Institute of Environmental Sciences (IESc) at Boğaziçi University provides comprehensive educational and research opportunities in environmental sciences and technology. The principal focus areas include: environmental chemistry; microbial systems ecology; conservation ecology; ecotoxicology; renewable energy options; systems modeling for sustainability analysis; cleaner production; GIS-aided studies; fate and transport of pollutants in water, air and soil; water quality modeling; drinking water treatment; wastewater treatment; groundwater contamination and modeling; solid waste management; hazardous waste management. Because of the multidisciplinary credentials of its faculty, the excellence of its research facilities, and extensive collaboration with other engineering and science faculty, the program attracts high-caliber students from a variety of engineering and science disciplines. IESc is also a key component in the campus initiatives on Sustainable Technology & Development, Solid Waste Management, and Energy Systems.
The Environmental Science Program at the Institute of Environmental Sciences is an interdisciplinary program to help understand the underlying causes of environmental problems and encourages an active search for solutions. The field merges the perspectives of traditional disciplines of pure sciences and social sciences, as well as engineering.
The program is designed to give the students multi-disciplinary training in a broad spectrum of subject matter and provide analytical tools. Students from diverse science backgrounds can apply their knowledge and skills to determine the causes and consequences of environmental problems and formulate solutions.
Environmental Technology consists of techniques that are employed in the control of environmental pollution, reduction of pollution and the efficient management of resources. In accordance with this, topics such as water supply and treatment, surface water pollution, groundwater pollution, wastewater collection and treatment, air pollution and control, soil pollution, solid waste generation and disposal, use of renewable energy sources, recycling of solid wastes are all within the scope of Environmental Technology.
Although Environmental Sciences and Environmental Technology topics intersect each other in many ways, the distinctive feature of Environmental Technology is its application-oriented character.
The education in the Environmental Technology Division appeals mostly to students from engineering disciplines. Therefore, the Environmental Technology Division at IESc accepts students from backgrounds such as Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering etc. and offers them mainly courses and research opportunities in following areas: Water Pollution and Control, Air Pollution and Control, Solid Waste and Disposal, and Use of Renewable Energy.