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).
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:

- 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.

Language of Instruction

Dutch and English

BSc Minor Coordinator

Ir. M. Górska

Phone: 0317-(4)83955


Target Group

This minor is interesting for BBI, BBN, BES, BIL and BPW. Furthermore BSc's like Biology, Environmental Sciences, Civil Engineering and Natural Sciences. Interested BLP students: please contact the minor coordinator for an alternative to course SGL-22306. BIL students: Can choose GRS-20806 Geo-information Tools as an alternative for HWM-21806, or contact minor coordinator.