Study programme - BSc Environmental Sciences

The bachelor's programme in Environmental Sciences is a three-year programme, and includes 180 ECTS credits (60 credits per year). The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is an international system in which each credit represents around 28 hours of study. The Wageningen University & Research academic year is divided into six teaching periods. Usually the first six weeks of each period are devoted to classes and practicums; the seventh week is for private study, to prepare for the exams that are given in week 8. Students take two subjects per teaching period; one morning subject, and one afternoon subject.

Year 1

In the first year you expand your knowledge in Maths, Statistics, Chemistry and Physics. Besides these basic courses introductory courses on environmental issues like soil, water and environmental policy are part of the first year courses. At the start of the year you will be introduced to developing sustainable solutions to environmental problems. At the end of the year you can apply your knowledge and insights in a real life context.

Year 2

Courses on air quality, environmental technology, environmental system analysis and sustainability transitions are part of the 2nd year. You gain a deeper understanding of the area that appeals to you most by choosing one of three specialisations: Environmental Quality and Systems Analysis, Environmental Technology or Environmental Policy and Economics. In a knowledge integration course you carry out research for a company or organisation. In small groups you try to solve a case in a sustainable way. Concluding this year you go on a study trip abroad together with fellow students.

Year 3

During the third year you gain more extensive knowledge in your specialisation, which you can apply in your individual thesis. The other semester is available for elective courses at Wageningen University & Research or at another university in the Netherlands or abroad.