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BSc. Environmental Engineering

The four-year BSc Environmental Engineering programme was introduced in the 2013/2014 academic year with the aim of fully integrating environmental engineering technologies and management principles to meet the challenging and dynamic demands of the industries as well as other biotic and abiotic activities in Ghana and the West Africa sub- region. The programme has been designed in response to a recognized need for efficient and sustainable uses of Ghana and Africa’s energy and natural resources. University graduates who undergo training in the environmental engineering programme will have a detailed knowledge, appreciation and fundamental understanding of the economical, efficient and sustainable uses of various sources of water, energy, and other natural resources in an environmentally friendly manner.

The environmental engineering programme will provide knowledge in the scientific and engineering foundations and skills for such needs as efficient and sustainable uses of natural resources, regeneration and alternative uses of water, energy and wastes in all faculties of society. These will be done in the framework of technologies with the view of understanding and mitigating the environmental impacts of biotic and abiotic factors on society. The programme also includes some aspects of materials sciences, chemistry, biology, physics, hydrology, geosciences, atmospheric and other sciences that support and explain environmental pollution, remediation technologies and waste management. The BSc programme seeks to create graduates who are well prepared for placement within almost all the industries in Ghana and elsewhere, whether for a work with a company as sustainable and efficient material, water and energy resource managers or continued study at an advanced level at the MSc and PhD levels.

2.3.1 Programme Outcomes

The following are the learning outcomes expected from the programme with respect to knowledge and understanding:

  • Fundamental, cross-disciplinary principles and practices that underpin sustainable energy, water, waste generation and their industrial and research applications and environmental issues;
  • A range of key, specialist information primarily focused on water, energy, wastes and associated environmental issues;
  • Awareness of Ghana and international policy, regulations and incentive schemes put in place for energy providers and users
  • An appreciation of how industry utilises greater fundamental and applied research findings in the field of Environmental engineering.
  • Specialist knowledge in the design of environmental systems and topical issues in sustainable uses of resources through taught modules and by undertaking a field-based research project.
  • A range of relevant practical techniques and methodologies and their uses, together with appropriate procedures for analysis and presentation of environmental data.

2.3.2 Admission requirements

A         SSSCE/WASSCE Applicants

To be admitted to any Engineering Degree programme, SSSCE Candidates should have Passes (A-D) in six (6) subjects comprising core subjects, including English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science; and three (3) elective science subjects as follows: Physics, Elective Mathematics, Chemistry/Applied Electricity/Applied Electronics. WASSCE Candidates should have Credit Passes (A1-C6) in six (6) subjects comprising core subjects, including English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science; and three (3) elective science subjects from Physics, Elective Mathematics, Chemistry/Applied Electricity/Applied Electronics. In addition, SSSCE and WASSCE Candidates should have at least a grade D and C6 in Social Studies, respectively.

B         Foreign Applicants

In addition to the above, other qualifications acceptable for consideration for admission include International Baccalaureate (IB), IGCSE, GCSE, American Grade 13 examinations and other external qualifications which have equivalences to the WASSCE/SSSCE and the GCE (A Levels).

C         Foreign certificates shall be referred to NAB for evaluation

International students whose first language is not English are required to have one of the following English language qualifications before they can register on the programme. However, applicants from English speaking countries may have these requirements waived.

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.0 in any element)
  • TOEFL paper-based 550 (no less than 4.0 in TWE)
  • TOEFL IBT 79 (no less than 17 in any element)

D         Mature Students’ Entry

Mature students entry avenues to tertiary education provide opportunities for people who could not do so earlier in their lives to further their education at the tertiary level after some years in the workplace (preferably, the formal workplace). Such applicants should normally not exceed 5% (for Public Tertiary Educational Institutions) and 20% (for Private Tertiary Educational Institutions) of the total admissions of an institution in a given academic year. The applicant must:

  • be at least 25 years old by 1st September of the academic year one wants to enrol;
  • show proof of age with birth certificate or any legitimate documentary proof of birth date which is at least 5 years old at the time of application;
  • provide introductory letter from employer or show any other proof of employment;
  • pass Mature Students’ Entrance Examinations conducted by UENR (English Language, Mathematics and an Aptitude Test). In lieu of such examinations, the applicant should show proof of credit passes in English and Mathematics in SSSCE/WASSCE or any other nationally recognized standard High School level examinations (for qualifications from countries outside WAEC’s NAB should be consulted.

E         Professional and Post-Diploma Applicants

Candidates in this category must possess:

  • A Diploma or Higher National Diploma (HND) or its equivalence in a relevant programme from a recognised institution (e.g. electrical, chemical, mechanical, civil, material etc);
  • Must pass an interview;
  • Two years post qualification working experience;

Candidates with HND/relevant professional or diploma certificates and who obtained First class or Second class upper honours will enter at level 300. Those with Second class lower honours or pass will enter at level 200.

2. 3.3 Duration and structure

The minimum period for completion of the Bachelor’s programmes shall be 8 semesters and the maximum shall be 12 semesters. The University may adjust this duration to satisfy new programmes as approved by the Academic Board and the Council. These minimum and maximum periods are calculated from the day of first registration.

2.3.4 Requirements for Bachelor Graduation

A student shall be deemed to have satisfied the requirements for graduation, if:

  1. s/he has satisfied all General University and Faculty requirements;
  2. s/he has accumulated the minimum number of credits required by the School or Department, including core and prescribed electives.

2.3.5 Job Opportunities

Upon the successful completion of the programme, students can gain employment in but not limited to the under listed institutions/ organizations/ companies:

a)      Ministry of Energy

b)      Energy Commission

c)      Forestry Commission

d)     Mining companies

e)      Water companies

f)       Waste Management Companies

g)      NGOs working in the water and the environment sectors

h)      Ministry of Land and Natural Resources

i)        Municipal and District Assemblies

j)        Private Renewable Energy Companies

k)      Environmental Protection Agency

l)        Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology

m)    Teaching and Research institutions