Minor in Environmental Management



Q1. Why should I pursue a Minor in Environmental Management?

Environmental issues are very pervasive and permeate all levels of society. Today’s environmental problems are highly challenging and multidisciplinary in scope, and the Minor in Environmental Management will provide students with a good foundation in environmental management issues and perspectives. In addition, students will have exposure to the wide array of latest cutting-edge environmental technologies under development in School of CEE.

Students with a non-Environmental Engineering major will find the Minor in Environmental Management useful and pertinent, particularly when they embark on professional careers that may involve varying degrees of environmental-related interactions.

NIE students and students who major in Communication Studies may be attracted to pursue the Minor in Environmental Management to strengthen their grasp and understanding of current affairs in the environmental arena.

Entrepreneurial-minded students, perhaps from the Business School may be drawn to the Minor in Environmental Management as it will provide them with an inside track to identify and develop business opportunities in environmental technology.

Students from the Biological and other Sciences may be interested in offering the Minor in Environmental Management to understand how science can impact our knowledge of the environment and affect the formulation of environment-related policies and standards.

The Minor in Environmental Management is designed so that it will appeal to students from all disciplines.

Q2. How relevant is Environmental Management to society today?

Singapore is fast becoming a major regional environmental engineering hub that is adding immense value to the economy through the rigorous creation of new businesses, products, services, capabilities and jobs.

The Asian environmental engineering market is growing sturdily each year. Environmental issues affect all levels of society, including government ministries, public sector agencies, universities and research institutes, as well as multi-national corporations, industry players, environmental consultancies and service providers. Some important growth sectors include water and wastewater reclamation, membrane technologies, desalination, waste reclamation and resource recovery, clean energy, environmental biotechnology and environmental remediation.

Q3. What should I know about the staff teaching the Minor in Environmental Management?

CEE has a highly experienced Environmental Engineering faculty, with many professors coming from world-renowned universities. Many faculty members come with extensive industry experience, having served with key environmental players in government and public sector agencies as well as with leading environmental firms and consultancies. CEE professors are also entrepreneurial, and have spun off successful companies based on academic R&D.

CEE professors also have an established track record in environmental R&D, and have won prestigious awards for their research and development achievements.

Q4. Are there any prerequisites for the EM courses?

No. The Minor in Environmental Management courses are designed to be broad-based to cater to the diverse needs of the NTU-wide student population.

Q5. Is there any order for the minor courses that I should take?

Students may take any five of the eight listed courses in any order.

Q6. Is there any differentiation between students who are interested in doing a Minor and those who will take one or two of the Minor subjects as General Electives? Will I be given priority if I am interested in doing a Minor?

The number of classes and vacancies will be tailored to meet the students’ interest and demand for the Minor in Environmental Management courses. Because the Minor in Environmental Management requires students to complete 15 AUs within the duration of their degree programme, students who offer the Minor will be given preference during subject registration.