Welcome to Environmental Science at Keele
Here you can find up-to-date information about your environmental science course at Keele, and the pre-arrival process for new environmental science students will be available here a few weeks before the start of the 2020 semester.
Welcome to Environmental Science at Keele University. I hope you are looking forward to starting your degree at Keele in September. Many of our students tell us how much they have enjoyed the course and the opportunities it brings, and I am sure you will gain a fulfilling university experience too. The programme provides biology, ecology, environmental chemistry, geology & geography knowledge and skills to tackle environmental issues, from local to global scale, using scientific methods. Teaching will consist of a combination of fieldwork, practical classes, tutorials and lectures. You will gain a range of sought after employment skills such as field skills, data handling, critical thinking along with subject-specific skills.
The following Welcome Web pages for Environmental Science students aim to help you prepare to come to Keele. To give you a good introduction to the variety of cutting edge research being carried out by Environmental Scientists I would recommend looking at the ‘Planet Earth’ publication of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
I look forward to welcoming you to Keele and to our Environmental Science degree programmes at the end of September.
If you have any queries about our programmes in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact me, Dr Adam Moolna.
Dr Adam Moolna - Programme Director for Environmental Science
Although we do not expect you to have been doing preparatory reading for the degree programme, if you are keen to get started and do some background reading I would recommend the following books, which will prove useful throughout your course:
- Cresser, M.S., Batty, L., Boxall, A. and Adams, C. (2013). Introduction to Environmental Science: Earth and Man. Pearson.
- Porteous, A. (2000) Dictionary of Environmental Science and Technology (3rd edition). Wiley
- Kneale, P. (2011) Study Skills for Geography, Earth and Environmental Science Students. Hodder Education.
These books, along with a large number of other relevant texts, are available in the library at Keele. You will be directed to further reading throughout the course when you arrive at Keele.
Other things to bring with you include:
- A diary (academic year), or access to an electronic diary (e.g., Google Calender)
- A scientific calculator (calculators approved by the University for use in exams include: Aurora SC582 series, Casio FX-83 series, Casio FX-85 series, Casio FX-350 series, Sharp EL-531 series and the Texas Instruments TI30 series)
- A good stock of stationary
Week 1 is ‘Welcome Week’ during which you will complete your official registration and enrolment with the University, alongside introductory sessions relating to Environmental Science (and also your other combined honours subject if you are taking our Combined Honours programme). During these sessions you will receive important information about your degree programme so it is important that you attend all timetabled sessions.
During Welcome Week there are four important sessions relating to your Environmental Science course that you are required to attend.
The timetable for 'Welcome Week' will be published here shortly. Please keep checking for information to be updated.
Fieldwork is an essential part of your Environmental Science degree, and throughout your course you will learn many essential field skills for the environmental scientist from ecological identification to water sampling and geochemical analysis. You will work in a wide range of locations from coastal habitats, areas of forestry, to areas of contaminated land and past mining activities to pristine mountain environments.
Fieldwork dates will be updated shortly for students starting their course in Sepetmebr 2020
If you have any queries or concerns about coming to Keele or starting your Environmental Science degree, please feel free to contact the Environmental Science Programme Director, Dr Adam Moolna.
The University also offers new students the opportunity of having a Keele Mentor. Keele Mentors are current undergraduate students whose aim it is to welcome and help settle new students into the University. Having a Keele Mentor is a fantastic way to aid your transition into Keele and is a great way of finding out more about studying at Keele from someone who has experienced this themselves.
Additional information which you may find helpful:
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