key employment profile in the Western and North Western regions as well as nationally and internationally. Graduates will also be suitable for employment in government and public agencies in a broad range of roles depending on their final honours degree designation. Graduates will also be able to pursue careers in research and development, and cognate postgraduate research degree programmes.

What subjects will I study?

Semester 1

Biology 1 5
Chemistry 1 5
Physics 1 5
Mathematics 1 5
Information technology 1 5
Introduction to 3rd Level- Learning to Learn 5

Semester 2

Biology 2 5
Chemistry 2 5
Physics 2 5
Mathematics 2 5
Information Technology 2 5
Introduction to Environmental Science [E] 5
Introduction to Drug Discovery and Development [E] 5
Introduction to Medical Biotechnology [E] 5

Semester 3

Biochemistry 1 10
Microbiology 5
Analytical Techniques 5
Human Body and Toxicology [E] 5
Environmental Health and Safety [E] 5
Physical Chemistry [E] 5
Organic Chemistry [E] 10

Semester 4

Mathematics for Scientists 3 5
Communications for Scientists 5
Microbiology 5
Applied Pharmaceutical Science [E] 15
Molecular Biology [E] 10
Medical Immunology [E] 5
Environmental Pollution Sources and Water Quality [E] 5
Environmental Instrumental Analysis [E] 5
Behavioural Safety and Ergonomics [E] 5

Semester 5

Please look at semester 5 of one of the degree choices below:
BSc Honours Medical Biotechnology
BSc Honours Environmental Science
BSc Honours Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development
BSc Honours Occupational Safety and Health

Semester 6

Please look at semester 6 of one of the degree choices below:
BSc Honours Medical Biotechnology
BSc Honours Environmental Science
BSc Honours Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development
BSc Honours Occupational Safety and Health

Semester 7

Please look at semester 7 of one of the degree choices below:
BSc Honours Medical Biotechnology
BSc Honours Environmental Science
BSc Honours Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development
BSc Honours Occupational Safety and Health

Semester 8

Please look at semester 8 of one of the degree choices below:
BSc Honours Medical Biotechnology
BSc Honours Environmental Science
BSc Honours Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development
BSc Honours Occupational Safety and Health

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

Who do I contact?

Contact Number: 071-9318510
Email: admissions@itsligo.ie