Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 21st 2014 Contents Very much an 'interdisciplinary' subject, environmental
science degrees challenge students to draw on skills and
knowledge from a variety of different fields. This could
mean exploring aspects of biology, chemistry, physics, ge-
ography, earth and marine sciences, and also social sci-
ences. The idea is to combine multiple perspectives and
data sources, to build up a fuller understanding of natural
and human environments.
Fieldwork is an important part of most environmental
science degrees, which often include trips to a variety of
different countries and world regions, to give students ex-
perience of different habitats, climates, land formations and
You can also expect to spend a fair amount of time in the
lab, learning how to carry out different types of tests. In ad-
dition, students often undertake voluntary work in an envi-
ronment-related role, which provides invaluable experience
to prepare them for employment.
Popular options in Environmental Science careers:
There are many different career paths open to graduates
of environmental careers, in sectors ranging from outdoor
recreation to waste disposal, and public policy development
Environmental consultancy -- e.g. assessing the environ-
mental impact; advising on the pollution or contamination
of land, air or water; measuring 'carbon footprint'; advising
on relevant legislation and regulations; helping companies
to become more sustainable.
Nature conservation careers -- e.g. overseeing the sus-
tainable management of a natural area; planning and super-
vising projects to increase biodiversity or to bolster a
particular species; fundraising and campaigning to raise
awareness of relevant issues. Employers include charities
and non-profits, national parks and nature reserves, private
estates, local authorities and consultancies.
Environmental education -- e.g. visiting schools to give
talks, leading nature walks and organizing events, training
volunteers and running workshops or courses, and liaising
with educational and community groups. Common employ-
ers include trusts and charities, local authorities and other
public sector groups, and attractions such as zoos, wildlife
parks and botanical gardens.
OTHER AREAS OF STUDY IN
SOCIAL SCIENCES INCLUDE:
Astronomy, Earth and Marine Sciences, Mathematics,
Metallurgy, Physics, Chemistry.
For those keen to study a subject that touches on many of the biggest challenges for the world today, environmental science degrees are a good starting point.
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And as long as there have been
sports we've looked to find ways to
improve the performances of, and de-
crease the risk of injuries to athletes
at all levels. Sport science is the for-
mal scientific approach to this.
The study of sports science, a rela-
tively young discipline which only re-
ally came to be popular in the last
quarter of the 20th century, is an ac-
knowledgement, more than anything,
of how seriously sport is taken today.
It is a relatively multidisciplinary
subject which calls on things like
physiology and biomechanics to
measure what is happening in a
sportsperson's body, psychology to
analyse the role of the mind in per-
formance, and nutrition to help them
fuel their bodies correctly.
But is a sport science degree for
you? If you're interested in learning
about the human body in action, how
to push performance to its very peak
and allow sportspeople to fulfil their
potential, or just help people stay fit
and healthy, then yes.
You'll have to be scientifically in-
clined, and a keen interest in sport
will obviously be necessary.
Sport career options:
The massive status of modern
sport means that a wide range of
professions are open to sports sci-
Many sport scientists will aim to
move into coaching or instructing,
helping athletes to improve their per-
formance. This can range from being
a sports teacher or coach of an ama-
teur team, to being a personal trainer
in a gym, to working with profes-
sional or semi-professional athletes
at the very top of their game.
There are also the options of being
a sports psychologist, professional
nutritionist, or a sports therapist. In
all of these fields, progress is lead by
research, which leads us to another
popular career option: academia and
Finally, you could combine sport
science with something else, and get
involved in policy making for exam-
ple, or start your own sports related
In the modern world sport has become extremely big business. From the multi-billion dollar elite world
of professional sport to the equally big one of personal fitness, the impact of sport on the lives of billions
cannot be understated.
What is economics?
Economics explores the full spectrum of
issues that impact on financial situations
and decisions. From production to con-
sumption, economics looks at how the
world's resources are used by and distrib-
uted among individuals and organizations.
This involves studying areas of politics, so-
ciology, law, psychology, geography and his-
tory, at local and global levels.
The two major veins of economics are
microeconomics and macroeconomics. Mi-
croeconomics looks at the behaviour and in-
teractions of individual agents, such as
households, companies, buyers and sellers.
Macroeconomics analyses entire
economies on a national or global scale,
looking at issues such as unemployment, in-
flation, economic growth and monetary and
What to expect from economics degrees
As mentioned above, economics degrees
can come in BA and BSc forms. The latter
are likely to focus more on mathematics,
statistical theory and techniques for the ap-
plication of mathematics in economic the-
ory. Of course a BA in Economics will still
involve some mathematics, but usually
combined with more qualitative modules,
sometimes in related social sciences fields
such as sociology and psychology.
Whether classed as a BA or BSc, eco-
nomics degrees require students to com-
bine economic theory with empirical
investigation, using statistical techniques to
investigate questions in public policy and
the business/financial fields.
Economics is also often offered as part of
a joint or combined honours degree, paired
with subjects including computer science,
engineering, history, law, sociology, manage-
ment, mathematics, modern languages and
Popular options in Economics careers:
• Economic consultancy
•• Financial analyst
• Accountancy - financial reporting, taxation, au-
diting, financial accounting, corporate finance,
business recovery and insolvency and accounting
systems and processes.
Other career paths include roles in audit-
ing, business intelligence, economic plan-
ning, insurance, international development,
management, market research, poverty re-
duction, retail merchandising, statistics, so-
cial research, tax, human resource
management, IT, journalism, law, PR, poli-
tics, sales or entrepreneurship.
OTHER AREAS OF STUDY IN SOCIAL
Education, International Relations, Jour-
nalism, Leisure and Tourism, Media and
Communication, Politics, Public Policy, Sport
Science, Statistics, Law.
If you're an avid follower of national and international news
or are passionate about the business and finance sectors, it
might be worthwhile looking into economics degrees. Al-
though at first glance economics may seem to be all about
money, it is fundamentally a people-focused subject. It's
also a highly diverse subject, to the extent that undergradu-
ate economics degrees are available both as a Bachelor of
Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc).
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