Earlier known as a simple B.Sc. (programme) Delhi University's newly structured course in life sciences, includes within its curriculum industrial chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry and environmental science, sericulture, agrochemicals and pest control, among others.
The course aims at providing adequate exposure to global and local concerns that explore the many aspects of societal relevance in environmental science.
It also encourages students to venture into fields like biochemistry, microbiology or biotechnology, while also providing them the flexibility to change their stream after graduation.
"The course is very relevant to today's needs, especially when it comes to choosing a subject for specialisation for future job prospects. Also, it exposes us to the challenges posed to the environment," said Bhavna Mehta, a student at Swami Shraddhanand College.
"The course revolves around practical work, where we put theory into practice. Moreover, students can branch out into specific fields such as zoology, botany and chemistry after completing the course," Mehta added.
"Quite like B.Sc. physical sciences, life sciences, too, has three subject combinations - zoology, botany and chemistry. There are some colleges that offer industrial chemistry and sericulture too. Together, these combinations open a window for students to branch out in future into pursuing related courses such as microbiology and biotechnology," said Gulshan Sawhney, Associate Professor, Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam College.
"Students can also join the hospitality or pharmaceutical industry where they will be trained according to their requirements," Sawhney added.
(Shaswati Das and Mallica Joshi)