Department of Environment and Development Studies

We create leaders of Sustainable Development

 

BSS (Hons.) in Environment and Development Studies program 

Sustainable Development is a challenge of the moment. The youth are expected to lead the sustainable development movement. There is no alternative of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills in leading Sustainable Development. Understanding empirically the dynamics of three main ‘Pillars of Sustainable Development: Environment, Social, and Economic Development’ is crucial. The UIU offered BSS (Hons.) in Environment and Development Studies builds you as knowledgeable and skilled young leader to lead the reconstruction of a knowledge-based sustainable society. The graduates in Environment and Development Studies from UIU will have employment opportunities in the government organizations, banks and financial institutions, education and research institutions, non-government and private organizations, NGOs, INGOs, industries, electronic and print media, power sector organizations, and in various sectors in national and international domain.

In a speech in 2015, Mr. Bill Gates, co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation, predicted about an infectious virus and an impending epidemic, coinciding with the current global epidemic of corona virus infection. Few months ago, he predicted another catastrophic pandemic that is ‘Climate Change’. By 2060, climate change will be as deadly as Covid-19 and by 2100, it will be five times more frightening than the current one.

To win over the challenges the world facing today related to climate change and sustainable development, there is no substitute of having up-to-date knowledge of environment and development. UIU’s BSS in Environment and Development Studies promises to build leaders in national and international spheres in tackling climate change catastrophes, which is a barrier to sustainable development.

 

Special features of BSS (Hons.) in Environment and Development Studies program:

  • Interdisciplinary knowledge of environment and development
  • Develop knowledge and skills through active learning
  • Strong focus on practical study to enhance research skills
  • Scope of Residential Field Study/partial semester work
  • Well-equipped Lab and Library facilities
  • Opportunity to become academician, scientist or professional
  • Up to 100% Scholarship opportunity
  • Opportunity to participate in the National and International Conferences
  • Opportunity to take part in the various national and international seminars, workshops and trainings.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum qualification for admission in ‘BSS (Hons.) in Environment and Development Studies’:

Bangladeshi Students

  1. A minimum GPA of 2.5/2nd division/equivalent grade in SSC and HSC or equivalent public examinations. Students with GPA 2.00 in any examination either SSC or HSC, however, must have a minimum GPA of 6.00 totaling the GPA of both the examinations. The students, who are sons/daughters of freedom fighters, will be eligible for getting admission if they have a minimum GPA of 5.00 totaling the GPA of SSC and HSC Examinations.
  2. O-level students must have completed a minimum of 7 subjects, and A-level students must have completed 2 subjects. In both examinations, students must have Average Grade Point of 4.00 (‘B’ Grade) in four subjects and 3.50 (‘C’ Grade) in 3 subjects.
  3. Acceptable score in UIU Admission Test.
  4. Admission Test is not required for GPA 5.00 holders in HSC/equivalent level of exams.

 

International Students 

  1. Have successfully completed their higher secondary education (12 years of schooling)
  2. At least 50% marks or an equivalent grade of their own education system.
  3. O-level students must have completed a minimum of 7 subjects, and A-level students must have completed 2 subjects. In both examinations, students must have Average Grade Point of 4.00 (‘B’ Grade) in four subjects and 3.50 (‘C’ Grade) in 3 subjects. If the applicant’s previous medium of instruction is not English, TOEFL/IELTS scores are required.

 

Credit Requirements 

For the achievement of BSS degree in Environment and Development Studies, a student has to complete 123 credits, with 31 courses of 3 credits each, 6 courses of 4 credits and thesis/research monograph of 6 credits. Students must complete 06 compulsory (general) courses, 03 compulsory foundational courses, 17 Core Courses, 11 Elective Courses. A student has to choose either Individual Research/Practicum or Internship.

Structure of Syllabus of BSS (Hons.) in Environment and Development Studies program

Title

Number of Courses

Number of Credits

Compulsory (General) courses

6

18

Compulsory Foundation Courses

3

12

Core Courses

17

54

Elective Courses

11

33

Individual Research/ Practicum/Internship

1

6

Total

38

123

 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

 

Each student has to fulfill the following requirements for the completion of the EDS program.
(a) Completion of 123.0 credit hours
(b) Passing of all courses individually and maintaining a minimum CGPA 2.00

 

Costs of the Program

Particulars

Amount in BDT

Admission Fee

15,000

Student ID Card (refundable)

2,000

Trimester Fee (7,500 x 8 Semesters)

60,000

Tuition Fees (3,700 x 123 credits)

4,55,100

Total

5,30,100

 

 Courses for BSS (Hons.) in Environment and Development Studies

Compulsory General Courses: 18 Credits

Course Code

Course Title

Credit hours

ENG 101

Basic English

3

ENG 102

Spoken English

3

SOC 101

Environmental Sociology

3

CSE 101

Introduction to Computer

3

GEN 201

Bangladesh Studies

3

GEN 202

Ethics and Moral Education

3

 

Compulsory Foundation Courses: 12 Credits

 

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

EDS 101

Introduction to Environmental Studies

4

EDS 102

Introduction to Development Studies

4

EDS 103

Environment, Development and Sustainability

4

 

Core Courses (17 Courses): 54 Credits (3×14+3×4)

 

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

EDS110

Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Development

3

EDS104

Environmental Geography

3

EDS106

Population, Poverty and the Environment

3

EDS108

Environment: Science and Society

3

EDS210

Political Ecology

4

EDS205

Development Geography and Globalization

3

EDS211

Gender and Sustainable Development

3

EDS301

Research Methods I

3

EDS303

Development and Climate Change

3

STAT 101

Statistics

4

ECO101

Development Economics

4

EDS307

Urban Development and  Environmental Management

3

EDS309

Environmental Policy, Planning and Politics

3

EDS401

Research Methods II

3

EDS403

Techniques of Environmental Valuation

3

EDS406

Development and Environmental Management

3

EDS408

Groundwater Assessment, Development and Management

3

Elective Courses (Choose any 11 courses): 33 Credits

 

Course Code

Course Title

Credit hours

EDS105

Social Inequality

3

EDS107

Environmental Organizations

3

EDS109

Environment, Conflict and Security

3

EDS112

Culture; Religion and Environment

3

EDS111

Environmental Law

3

EDS201

Environmental Biology, Ecology and Conservation

3

EDS202

People’s Participation in Environmental Management

3

EDS203

Management and Natural Resources

3

EDS204

Environmental Ethics

3

EDS207

Geography of Development

3

EDS208

Human Dimensions of Climate Change

3

EDS209

Trade, Technology Transfer and Environment

3

EDS302

Environment and Sustainable Development

3

EDS305

Sustainable Rural Community Development

3

EDS306

Sustainable Agriculture

3

EDS311

Environment Control

3

EDS304

Environment and Health

3

EDS402

Environmental and Natural Resources Economics

3

EDS405

Environmental Issues in Bangladesh

3

EDS407

Environment, Development and Livelihoods

3

EDS409

Waste Management and Waste Treatment

3

 

Individual Research/Field Work/Practicum/Internship (Required: Choose either one)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

EDS 413

Research Project/Monograph

6

EDS 414

Practicum/Internship

6

Note: All undergraduates of the BSS in Environment and Development Studies (EDS) program will be required to undergo viva-voce examination for Research Project /Monograph or Practicum/Internship. The defense of Research Project or Practicum/Internship is worth 30% of the total marks.

 

Hamidul Huq, PhD, WUR

Professor and Dean,

School of Humanities and Social Sciences,

United International University (UIU),

United City, Madani Avenue, Badda, Dhaka 1212.

01819259969, Email: hamidulhuq@idss.uiu.ac.bd

www.uiu.ac.bd

21 December 2020

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