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1. Overview of department of Environmental Science

1.1. Introduction

The Department of Environmental Science (DESCI) provides well-qualified human resources that have high levels of professionalism and expertise, professional ethics, and social responsibility.  Students after graduation are able to work in various domestic and international agencies such as industrial parks, export processing zones, manufacturing enterprises, consulting companies in environmental field, institutes, universities, scientific and technical research agencies

To help students access teaching programs undertaken in advanced countries around the world, the  DESCI program structure  was comprehensively modified during the period of 2015 – 2016. The revised discipline program structure was approximately 70% compatible to environmental engineering program undertaken by University of Florida, U.S.A. which is one of the top 100 leading universities in the world (according to QS World University Ranking).

1.2. Career opportunities

Engineers graduating from DESCI can work in regulatory agencies, manufacturing enterprises or research institutes. Fields of work are diversible including designing the water and wastewater treatment plant, air pollution control system, solid waste and hazardous waste treatment; managing the water supply and drainage networks for suburban, urban, and industrial zones; assessing the environmental impacts, ecological baseline, biodiversity of projects, etc.

2. Expected learning outcomes 

The expected learning outcomes (ELOs) reflect the mission and vision of the university to train high quality human resources, contribute effectively the human development and Viet Nam development to be prosperous, stable and sustainable. The building of the expected learning outcomes and the development of Environmental Science programme are based on the requirements of the stakeholders, such as Ministry of Education, Employers, Alumni, Lecturers, Students. ELOs are committed by the Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) publicized on the Website to learners and society.

  • Name of programme: Environmental Science
  • Training Level: Undergraduate
  • Programme code: 7440301
  • Training degree: Engineer (5 years); Bachelor (4 years) 
  • Mode of study: Full time

Program Objectives (POs):

  • Programme objective 1 (PO1): graduates have a solid background in both theory and practice and excel in careers in the Enviromental Science field to be able to integrate and develop in the national and international labor markets.
  • Programme objective 2 (PO2): graduates display high level of systematic thinking, independent working skills, creative thinking skills and the capable of proposing research ideas and conducting research in the field of environment protection and resource management.
  • Programme objective 3 (PO3): graduates will pursue advanced degrees for a career in Environmental Science, be engaged in lifelong learning and demonstrate high level of professionalism, ethical and social responsibility in the process of international development and integration. 

Expected learning Outcomes (ELOs):

Groups of ELOs


Description of ELOs

General Knowledge

The ELOs on this general knowledge are built on the basis of the content and requirements of the general subjects and political reasoning in the curriculum and considering the social requirements for learner after graduation.

ELO1: Applying the knowledge of foreign language, philosophy, information technology to research and to solve problems in ES field effectively and scientifically.

ELO2: Applying systematically general knowledge of political theory, the knowledge of natural and social sciences to identify and to solve situations related to environment and resource protection.

Professional Knowledge

The ELOs on this professional knowledge are built on the content and requirements of  industry and specialized basic subjects in the curriculum; concurrently associated with the field of activities and the professional requirements of the recruitment agencies for graduates’ employability.

ELO3: Analysing and applying the laws and systems of legal documents, knowledge of economics and governance related to the Vietnamese and International environment for consultancy on environmental protection, resources management.

ELO4: Selecting optimal solutions in waste treatment and pollution prevention techniques based on basic principles, principles of application and local and business conditions.

ELO5: Applying the ecological knowledge, natural resources and environment to build environmental pollution monitoring and control programs, ecological restoration techniques, conservation of natural resources and biodiversity.

Professional Skills

The ELOs on these professional skills are built on the basis of integrating the content and requirements of specialized theoretical subjects and subjects related to practice projects in the curriculum. At the same time, the required practical working skills of graduates.

ELO6: Consulting of environmental protection services for regions and enterprises.

ELO7: Developing education and communication programs on environmental protection, environmental control program to reduce and prevent pollution.

ELO8: Designing of the water treatment system, wastewater treatment system, exhaust and solid waste treatment system for enterprises, urban and industrial zones

ELO9: Proposing the environmental protection solutions to respond to the demand of local environmental management in the direction of sustainable development.

ELO10: Developing new research directions on sustainable in use of resources and energy.

General Skills

These ELOs are built based on the necessary requirements for learners after graduation and the employers’ demands.

ELO11: Communicating effectively through writing and presenting reports.

ELO12: Demonstrating effective teamwork, systemic thinking skills, creative thinking skills and independent working skills.

Attitudes and Social awareness

This ELO is formed as an indispensable requirement for graduates to ensure learners are aware of their careers, field of expertise and professional ethics required to do work in specialized units.

ELO13: Demonstrating professional ethics, social responsibility and awareness of environmental protection, active participation in community activities.


3. Education program


The programme objectives are to train students to be good in both theory and practice, independent in working, be able to integrate and develop in the labor market which requires high qualifications in Vietnam and over the World.  By the academic year of 2014 – 2015, due to the need of innovation to gain access to the programme of the world's leading universities, the Environmental Science programme has consulted 20 programmes of Top 100 university of the world according to QS Ranking and THE. Besides, the program is also adjusted to fit the current conditions in Vietnam and the training objectives of TDTU.

At the end of each semester, according to the procedures of compiling and editing the course specification of TDTU, all course specification of DESCI program will be considered to improve. This process is normally conducted every 2 years. However, in the special cases, when the stakeholders (e.g. students, lecturers, imployers, and alumni) raise any request, for instance, the Head of DESCI will submit a proposal to the Dean who then show further suggestion to the University Boar for asking the approval. The course specification is then allowed to be reviewed and adjusted. Finally, the outline will be approved by the university board and put into operation to replace the expried one. The training program of Top 100 universities has been applied from the academic year 2015 – 2016 to train human resources who meet the labour market and global integration trend, and help learners more active and self-study.

Education Program of DESCISee attached file