GMIT Prospectus 2021/22

Code: GA789 Level: 8 Code: GA777 Level: 7

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture and Environmental Management (Level 8) Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Environmental Management (Level 7)

Why study Agriculture and Environmental Management? This programme provides you with the range of specialised skills ideal for employment in the agriculture and environmental sectors. Strong emphasis is placed on sustainability in agriculture and the environment. The programme consists of modules in Agriculture, Environmental Management and Agri-business. There is an increasing demand for graduates with these skills sets. Graduates of the programme can expect to gain employment in a range of areas including farming, agri-foods, environmental management and consultancy, applied ecology and agri-business. This programme is highly practical, with a mixture of lectures, field work, laboratory practicals and Information Technology. What will I study?

What are my career opportunities? Employment in the area of farm planning and farm advisory services is rapidly growing. Graduates of the honours degree in Agriculture and Environmental Management meet the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine educational qualification requirements for FAS / GLAS advisors. More and more, employers are looking for graduates with a broad mix of skills and this programme has been designed so that it is a mix of Agriculture, Environmental Management and Agri-business. Furthermore, it is extremely ‘hands-on’, with considerable time allocated to the development of practical laboratory skills and Information Technology skills. Thus, the graduates have both the theoretical and practical skills employers are demanding. This qualification will enable graduates to gain employment in diverse roles within the Agriculture, Agri-business and Environmental Management areas. Graduates will be able to work in areas such as: Follow-on Studies GMIT honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry. Note: There is an industrial work placement in year two. This course is recognised by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for eligibility to register as farm advisors under the Farm Advisory System (FAS). Graduates of the honours degree may apply to the Teaching Council for assessment to teach Agricultural Science at secondary level. • Environmental Management • Applied Ecology • Agriculture • Agri-business • Agri-foods

Year 1: • Animal & Crop Production Science • Chemistry and Soil Science • Plant & Animal Science • Financial and Farm Accounting • Management Accounting • Learning and Innovation Skills Note : There is no need to have studied any particular science subject at Leaving Certificate level: the fundamentals of all science subjects are delivered in year one. Year 2: • Animal and Plant Science: Field and Lab • Soil & Analytical Science • Advanced Dairy Production or Advanced Dry Stock Production • Farm Management Safety & Law • Marketing • Data Handling, Maths and Stats • Work Placement • Statistics for Business • Computer Application • Macroeconomics

Year 3: • Food Science Technology & Quality Assurance • New Venture Creation • Market Research • Geographic Information Systems • Sustainable Agriculture • New Venture Planning • Agri-Marketing Management • Applied Ecology & Environmental Management • Operations Management Year 4: • Soil Science & Nutrient Management • Biodiversity & Conservation • Agri-business & Food Company Management • Advanced Geographic Information Systems • Environmental Legislation • Animal Nutrition & Breeding • Rural Resource Planning, Management and Agricultural Research • Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation • Research Project

Student experience

Brian Melia After completing my degree, I immediately began work as a Process Scientist with Glan Agua based in Loughrea, Co. Galway. Glan Agua are a water treatment company involved in the design, build and operation of water treatment plants throughout Ireland and the UK, whose clients include Irish Water and local authorities. I am currently working as a Project Engineer within the company. The skills I acquired in final year greatly helped me gain employment within the water industry especially my final year dissertation which looked at the impacts of motorway construction on aquatic biodiversity and water quality. The lecturers were extremely helpful, and the mix of theory and practical modules were very beneficial. The course also appealed to me as I am in partnership with my parents on the family farm. Both the Agriculture and Environmental sectors are rapidly expanding with excellent job prospects in both sectors and I would highly recommend this course as it provides the skill set required in today’s work environment.

Campus Galway and Mountbellew

School of Science & Computing

Places 50

Duration 3/4 years

Talk to us: Dr Lisa Ryan, Head of Department of Natural Sciences Tel: +353 91 742556 | E-mail: lisa.ryan@gmit.ie Talk to us: Dr Edna Curley, Head of Centre, Mountbellew Tel: +353 9096 79205 | E-mail: mac@gmit.ie

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