Problem Solving in Environmental Science, 15 credits

About the education

The course is a 10-week course at the advanced level and deals with current environmental problems and their solutions. The course is given in the Fall term.

Purpose and learning objectives

The purpose of the course is to study different environmental issues from the starting point of anthropogenic impacts on natural systems, and includes social, political and economic responses to the problems. The course offers training in working individually and in groups to analyze environmental issues, seek and compile information, and communicate results orally and in writing. The basics in statistical treatment of environmental data will also be covered. Students will prepare a scientific inquiry in which knowledge from different disciplines complement each other.

Content and teaching methods

The course is problem-oriented and consists of group and individual work, lectures, seminars, and exercises.

The course will be given in English unless all students are Swedish speaking.

Subject: Environmental Science

Climate changes, environmental pollutants, ozone depletion, poor air and water quality, changes in landscape, waste disposal, depletion of natural resources, loss of ecosystem services, resilience and biological diversity, etc. The list of environmental problems is long as we humans use the resources nature has to offer without knowing or paying attention to the consequences. Environmental Science is a multi-disciplinary subject which applies knowledge from both the natural and social sciences to identify, understand, prevent, and deal with environmental problems caused by human activities. The Bachelor and Master Programs in Environmental Science offer an education in a natural science with environmental relevance and a background to the societal aspects of environmental problems. The programs apply a systems approach to the study of environmental problems and to man’s relationship to his environment. More information can be found at the ITM homepage

Area of interest: Science and Mathematics

Science and mathematics help us understand how the world around us is connected – from the origin and structure of the universe, to the development and function of humanity and all other organisms on earth.

Scientific knowledge makes it possible to critically examine the credibility of information in different areas of everyday life, society, and the media.

As a scientist or mathematician, you will be attractive on a large job market that covers all parts of society and includes everything from pure technology companies to environment and healthcare, as well as research.