Degree in Environmental Sciences


Program Description

  • Official title: Graduate in Environmental Sciences
  • Branch of knowledge: Sciences
  • Center: Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Type of teaching: On-site
  • Spanish Language
  • Duration: 4 academic courses
  • ECTS credits: 240
  • Places of new entry 2019-20: 100


The Degree in Environmental Sciences begins to be taught at the USAL in the 2010-11 academic year, once the verification process has been passed (ANECA-ACSUCyL and the Council of Universities), and replaces the Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Sciences. This Degree has renewed its accreditation in 2016.

This Degree aims to qualify for the exercise of the profession of environmentalist in all those professional activities that are related to the Environment, focusing on the conservation and management of the environment and natural resources, territorial planning, management and environmental quality in companies and administrations, the environmental quality in relation to health as well as in communication and environmental education, from the perspective of sustainability.

The studies last 4 years (60 ECTS credits per year to complete 240 ECTS) and are organized in annual subjects (only in 1st year) and in semester subjects. The basic and compulsory subjects are taught throughout the four courses. The elective subjects (18 ECTS in which internships are included in companies) are taught in the second semester of the 3rd and 4th year and the Final Degree Project (12 ECTS) in the last semester of the plan.

The set of subjects that make up the syllabus are grouped into 9 modules, understood as thematic blocks of related subjects: 1) Basic Sciences, 2) Natural Sciences; 3) Social, economic and legal sciences, 4) Environmental technology, 5) Environmental management and quality, 6) Conservation, planning and management of the environment, 7) Instrumental matters; 8) Internships in companies, 9) End of Degree Project.



The Environmental Science training will be oriented towards achieving the following general objectives:

  • Provide the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the various modalities of professional practice.
  • Establish the bases for the subsequent access of students to specialization in environmental sciences, scientific research, technological development activities and teaching.
  • Stimulate autonomous learning, encourage individual and collective study and reduce passive forms of teaching in order to motivate the student towards continuing education.
  • To stimulate in the student the capacity to realize experimental designs on the base of the scientific method and the interpretation of scientific works in the field of the sciences.
  • Train for teamwork with other professionals.
  • Promote critical analysis in the evaluation of problems, decision making and leadership spirit and train professionals in the culture of total quality with management skills and direction.

Specific E Competencies

Unlike general competences, specific competences are configured as the attributes that future graduates must acquire during their stay at the university and must be defined by the experience provided by the degree itself.

Specific competences include those related to the disciplinary and academic training that graduates must acquire (that is, theoretical knowledge that graduates must acquire through the subjects taught in the degree), and those related to professional training that future graduates must possess. (that is, what has been associated with the skills, skills and practical knowledge that must be learned during the student's stay at the University).

  1. Base environmental problems based on scientific and technological knowledge.
  2. Know and be aware of the temporal and spatial dimensions of environmental processes.
  3. Analyze qualitative and quantitative environmental data.
  4. Plan, manage and conserve natural resources.
  5. Value economically the goods, services and natural resources.
  6. Analyze the exploitation of resources in the context of sustainable development.
  7. Apply environmental management systems, quality management and perform environmental audits.
  8. Apply integrated management systems for health, hygiene and prevention of occupational risks.
  9. Prepare and execute environmental impact studies.
  10. Prepare, manage, monitor and control environmental studies.
  11. Develop plans for the integrated management of the territory.
  12. Manage and restore the natural environment.
  13. Management and treatment of water resources.
  14. Treatment of contaminated soil.
  15. Air quality and purification of atmospheric emissions.
  16. Waste management.
  17. Energy management and optimization: clean technologies and renewable energies.
  18. Design and execute education and environmental communication programs.

Admission profile

The recommended intake profile of the student of the Degree in Environmental Sciences, understood as a set of knowledge, skills and defined skills that must be gathered for the proper monitoring and development of the training program, is specified as follows:

  • Knowledge of Mathematics: Mathematics in the field of Environmental Sciences is considered not only as a calculation tool, but its language and methods are used for the analysis of problems, decision making and model building. Therefore the aspiring graduate in Environmental Sciences must possess the basic concepts and mathematical techniques of analysis.
  • Knowledge of Physics: A large part of the processes that are the object of study in the field we are dealing with are physical processes that need to be studied and analyzed to evaluate their impact and the appropriate methods of control. Therefore, the candidate for a degree in Environmental Sciences must have a good base in this discipline.
  • Knowledge of Chemistry: It can be stated, analogous to the case of Physics, that there are numerous chemical processes related to the environment that should be studied and analyzed. It is advisable, therefore, a good knowledge base regarding Chemistry. After reviewing the Baccalaureate programs of this discipline, it can be concluded that if the proposed objectives have really been achieved, it will be sufficient to address the subjects related to Chemistry and the Environment.
  • Knowledge of Biology: Given the importance of life sciences in this degree, it is important that the student has completed the subject of Biology in the Baccalaureate, in order to adequately assimilate the subjects related to it, which are included in the curriculum. Environmental Science studies.
  • Knowledge of Geology: Lla Geology is one of the basic aspects in the configuration of the physical environment of a territory. The rocks condition the relief or landscape of a region; in turn, the relief influences the climate, the erosion of the soil, etc. The geological substratum is a fundamental component of any ecosystem, since the types and properties of the soils depend on lithology and depend on the type of vegetation that grows on them. Therefore, the candidate for a degree in Environmental Sciences must have a base in Geology.
  • Knowledge of English: The level of knowledge of English, as a minimum, will be that which corresponds to the Bachillerato. That is, read and write with certain ease in that language.
  • Computer skills: It is recommended that, at the user level, basic programs of word processors, databases and presentations are handled. Likewise, it is desirable that the student has a certain ease in consulting documentation on the Internet.
  • Capabilities, skills and recommended attitudes: Interest in the study of science, experimentation, laboratory and field work; Observation, analysis and critical sense; Creativity and interest in scientific research; Concern for the knowledge of causes and the search for solutions to environmental problems; Environmental sensitivity; that is, interest and respect for nature and being committed to the conservation of the environment.

Recommended subjects

  • biology
  • DC. of the Earth and environment

Access, Pre-registration, Admission and Registration

No conditions or special entrance tests are foreseen to enroll in this Degree. The basic state regulations are followed.

Students with partial official university studies who wish to be admitted to this degree should consult the requirements in the section "Transfer of file" of the Academic Guide of the degree in this same web.

Academic and Professional Exits

Academic Outputs

Once you finish the Degree in Environmental Sciences, we suggest you study one of the following University Master's degrees at the USAL , if you opt for a greater specialization:

  • Environmental Sciences (Specialty 1: Technology and Environmental Management, Specialty 2: Environment and Society)
  • Agrobiotechnology
  • Biology and Conservation of Biodiversity
  • Earth Sciences: Environmental and Applied Geology
  • Social Studies of Science and Technology
  • Chemical Engineering [Note: Specific training complements are required]
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • ESO and Baccalaureate Teacher, Vocational Training and Language Teaching

Professional outings

This qualification qualifies the person who holds it for the profession of Ambientologist and qualifies him exclusively against other professionals, for the exercise of said profession for others or his own.

In addition, they will correspond to Graduates or Graduates in Environmental Sciences, in free competition with other professionals, activities aimed at:

  • environmental education and training,
  • application of environmental quality management systems in the company and organizations,
  • conducting environmental audits, consulting and environmental impact assessment,
  • industrial environmental technology,
  • management of the natural environment.

The USAL facilitates your professional insertion. Links of interest:

  • Professional orientation.
  • Training for employment.
  • Employment exchange.
  • Advice on business creation.
  • Practices for students.
  • Practices for graduates.
Last updated Mar 2020

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