The four-year General Degree (4G) programme is designed for general degree students who wish to pursue a career in industry if they do not get the opportunity to enroll in a special degree programme at the end of Level II.
The programme is oriented towards developing skills in students that are necessary to secure employment. It also provides thematic four-year degrees for those who may decide to pursue postgraduate degrees in particular areas. Each degree consists of a combination of taught courses and an industrial training oriented around a particular theme. The thematic courses are offered in various disciplines. In addition, courses will be offered in areas relevant to the industry, such as management and accounting, and will be designed to inculcate transferable (“soft”) skills in students. Admission into certain thematic four-year programmes may be limited due to limitations in resources. Students wishing to apply for these programmes must fulfill the following eligibility criterion, as well as the selection criterion if places are limited.
Eligibility: A GPA of 2.50 at the end of Level II for all the courses followed
Selection: Total weighted mark obtained for all the Level I and II courses
There is only one entry point for the four-year degreeprogramme, viz., at the end of the second year.
The list of students eligible to follow four year degree programmes will be announced at the end of the second year. The students must apply for the programme(s) of interest at the end of the second year. The student may register for the programme for which they are selected and register for the course units prescribed for that theme.The four-year degree programme provides an industrial training during the 8th semester. Currently available thematic programmes are described below.
Coordinator: Dr. S.S.N. Perera
This theme takes an integrated approach to provide students with a broad knowledge in Information Technology with industrial oriented experience. The program was designed with the help of expert individuals from industry. Currently the intake for the IT thematic degree is 20.
Electronics & IT Theme
Coordinator: Dr. H.H.E. Jayaweera
Introduced by the Department of Physics, the theme in Electronics & IT is aimed at developing essential skills in the application of electronics and information technology. The in-depth training will enable students to pursue careers in the related industry. The current intake is limited to 20.
Applied Statistics Theme
Coordinator: E.R.A.D. Bandara
The Applied Statistics theme is introduced with the intention of enhancing the employability of science graduates by developing management and data driven decision making skills. This programme was designed with the collaboration of industry personnel. The intake for this programme is 20. The IS & FM students and Physical Science students who have taken Statistics as a subject (P2, P4 and P6) at Levels I and II, and who have fulfilled the criteria for following a 4 year degree are eligible to follow this new theme.
Finance and Insurance Theme
Coordinator: Mr. M.H.K.M. Hameem
Finance and Insurance are areas with a great potential of applicable advanced research and rewarding career options in a wide range of industries. These fields have shown substantial growth despite the recent economic downturn, therefore there is high degree of guaranteed employability in comparison with other areas. Studying finance and insurance could be a good choice for potential students who wish to pursue their career either in postgraduate research or in the insurance sector. These fields are dense with job opportunities in a growing knowledge economy. Courses are designed to provide insight into insurance, banking, finance and fundamentals of management in aspects of both theory and practice. The degree in Finance and Insurance will enable students to pursue a wide range of careers in the financial services industry and to gain professional qualifications.
Business and Environment Theme
Coordinator: Dr. N. Pallewatta
The Department of Zoology & Environment Sciences is offering a new 4 year thematic degree to provide opportunities in this newly emerging sector of employment. Rapid development of tourism and its associated service sectors, and gradual mainstreaming of sustainable development in the corporate sector, the inclusion of climate change impacts and adaptations in every sphere of activity has created a need for university graduates who can fulfill the demands created by these. This new theme has been designed in close collaboration with the private sector that relies on the products and services of the ecosystems in Sri Lanka, and those who have successfully marketed their organizations to a global clientele. The courses are designed to include student entered learning which in turn will provide a richer and more interactive teaching and learning environment. Leaders from the corporate world will teach alongside university academics and others who have much experience in molding persons for the world of work. The inclusion of group projects and industrial training is especially helpful to provide a wide range of competencies essential in the modern day workplace and opportunities for employment.
Horticulture and Sustainable Theme
Coordinator: Dr. S.W. Ranwala
Introduced by the Department of Plant Sciences, the theme will focus on horticulture and landscaping with a strong emphasis on maintaining the sustainability of human-modified landscapes. Students following this theme will be provided with opportunities to understand basic landscape designs and landscape management practices for urban and suburban areas. In addition, students will be trained to develop entrepreneurial skills and computer literacy in the discipline. The programme will be taught by academic and professional experts, and will include a component of industrial training. The current intake is limited to 20 students.
Science & Management Theme
Coordinator: Dr G.H.C.M. Hettiarachchi
The Career Guidance Unit, Faculty of Science will be offering a four year General Degree program on the theme “Science and Management”. This program is designed to provide students with a solid background in science as well as a grounding in managerial skills. The Science and Management theme aims to prepare students for executive careers in public/ private cooperation and institutions which are technology oriented. The students following this theme will learn the principles in their specific sequence/track (Environmental science, Chemistry, Physics, or other fields) and are expected to acquire the ability to apply them to solve problems and gain knowledge on fundamental principles of management, economics and accounting, experience in the world outside the classroom, and the background necessary for a career focused on science and management with the development of adequate soft skills.
Molecular Biology & Biotechnology Theme
Coordinator: Dr. N.V. Chandrasekharan
The Molecular Biology & Biotechnology theme is a 2-year program for which students can enroll at the end of the 2nd year. It is aimed at providing students a more application oriented program in biotechnology with a view to enhancing the employment opportunities of students while also benefiting those who want to pursue graduate studies. The program will consist of several courses with lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals and a group project. The lectures will cover the scientific fundamentals of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and the major applications of Biotechnology in the fields of Medicine, Agriculture, Industry and Environment while the laboratory practicals and the group project will provide a training in some of the basic skills and techniques in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology with an emphasis on those relevant to the country. All students in their final year will also enroll in an approved internship program which will help students to get on-the-job experience and prepare them for future employment of the industry.
Nuclear Technology 4G Theme
Coordinator: Dr. M.R. Lamabadusuriya
The main objective of the programme is to provide an overall knowledge and practical skills in nuclear technology which includes medical physics, nuclear medicine, radiochemistry, environmental radiation and nuclear analytical techniques. During the final year the students will have 120 hours of industrial or clinical practice in a relevant institute or major hospital in Colombo where they acquire hands on experience required for a career that combines the theory with the technology.Scopes of this degree program is to produce graduates with sound knowledge in all fields of Nuclear Science while promoting research and developments on environmental radiation radiochemical analysis and medical physics in Sri Lanka. In addition, this degree will provide the basic knowledge and skills for those who plan for postgraduate degrees