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.
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.
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 the subsequent programme page for these courses
Each pathway focuses on hands-on skills, work experience and competencies that employers are seeking so that graduates are
career-ready on their first day at work. Many of our programmes also provide professional accreditations and progression routes into professional careers.
The course particularly encourages critical thinking skills in students and this aspect of the education ensures ongoing professional career and lifelong
learning development. The skills learned will equip graduates for a diverse range of key environmental, health and safety, medical, biotechnology or pharmaceutical roles in industry, local authorities, public sector agencies, or in research and development.
Students enjoy excellent hands-on laboratory experiments in our new purpose-built science building to help put the theory into practice.
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 for CAO courses at IT Sligo are available for download below:
- Download Entry requirements for just Level 8 programmes
- Download Entry requirements for all programmes
A science subject at leaving certificate is not a requirement. Students cover all key science disciplines from the start.
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.
Following the completion of First-Year, students progress onto one of the following programmes:
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
|Mathematics for Science 1||05|
|Information Technology 1||05|
|Learning to Learn||05|
|Mathematics for Science 2||05|
|Information Technology 2||05|
|Introduction to Environmental Science [E]||05|
|INTRODUCTION TO DRUG DISCOVERY AND DEVELOPMENT [E]||05|
|INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL BIOTECHNOLOGY [E]||05|
|Aquatic Ecology: Theory and Lab||05|
|Environmental Quality Systems||05|
|Environmental Instrumental Analysis||05|
|Environmental Microbiological Monitoring||05|
|Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||05|
|Soils and the Environment||05|
|Air Quality Theory & Practical||05|
|Applied and Environmental Microbiology||05|
|Sectoral Environmental Issues||05|
|Water and Wastewater Treatment Theory||05|
|Wastewater Enquiry Based Learning||05|
|Occupational Safety and Health||05|
|Law & Environmental Legislation||05|
|Environmental Legislation and Policy||05|
|Advanced Geographic Information Systems||05|
|EMS, EIA and Planning||05|
|Environmental Science Research Project Part 1||05|
|Environmental Biotechnology Bioremediation CompostingAnaerobic Digestion||05|
[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.