Prof. T. Shivaji Rao a renowned Environmentalist and Distinguished Scientist was instrumental in establishing the department in 1995. It now offers Bachelor’s programme in Environmental Management (BEM) and M.Sc in Environmental Sciences. The two programmes were started under innovative programmes of UGC. From the beginning, the department has pioneered in imparting skills to the students in the areas of Applied Ecology, Environmental Pollution and Management with global, regional and local perspectives. M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes are also on offer. The Teaching-learning process is woven around field work, industrial visits, awareness seminars and project works apart from generic theoretical issues.
The department is well endowed with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to support effective teaching-learning process. The equipment also aids research in the areas of Phytoremediation, Biodegradation studies, Trace element geochemistry and waste water treatment etc. The faculty have been active in undertaking research projects funded by UGC, DST, NTPC, BARC and other agencies. The faculty have published 35 research papers in reputed journals during the last five years. Besides 06 research projects are currently in progress. The department has been undertaking consultancy works for industries within Andhra Pradesh and made a mark.
The department also takes proactive role in conducting Environmental Awareness Programmes on various environmental issues among general public, student community and industrial employees. The department has organized various workshops on climate change, solid waste management, Biodiversity for sustainable management, Water – Elixir of life and Environmental education etc. in association with Ministry of Environment of Forest, A.P. Pollution Control Board and Industries etc.