Applied Sciences Department
The Ministry of Manpower approved the offering of Environmental Science Program as a new specialization in the Department of Applied Sciences of Higher College of Technology in 2003 as evidenced by the inclusion of the name of the program in the College By-Laws (Appendix 1 and Appendix 3) and other documents of the College and the Department of Applied Sciences. The desire of the government to harmonize the socio-economic development and the preservation of the biodiversity, in particular and the environment, in general, justifies the demand for this specialization. However, the program has not started yet. At the moment, the section serves as service unit as it handles environmental science courses that are taken by the students of Biology and Chemistry section.
The Environmental Sciences Program reflects the aim, goals and objectives of the Department of Applied Sciences which is translated in the operational level through the use of concrete learning activities and experiences as reflected in the syllabi of the different courses under the program. The curriculum reflects a clear cut goal for human and national development and for practical experience directly related to the professional roles for which the students are being prepared.
The curriculum shows a balanced treatment of all branches of Environmental Science with the inclusion of recent advances and current topics. The curriculum provides an in-depth understanding of the basic principles governing Environmental Sciences. The curriculum extends the students knowledge and understanding of the critical assessment of current views and theories to the study of selected areas of the Environmental Sciences. It also improves the performance of the student’s basic biological and chemical techniques in either a laboratory or fieldwork research setting. Lastly, the curriculum provides the graduates with a strong sense of concern for the environment.
The primary objective of the program is to produce competent graduates who are committed to the preservation of the environment. Each level (Certificate, Diploma, Higher Diploma and Baccalaureate) aims to develop specific competence among its graduates which would enable them to work in the different establishments or agencies that require their competence or skills. Each year level prepares the students for the next higher level. However, if the student could not qualify for the next level, he/she is assured to gain specific competencies or skills that will qualify him / her for a job because of the comprehensive, professional and vocational training programs at the end of each level. A supervised and properly evaluated ‘on-the job training’ (OJT) at industrial sites for 8 weeks followed by 6-12 weeks of ‘enhancement/practical training’ (EPT) at the Colleges of Technology is integrated in the program. Successful completion of the training programs will entitle the student to obtain official certification from the College.
The program may also serve as a feeder to an existing graduate program of Sultan Qaboos University (Master in Environmental Science) and other colleges or universities in the gulf region and in other countries.
- Job Opportunities
- Technician working in laboratories or field/industries.
- Compliance officer on behalf of regulatory agency.
- Professional working on behalf of company for the protection and preservation of the environment.
- Consultant working on behalf of companies.
- Researcher performing laboratory or field industrial environmental work.
- Job Prospects
- Governments agencies
- Private agencies
- Research laboratories
- Natural gas/crude oil facilities
- Petroleum products & petrochemical companies
- Food & Hospitality
- Transport & Maritime
- Construction/Real Estate sector
- Agriculture and fisheries
- Water and Coastal Agencies
- Specialization Presentation
- Course Outline