“Programmes like the BES are what make the difference between a good university & one that is truly outstanding. I believe this programme will be invaluable for the future sustainability of Singapore and the region; perhaps even the world, if others follows our lead.”
Dr Geh Min, Past President, Nature Society; President’s Award Recipient for the Environment 2006
“The environmental issues we face today are complex and span many knowledge domains. This undergraduate degree programme in Environmental Studies will nurture a pool of graduates who are able to think deeply and broadly about these issues, and help develop novel solutions for Singapore, Asia and beyond. I am delighted at this programme for another reason – it is the first undergraduate course that draws on expertise from eight Faculties in NUS, making full use of the comprehensive strengths of our University.”
Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, President, National University of Singapore
The 21st century will be the Asian century.
“The 21st century will be the Asian century. This also means that Asians will be expected to provide greater leadership to solve global challenges, including environmental challenges. Hence, this multi-disciplinary programme from NUS could not be more timely. It meets a pressing need to educate, train and empower leading players in the public, private and civil society sectors in Singapore, Asia and the world.”
Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
“I am impressed with the curriculum of the new Bachelor of Environment undergraduate programme for its practical and inter-disciplinary focus on the environment, reflecting the multi-dimensional demands of global environmental issues and the importance that communities place on environmental challenges. By placing emphasis on climate change, land use, water usage, alternative energy and the development of liveable, high-density cities, the programme will offer a holistic foundation to those who wish to contribute to the sustainability of communities across the world.”
BES seeks to create agents of change who are passionate about the environment, scientifically informed about the issues, and creative in generating solutions and opportunities.
The NUS Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) Programme launched in July 2011, is designed to build a strong, interdisciplinary foundation of knowledge through the joint efforts of the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, with participation from the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Law, School of Design & Environment, NUS Business School, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. The BES programme combines science disciplines from a diverse range of areas. The range of knowledge and transferable skills acquired during the programme will allow our students with an aptitude and passion for environmental issues to translate their enthusiasm into meaningful actions.
The programme is designed with defining elements to build a strong, interdisciplinary foundation of knowledge, upon which specialisations are pursued during their final two years. These include:
Internships, both domestic and overseas, with top-notch environmental organisations diverse sectors.
Semester-abroad exchange programmes with partner universities.
Exclusive, BES-only town-hall style discussions with local and regional leaders offering a behind-the-scenes perspective on contemporary environmental problems and solutions.
Small average class size to create optimal interactive space with lecturers.