BSc Minor Living Earth (WULEA) / BSc


This BSc minor is an introduction to earth sciences, including soil science, hydrology and meteorology. It focuses on the Earth's surface and the atmospheric boundary layer in which life can exist. It explains structures and patterns found and teaches the physical, chemical and biological processes within and between soil, water and atmosphere. It also deals with the impact of human activities on the Earth and on the challenge how to manage and use soil, water and atmosphere as humanity's most important natural resources.
The approaches are based on natural sciences and both process-oriented and spatially explicit. Field and some laboratory methods are exercised. This minor helps in understanding the role of the abiotic environment in distribution and functioning of biota (including humans) and is a good preparation for the MSc Earth and Biosphere.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:
- explain the mechanisms underlying processes operating on the Earth, and the resulting structures and patterns at the Earth's surface;
- apply the methods that are used to describe and interpret phenomena occurring at or near the Earth's surface: data collection, analysis, simulation and modelling;
- apply the measuring techniques that Earth scientists commonly use in the field and in the laboratory.

BSc Minor Coordinator

Dr G.F. Epema
Phone: 0317-(4)80063

Target Group

This minor is interesting for BBI, BIL, BMW, BPW, BBN and BLP. Furthermore BSc's like Biology, Environmental Sciences, Civil Engineering and Natural Sciences.

Components of the BSc Minor