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Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Environmental Sciences

Enjoy learning about a diverse range of issues at the interfaces between nature, technology and society: from soil science to biodiversity, geoinformation systems, environmental law, energy management, communication ... Train as an expert to teach, conduct scientific analyses of transformation processes and support such processes to achieve more sustainable environmental management.

Your heart beats for...

... Environment and sustainability, Society Management, Analysis, Communication and moderation, Practical part, Foreign language English

A Degree Program with a Future

Admission

You will bring one of the following educational backgrounds:

  • General university entrance qualification (Abitur)
  • Specialized university entrance qualification
  • Advanced technical college certificate (Fachhochschulreife)
  • Vocational qualification

German language level: C1

Structure and Contents of the Degree Program

1. Semester

  • Natural sciences (chemistry and biology)
  • Ecology
  • Soil science
  • Renewable energies I & climate protection
  • Current environmental topics

2. Semester

  • Atmospheric physics
  • Biodiversity and species knowledge
  • Limnology
  • Introduction to water management
  • Academic working methods

3. Semester

  • Applied geostatics
  • Geoinformation systems
  • Agriculture and environment
  • English
  • Environmental education and ethics

4. Semester

  • Compulsory elective subject 1
  • Geotechnology and surveying
  • Environmental law and policy
  • Environmental monitoring and accounting
  • Waterway conservation and management

5. Semester

  • Scientific media competence
  • Internship semester or semester abroad with seminar

6. Semester

  • Transfer and practice
  • Compulsory elective subject 2
  • Ecosystem services
  • Environmental communication and PR work
  • Energy management

7. Semester

  • Environment and sustainability management
  • Field visits and external qualification
  • Bachelor thesis with colloquium
Acquired Knowledge and Skills

Your training in the natural sciences and social sciences is highly practice-oriented. Partially because of this, as a graduate you can

  • deal with issues relevant to nature and the environment, while keeping social aspects in mind
  • collaborate to moderate human-environmental conflicts in a cooperative manner among multiple actors
  • develop innovative strategies and tools to harmonize environmental processes and social needs
  • clarify complex environmental matters and convey them to experts from other fields and laypersons
  • analyze and evaluate questions in the natural sciences and independently develop potential solutions
  • support and advise on transformational processes in corporate and societal contexts
Job Profiles

As a graduate of this degree program, the following career fields will be open to you:

  • Specialist planner in ecological institutions
  • Consultant in environmental and natural agencies and institutions
  • Environmental educator in environmental and natural agencies and institutions
  • Scientist at research institutions, agencies, associations and NGOs
  • Environmental auditor for environmental analyses and corporate certifications
Cooperation With Companies

The Westphalia Environmental Center focuses on corporate environmental issues in the Westphalia region.
The goal of the “Mobile SmartFarmOWL” is to make the region a pioneer in digital agriculture with stakeholders from agriculture and digitization.
Research is conducted alongside regional players on transformation processes in agricultural areas at the Holzminden-Höxter Future Center.

Research in the Department
  • Protection of water resources
  • Waterway conservation, development, and quality evaluation
  • Water quantity management
  • Waterway and wetland ecology
  • Heavy precipitation prevention and modern of associated measures
  • Transformation processes in agricultural areas

Our fields of research

As Graduate You Contribute to...

... the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

  • directly to quality education
  • directly to clean water and sanitation
  • directly to affordable and clean energy
  • directly to responsible consumption and production
  • directly to climate action
  • directly to life on land
  • directly to partnerships for the goals

Studying at Sustainable Campus Höxter

Our Sustainable Campus in Höxter

The Höxter campus is home to our environment-related degree programs. They are combined in the departments of Environmental Engineering and Applied Computer Science as well as Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. The participation with several projects in the "Landesgartenschau 2023" in Höxter illustrates how presentable and exciting sustainability can be. Modern teaching and laboratory facilities guarantee practical work, as does the university's own botanical garden. Sustainability is tangible everywhere on the campus, for example when fertilizers and pesticides can be reduced with the help of digitalization in agriculture as part of the "Precision Farming" degree program. Here, as in the environmental engineering degree programs, the campus cooperates with municipalities and companies, for example when it comes to water purification or landfill remediation. The beautiful location on the curve of the Weser River and the proximity to the city center make the campus a perfect match.

Campus Life

Profile

Degree Course:
Environmental Sciences
Degree:
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Study model:
Full-time
Admission:
Non-restricted
Standard period of study:
7 semester
Start:
Winter semester
Course language:
German
Location:
Sustainable Campus Höxter
Tuition Fees:
None
Preparatory courses:
Chemistry, Mathematics

Application periods:

Germany and EU Countries
Winter Semester: 02.05. – 15.10.

Non-EU Countries
Winter Semester: 15.04. – 15.07.
Currently no application possible