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Environmental Science BA (A), Energy and Sustainable Land Use, 7.5 credits

General data

Code: MX041G
Subject/Main field: Miljövetenskap
Cycle: First cycle
Progression: (A)
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: G1N - First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
Answerable department: Ecotechnology and Sustainable Building Engineering
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
Established: 8/15/2018
Date of change: 1/21/2019
Version valid from: 1/1/2019


The purpose of the course is that the student should get basic knowledge and skills in environmental science, concepts and perspectives. The course also aims at giving the student basic understanding of energy and energy systems as well as insights regarding the use of natural resources from society's perspective connected to sustainability.

Course objectives

After the course, the student is expected to be able to:
- explain the term energy, based on basic physical relationships
- explain the human use of soil and water.
- account for and discuss resource issues from a sustainability perspective
- account for the most common existing energy systems and its prerequisites
- account for various human made transport systems
- account for different sectors of society (land use, housing, energy, industry and transport) and its potential for contributing to a sustainable development.
- show system understanding of environmental science


The course is based on lectures and seminars. The lectures covers energy, energy systems with a certain focus on renewable energy. Connection between renewable energy and their meteorological base is covered. Agriculture, forestry, industry and transports are highlighted. The course also contain sustainable conflicts connected to human need.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Examination form

Written exam, 7,5 credits

Grading criteria for the subject can be found at

The examiner has the right to offer alternative examination arrangements to students who have been granted the right to special support by Mid Sweden University’s disabilities adviser.

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Robert K. Kaufmann and Cutler J. Cleveland
Title: Environmental Science
Edition: 2018
Publisher: Trubooks
Comment: e-book

Author: Sieglinde Snapp
Title: Agricultural Systems: Agroecology and Rural Innovation for Development
Edition: second edition or later
Publisher: Academic Press

Author: Stephen Peake
Title: Renewable Energy
Edition: 4 or later
Publisher: OUP Oxford