Curriculum

Our courses are taught by active researchers and subject specialists who inform government and industry, alongside guest speakers from the environment sector. Also our courses have been scrutinized by advisory panels of leading professionals and institutions to ensure they are relevant and meet the needs of employers. 

Degree Programs offered by the department of Natural Resources

  1. Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
  2. Bachelor of Science Honours in Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management

Students following Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management general degree program can complete within 3 year time.

Courses offered in the Semester I of the First Year

Course Code       Course Title No of Credits Compulsory or Elective
ESNRM 1201 Introduction to Natural Resources 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 1202 Biology I: Fundamentals of Cellular and Organismic Biology 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 11203 Biology II: Fundamentals of Evolution, Systematics and Diversity of Life 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 1204 General Chemistry 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 11205 Fundamental of Organic Chemistry 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 11106 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory I 1 Compulsory 
ESNRM 11207 Computer Fundamentals 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 1108 Computer Practical 1 Compulsory 
ESNRM 1209 Mathematics for Biological Sciences 2 Compulsory 
CPE 1101 Professional English I Compulsory 
Total 16

 

Courses offered in the Semester II of the First Year

Course Code Course Title No of Credits Compulsory or Elective
ESNRM 12201  Introduction to Environmental Sciences 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 12202 Earth Processes  2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 12203  Introduction to Hydrology 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 12204 Concepts of Ecology 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 12205 Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry  2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 12206  Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry 1 Compulsory 
ESNRM 12107 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory II 1 Compulsory 
ESNRM 12208  Graphics and Web Design  2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 12209 Fundamentals of Statistics 2 Compulsory 
CPE 1201 Professional English II Compulsory 
Total 17

 

Courses offered in the Semester I of the Second Year

Course Code Course Title No of Credits Compulsory or Elective
ESNRM 21201 Limnology 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 21202  Microbiology for Natural Resource Studies 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 21203   Biotechnology and Biosafety 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 21204 Mineralogy and Petrology  2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 21205 Biodiversity 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 21206  Basic Physics for Natural Resource studies 1 Compulsory 
ESNRM 21207  Introduction to Soil Science  1 Compulsory 
ESNRM 21208 Management Process   2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 21209 Advanced Statistics I  2 Compulsory 
CPE 2101  Professional English III Compulsory 
Total 18

 

Courses offered in the Semester II of the Second Year

Course Code       Course Title No of Credits Compulsory or Elective
ESNRM 22101 Management of Information Systems 1 Compulsory 
ESNRM 22102  Environmental Toxicology 1 Compulsory 
ESNRM 22203  Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems  2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 22104 Practical in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems   1 Compulsory 
ESNRM 22205  Introduction to Economics 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 22106  Geomorphology and Geology of Sri Lanka 1 Compulsory 
ESNRM 22207    Soil Degradation and Management 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 22108  Earth Science Practical  1 Compulsory 
ESNRM 22209  Advanced Statistics II 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 22210 Anaatural Resources 2 Compulsory 
CPE 2201  Professional English IV  Compulsory 
Total 15

 

Courses offered in the Semester I of the Third Year

Course Code Course Title No of Credits Compulsory or Elective
ESNRM 31201 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 31102  Legal Framework for Environmental Management 1 Compulsory 
ESNRM 31203   Statistical Application in Natural Resource Studies 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 31204  Industrial Chemistry and Technology  2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 31105  Industrial Minerals  1 Compulsory 
ESNRM 31106 Practical in Hydrology and Soil Science 1 Compulsory 
ESNRM 31107   Field Techniques in Earth Science 1 Compulsory 
ESNRM 31208  Waste Management 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 31209  Field Techniques in Ecology and Biodiversity 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 31111 Basic Methods of Surveying Sciences 1 Compulsory 
ESNRM 31112 Practical in Surveying 1 Compulsory
English
Total (for Special Degree) 16
Students, who exit at the end of the 3rd year (after completing a 3 year general degree), should complete the course unit ESNRM 31210 within the semester I.
ESNRM 31210 Research Methodology and Scientific Communication  2 Compulsory
 Total (for General Degree) 18

 

Courses offered in the Semester II of the Third Year (for General Degree only)

Student should select optional course units covering 06 credits from the 09 course units available (from ESNRM 32201 - ESNRM 32209).

Course Code         Course Title No of Credits Compulsory or Elective
ESNRM 32201 Cleaner Production and Green Productivity 2 Elective
ESNRM 32202  Energy Resource Management 2 Elective
ESNRM 32203  Aquatic Resource Management 2 Elective
ESNRM 32204 Coastal and Marine Resource Management 2 Elective
ESNRM 32205  Biogeography  2 Elective
ESNRM 32206 Tools for Environmental Management 2 Elective
ESNRM 32207    Study and Management of Natural Hazards 2 Elective
ESNRM 32208  Biodiversity Conservation and Management 2 Elective
ESNRM 32209 Human Resource Management 2 Elective
ESNRM 32410 B.Sc. Thesis in Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management 4 Compulsory
English Compulsory
Total 10

 

Courses offered in the Semester II of the Third Year (for Special Degree only)

Course Code Course Title No of Credits Compulsory or Elective
ESNRM 32201 Cleaner Production and Green Productivity 2 Compulsory
ESNRM 32202  Energy Resource Management 2 Compulsory
ESNRM 32203  Aquatic Resource Management 2 Compulsory
ESNRM 32204 Coastal and Marine Resource Management 2 Compulsory
ESNRM 32105  Introduction to Biogeography  1 Compulsory
ESNRM 32206 Tools for Environmental Management 2 Compulsory
ESNRM 32207   Study and Management of Natural Hazards 2 Compulsory
ESNRM 32208  Biodiversity Conservation and Management 2 Compulsory
ESNRM 32209 Human Resource Management 2 Compulsory
ESNRM 32110 Community Outreach Program /Mini Project 1 Compulsory
English Compulsory
Total 18

 

Courses offered in the Semester I of the Fourth Year (for Special Degree only)

Course Code                  Course Title No of Credits Compulsory or Elective
ESNRM 41201  Research Methodology and Scientific Communication 2 Compulsory
ESNRM 41102 Environmental Quality Management 1 Compulsory
ESNRM 41303 Forestry 3 Compulsory
ESNRM 41204 Environmental Governance 2 Compulsory
ESNRM 41105 Undergraduate Seminar Module in Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management  1 Compulsory
ESNRM 41206 Environmental Geochemistry 2 Compulsory
Students are given an option to select course units equivalent to 6 credit points from the following elective course units. 
ESNRM 41207 Lichenology  2 Elective
ESNRM 41208  Mineral Exploration 2 Elective
ESNRM 41209  Gemmology  2 Elective
ESNRM 41210 Ground Water Exploration 2 Elective
ESNRM 41211 Applied Hydrology  2 Elective
ESNRM 41212  Climatology and Meteorology 2 Elective
ESNRM 41213 Protected Area Management 2 Elective
ESNRM 41214 Eco Tourism  2 Elective
ESNRM 41215 Oil Exploration 2 Elective
ESNRM 41216 Biogeography and Conservation Planning 2 Elective
ESNRM 41217 Forestry for Rural Development  2 Elective
ESNRM 41218 Environment and Society 2 Elective
Total 17

 

Courses offered in the Semester II of the Fourth Year (for Special Degree only)

ESNRM 42801       B.Sc. Thesis in Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management and Presentation 8           Compulsory

 

The minimum numbers of credits required

(for General Degree only)      
  Semester I Semester II Total         
Year I 16 17 33
Year II 18 15 33
Year III 18 10 28
Total 94
 
(for Special Degree only)
  Semester I Semester II Total
Year I 16 17 33
Year II 18 15 33
Year III 16 18 34
Year IV 17 08 25
Total 125