Environmental Sciences

Major

Do you want to cont­ri­bu­te to the de­ve­lop­ment of stra­te­gies for a safe, vi­brant and just fu­ture? In the Ba­che­lor En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­en­ces you can ac­qui­re key skills which will help you trans­form so­cie­ty from the ground up. Leu­pha­na is one of the pioneers in the area of in­ter- and trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch and its Col­le­ge of­fers an in­s­pi­ring place to stu­dy en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­en­ces. Whi­le at the Col­le­ge you will meet many fel­low stu­dents who sha­re your ide­as and vi­si­ons and who will mo­ti­va­te you throughout your stu­dies.

  • final degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  • admission restriction: yes
  • standard course length: 6 semester
  • deadline for applications: 15 July of each year
  • beginning of the course: October of each year (winter semester)
  • number of student places: 133
  • teaching and examination language: German and English
  • semester abroad: possible

At Leuphana College, the Bachelor degree programme consists of four components: the course starts with Leuphana Semester, in which you learn the basic methodology and cover the fundamental areas for an academic degree in your En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­en­ces major.

From the second semester, your Bachelor programme is divided in to a major (main subject), minor (subsidiary subject) and Complementary Studies. In Complementary Studies, you explore the approaches taken and methods used in other disciplines and explore socially relevant questions.

More about the degree model

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Leuphana Semester

  • Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Humanities
  • Methods I
  • Module Methods II: Methods of Environmental Sciences
  • Introduction to the discipline: Environmental Sciences

Second semester

  • Basic Concepts of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Basic Concepts of Inorganic Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry
  • Basic Concepts of Ecology
  • Communication and Behavior Change for Sustainability
  • 1 minor module
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

Third semester

  • Inter- and Transdisciplinary Concepts
  • Basic Concepts of Organic Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry
  • Basic concepts of Public Sustainability Governance
  • Fundamentals of Sustainability Management
  • 1 minor module
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

Forth semester

  • Research Project in Sustainability Science
  • 1 elective module
  • 2 minor modules
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

Fifth semester

  • Sustainability and Ethics
  • 2 elective modules
  • 2 minor modules
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

Sixth semester

  • Interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies
  • Bachelor dissertation
  • 2 Complementary Studies modules

In the fourth and fifth semester, you choose three elective modules. Specialisations are freely selectable:

Natural Sciences

  • Core Ideas of Natural Sustainability Science
  • Practices of Natural Sustainability Science
  • Fundamentals of Natural Sustainability Science
  • Cross-cutting Concepts of Natural Sustainability Science

Social Sciences

  • Concepts of Social Sustainability Science
  • Current Trends in Social Sustainability Science
  • Methods of Social Sustainability Science

The Environmental Sciences major can be combined with the minor fields listed below:

  • Business Administration (GER)
  • Business Psychology (GER)
  • Digital Business (GER)
  • Economics (GER / ENG)
  • Educational Sciences (GER)
  • Engineering (Fundamentals) (GER)
  • Digital Media / Information Technology & Culture (GER)
  • Law (Corporate and Business Law) (GER)
  • Philosophy (GER / ENG)
  • Political Science (GER / ENG)
  • Psychology and Society (ENG)
  • Social Media and Information Systems (GER)
  • Spatial Sciences (GER / ENG)

Language of instruction

ENG Eng­lish-lan­gua­ge sub­ject (no Ger­man re­qui­red)
GER Ger­man-lan­gua­ge sub­ject (Ger­man re­qui­red)
GER / ENG Ger­man-lan­gua­ge sub­ject can also be ta­ken in Eng­lish

The Bachelor in En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­en­ces is a German degree programme and is thus directed at prospective students with a good command of German. The programme’s German-language web pages provide detailed information needed on the content of the course. For exchange students, courses in English are offered every semester.

Bachelor Environmental Sciences in Lüneburg

The Ba­che­lor En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­en­ces has a uni­que pro­fi­le, com­bi­ning both so­ci­al and na­tu­ral sci­en­ces in one stu­dy pro­gram­me. In your stu­dies you will ac­qui­re a skill­set which enables you to judge as­pects con­cerning both na­tu­ral sci­en­ces and hu­ma­nities. This in turn pro­vi­des you with the tools to find ho­lis­tic so­lu­ti­ons to the com­plex sustaina­bi­li­ty chal­len­ges we face to­day.

The Major Environmental Sciences is taught in German and English: While the lectures in the introductory basic courses take place in English, most accompanying seminars and practical exercises are mostly in German.

Studying Environmental Sciences

In your stu­dies you will del­ve into cur­rent sustaina­bi­li­ty chal­len­ges from the point of view of a va­rie­ty of com­ple­men­ta­ry sub-di­sci­pli­nes; such as so­ci­al, eco­lo­gi­cal and eco­no­mic per­spec­tives. This will enable you to de­ve­lop a so­lid base in the so­ci­al and na­tu­ral sci­en­ces and to learn to ap­p­ly their re­spec­tive tools and me­thods.

You will be working with mo­dels and sta­tis­tics as well as spen­ding time in the lab and in the field. Ad­di­tio­nal­ly, sustaina­bi­li­ty re­se­arch pro­jects pro­vi­de an op­por­tu­ni­ty for you to dis­co­ver and ad­dress the need for know­ledge and ac­tion on cur­rent so­ci­al is­su­es by me­ans of con­cre­te case stu­dies.  

Goals of the Environmental Sciences programme

In the Ba­che­lor En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­en­ces, you will de­ve­lop the skill­set nee­ded to iden­ti­fy, com­mu­ni­ca­te and ad­dress sustaina­bi­li­ty chal­len­ges, so that you can act as a Chan­ge Agent for sustainable de­ve­lop­ment.

To this pur­po­se you will ac­qui­re the know­ledge to sci­en­ti­fi­cal­ly ex­plain and as­sess glo­bal cli­ma­te and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­blems. Mo­re­o­ver, you will learn to un­der­stand the so­ci­al va­lues, gui­de­li­nes and be­ha­vioral pat­terns which ge­ne­ra­te the­se pro­blems, gain power of judgment and de­ve­lop new ap­proa­ches for a gent­ler pro­ces­sing of na­tu­ral re­sour­ces.

The Ba­che­lor En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­en­ces enables you to un­der­stand com­plex cor­re­la­ti­ons bet­ween the chal­len­ges we face, think con­nec­ted­ly, ana­lysze in­ter­con­nec­ted pro­ces­ses, and find sustainable so­lu­ti­ons. This ma­kes you a sought-af­ter ex­pert in the gro­wing job mar­ket of sustainable eco­no­my and the sustainable de­sign of our so­cie­ty.

Studying Environmental Sciences abroad

At the Leuphana College, you can extend your study of Environmental Sciences with an integrated exchange year in Sweden, Spain, Peru, Hungary or the Netherlands by changing to a programme with an 8-semesters standard study duration.

You can also spend one semester abroad with  ERASMUS- or non-European exchange programmes, as well as gathering experience abroad as a so-called Freemover at a university of your choice.