Department of Environmental and Conservation Sciences

Introduction

Environmental and Conservation Sciences is an interdisciplinary field concerned with the interaction of processes that shape our natural environment. The Department of Environmental Sciences was established in October, 2011 with more than one hundred students leading to BS (Hons) and M.Sc, degrees. The Department conducts research and offers instruction in the areas of Geological, Hydrological, Biological and Atmospheric Sciences.

Vision

The Department focuses to pioneer a new generation of research and teaching methods that understand the fundamental processes which contribute to environmental pollution and natural resource degradation, and arrive at solutions to pressing societal problems; Moreover, to prepares graduates for understanding environmental systems, predicting environmental changes, participating in the management of the environment, and contributing for the promotion of sustainable society.

Mission

  • To provide formal education and research in the field of Environmental and Conservation Sciences to bring the education standards up to the international level.
  • To work for the conservation of natural resources, which is often characterized by amounts of biodiversity andgeo-diversity existent in various 
  • To provide a good research environment for publishing research outcomes in the journals of international repute.
  • To provide professional services such as special trainings, analyses, surveys and consultancies to the manufacturing and processing industries, NGOs, CBOs, engineering firms etc.

Career Prospects/Opportunities

The degree program would provide a broad foundation of science-based skills, equipping students for careers in the full range of environmental professions, particularly in areas relating to environmental protection and management. A degree holder from this department would be able to understand contemporary issues in environmental management, knowledge of the interactions between processes operating in the physical environment and ecosystems, together with an awareness of the legislative and ethical frame work within which environmental scientists operate.

Program Offered

  • BS-Environmental Sciences
    Credit hours of Course work 130 (Number of Courses=44).
    Thesis /Research Project/Internship Credit Hrs: 06 _.
    Total Credit Hours of the Program; 136 .

Minimum duration of the program is 4 years upto maximum 6 years.
Eligibility: For admission to BS Environmental Sciences, the eligibility criteria should be F.Sc (Pre-Medical/Pre-Engineering or others) with at least 45% marks.

  • M.Sc. Environmental Sciences
    Credit hours of Course work 66 (Number of Courses=22).
    Thesis /Research Project/Internship Credit Hrs: 06 _.
    Total Credit Hours of the Program; 72 .

Minimum duration of the program is 2 years upto maximum 4 years.
Eligibility: For admission to M.Sc. Environmental Sciences, the eligibility criteria should be B.Sc in Biological Sciences with at least 45% marks.
Semester wise breakup/roadmap of BS Environmental Sciences

Dr. Kifayatullah Khan

In-Charge/ Assistant Professor

PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Peshawar as a fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)-Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Postdoc. in the same discipline from the Research Centre for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES), CAS, Beijing, China, as a fellow of the President’s International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI)
Research interests; Ecological health impacts and risk assessment of conventional and emerging pollutants, Water resource management, Climate change, Urban ecological planning and assessment, and Environmental management and policy
E-mail: drkhan@uswat.edu.pk
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Dr. Muhammad Qasim

Professor

PhD from the University of Leeds, UK
Postdoc from Hokkaido University Japan.
Research interests; Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Land Use Changes, and Seasonal Snow Cover Changes in Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH). Climate Change and Floods Hydrology using GIS Mapping, Natural Resource Management, Upland Agriculture and Livelihood under the Climate Change Scenario.
E-mail: drqasim@uswat.edu.pk
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Ms. Afsheen Maryam

Lecturer
M.Phil in Environmental Sciences from the University of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
PhD in progress from the QAU, Islamabad, Pakistan
Email: afsheenmaryam@uswat.edu.pk
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Mr. Sanaullah

Lecturer (On Study Leave)
MS in Environmental Sciences from the COMSAT, Abbotabad, Pakistan
E-mail: sanaullah@uswat.edu.pk
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Mr. Wajid Rashid

Lecturer (On Study Leave)
M.Phil in Environmental Sciences degree from the University of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
E-mail: wajid@uswat.edu.pk
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E-mail: drkhan@uswat.edu.pk