Bachelor in Environmental Sciences and Sustainability - Study plan

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The study plan for the Bachelor in Environmental Sciences and Sustainability

The study plan for the Bachelor in Environmental Sciences and Sustainability at IE University has been designed by our expert faculty to combine the study of environmental sciences with the skills required to develop and implement projects in the field of sustainability. Unlike other bachelor programs in environmental science, it blends environmental, economic and legal sciences with technology and associated subjects, taking a scientific approach to major environmental challenges and to how those challenges affect individuals and society as a whole.

Using a hands-on approach and project-based learning, the program provides students with a solid scientific base, an understanding of the current socio-political and regulatory environment and a command of the relevant digital tools, empowering them to develop solutions to practical cases and apply their knowledge to environmental and social challenges.

This will aid them to develop profiles which are able to adapt to the demands of the fast-growing “green economy” and apply their transdisciplinary skills to all work sectors.

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Study plan

FIRST YEAR - Core Environmental Sciences. Technology Foundations. Research Method.

The first year builds the foundation for your Bachelor in Environmental Sciences and Sustainability journey. We start by studying research methods which include a biodiversity project in Segovia. In the second semester, you will deepen your understanding of fundamental concepts through Technology Foundations for Environmental Science. In your first year, you’ll get a thorough grounding in biology, as well as mathematics and physics as they apply to environmental science. You will finish your first year with a project on climate change and a field trip for hands-on experience.

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SECOND YEAR - Earth Systems. Applied Ecology. Systemic Thinking. Entrepreneurship.

In the second year, you’ll continue the study of Earth Systems, Applied Ecology, and Systemic Thinking. This year also introduces the principles of Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital. We’ll take a closer look at data, including the fundamentals of data analysis, statistics, and probability, and you’ll be introduced to a transversal module in entrepreneurship as well as a project and field trip focused on urban metabolism, an exploration of matter and energy within a city.

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THIRD YEAR - Sustainable Development. Power and Inequality. Decarbonization.

In the third year, you will look at sustainable development and consider the ecological, social, and economic aspects of climate change, as well as examine public policy and regulatory issues in environmental science. You’ll also be introduced to qualitative research methods and spatial data measurement methods. The second semester of this year is dedicated to legislation and environmental regulation and concludes with a project and field trip on artificial regenerative ecosystems.

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FOURTH YEAR - Hybrid Ecosystems. Environmental Law. Environmental Impact & Risk Assessment. Capstone Project.

Your final year is dedicated to electives, where you can take all that you’ve learned over the past three years and deepen your knowledge even further while pursuing topics and a specialization that you are passionate about. In the second semester, you will study environmental law and environmental impact & risk assessment. Before completing your degree, you’ll embark on the Capstone Project, giving you hands-on experience in tackling real-world issues.