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The Environmental Studies degree programme is being proposed in order to train cadres skilled in environmental studies of importance to Tanzania development. The justification for this degree programme arises from the growing need for the expertise in the field of environmental studies. Graduates will be able to identify, assess and rectify environmental problems. The programme is designed to provide the scientific and managerial skills needed to tackle the environmental challenges of the 21st Century.

The programme will cover various areas of the environmental components including topics such as ecosystem management, resource conservation, and land use planning, natural hazards, various types of pollution to the environment, analytical methods towards assessment of pollution, and the policy dimensions of environmental issues. The programme will put special emphasis on areas in environmental issues which are related to the specific situation in Tanzania as identified in the National Environmental Policy, these are; Land Degradation, Pollution Management and Urbanization, Agricultural and Land Resources destruction, Deforestation, Destruction of Wildlife and Problems associated with mining activities.

Programme Summary

Course Name: B.Sc Environmental Studies
Course Initials:  B.Sc. ES
Duration:  3-8 years
Total Units:  38
Mode of Deliverence: Intensive Face to Face, Open Distance

Programme Informations

Candidates must satisfy the general entrance requirements of the Open University of Tanzania for degree award. Besides the general requirements, the candidate must satisfy the special requirement.

The following shall be eligible for registration for the Bachelor of Science programmes in Environmental Studies:

  1. Science stream – BSc. Environmental Studies (Science)
  2. (i) Direct entrants.
    The candidate should have a principal level pass at “A” level in two of the following subjects; Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Physics, or Mathematics.
    (ii) Equivalent qualifications.
    Appropriate Diploma with passes at “O” level in two of the following subjects; Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Geography.
  3. Management stream – BSc. Environmental Studies (Management)
  4. (i) Direct entrants.
    Candidates should have a principal level pass at “A” level in two of the following subjects; Geography, Economics, History. Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Biology.
    (ii) Equivalent Qualifications. Appropriate Diploma with passes at “O” level in two of the following subjects Geography, History, Biology, Chemistry or Physics, Ecomics, Mathematics.


OCP 100Computer Application in Enviromental Studies 1
OFP 017Communication Skills1
OEV 101Principles of Ecology2
OEV 112Environmental Management, Ethics and
OEV 114Land Use & Urban System Management3
OEV 116Environmental Education & Communication2
Total Units 12
OEV 201Applied Statistics & Research Methods2
OEV 219Natural Resources Management3
OEV 218Environmental Pollution & Waste Management3
OEV 210Environmental Economics2
OEV 209Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS2
Total Units 12
OEV 301Environmental Impact Assessment2
OEV 316Environmental Policy & Law2
OEV 318Environmental Resources & Development2
OEV 319Environmental Sociology and Gender Issues3
OEV 320*Environmental Modeling3
OEV 210Environmental Field Project2
Total Units 8
  • Local Price: Tsh 900,000/=
  • Foreign Price: USD 400

The overall purpose of the Environmental Studies degree programme is to provide students from diverse backgrounds with a broad based contemporary program of study, which will produce graduates who are academically skilled, professionally competent and innovative to work as environmental professionals. The proposed programme in Environmental Studies will provide the needed knowledge and skills to accelerate attainments of the Tanzania Poverty Reduction Strategy goals.

In addition, graduates should be able to demonstrate transferable key skills:

  • Intellectual, practical and fieldwork
  • Communication, numeric and C & IT
  • Interpersonal and teamwork
  • self-management and professional development

Students’ understanding and knowledge in each topic shall be assessed by a student Portfolio and sitting for one timed tests (30%) and one examination (70%) and in addition, a practical and special proje4ct report shall be assessed.

The minimum pass mark for any course shall be the grade C or 40%

A student who fails a supplementary examination shall be allowed to repeat the course. In such an event, the grades obtained shall replace the failed grade in the calculation of the cumulative GPA and each grade shall be recorded on the transcript.

A student who fails to complete the programme in prescribed maximum period (5 years for intensive face to face learning and or 8 years for open distance learning) shall be deregistered.

Final Award Students who successfully complete their programme will qualify, upon approval by Senate, for the award of the degree of:

  • BSc. Environmental Studies (Science) or
  • BSc. Environmental Studies (Management)