School of Life Science

Department of Environment Science

The Department of Environmental Science was established in 1983. Environmental Science is a Para-professional course which brings together multifarious goals. The course intends to develop conscious citizens with an awareness of the environment. Along with such awareness comes a deep understanding of the total environment and its associated problems. The department aims to create individuals who have sound knowledge, appropriate attitude, motivation, commitment and skill to actively participate at all levels towards the improvement of the environment and contribute to the efficient management of environmental issues.


Empowering and emancipating students through and understanding of the environment, sustainability and related ethical issues.


Our mission is to develop environmentally conscious citizens who are able to appreciate the environment in its totality. We strive to equip our students with motivation, attitude, sound knowledge, commitment and skills to actively participate, at various levels, in sustainably managing environmental issues.

The undergraduate programme in Environmental Science helps students understand the inseparable nature of the components of the environment, instils the right attitude towards the environment; empowers them to develop necessary skills that are imperative to make informed decisions and to execute them. Students are enabled to appreciate the interrelation existing between abiotic and biotic environment and leading them to a systems approach; an exposure to environmental microbes helps them to understand the harmful and useful roles of microbes in the environment and trains them to apply microbial biotechnology as a tool for Bioremediation; students understand the role of environment in human health, the need for environmental sanitation, also they acquire knowledge of diseases, nutrition, dietetics and occupational health hazards; methods of quantification and analysis of the biological variables using statistical tools is achieved with an exposure to environmental biostatistics, this leads them to an appreciation of and a focused approach towards natural resources and their management.

An exposure to the various forms of pollution, their effects and control helps students understand the current scenario; a training in assessment and mitigation of pollution along with an exposure to toxicology helps them to develop management packages that are holistic. A training in environmental impact assessment and environmental auditing moves them towards becoming an environmental professional. A window to the real world is opened through an introductory approach to environmental economics, town planning and entrepreneurship avenues. A dissertation that spreads over a period of one year exposes them to basic principles of research, enables them to identify a research problem and to develop an appropriate experimental design based on laboratory or field research methods and analytical tools. The thesis writing part helps them to prioritise the research findings and trains them towards appropriate research communication methods.

The Department has produced many distinguished individuals committed to the conserving of nature. Some of the alumni are:

Dr. Sunita Krishnan, Social Activist, Member of Women’s Cell, AP

Leo Francis Saldana, Environmental Activist, Environment Support Group (ESG), Bengaluru. ESG is a non-profit trust involved in environmental and social justice initiative in the country.

Bhargavi S Rao, Environmental Activist, Environment Support Group (ESG), Bengaluru.

R. M. Harshini de Silva Pandithasekera, Program Manager at Biodiversity Sri Lanka

Dr. Seshadri K. S. National Post-Doctoral Fellow, IISc. Bengaluru

Akshay Heblikar , Environmentalist, Center for Environment & Sustainable Development, Eco- Watch –

Chaya Chengappa, Manager, Programs and Operations at Community Environment Alliance

Naina, Environmental Management and Policy Research Institute (EMPRI).

Dr. Naveen, Assistant Professor, Occupational Health and Safety, Dr. SRM University, Tamil Nadu

Srinivas Ravindra, Environmentalist, Director, Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) Bangalore.

Udhayan.A, IFS, Mountain Ecology Specialist, SAARC Forestry Centre, Bhutan

Sunita Rao, DFO

Shashirekha, Sr. Manager – Quality, Bangalore Test House, an ISO 9001 Certified & NABL Accredited Laboratory, Bangalore.

Rajesh Babu, Senior Teacher , Aditi International School, Bangalore

Dr.Koijam Mani Bhushan, HoD, Dept. of Environmental Science, D.M. College, Manipur

Sunil Jacob, Divisional Manager, Responsible Sourcing, India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia at Walmart.

Bineesha.P. Senior Technical Advisor, Indo-German Environment Programme (IGEP) KSPCB, Bengaluru