Understanding our environment, including increasing demands on and exploitation of natural resources and climate change, is probably the greatest challenge influencing our present and future.
In this programme, you will be focusing on natural global and local processes as well as human environmental impact and the interactions between them. You will obtain knowledge of various ecosystems, climate and climate change, land forming processes and land use. This programme also puts a strong focus on methods for collecting data on environmental conditions and provide you with useful analysis and visualization tools commonly used in professional work. A unique blend of courses results in a high-profile degree from a top international university – a perfect platform for a career or for further studies. As a student in the programme, you will study in an international environment and the studies are a mix of lectures, short and longer field excursions, group work, seminars and computer labs.
The department count more than 30 nationalities among the staff. The teachers are involved in research that connects to the topics included in the courses. They have gathered long experience working in different environments in the world, from the coldest climates in arctic environments as Greenland and Svalbard to the arid environments in African deserts and tropical forests in Central Africa and South America.
Courses are taken in subjects such as climatology, ecosystem analysis, geographical information science and environmental modelling. Theory and practice are integrated on local to global scales as well as in different locations in both developed and less developed countries. Close interaction with private and governmental bodies and fieldwork/visits in southern Sweden and Copenhagen, as well as one long field trip to Asia or Africa, are key ingredients of the programme.
You have several options to personalise the content of your BSc by selecting courses at the department and one semester consists of elective courses from other departments during which you could also do a study abroad at one of our many partner universities around the world.
You study one module at the time. Core courses of the programme are:
An Introduction to the Global Environment (15 credits)
Theory and Methods of Physical Geography (15 credits)
Hydrology (15 credits)
Ecosystem Analysis (15 credits)
Geographical Information Systems 1 (15 credits)
The Climate System (15 credits)
Remote Sensing for Landscape Studies (15 credits)
Other courses that we recommend you to include in your BSc are:
Land Surface Processes and Landscape Dynamics (15 credits)
Geographical Information Systems 2 (15 credits)
After graduation, you can either start working as an environmental specialist or continue with Master’s studies, in Lund or at another university. The programme offers training suitable for a wide range of professional roles. These could be work with climate and water issues, nature conservation planning, international aid and development work, handling of data or development of analytical methods. Many of our alumni work in various parts of the world with environmental, planning and development issues and the GIS skills given in this programme are sought after. This BSc programme is truly unique. A world in need is waiting for you!