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BSc Honours in Business and Environment

Offered by the Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences


This degree programme aims to fulfill an emerging important need in the corporate sector of Sri Lanka and elsewhere. Globally, regionally and locally, environmental issues have become very important in the conduct of a business as well its long term sustainability. Therefore, it is necessary for businesses to incorporate environmental considerations into its entire range of activities including reporting.  Sri Lanka as an emerging economy needs personnel with scientific knowledge and skills to address environmental concerns of the private sector organisations along with the attitudes required for work in businesses. In the final year of study, each student will be placed in a relevant industry with a strong sustainability programme to carry out an industry relevant research project as well as obtain training in an industrial setting. This provides both exposure to the real world of work as well as training in research for postgraduate studies. Further explanation of this type of degree is given page 10 of the Undergraduate Handbook of the Faculty of Science. This degree programme with its suite of courses with a very strong emphasis on skills development will fulfill requirements of the graduate profile as well as thost of industry. The degree is awarded upon completion of 120 credits along with all other requirements as given in the Undergraduate Handbook of the Faculty of Science.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Business and Environment Honors degree from the Faculty of Science should possess competencies and characteristics that fall into four broad but essential areas: Scholar, Entrepreneur, Innovator and Global Citizen.  Each course of this programme has Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) that contribute to these and at the end of the programme of study fulfills the programme ILOs.  

The common format Graduate Profile and the Intended Learning Outcomes for all industry oriented honors degree themes in the Faculty of Science are given in the front pages of the Undergraduate Handbook of the Faculty of Science, illustrating the interconnected nature of graduate competencies and characteristics.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this programme, A minimum GPA of 2.50 at the end of Level II for all registered academic courses. See also page 24 of the Undergraduate Handbook of the Faculty of Science.

Course Modules

(L – No. of Lecture hours, P – No. of Practical hours)

Level 3

Semester I

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
EN 3911 Business and Environment 3 45L
EN 3904 Adapting Business for Climate Change 3 30L 30P
BT 3058 Bioprospecting 2 30L
EN 3013 Natural Hazards & Disaster Risk Management 3 30L, 30P
FS 3003 Intellectual Property Rights 1 15L
BT 3009 Environment& Biodiversity Related Legislation in Sri Lanka 1 15L
CH 3010 Environmental Chemistry 2 30L
Total 15

Semester II

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
EN 3905 Sustainable Tourism 2 30L
EN 3906 Environmental Communication 2 15L 30P
EN 3064 Environment & Industry 3 30L 30P
EN 3903 Sustainable Development and Business 2 30L
BT 3071 Experimental Design & Data Analysis 2 30L
EN 3907 Group Project 3 90P
EN 3908 Case Studies 1 15L
Total 15

Level 4

Semester I

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
ZL 4901 Project Development 2 15L 30P
ZL 4902 Seminar 1 15L
EN 4021 Tools of Environmental Management 3 30L 30P
FS 4005 Entrepreneurship 3 30L 30P
FS 4006 Business Accounting 3 45L
FS 4007 Human Resource Management 3 45L
FS 4008 Environment Economics 3 30L 30P
Total 18

Semester II

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
EN 4909 Industrial Training 6 180P
EN 4910 Industry Research Project 6 180P
Total 12