Science requires a fundamental understanding of the key areas of biology and chemistry and this course offers prospective students an opportunity to develop a core competency in both scientific areas in their first year at University. Entrants joining UL through the LM123 Biological and Chemical Sciences programme will subsequently have an opportunity to advance their studies in one of four specialised degree programmes,:
- Industrial Biochemistry,
- Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry
- Environmental Science
Having selected LM123 Biological and Chemical Sciences you will be requested to rank the degree programmes in order of your preference during Semester 2. In the event that a programme is over- subscribed, places will be allocated based on UL exam performance.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.
Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.
The career opportunities will depend primarily on the BSc course chosen by you, typical careers are:
- Industrial Biochemistry - Biochemist, Teacher, Quality Assurance Manager, Scientific Researcher, Patent Agent
- Environmental Science Environmental Officer, Environmental Laboratory Scientist, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Auditor, Water Conservation Officer, Water Quality Scientist
- Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry Chemist, Industrial Chemist, Environmental Chemist, Chemical Process Engineering, Quality Assurance Manager.
- Bioscience Graduates of the programme will be well positioned to gain employment in Irelands rapidly growing high tech Life Science industry.