Forest and Nature Conservation aims at understanding the ecological and socio-economic aspects of forests and natural areas and their management. In this BSc minor these aspects are introduced both in theory and practice, and demonstrated in the field.
The understanding of the effects of management interventions on the functioning of social-ecological systems are used for planning treatments to a specific area where different goals are to be met. The BSc minor is also a good preparation for the MSc Forest and Nature Conservation for students with various backgrounds.
After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:
- explain the functioning of forests and natural areas as social-ecological systems at different temporal and spatial scales;
- explain the major biotic and abiotic components of terrestrial ecosystems;
- apply the process of decision-making and the effects of actions and interventions on the main ecosystem processes and components;
- analyze management decisions incorporating ecological, economic and social aspects in resource use.
BSc Minor Coordinator
Ir C.M. van Hulten
This minor is interesting for a broad array of WU-students and students following a BSc or BA in forest and nature, environmental sciences and relevant social sciences.
Components of the BSc Minor