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Natural Resources

Department of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources, established in 1996, offers Bachelors and Honours degrees in Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management. Our degree programs are designed to cater to the current needs in the fields of Environmental Management, Earth Resources Management and Biodiversity Conservation and Management. It covers all the aspects of Natural Resource Management and Advocacy in general, and hence intends to produce an all-round graduate who could handle from field level to policy level assignments in all the aspects of environment. The Department is comprised of eminent scientists in each of the fields mentioned above to cater to the students with their expertise. We offer an inclusive and dynamic curriculum that makes our graduates well qualified for numerous job opportunities in cooperate sector, industry, government, as well as the academia. The programme provides a state-of-art teaching and learning environment with continuous assessments, laboratory and field practical sessions as well as excursions, research opportunities and industrial training. Further, our students regularly get opportunities to interact with many experts in specialized fields, in addition to the friendly and dedicated academics of the Department.


Our Intent and Outcome

We vision to be a center of excellence in producing professionals in our field who possess multidisciplinary knowledge, skills and attitudes, and contribute for the national and global needs through researching, managing and sustainable use of natural resources and lay the foundation for a lifetime of continuous learning, personal and societal development.

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 three years of time.

Courses offered in the Semester I of the First Year

Course Code       Course Title No of Credits Compulsory or Elective
ESNRM 11201 Introduction to Natural Resources 2 Compulsory 
ESNRM 11202 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 11204 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 11108 Computer Practical 1 Compulsory 
ESNRM 11209 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)

Students 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

Facilities

Our department has exceptional facilities for learning and research.

We have laboratories and field stations under the disciplines of Earth Science, Soil Science and Biology and Environmental Science which are fully equipped for practical exercises in relevant fields.

Earth Science Laboratory

The Earth Science laboratory is equipped with the maps, aerial photographs, models, specimens of minerals and rocks, and other necessary equipment. The laboratory caters for undergraduate practical sessions in map reading and analysis, aerial photo interpretation, crystallography and mineralogy, and petrology.

Biology Laboratory

This laboratory is equipped with essential apparatus for field and laboratory practical sessions in Introductory Biology, Ecology, Limnology and Biodiversity.

Research Laboratory

The laboratory is set up with necessary equipment to cater for postgraduate research work and undergraduate mini projects. Further development of this laboratory is in progress.

Soil Conservation Laboratory

This laboratory is equipped with essential apparatus for field and laboratory practical sessions in relation to soil conservation and management.

Earth Science Museum

We currently have a substantial set of rocks and minerals samples.

Biodiversity Field Station

Kumbalgama Nature Trail and Field Station

follwing laborotory facilities will be fully equiped with the relevant equipment in the near future

Museum and the Herbarium

Museum and the Herbarium will be fully equiped with the specimens.

Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology Lab (BACEL)

The Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology Lab is to be fully equiped for biodiversity and conservation studies.

Biogeography Laborotory

The biogeography lab is to be equipped with facilities and software to conduct geospatial analyses on the biodiversity.

Research and Knowledge Dissemination

Prof. Sunethra Gunatilake 

Grant No & PI/Co-PI Duration of the Grant Title of the Project Source of Support Total Allocation Status [Ongoing/ Completed]

SUSL
(As a PI)

2017-2019

Impact of chemico-environmental, agrogenic and climatological factors on the onset of chronic kidney disease of uncertain etiology in Monaragala District, Sri Lanka

Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (SUSL)   Ongoing

NRC 17-011
(As a CI)

2017-2022 Evaluation of water quality and macro-invertebrate composition in relation to catchment land use practices in Uma Oya and Badulu Oya sub catchments in Upper Mahaweli Catchment Area (UMCA) in Sri Lanka. National Research Council of Sri Lanka (NRC)   Ongoing

 NRC
(As a CI)
 

2014-2017 Carbon sequestration in different forest in Sri Lanka National Research Council of Sri Lanka (NRC)   Ongoing
NRC
(As a PI)
 
2012-2015 Contamination of paddy soil by toxic heavy metal due to long term fertilization National Research Council of Sri Lanka (NRC)   Completed
NRC
(As a PI)
2013-2015 Removal of toxic heavy metals for industrial wastewater using agricultural and forestry waste National Research Council of Sri Lanka (NRC)   Completed

Prof. J.M.C.K. Jayawardana

Grant No &

PI/Co-PI

Duration of the Grant Title of the Project Source of Support Total Allocation Status [Ongoing/ Completed]

NRC 13-160(As a PI)

2013-2017

 Evaluation of water quality and macroinvertebrate compositon in relation to catchment land use practices in Uma Oya and Badulu Oya sub catchments in Upper Mahaweli Catchment Area (UMCA) in Sri Lanka

 National Research Council of Sri Lanka (NRC)    Completed

Dr. E.P.N. Udayakumara 

Grant No & PI/Co-PI Duration of the Grant Title of the Project Source of Support Total Allocation Status [Ongoing/ Completed]

SUSL/RG/2016/17

 

(As a Co-PI)

2016-2019

Brittle deformation, Mass Movements of Sri Lanka and their Failure Mechanisms: Understanding towards risk reduction

Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (SUSL) SLR  2.3million Ongoing

NRC 13160

(As a Co-PI)

2013-2015 Evaluation of water quality and macro-invertebrate composition in relation to catchment land use practices in Uma Oya and Badulu Oya sub catchments in Upper Mahaweli Catchment Area (UMCA) in Sri Lanka. National Research Council of Sri Lanka (NRC) SLR 3.8 million Completed

SANDEE 2012/004

(As a PI)

2013-2015 Assessment of Soil Conservation Benefits of Uma-Oya Watershed in Sri Lanka South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) SLR 2.6 million Completed

Dr. Sandun J. Perera

Grant No &

PI/Co-PI

Duration of the Grant Title of the Project Source of Support Total Allocation Status [Ongoing/ Completed]

SUSL
(As a PI)

 

Ecological, social and environmental correlates of human-leopard interaction in Sri Lanka, with a special emphasis on the upper Kelani river basin

     

SUSL
(As a CI)

  Aerial image based quantification of the grassland encroachment by Rhododendron arboreum within the Horton Plains National Park     Ongoing
SUSL
(As a CI)
  Identifying geographical distribution, predictive modelling, and DNA barcoding of fish species in Family Channidae     Ongoing

Dr. L.V. Ranaweera

Grant No &

PI/Co-PI

Duration of the Grant Title of the Project Source of Support Total Allocation Status [Ongoing/ Completed]

SUSL/RD/2016/17

(As a PI)

2017-2020

Brittle Structures of High Grade Rocks in Central and Southern Sri Lanka: Implications for Its Brittle Deformation and Mass Movements.

Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (SUSL) SLR  2.3million Ongoing

UGC/VC/DRIC/

SRSP/2014/

SUSL-01
(As a PI)

2014-2017 Geology of rocks from the Ranna Complex, Sri Lanka: Implications for upper to lower crustal evolution. University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka (UGC)  1.02million  Ongoing

* PI - Principle Investigator

* Co-PI - 

* CI - 

Academic Staff

 

Achievements

Dr. S.K. Gunathilake

  • Reviewer, 29th Annual Congress -2017,Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya (16-17 November 2017), Kandy.
  • Reviewer of the 3rd International Conference of Agricultural Sciences 2016 – AgInsight 2016 which will be held in Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, 2016.
  • Reviewer of the ICSUSL-2015, “Challenges beyond food security”, International Conference of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka ICSUSL 2015.
  • Chairperson –Preparation of the reports and other documents for wastewater and sewerage treatment plant.

 

Dr. E.P.N. Udayakumara

  • Severed as one of the Discussants of the 1st Interdisciplinary Conference of Management Researchers (ICMR)-Faculty of Management Studies, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (10-11 August, 2016).
  • Severed as one of the Session Chairs of the 2st Interdisciplinary Conference of Management Researchers (ICMR)-Faculty of Management Studies, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (19th – 21st October, 2017).

 

Dr. Enoka P. Kudavidanage

  • Research awards from the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (SUSL)
    • Best researcher award at the University day 2013
    • The most cited researcher at the University day 2014
  • Research awards at National Level
    • Presidential Award 2013
    • NRC Merit award- 2014/ 2016

 

Dr. Sandun J.Perera

  • President’s award for scientific publication 2017
  • Merit Certificate at the open competition on Wildlife Photography, conducted by the Wildlife Trust and the Ministry for Sustainable Development and Wildlife (5-7 September 2016; Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo 7).

 

Industrial and Academic Collaborations

Third year mini projects (Group) and Final Projects (Individual) give our students the opportunity to develop practical skills and industrial exposure with governmental, non-governmental agencies (NGO’s) and private industries under academic supervision. Some recent projects collaborations with governmental organizations as follows,

  • Central Environmental Authority (CEA)
  • Coconut Research Institute - Lunuwila, Sri Lanka
  • Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC)
  • Disaster Management Centre (DMC)
  • Forest Department (FD)
  • Gem and Jewellery Research and Training Institute (GJRTI)
  • Industrial Technological Institute (ITI)
  • Marine and Environment Protection Agency (MEPA)
  • National Building Research Organization (NBRO)
  • National Cleaner Production Center (NCPC)
  • National Institute of Fundamental Studies (NIFS)
  • National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB)
  • Survey Department of Sri Lanka
  • Sustainable Energy Authority (SEA)
  • Tea Research Institute – Thalawakele, Sri Lanka

 

Career Prospectus

Our strengths range from Natural Resource Management to sustainable utilization of resources. We scrutinizing through Biodiversity, Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences considered as three major aspects in the field of Natural Resource Management. We work with relevant government, non-governmental and businesses to ensure that our students exposed to the industrial environment. We also ensure that our research benefits all in society by producing Naturalists, Biologists, Geologists and Hydrologists. Hence, Employers across the sector recognize that Natural Resource graduates leave with the skills and expertise ready to meet today’s environmental challenges.

Successful students develop diverse and rewarding careers in government ministries, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and technology, environmental and business consultancies. There are also numerous opportunities in a wide range of other organizations, such as environmental and protection agencies, environmental engineering and waste management companies in the private sector.

 

What our Alumni Say...


Meththika Vithanage

Senior Research Fellow, National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka

 

"I obtained the basic knowledge for research from my undergraduate research at the SUSL which paved the pathway for my research career. I believe it as the foundation for my professional life. Being the second batch of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, we had the opportunity to gain immense know-how from various eminent academics from the Universities around. Moreover, the encouragement, guidance, and support gained from the academics build our competencies, improved the capacity and skill development were the forces behind my success".

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Contact Us

Address:

Department of Natural Resources
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
P.O. Box 02, Belihuloya.
Sri Lanka.

Phone: +94 45-2280293

Email: head_nr@sab.ac.lk

Fax: +94 45-2280291

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