Environmental Science

Open University in Scotland


This interdisciplinary degree combines aspects of biology, ecology, geography, chemistry, technology and social science to help you understand the whole picture. This course will develop the scientific and technical knowledge and skills required to investigate ecosystems; to understand fundamental environmental patterns and processes; and to address local and global environmental issues. You’ll study the problems we face in understanding our natural environment and living sustainably.

Entry Requirements

Open entry, but if you are new to study or to the OU, we recommend that you start with a course at Level 1.

Computer and internet access required.

Progression Routes

Science graduates are well placed to enter a range of both scientific and non-scientific jobs. The study of the sciences develops good analytical and reasoning skills, and you will also have become proficient in using computers. Skills such as these are sought by a wide range of financial, business and public sector employers, so science graduates – particularly those who have good communication and interpersonal skills – are in demand. Two of the compulsory courses are residential/practical courses which allow you to develop the practical skills required for a job in the environmental science field.

Start Date

October, February




BSc Hons

Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length





Environment and Development

SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals