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Department of Environmental Science and Management

About ESM

Established in 1994 as the Department of Environmental Studies, the department took the name - Department of Environmental Science and Management (ESM) - in 2004. Today it is popularly known as NSU ESM. Establishment of an environment department by NSU reflects huge opportunity that has opened up for environmental graduates in the national and international job markets. After consolidating the undergraduate study programs over the last 15 years, the department started a graduate study program in 2009, with the funding support of CIDA and academic collaboration with the Natural Resource Institute (NRI) of University of Manitoba, Canada.

Experience Nature like never before at NSU ESM

Department Video link

Both BS in Environmental Science and BS in Environmental Management students are required to successfully complete 130 credits, while Masters students have to complete 39 credits. These credit courses consist of core, major elective as well as elective courses and aim to give students the required knowledge for the field of study chosen and later for their careers. Furthermore, there are a few diploma courses available at ESM too.

As part of NSU's dual degree program, ESM students can also earn a major or minor in another discipline (e.g., in economics or business) similar to economics or business students' scope of doing a major or minor in environmental science or environmental management. All ESM students are required to do internship which offers opportunity to work with national and international organizations working in the environmental field.

Due to its multidisciplinary curriculum with wide-ranging courses, ESM graduates are able to avail higher study opportunity abroad in fields of environmental science and engineering; environmental policy and sustainable development; urban planning and environmental management; natural resource management; ecology, toxicology and epidemiology; environmental and natural resource economics; environmental law or disaster management.

Most ESM faculty members have a PhD degree from renowned universities. Faculty research interests include pollution control, sustainable resource management, land use, climate change, environmental economics and policy, urban environmental management, environmental health, environmental toxicology, water resource management, waste management, environmental valuation and impact assessment, biogas and biofuel production, etc.

NSU Grading Policy is followed by ESM faculty members to grade students

World Environment Day Conference jointly arranged by NSU's Environmental Science and Management dept. and the Department of Environment under Ministry of Environment and Forests, June 2016

NSU ESM graduates with their faculty members on their graduation day, May 2015

Chairman's Message

Throughout my career I have always been interested in the field of environmental science and management. I have particularly been interested in it as it is a crossroad where multiple dimensions intersect: economics, management, social studies, population science, ethics, analysis and action. Moreover, there are few joys more profound than belonging to a community that is driven by a sense of shared mission, a mission to save the environment, save the world. Therefore it was an honor for me to receive the responsibility of ESM as the Chair, and I look forward to carry the banner of environment and educating the next generation of environmental activists to the best of my ability.

ESM has been a pioneer in the field of environmental science since 1994. The Board of Trustees and the ESM community, in collaboration with partners from the rest of North South University and from national / international organizations and institutions, is in the process of building a truly integrative framework to better address the complexities of global and national environmental challenges.

I had assumed the Chairmanship in the midst of a global crisis that poses serious challenges to everyone. With environmental challenges, like the inevitable effects of climate change, I look at it as the perfect time to empower and build capacity in the future generation of Bangladesh to adapt to the effects of Climate Change. In this complex context, my aim is to uphold the quality of our current education and provide a firm foundation for our future.

We need to rise to the challenges and harness the potential of our national assets. No other school is as well positioned as ours to lead this new era of environmental revolution. Together our scholars, students, staff, alumni, friends, and partners will help to shape a sustainable environment for the current and future generations of Bangladesh.

I look forward to building upon our heritage as stewards of  ESM. 

Md. Jakariya, PhD

Professor & Chair
PhD in Water Resources Management
KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

MPhil in Environment and Development
University of Cambridge, UK


Phone: (880-2) 55668200, Ext. 2057

Faculty Members

Dr. Mizan R Khan (MRK)


Ph.D., University of Maryland, USA
M.Sc.,Peoples Friendship University, Russia

Dr. ATM Nurul Amin (NMN)

Professor &
Director, Graduate Studies and Research

Ph.D.,University of Manitoba, Canada
M.A.,University of Manitoba, Canada

Dr. Md. Jakariya [Jky]

Professor & Chair
Ph.D., KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
M Phil University of Cambridge, UK

Dr. Biswas Karabi Farhana (BKF)

Ph.D., University of East Anglia, UK
M.E.S., University of Newcastle, Australia

Dr. Hassan Mahmud (HMd)

Ph. D., University of Ottawa, Canada
M.A.Sc., University of Ottawa,Canada

Dr. Nazmul Ahsan Khan (Nzn)

Ph.D., Kobe University, Japan
M.Sc.,Kobe University, Japan

Dr. Kamrun Nahar (KNr)

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences, Austria

Dr. Mohammad Sujauddin [Sud]

Assistant Professor
Ph. D., The University of Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Saiful Momen [SMO]

Assistant Professor
Ph. D., University of Hawaii, USA

Mr. Mohammad Moshiur Rahman [Mdo]

M.Sc., Queens College, City University of New York, USA

Tahmid Huq Easher [THE]

M.Sc., McGill University, Canada

Ahnaf Ahmed [AAd]

MS, The Johns Hopkins University, USA

Raisa Bashar [RBr]

MS in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Durham University, UK

Ms. Sabrina Islam [Srs]

Lecturer (On Extraordinary Leave)
M.Sc., Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand

Nushrat Nazia [NNz2]

M. Sc., University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Dr. Kamaluddin Ahmed [KdA]

Professor (Part Time)

Mr. AKM Shahidullah [Asu]

Lecturer (On Leave)
M.Sc., University of Manitoba, Canada

Dr. M Harunur Rashid [HRh]

Professor (Part Time)

Dr. Md. Anisur Rahman Khan [ARK]

Professor (Part Time)

Dr. M Mahfuzur Rahman [Mfz]

Professor (Part Time)

Dr. Niaz Ahmed Khan [Mfz]

Professor (Part Time)

Dr. Khabir Uddin [KBU]

Professor (Part Time)

Dr. M. Manzurul Hassan [KBU]

Professor (Part Time)

Dr. M. Nazrul Islam [Mzs]

Professor (Part Time)

Mr. Al-Amin Mohammad [Ald]

Professor (Part Time)

Dr. Md. Humayun Kabir [HmK]

Professor (Part Time)

Dr. Khandoker Azizul [KAI]

Professor (Part Time)

Dr. M. Mokhlesur Rahman [RMk]

Associate Professor (Part Time)

Dr. S. M. Munjurul Hannan Khan [MjK]

Assistant Professor (Part Time)

Dr. Md. Monirul [MrL]

Associate Professor (Part Time)

Dr. Md. Tajuddin Sikder [MTj]

Assistant Professor (Part Time)

Dr. Md. Mizanur Rahman [RMr]

Associate Professor (Part Time)

Dr. Md. Nazrul Islam [Zru]

Associate Professor (Part Time)

Dr. Istiak Sobhan [ISb]

Assistant Professor (Part Time)

Dr. Kabirul Bashar [KBs]

Associate Professor (Part Time)

Mr. Mohammad Hafijul Islam [MHf]

Assistant Professor (Part Time)

Dr. Moupia Rahman [MpR]

Assistant Professor (Part Time)

Mr. Ferdous Seraj [MFj]

Lecturer (Part Time)


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Contact Us

ESM department officers are always there to lend you a helping hand

Arifa Rahman

Officer, Environmental Science and Management
Department Office
SAC 7th floor, North South University
Contact no. +880255668200 Ext. 2059

Office Timing: Sunday – Thursday, 9am-5pm


Environmental Science and Management department of NSU has two undergraduate degrees:
- BSc in Environmental Science
- BSc in Environmental Management

Click on the link below to get more details about the degrees and courses

BS in Environmental Science
BS in Environmental Management

Postgraduate Diploma

ETP (Effluent Treatment Plant) Management

Dual Major and Minor

Requirement for Dual Major in

Environmental Science or Environmental Management

Total credit requirement: 45 (comprised of 27 credits of core courses, 9 credits of concentration courses, and 9 credits of electives).The details are shown below:

Core course for both majors (27 credits)

ENV 102: Environmental Biology

ENV 107: Introduction to Environmental Science

ENV 172/ECO 172/BUS 172: Introduction to Statistics

ENV 214: Environmental Management

ECO 103: Introduction to Economics

ENV 260: Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

ENV 373: Environmental Impact Assessment

ENV 409: Environmental Policy, Planning and Politics

ENV 430: Environmental Law

 Core for Science Track (9 credits)

ENV 205: Climate Change

ENV 375: Biostatistics

ENV 408: Environmental Pollution Control

Environmental Science Track (9 credits)

Three Elective courses from the following (1 from Level 2; 2 from level 3 and 3 from level 4)

ENV 204: Soil Science

ENV 207: Environment and Health

ENV 209: Environmental Chemistry

ENV 303: Environmental Hydrology

ENV 304: Environmental Microbiology

ENV 305: Water Supply and Treatment

ENV 309: Toxicology

ENV 311: Geology and Geomorphology

ENV 312: Biogeochemistry (pre-requisite: ENV 209)

ENV 313: Biodiversity and the Preservation of Species

ENV 315: Environmental Ethics

ENV 316: Geography Information System

ENV 401: Sustainable Agriculture

ENV 402: Environmental Modeling

ENV 404: Environmental Issues in Bangladesh

ENV 405: Population and Environmental

ENV 407: Quantitative Applications in Environmental Studies

ENV 410: Integrated Water Resource Planning and Management

ENV 412: Coastal Zone Management

ENV 413: Groundwater Assessment, Development and Management

ENV 414: Waste Management

ENV 415: Waste Treatment

ENV 418: Conservation and Sustainable Development

ENV 419: Forest Management

ENV 421/ECO 486: Energy Economics and Policy

ENV 425: Ecological Economics

ENV 450: System Analysis for Environmental Planning

Core for Management Track (9 credits)

ENV 307: Urban Environmental Management

ENV 432: Corporate Environmental Management

ENV 434: Environmental Accounting

Environmental Management Track (9 credits)

Three Elective courses from the following (1 from Level 2; 2 from level 3 and 3 from level 4)

ENV 206: Environmental Sociology

ENV 207: Environment and Health

ENV 306: Sustainable Rural Community Design

ENV 315: Environmental Ethics

ENV 316: Geography Information System

ENV 317: Environmental Psychology

ENV 318: Gender Issues and Sustainable Development

ENV 317: Poverty and the Environment

ENV 321: Environmental Organizations

ENV 354/ECO 354: Environmental and Natural Resources Economics

ENV 372: Techniques and Environmental Evaluation

ENV 380: Environment and Mass Communications

ENV 401: Sustainable Agriculture

ENV 403: Global Environmental Issues and Politics

ENV 404: Environmental Issues in Bangladesh

ENV 405: Population and Environment

ENV 406: Trade, Technology Transfer and Environment

ENV 410: Integrated Water Resource Planning and Management

ENV 412: Coastal Zone Management

ENV 414: Waste Management

ENV 416: Environmental Negotiations and Mediations

ENV 417: Environment, Conflict and Security

ENV 418: Conservation and Sustainable Development

ENV 419: Forest Management

ENV 421/ECO 486: Energy Economics and Policy

ENV 425: Ecological Economics

ENV 431: Culture, Religion and Environment

ENV 434: Environmental Accounting

Total credit hours: 45 (27+9+9)

 Minor in Environmental Science or in Environmental Management

The Department of Environmental Science and Management (DESM) offers a Minor in Environmental Science as well as Minor in Environmental Management for students of other disciplines. Each minor program is designed to provide the students with an advanced exposure to the environmental issues. The students take a balanced load of science, economics, management and policy courses to develop a broad base in all the aspects of environmental science and management education. In addition, the students have opportunity to select elective courses from an extensive list of environmental courses in order to pursue their specific field of interest.

To achieve a Minor in Environmental Science or Environmental Management, a student has to take a total of 30 credits of Core and Elective courses from the DESM curriculum. Courses requirements are listed below.

Core Course Requirements of 21 Credits

ENV 107: Introduction to Environmental Science

ENV 207: Environment and Health

ENV 214: Environmental Management

ENV/ECO 260: Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resources Economics

ENV 316: Geographical Information System

ENV 373: Environmental Impact Assessment

ENV 403: Global Environmental Issues and Politics

 Elective Course Requirements of 9 Credits

The student may choose any three courses from the list contained in the DESM curriculum.

Types of Courses









Click on the link below to download the 2015 publication list of ESM faculty members.

For more about their research interests and earlier publications browse through Faculty Members subtab.


Projects and Research Labs

Some Projects of the Department (ongoing and completed)

Project Start


Project end


Project Title



Crop Insurance in Bangladesh



Building Environmental Governance Capacity in Bangladesh



Biodiversity Conservation through the protection and restoration of water sources of Pablakhali Protected Area under Rangamati District



Mainstreaming climate change issue in the coastal zones of Bangladesh



Improving Teaching Learning at Undergraduate and Graduate Program of Environmental Sciences



Climatic Variability related Societal Changes and Dengue Disease in Bangladesh


  • Environmental Science Lab for Students (SAC 725)
  • Environmental Science Lab for Research and Project Work (SAC 726)
  • GIS and Environmental Modeling Lab (SAC 724)



Study Tours

Integrated Water Resource Management trip to Nilphamari in March 2016

-  National Botanical Gardens, Mirpur

-  Safari Park, Gazipur

-  Lawachara Forest, Sylhet

-  Sundarbans Reserved Forest

-  Cox’s Bazar (the longest sea-shore of the world)

-  Rangamati

-  Bichnakandi

-  Kuakata

-  Tangaor Haor

-  Chittagong Hill Tracts and surrounding areas

-  International trips to countries like:

  1. Nepal
  2. Bhutan
  3. India
  4. Sri Lanka
  5. Indonesia
  6. Thailand

Internship and Thesis

Our talented and hardworking students partake Internships at and collaborate with world renowned local and international organizations:


-          Centre for Environmental and Geographic Information Systems (CEGIS)

-          GIZ

-          United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

-          United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

-          USAID

-          BRAC

-          Asian Development Bank (ADB)

-          World Bank

-          BRIT

-          Department of Environment (DoE)

-          icddr,b

-          Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers’ Association (BELA)

-          Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA)

-          International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)…and many more

Students also need to complete a Thesis for satisfying their degree requirement and have the option of working as research assistants in Research Projects on a variety of subject areas ranging from environmental science and engineering, environmental policy and sustainable development, urban planning and environmental management, natural resource management, ecology, toxicology and epidemiology, environmental and natural resource economics, environmental law to disaster management

Earth Club

Earth Club is the resident student activity club of the department of Environmental Science and Management. This club is a great way for ESM students to enjoy and participate in extra-curricular activities. For more information on them visit the following Facebook link –

Earth Club President presents a tree to the Treasurer of NSU at their 'A Tree for a Tree Campaign'

Earth Club members at the Annual Club Carnival, 2015

Photo Gallery

ESM Annual Picnic (2016) to Neel Komol Resort in the outskirts of Dhaka

Our students learn in a culturally diverse setting and interact with people from different countries making them better suited to international work

NSU ESM presents Open Day 2016 with the College-goers of Dhaka

ESM Night and Alumni reunion in 2013. There's one coming up soon!

Regular School campaigns are held by ESM to spread Environmental Education to the youngsters of schools and colleges

Our Outreach Programs to spread the news of our beloved ESM has always been a sucess.This program was held in lieu of that in 2014

Coastal Zone Management trip to Cox's Bazar, 2015

Earth Club of NSU wins the prestigious National Award for contribution towards environmental awareness, 2016

A shot of the Ratargul Swamp Forest taken on a stud tour from ESM by department student, Riasad Bin Mahbub

A glimpse of a skit prepared by our department students enacting their teachers at the ESM Evening in 2013

ENV 208 (Environmental Hazards and Disaster Management) course trip to Lawachara National Forest in Sylhet led by Professor and Chair of ESM, Dr. Md. Jakariya, 2014

ESM Alumni Abdullah Diyan talks about his BAGH Project at the World Environment Day Conference

ESM students try familiarizing themeselves with the people of a place when they visit because the participation of the locals in any project is key to its success - photo by Fayed M. Khan

Seminar on Biodiversity Conservation and Management arranged by NSU ESM, 2015

ESM Brochure

ESM Brochure..

Alumni Profile

Jobs and Scholarships

For jobs, internships, scholarships, etc. opportunities visit our dynamic FACEBOOK webpage at

ESM alumni and Johns Hopkins graduate, Ahnaf Ahmed, joined as Lecturer at ESM last year (2015)

Sayam U. Chowdhury, alumni of ESM, is part of the team that recently had success in reviving the lost species of Spoon-billed Sand Piper birds and is a graduate of the University of Cambridge

Sirazum Munira, 2015/16 Commonwealth Scholar: ex-ESM Bachelors and Masters student

Jahin Shams, recent graduate of ESM's bachelors program won a Chevening Scholarship to the UK

Swarna Kazi, Masters graduate from the University of Oxford and ex-ESM student is now employed by the World Bank

Here's Sate Ahmed, an ESM alumni received Erasmus Mundus to study applied ecology at the Universite de Poitiers, last year

Here are some links to help you find a suitable scholarship/job:








News and Notice


- NSU's Masters Admissions will be held of the 9th of Dec. and the deadline for form submission is 5pm on the 7th of Dec.

- The ESM Outreach programs will be reinitiated with a short trip to Chittagong schools and colleges by the end of October

- ESM Night and Alumni Reunion is just around the corner too!


A Masters Info. Exchange was held on the 19th of Nov. with the successful participation of over 75 potential candidates for ESM's Graduate program, industry people/employees and faculty members to better understand the supply and demand side of the offered degree.

The ENV 380 Seminar Series comes to an end with the 4th and Final Installment. Here's Sajid Iqbal, ESM Masters student (ex Bachelors student) and founder of CHANGE speaking about Climate Change Mitigation Through Local Innovations.

On the 14th of Nov., NSU ESM successfully held an Open Day with the participation of over 90 students fro Dhaka Colleges

Humboldt University, Germany and North South University, Bangladesh signed an
agreeement of academic collboration; present were Dr. Atiqul Islam, VC of NSU,
Dr. G. U. Ahsan, Dean of SHLS and Dr. Md. Jakariya, Chair and Professor of ESM among others

ESM student, Riasad Bin Mahbub, places as 1st runners-up in the 2016 Environmental Olympiad