Biology Education Centre

Bachelor Programme in Environmental Science

The Bachelor Programme in Environmental Science is a broadening education rooted in the natural sciences, also including different disciplinary perspectives on resource management and sustainability. The program focuses on key environmental issues such as sustainable management of ecosystem services, biodiversity and natural resources.

Uppsala University Campus Gotland offers a small scale study environment where you will become part of a vibrant community of students and faculty from different disciplines. The study resort Gotland, the largest of Swedish islands in the Baltic Sea, provides excellent opportunities for field trips, practical exercises and case studies with local connections on the central themes of the programme.

Programme content

The content of this programme has a scientific focus on sustainable use and management of natural resources on different scales in space and time with an emphasis on biodiversity and ecosystem services.  It includes both environmental and societal issues, and their complexity and system-dependence from a sustainability perspective. Themes dealt with, relate to the national, regional and global goals for environmental protection and sustainable development. This will equip the student with generalist skills and the ability to make overall assessments and recommendations for actions and strategic planning. Throughout the programme there are interactions with various representatives from work life such as administrative authorities, enterprises and organizations. There are also regular exercises in academic writing, oral presentation and group project work.

The first year includes four introductory courses in environmental science, biodiversity, ecosystem services and earth system change. The student will also be introduced to scientific method, theory and critical thinking. In the second year students will develop their skills in understanding, analyzing and managing environmental issues from different perspectives. The courses have a more specific and applied content dealing with tools and methods in community planning, nature conservation, environmental economics, environmental law, statistics, GIS and environmental monitoring. After the second year there are options to include an internship, an important part of the learning process.  During the third year, you get a greater depth of the programme areas of focus; environmental planning and management with examples from the coastal zone and the landscape around the Baltic Sea as a regular feature.

In some of the programme courses teaching is partly or fully conducted in English.

A film in Swedish about the programme in Environmental science