Environmental Science Department

Introduction

The Department of Environmental Science was instituted on 1 January 2017 after it has been running as Pollution Science Unit for more than 10 years. This came at a time when the unit had grown in terms of staffing, student numbers and activities. While the idea is welcome and noble, it offers the new department challenges in terms of overall growth: diversity of relevant programmes, student enrolment, quality teaching and learning, producing competent graduates and quality research among various criteria to meet institutional requirements. At a time when resources are dwindling globally, pollution and climate change are influencing sustainable development.

The department currently offers Safety, Health and Environmental Management (SHEM) degree programme. This is a 4-year full time programme which is tailor made to meet Safety, Health and Environmental Management demands of industry internationally. It is also available on block-release. Industrialisation comes with advancement in technology and exploitation of natural resources, generating huge tonnage of wastes. In order to achieve sustainable development, cleaner technologies, a safe workplace and good work habits, a healthy employee and clean environment must be assured and continually improved. Legal statutes and regulations need to be enforced in order to achieve such goals. Safety, Health and Environmental Management issues are becoming increasingly important requiring a professional person to solve workplace and environmental challenges. The SHEM programme aims to produce such a practitioner who can identify, assess and solve safety, health and environmental management problems through applying principles of good management. Our students have been sought after for internship for their demonstrated hard work, discipline, ability to learn and adapt fast in diverse circumstances and solve problems. The department is happy and proud to say that our SHE graduates have been absorbed in industry, local and abroad, in various capacities. The department has plans to introduce other undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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Vision
The vision of the department is enshrined in that of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Science and of Bindura University of Science Education, in seeking to be a hub of knowledge and beacon of excellence in teaching, research and extension services characterised by innovation and use of modern technology.

Objectives

  • To coordinate instruction, research and extension initiatives within the institution and externally.
  • To create a network that promotes cooperation and collaboration in teaching, learning and research.
  • To publish quality research in refereed and indexed journals that addresses problems in Safety, health and Environmental management issues.
  • To create a student-centred environment that enable teaching and learning of environmental science
  • To engage in income generating projects

Career opportunities for graduates

  • Graduates from the department can be employed as Safety and Health officers or Environmental Management officers/inspectors/educators in government,
  • non-governmental organisations or civil society.
  • Graduates can start up their own business or be employed as consultants or researchers.
  • They can still further their studies undertaking postgraduate studies in diverse areas.

Extension Services and Activities
The department is involved with various stakeholders in areas such as Awareness Campaigns with Environmental Management Agency, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion with Bindura Municipality and Ministry of Health and Child Care. In conjunction with SHEMS Consultancy, the department offers various short courses and training in Safety, Health and Environmental Management issues.

Research and facilities
The department of Environmental Science has a vibrant research cluster conducting studies in various Safety Health and Environmental Management issues. It enjoys a cordial and healthy relationship with industry, business and local communities. Research initiatives in the department are meant to solve environmental and public health problems, occupational health and safety issues, waste management and pollution challenges and climate change among others.

Academic links and affiliations

  • The department has several linkages with various government ministries/departments, private companies, mining firms and consultancy firms. Our students benefit through industrial internships and job placements.
  • The department has an MOU with SHEMS Consultancy Private Limited.
  • Efforts to be a member to various professional institutions at departmental, individual or student level will be made