The Environmental and Life Sciences programme in Faculty of Science offers B.Sc. with major in Biology at Undergraduate level and M.Sc. (By Research) and Ph.D. degrees in Biology, Biodiversity and Biotechnology. At the undergraduate level, students can major in Biology by studying a range of core and optional modules. The major core modules are fundamental and central to students learning of biological sciences providing them with the foundational knowledge in Biology. The exceptionally wide range of major option moduels, distributed in their second and fourth years of studies allows students to choose the modules that are best suited to their personal interests and career ambitions. Students will also have the chance to undertake their own research project (supervised by an academic staff) to develop professional lab-based and field-based techniques and academic skills that are crucial for careers in the field of Biological Sciences. Completion of the major core modules and major optional modules will provide students with fundamental scientific, analytical and research skills and a deep understanding of the biological principles governing life and ecosystems and their applications. This will prepare students for careers in biology, environmental sciences and life sciences and equip students to further their academic qualification in graduate studies.

Programme Structure for August 2019 cohort onwards

Programme Structure for previous cohort


GenNEXT BSc Biology – 4 years.     SB Modules offered in August, 2020

All modules are offered by the Environmental and Life Sciences Stream.

Major Module requirement: not less than 72 MC with at least 24 MC of the SB-4000 modules.

Level

Module

Code

Module Title

MC

1000

Major Core

SB-1201
SB-1202
SB-1203

Diversity of Life
Organisms and Environment
Skills in Biological Sciences

4
4
4

2000

Major Core

SB-2201
SB-2203
SB-2210
SB-2211

Plant Form and Function
Animal Form and Function
Cells, Biomolecules and Microbiology
Genetics

4
4
4
4

 

Major Option

SB-2306
SB-2307
SB-2332
SB-2343
Principles of Animal Physiology
Principles of Plant Physiology
Marine Ecosystems
Introduction to Biochemistry
4
4
4
4

4000

Major Core

SB-4201
SB-4290

Population Genetics, Systematics and Evolution
Research Project (2 semesters)

4
8

 

Major Option

SB-4301
SB-4302
SB-4305
SB-4309
SB-4310
SB-4311
SB-4312
SB-4313
SB-4314
SB-4316
SB-4317
SB-4319
SB-4321
SB-4322
SB-4324
SB-4330
SB-4332
SB-4333
SB-4340
SB-4341

Conservation and Management of Living Resources
Tropical Forest Ecology
Entomology
Molecular Genetics
Seed Plant Taxonomy and Diversity
Animal Behaviour
Developmental Biology
Aquatic Biology
Biotechnology
Economic Botany
Climate Change Biology
Tropical Parasitology
Mycology
Principles of Soil Science
Herpetology
Marine Pollution and Ecotoxicology
Principles of Oceanography
Ichthyology
Nutritional Biochemistry
Advanced BioChemistry

4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4

Breadth Modules

We offer 4 breadth modules to non-biology major students:

  1. SB-2401 Plants and People (4 MC)
  2. SB-2402 Discovering Science (4 MC)
  3. SB-2404 Current Trends in Life Sciences (4 MC)
  4. SB-2405 Human Life and Environment (4 MC)
 

Teaching and Assessment:

Students become involved in fundamental biological principles through quality learning in the classroom (lectures, tutorials, seminars) and hands-on activities and experiences (field trips and practical classes). Field trips and field courses complement classroom learning by providing in-depth environmental awareness and engagement with the broader community. Expertise in microbiology, biotechnology, botany, zoology, plant science, conservation and tropical ecology (terrestrial and marine), combined with excellent laboratory and outdoor field facilities, such as electron microscope, gene sequence analyzer, plant and animal houses, plant and soil analytical equipment and a field studies centre in the heart of the tropical rainforest, integrate teaching and research in the broad field of biology. Assessment methods vary depending on the modules taken but most modules involve both coursework-based assessment (such as practical reports, assignments, tests, group work and seminar presentations) and examination. In the final semester, students are expected to conduct research projects with academic staff as part of their major core requirement.

Facilities:

The Environmental and Life Sciences section is equipped with many facilities and modern scientific equipment and instruments to provide the students with hands-on experiences during practical classes, field courses and final year projects. The facilities include a herbarium (UBDH), museum (UBDM), Physiology lab, Ecology lab, Plant and soil lab, sterile lab, animal and plant houses, general teaching and research laboratories. The laboratories are equipped with Microwave digestor, Block digestor, Flow Injector Analyser, Atomic absorption Spectrometer, growth incubators and ovens, UV-visible spectrophotometer, microscopes (dissecting, compound, monocular, inverted, stereo), ultra-low freezer, centrifuge (high performance, ultra), autoclave, thermal cycler, winRHIZO, LICOR, porometer, R:FR sensor, light meter, muffle furnace, microtome, ball mill and grinders, sieve shaker, freeze dryer, DNA sequencer, PCR, microplate reader and washer, pressure bomb, leaf area meter, chlorophyll fluorescence meter, chlorophyll meter, GPS and many more field and lab equipment.

Careers:

Our BSc in Biological sciences graduates are working in either Government or Private sectors. We have our students who are working as Research, Scientific, Technical and Administrative officers and teaching staff in many ministries and government departments in Brunei, such as  Ministry of Industries and Primary Resources (Forestry, Fisheries, Halal unit, Agriculture and Agrifood, Wildlife, BioRic), Ministry of Health (hospitals, labs, clinics, Scientific Services), Ministry of Education (as teachers, lecturers, technical staff), Ministry of Development (JASTRE), Ministry of Defence (Army officer), Ministry of Home Affairs (Narcotic Control Bureau, Police officer), Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (Brunei Museums), Ministry of Religious Affairs (Halal Section) and many others. Some graduates prefer to work in private sectors, such as in oil and gas industries, environmental consultancy companies, pharmaceutical companies, as well as private clinics and schools. A few others become research assistants in UBD before pursuing graduate studies in UBD or overseas.

Contact:

Dr. Yasuaki Tanaka
Programme Leader (Environmental and Life Sciences)
nb.ude.dbu@akanat.ikausay