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Environmental Science

The Environmental Science courses are undergraduate courses treating the environment in the Baltic Sea region. They give multidisciplinary overviews of the situation of the environment in the Baltic Sea region and on how to manage and protect it.

The Environmental Science courses provide an excellent background for studying both the Baltic University undergraduate and graduate courses on sustainable development.

The full course, Environmental Science (15 ECTS), consists of two parts: The Baltic Sea Environment (7.5 ECTS) and Basic Environmental Science (7.5 ECTS). The individual parts can be studied as separate courses. All three courses use the same textbook: Environmental Science. The courses consist of lectures, seminars, excursions, and case studies.

The courses are supported by the Baltic University Programme through teacher conferences, student conferences, and possibilities to arrange audio-, video- and computer conferences using information and communication technologies. Study groups are encouraged to organize at least one conference with students in another country.

A web site Environmental Science contains information and materials for the courses. Here you will also find a quiz to each chapter in the book.

In addition, a course in English for Environmental Science is available. This course provides the students in the Baltic Sea region with an opportunity to improve their professional command of the English language, based on texts in the Environmental Science textbook.

 

Aim of the Courses

The courses intend to give comprehensive knowledge of our environment and how to manage and protect it, using cases from the countries in the Baltic Sea region. It is a basic level holistic treatment of environmental science, covering all aspects of the subject, from the sciences (biology, geology, chemistry, engineering etc.) social sciences (economics, law, political sciences, international relations, etc.) as well as management.

The full course of Environmental Science provides a platform for professional work in environmental management in all parts of society, such as industry, authorities, municipalities etc., or further studies in the area.

 

Textbook for Environmental Science

Environmental Science - Understanding, protecting and managing the environment in the Baltic Sea Region

Environmental ScienceThis book has been written to provide students in the Baltic Sea region with material to study environmental science as it has developed and been applied in their own countries. The environmental problems we face here, and need to solve here, are specifically addressed in the book. The extraordinary resources we have in this region, which we should protect, are also described.

The Baltic Sea region hosts a population of close to 100 million people. It constitutes 15% of all Europe. The environmental issues are important and the concern for the environment is mounting both in the east and the west. Environmentally concerned individuals often go first. However, today environmental issues become increasingly important in legislation, economics and in business activities of all kinds. A competence in environmental science will therefore be needed in many professions.

About half of the book treats the environment itself and the other half how society deals with it.  The first part of the book introduces the basics of environmental science. The second part deals with the environmental impact on the environment. The third part of the book deasl with how the society reacts to this impact. The final part of the book deals with the development of good management practices.

Authors: L. Rydén, P. Migula, and M. Andersson
ISBN: 91-970017-0-8
Year: 2003
Pages: 824

You may download the book in the pdf pdf-format from the BUP Online Publications page.

 

Recommended Student Background

Since the courses are basic level holistic treatments of environmental science the students may have backgrounds in either physical/chemical/geological/biological studies, in social/political sciences, engineering or in economics/management. Secondary school science is, however, recommended as a minimum level in science.

The Environmental Science courses are normally best placed in the first part of the university studies. English is a prerequisite for students participating in common seminars.

   



5th BUP Rectors Conference

Åbo Akademi University 100 years

The 5th BUP Rectors Conference will be held in Turku the 24 - 26 January 2018. For further information and also the registration form please see the Rectors Conference web site.

The conference is a part of the 100 year celebrations at Åbo Akademi University.

Teaching materials

See the Teaching Materials section for teaching materials produced by the Baltic University Programme for this course package.

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