Environmental Management and Forestry (EMF)


Environmental Management and Forestry – B.Sc. (General) Degree Program

Duration : 3 Years

For whom?

Students from both biological and physical science streams who are interested in pursuing careers related to environment or natural resource management and forestry. The intake is limited to maximum of 60 students in an academic year.

Career opportunities

With the environment becoming an essential component in decision making, there is a rising demand for competent graduates in environment-related professions. The course in Environmental Management and Forestry will take you on to diverse and rewarding careers in government ministries, non-governmental organizations, environmental and business consultancies, public sector organizations, and manufacturing and service industries in the private sector.

Course overview

The concept of sustainable development, which aims to harmonize the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development strategy. has now become a key aspect of policy making by governments throughout the world. As such, an in-depth knowledge in environment, natural resources and their management is likely to provide one with an added advantage in the modern competitive career market. Environment Management and Forestry course is aimed at equipping students with knowledge and skills in a range of key disciplines related to forestry and environment, along with employability skills such as communication, problem solving, team work, self-direction and leadership.

The study of Environmental Management is not just about progressing your way towards obtaining a degree. It is more importantly about providing you with a solid base in fields of forestry and environment, and enabling you to make the right choice in the best interest of the society and environment. With such a solid foundation, graduates will be able to develop and implement best practice strategies for natural resources management in the public and private sectors.

Course Structure

Environmental Management and Forestry will constitute one third of the Bsc. (General) degree program in a permitted subject combination. Students are required to take course units in EMF having a minimum cumulative credit value of 27.0. These include compulsory, core, and elective course units. Compulsory and core course unite are designed to provide students with essential knowledge and skills that are required in forestry and environmental management. The industry-based assignment ftraning project in the third year allow students to get hands-on experience in applying the concepts they learned in the class room while providing an invaluable opportunity to further strengthen their work-ready skills.

Environmental Management and Forestry – B.Sc. (Special) Degree

Duration : 4 Years

For whom?

The B.Sc. (Special) Degree is aimed at preparing a new breed of experts in the field of forestry and environment with insight, skills, knowledge and ability to appreciate all aspects in decision making for sustainable management of natural resources.

Course overview

The core curriculum is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge, skills and a broader perspective of forestry and environmental management that is demanded by the industry. The final year research project helps students to sharpen their scientific reasoning, research and analytical skills, and make them prepare to take up research and academic careers. The degree is recognized by many universities in Europe, U.S. and Australia, thereby providing an ideal framework to obtain research positions and PhD studentships abroad.

Selection policy

Selection of students to follow the B.Sc. (Special) Degree in Environmental Management and Forestry is based on student’s performance in the first two academic years. the intake is typically limited to a maximum of 10 students to ensure a personalized attention and guidance to each student.

Mode of instruction and assessment

Students enrolled in both General and Special Degree programs will be taught by an academic staff with an established track record, who appreciate the necessity of an integrated approach for the management and use of the world’s environmental resources. The modules include lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals,field classes and individual and group project/assignments. These are assessed through end-of­ semester written examinations, practical tests, presentations and reports. There is an emphasis on analysis of real problems, with practical case studies to reinforce learning. This provides the tools required for the group and individual project.

Course Units 

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For further information please contact:
Dr. Prasanthi Gunawardena
Head/Department of Forestry and Environmental Science
Email: prasanth@sjp.ac.lk
Phone: 0112 804685
Fax : 0112 802937