Environmental and Earth Science at Lancaster University

Environmental and Earth Science

We are a community of world-class environmental researchers, high achieving students, government scientists and commercial enterprises working together to address today’s biggest environmental challenges.

For more information, please read our guide on how Pathways work.

Earth Science

The solid rocks that comprise Earth’s upper crust contain a record of change driven by processes originating from the core to the atmosphere over a period exceeding 2 billion years. This Pathway provides the basic skills needed to read this record and understand how Earth has evolved over both long and short periods of time. You will have the opportunity to take a number of field-based modules in both the UK and abroad.

*Please note: some field courses will incur additional costs

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Core modules Core modules Core modules
Biogeochemical Cycles Data Collection and Analysis Introduction to Geophysical Techniques
Earth's Interior Geoscience in Practice The Dynamic Earth
Geology Optional modules Optional modules
Hydrology: Water in the Environment Aquatic Biogeochemistry Dissertation
Natural Hazards Catchment Hydrology Dissertation with Work Placement
Optional modules *Field Course in the Lake District - Environmental Extended Essay

Subject to A level portfolio, you may be required to replace one of the above modules with one of the following:

Geological Mapping *Field Course in Devon - Hydrological Processes
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry Soil Science *Field Course - Volcanic Processes
Numerical Skills I   Geological Hazards
 Numerical Skills II   Hydrogeology
    Water Course Management

Ecology and Conservation

Interactions between organisms, the environment and humanity are often complex. You will receive a thorough grounding in ecological theory and how these biological principles relate to the conservation of wildlife and ecological habitats. The pathway also concerns the practice of ecology and has a strong fieldwork component designed to encourage you to develop your practical skills.

*Please note: some field courses will incur additional costs

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Core modules Core modules Core modules
Aquatic Ecology Populations to Ecosystems Coral Reef Ecology
Biodiversity and Conservation or Marine and Estuarine Biology Principles of Biodiversity Conservation Issues in Conservation Biology
Evolutionary Biology Optional modules Optional modules
Global Change Biology Data Collection and Analysis Animal Behaviour
Zoology Environmental Physiology Dissertation
Optional modules Evolution Dissertation with Work Placement
*Field Course in the Spanish-Doñana. (This may be taken in the place of any of the core modules above except Evolutionary Biology and Zoology) Field Biology Environmental Plant Biology
  Introduction to Eco-Innovation *Field Course in Kenya - Tropical Biology and Conservation
  Research Design and Delivery *Field Course in the Scottish Highlands
    Global Change Biology: Challenges and Solutions
    Host-Parasite Interactions
    Sustainable Agriculture

 

Environmental Science

This Pathway aims to train you in those areas of natural science (including chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, geology, physical geography) that are used to understand natural and anthropogenic processes on the surface of the Earth, rivers, lakes, oceans and the atmosphere, as well as Earth’s internal processes, against the backdrop of environmental change.

*Please note: some field courses will incur additional costs

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Core modules Core modules Optional modules
Atmosphere, Weather and Climate Data Collection and Analysis Climate and Society
Biogeochemical Cycles Optional modules Dissertation
Earth's Interior Aquatic Biogeochemistry Dissertation with Work Placement
Geology Atmospheric Science Extended Essay
Hydrology: Water in the Environment Catchment Hydrology *Field Course in Devon - Hydrological Processes
Optional modules Energy, Economy and the Environment Global Change and the Earth System
Subject to A level portfolio, you may be required to replace one of the above modules with one of the following: Environmental Data Visualisation and Analysis Hydrogeology
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry *Field Course in the Lake District - Environmental The Causes and Consequences of Environmental Radioactivity
Numerical Skills I Soil Science Water Resources Management
 Numerical Skills II    

To study on any particular Pathway you must meet the entry requirements of that subject. The information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. For more information, please read our guide on how Pathways work.