Department Chairperson: Dr Esther N Masvaya
Environmental problems, particularly within the realm of sustainability, are becoming more pervasive across the globe and thus demand remains high for environmental scientists. The department of Environmental Sciences and Technology has a vision to be amongst the leading institutions in Africa in environmental sciences by offering a BSc in Environmental Science and Sustainability. The program is unique in that it explores the environment, the technologies used for its analysis, how it is impacted by our activities from a scientific perspective and gives practical solutions to environmental and sustainability concerns to Africa and the world. Research work in the department covers a wide range of areas which broadly include but not limited to vulnerability and adaption to climate change, urban food security, environmental contaminants, toxicology, governance of natural resources, environmental assessment, land conservation, waste water reuse, land application of waste water, biodiversity, atmospheric modelling, climate variability and sustainable development.
The department through its staff and students, studies and teaches the interactions between physical, biological and human environments. With the integrated use of fieldwork, laboratory work and spatial information science, our research and teaching programs provide a firm base in all scientific aspects of the environment, alongside an understanding of environmental management.
Our primary mission is to educate students on the fundamentals of environmental science, while instilling a deep fascination and intellectual capacity to work in their chosen area of specialization. When our students graduate, we want them to be top-notch environmental stewards with a broad framework from which they can advance professionally, personally and socially.
Bachelor of Science Honours in Environmental Science and Sustainability
The Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Environmental Science and Sustainability aims to develop experts to advise senior management in industry, agriculture, government and the private sector on the importance of resource conservation approaches and on pollution prevention and mitigation matters. In order for the prevention of environmental damage to be effective, the emissions have to be identified and assessed and the associated mitigation measures evaluated and implemented. Due to the rising legal, ecological, and economic demands, the gap in the field of environmental sustainability and management has to be addressed through an integrated approach.
-Passes in any two of the following Advanced Level (GCE” A” Level) subjects: Geography, Environmental Science, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
Dr Esther N. Masvaya
Mr Lloyd Pisa
Dr Sinikiwe Dube