BSc Minor Earth and Biosphere (WUEAB) / 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. Laboratory and some field methods are exercised. This BSc minor helps in understanding the role of the abiotic environment in distribution and functioning of biota (including humans).
If you are aiming for the MSc programme 'Earth and Environment', please e-mail to This BSc minor is a programme minor.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:
- understand processes operating on the Earth, and the resulting structures and patterns in and between soil, water and atmosphere;
- 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 techniques that Earth scientists commonly use in the field and in the laboratory.

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BSc Minor Coordinator

- Ir. M. Górska
Phone: 0317-(4)83955

Target Group

This minor is interesting for the following BSc programmes of Wageningen University: BBI, BBN, BES, BIL, BLP, and BPW. Additionally, the minor is of interest for students from BSc's like Biology, Environmental Sciences, Civil Engineering, Natural Sciences.