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SIK101 Environmental Science

Course description for academic year 2022/2023

Contents and structure

The students will in this subject create an understanding for our nature and its resources. The students will gain knowledge to identify and analyze natural and human created problems for the environment. Suggestions for sustainable solutions should be based on evidence-based information and data.

Learning Outcome


Students should be familiar with:

  • National and international environmental institutions
  • Important conventions and regulations
  • Report and environmental data on: biodiversity, climate and climate change, pollution, pollutants, land use, population growth, endangered species, spreading of species and organisms, and environmental categories
  • Cost-benefit analyzes
  • Discharge permits

The student can explain:

  • Water: resource, use, management, pollution and treatment
  • Atmosphere: climate change and air pollution
  • Waste and disposal

The student has an overview of:

  • Impact on the environment by various types of pollution.
  • Environmental problems in specific industries.
  • Local and national contingency plan for pollution, and emergency response arrangements



  • The student can plan and follow up environmental studies.
  • Students can conduct stakeholder analyzes.  
  • The student can understand and use scientific vocabulary.


General Qualifications:

  • The student can explain the basic theories and concepts in a simple way (written and oral).
  • The student has knowledge on how the environment is affected by humans and industry.
  • Students can exchange views with professionals and participate in discussions within the field.
  • The student has experience with laboratory work.
  • The student knows how to cite relevant litterature.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

Lectures; Laboratory course

Compulsory learning activities

Laboratory course and assignments completed and approved.


Written individual home exam, 3 hours, accounts for 100 % of the final grade.

Grading scale A-E/passed; F/failed.

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