Bachelor of Science (Hons.)

Bachelor of Science (Hons.)

BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAMMES (3 YEARS)

Drawing inspiration from the “Laudato Si” and Jesuit tradition of learning to care for the environment, Human Development, sustainable communities and societies, the Xavier University, in keeping with its vision and mission, seeks to promote values of greater justice and peace and thus create enlightened, innovative programs to put Sustainable Development at the centre of global development agenda. Establishing a School of Sustainability is a testimony and testament to our commitment to join this global movement. To spearhead this movement, we need committed and competent leaders. School of Sustainability has designed a unique program – B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and a Sustainable Development specialization to create better leaders for a sustainable world connecting people, planet, peace, prosperity, and profit.

The Environmental Science program is a foundational environmental degree, enabling students to learn the science behind the Earth’s fantastic complexity and environmental processes. This program prepares students to take a role in improving the future of our planet. A cascading effect of problems like environmental pollution, its effect on human health, ecological damage, and climate change calls for a multidisciplinary approach to address such challenges and achieve a better environment. With this background, B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences at Xavier University, Bhubaneswar offers a unique blend of natural sciences and social sciences.

“Education is the most powerful path to Sustainability. Economic and technological solutions, political regulations, or financial incentives are not enough. We need a fundamental change in the way we think and act.” (Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO 2009-2017). With this fundamental thought, the school also provides the students with a non-science background (i.e., +2 arts and commerce) an opportunity to get a B. Sc. Degree in Sustainable Development (B.Sc. EVS specialization S.D.).

The program tries to develop an overall understanding of Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Development by providing an opportunity for Summer Internship Projects (SIP), International Study Abroad Programme, and Personal Excellence for creating a Sustainable Future. It is designed to encourage and train aspiring students with cutting-edge innovative research and laboratory-based practicals. Ensuring that they are industry-ready for a rewarding professional career or master’s program in the areas like:

  • Sustainability management
  • Environmental Management,
  • Environmental Chemistry,
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Water and Watershed,
  • Wildlife Management,
  • Forestry Management,
  • Disaster Management,
  • Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems,
  • Sustainable Development.

Outline of Choice Based Credit System :

  1. Core Course: A candidate should compulsorily study a course as a core requirement is termed as a Core course.
  2. Elective Course: Generally a course which can be chosen from a pool of courses and which may be very specific or specialized or advanced or supportive to the discipline/subject of study or which provides an extended scope or which enables exposure to some other discipline/subject/domain or nurtures the candidate’s proficiency/skill is called an Elective Course. a) Discipline Specific Elective (DSE) Course: Elective courses may be offered by the main discipline/subject of study is referred to as Discipline Specific Elective. b) Generic Elective (G.E.) Course: An elective course chosen generally from an unrelated discipline/subject to seek exposure is called a Generic Elective.
    • P.S. : A core course offered in a discipline/subject may be treated as an elective by other disciplines/subject and vice versa. Such electives may also be referred to as Generic Elective.
  1. Ability Enhancement Courses (AEC): The Ability Enhancement (A.E.) Courses may be of two kinds: Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC) and Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC). “AECC” courses are the courses based upon the content that leads to Knowledge enhancement; i. Environmental Science and ii. English/MIL Communication. These are mandatory for all disciplines. SEC courses are value-based and/or skill-based and aim to provide hands-on training, competencies, skills, etc. a) Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC): Environmental Science, English Communication/MIL Communication. b) Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC): These courses may be chosen from a pool of courses designed to provide value-based and/or skill-based knowledge.

Details of Course Under B.Sc. In Sustainable Development (Hons.) / Environmental Science (Hons.)

Course Credits*
Theory + Practical Theory + Tutorial
I. Core Courses (14 Papers)
Core Course (C) – Theory (14 Papers) 14×4=56 14×5=70
Core Course (C) – Practical/Tutorial* 14×2=28 14×1=14
II. Elective Courses (8 Papers)
a1. Discipline Specific Electives (DSE) – Theory (4 Papers) 4×4=16 4×4=16
a1. Discipline Specific Electives (DSE) – Practical/Tutorial* – (4 Papers) 4×2=8 4×2=8
b1. Generic Electives/Interdisciplinary (GE) – Theory (4 Papers) 4×4=16 4×4=16
b1. Generic Electives/Interdisciplinary (GE) -Practical/Tutorial* (4 Papers) 4×2=8 4×2=8
III. Ability Enhancement Courses (4 Papers)
a. Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC) (2 Papers of 2 Credits each) Environment Science & English/MIL Communication) 2×2=4 2×2=4
b. Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC) (2 Papers of 4 Credits each) 4×2=8 4×2=8
Total 144 144

* wherever, practical is mentioned there will be no tutorial and vice-versa