Study programme for ecosystem management
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Regular study period: 6 semesters
Begin of studies:
Description of the study programme:
The bachelorís programme ĎEcosystem Managementí at the University of Göttingen was created in 2008 by the faculties of forestry science, agricultural science, geoscience and geography. The 3 year study programme conveys the fundamentals, analytical methods, evaluation and management of ecosystems, along with continuing occupational competences to the student. An occupational internship outside the university with a minimum of 3 months duration is scheduled in the study programme to provide for a good orientation of the diverse potential occupational branches.
Ecosystem management is a discipline at the crossroads of natural settings and human usage. With this bachelorĎs study programme the student will learn the fundamental issues and concepts of ecology and economics along with insights into the terminology and basics of agricultural-, forestry- and geosciences. The student should develop understanding and management skills for the functions and interactions of terrestrial ecosystems. The student will in particular be qualified to create integrated and sustainable concepts for the use of ecosystems as well as natural regenerative and non-regenerative resources.
The interdisciplinary approach of the study programme enables the student to competently form opinions, identify cause and effect relationships, critically reflect on scientific findings and develop solutions to opposing usage in the area of conflict between ecological threats and economic effectiveness.
The bachelorís degree in ecosystem management not only qualifies for career entry, but also represents a good foundation to enter related masterís programmes. Acceptance to the geographic, forest- or agricultural sciences masterís programmes not only at the University of Göttingen, but also with other international masterís programmes is generally possible. In individual cases some specific additional qualifications might apply.
The bachelorís study programme in ecosystem management also offers the possibility to integrate into the curriculum a semester abroad at a foreign university with similar study programmes.