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Environmental Science BA (A), Environment and Mankind, 15 credits

General data

Code: MX001G
Subject/Main field: Miljövetenskap
Cycle: First cycle
Progression: (A)
Credits: 15
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: 3/28/2007
Date of change: 10/7/2013
Version valid from: 1/1/2014


The course objective is for students to acquire basic knowledge and skills in environmental science concepts and perspectives. The course aims to enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of society's use of resources in terms of sustainability, as well as acquire skills in systems analysis methodology. It also aims to enable students to master basic scientific methodology.

Course objectives

After completing the course, students should be able to:
- describe the basic environmental science concepts and sustainability perspectives
- give an overview of methods and instruments to achieve environmental policy objectives
- outline the methods for environmental chemical analysis and environmental monitoring
- describe various important sectors of society (agricultural industries, buildings, energy, industry and transport) impacts and opportunities for them to contribute to sustainable development
- demonstrate an understanding of systems in environmental scientific applications.


The course comprises an introduction to the environmental science field through thematic studies in areas such as land-based industries (agriculture, forestry, aquaculture), buildings, energy, industry and transport. The course covers sustainability conflicts linked to human needs, the common resource base and human use of natural resources.

The course includes practical elements comprising 5 hp and theoretical elements 10 hp.

Entry requirements

The following course levels from Swedish Upper Secondary School (Gymnasium) or equivalent: Chemistry course A, Mathematics course C, and English course B.
Special proficiency in English can also be proven by for example the following international tests:
- TOEFL with a minimum score of 550 on paper based test and not below 4.0 on the TWE
- IELTS Academic Training with a minimum overall score of 6.0 and a minimum score on the specific parts of at least 5.0
(OB 8)

Selection rules and procedures

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

Teaching form

The teaching consists of lectures, seminars, excursions and various forms of exercises. Computer applications may occur. Students are required to work thematically and problem-based in projects in groups of with tasks of increasing difficulty. Some teaching may be mandatory.

Examination form

In general written exam. Assignments and / or oral examination can occur.
Grading criteria for the subject is avaliable at .

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: Bernes C. och Lundgren L.J.
Title: Bruk och missbruk av naturens resurser
Edition: 2009
Publisher: Naturvårdsverket
Comment: 304 pp. Finns även på engelska.

Author: Kaufmann R, Cleveland CJ
Title: Environmental Science
Edition: 2007
Publisher: McGraw Hill Higher Education

Reference literature

Title: Jordbruk och skogsbruk i Sverige sedan år 1900
Edition: 2011
Publisher: Sveriges Nationalatlas
Comment: 232 pp. (Also available in English: Agriculture and Forestry in Sweden since year 1900. ISBN: 978-91-87760-61-7)

Author: Bernes C
Title: Organiska miljögifter: Ett svenskt perspektiv på ett internationellt problem
Edition: 1998
Publisher: Naturvårdsverket
Comment: 152 pp. Finns även på engelska.

Author: Manahan SE
Title: Environmental Chemistry
Edition: 2005
Publisher: CRC Press
Comment: 783 pp.

Artiklar och kompendier kan tillkomma.

Other information

Examination by this syllabus is possible within one year of registration for the course. Students who have not passed within this period should contact the examiner.
The student are assumed themselves to be responsible for the costs of travel, food and accommodation during the field trips.
Urval till kursen sker enligt Högskoleförordningen och Mitthögskolans antagningsordning.