Environmental Science BA (A), Environment and Natural Resources, 15 credits


Environmental Science BA (A), Environment and Natural Resources, 15 credits

General data

  • Code: MX043G
  • Subject/Main field: Environmental Science
  • 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: 3/1/2020
  • Date of change: 3/14/2022
  • Version valid from: 8/29/2022


The purpose of the course is for the student to gain a knowledge base to be able to understand prerequisites for ecological sustainability and learn to apply basic environmental science concepts. The student will gain an insight into basic scientific methodology, chemical calculation methods and an introduction to systems thinking. After completing the course, the student should have skills in basic scientific methods and concepts for further environmental science studies.

Course objectives

After completing the course, the student is expected to be able to:
1. describe basic scientific concepts and models used in the subject of environmental science.
2. define different forms of energy and explain the earth's energy balance and how this affects the climate.
3. describe basic energy flows, biogeochemical cycles, functions at the levels of ecosystem, organisms and cells, of importance to environmental science.
4. describe how human activities can affect the functions of ecosystems and organisms.
5. use systems thinking that focuses on the interrelationship between different parts of a system, to explain the causes and consequences of environmental problems.
6. use basic ecological and environmental chemistry field methodology.
7. make basic chemical calculations to answer environmental science questions.
8. formulate a simple environmental science research question and use a scientific method to answer it.
9. use basic scientific and environmental concepts correctly in speech and writing.


The course deals with basic concepts, models and methods used in environmental science to understand the connections between human dependence on and impact on ecosystems. You will learn about biogeochemical cycles, basic climatology, ecosystem production and sustainability, the flow of energy and matter through the biosphere. Through the application of systems thinking, you will learn to explain functions of everything from ecosystems and organisms to cells and molecules to understand the connections and feedbacks between these.

The course contains the following elements:
1. systems from ecosystem level to cell level.
2. basic systems thinking to explain the causes and consequences of environmental problems. We will treat environmental problems such as eutrophication of land and water, biodiversity loss, ozone depletion, soil and water acidification, erosion, global warming, chemical emissions, air pollution, radioactive radiation and the spread of foreign organisms.
3. abiotic and biotic factors that explain environmental impact.
4. basic environmental chemical calculations linked to environmental science.
5. anthropogenic activities with significant impact on the environment.
6. effects of anthropogenic impact on ecosystems, organisms and cells.

Entry requirements

The following course levels from Swedish Upper Secondary School (Gymnasium) or equivalent: Chemistry course 1, Mathematics course 3b or 3c or Mathematics C, and English course 6.

Selection rules and procedures

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

Teaching form

Lectures, seminars, group work, supervision, field studies / excursions, practical work in the laboratory, and self-study.
Lectures and seminars are streamed in real time during daytime. Lectures and seminars are often shared by students on campus and at distance.
Teaching is given in English. Individual written assignments can be performed in Swedish.
To be able to follow the teaching, a computer and internet connection are required. The exam moments require participation in field week, laboratory work, group work and oral presentations.
The course is given on campus and at distance.

Examination form

2001: Scientific method, Written Assignment, 1.0 Credits
Grade scale: Fail (U) or Pass (G)

2008: Group Assignment Ecosystems, Oral and Written Presentation, 3.5 Credits
Grade scale: Fail (U) or Pass (G)

2009: Web examination, Physics, Meteorology and Chemistry, Web examination, 4.5 Credits
Grade scale: Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

2010: Laboration, Written Presentation, 1.5 Credits
Grade scale: Fail (U) or Pass (G)

2011: Examination, Environmental Impact, Exam, 4.5 Credits
Grade scale: Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

Grading criteria for the subject can be found at www.miun.se/gradingcriteria.

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

Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

Other information

This course cannot be included in the same degree as MX005G.
The university is responsible for the costs of accommodation and transportation from the university during the fieldwork.

Course reading

Reference literature

  • Author: Granström Karin
  • Title: Introduktion till miljökemi
  • Edition: 2016
  • Publisher: Studentlitteratur
  • Comment: ISBN: 978-91-44-09728-2

Required literature

  • Author: Sloan T
  • Title: Introductory Climate Science
  • Edition: 2016
  • Publisher: Bookboon
  • URL: https://bookboon.com/en/introductory-climate-science-ebook
  • Comment: ISBN 978-87-403-1408-3. Introductory Climate Science is in English and is an alternative to Klimat och väder
  • Author: Riisgård H. U.
  • Title: General Ecology Outline of contemporary ecology for university students
  • Edition: 2018
  • Publisher: Bookboon
  • URL: https://bookboon.com/en/general-ecology-ebook
  • Comment: ISBN 978-87-403-2201-9 Tillgänglig som nedladdningsbar E-bok
  • Author: Mackenzie L. Davis, Masten Susan J. .
  • Title: Principles of Environmental Engineering and Science
  • Edition: 4
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill
  • URL: https://www.mheducation.com/highered/product/principles-environmental-engineering-science-davis-masten/M9781259893544.html
  • Comment: ISBN: 9781259893544 (tryckt version), ISBN: 9781260853216 (E-bok)
  • Author: Lave B., Shingledecker D., Romey J., Brown N., and Schatz M.
  • Title: Beginning Excel 2019
  • Edition: 2019
  • Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources
  • URL: https://openoregon.pressbooks.pub/beginningexcel19/
  • Comment: Tillgänglig som nedladdningsbar E-bok
  • Author: Fisher M. R.
  • Title: Environmental Biology
  • Edition: 2019
  • Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources
  • URL: https://openoregon.pressbooks.pub/envirobiology/
  • Comment: ISBN 978-1-63635-036-3 Tillgänglig som nedladdningsbar E-bok
  • Author: Bogren J., Gustavsson T. och Loman G.
  • Title: Klimat och väder
  • Edition: 2008
  • Publisher: Studentlitteratur AB
  • Comment: ISBN 978-91-44-04849-9
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