Resources and Environment

10 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1GV002

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Earth Science G1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 21 April 2015
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

General entry requirements and Biology 2, Physics 1a/1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4 or Biology B, Physics A, Chemistry B, Mathematics D, and Earth Science - Planet Earth, 30 credits. These prerequisites may be replaced by Bioscience, 30 credits, and Earth Science - Planet Earth, 30 credits.

Learning outcomes

After passing the course the student should be able to

  • describe our natural environment from the lithosphere to the atmosphere from a geochemical perspective
  • identify human impacts on the environment; on land, water and air
  • identify and categorise natural and induced hazards
  • define different natural resources and assess environmental impacts of resource use
  • demonstrate how hazardous waste should be managed in a geoscientific context
  • demonstrate the link between the environment and health
  • plan and implement the evaluation of environmental engineering soil and water studies with a particular focus on contaminated land
  • to describe and communicate selected geoscientific problems related to resources and the environment in writing, independently and in groups


The course gives basic knowledge on the geochemical factors that affect our planet and the environment, in particular the interaction of elements between air, water and sediment. Emphasis is placed on issues concerning our natural resources, both in terms of raw materials and energy. In this context, factors that affect the human impact on our environment, such as global warming and different types of anthropogenic pollutants and how they are addressed are highlighted. Issues related to natural factors such as volcanism and earthquakes are also raised. Students will also learn how to address appropriate geoscientific questions with regards to resources and the environment, both in writing and orally. Environmental law.

The course includes subject-integrated communication training with feedback and self-assessment.


Lectures, practicals and study visits.


Written examination 5 credits, moreover, the compulsory parts corresponding to 5 credits must also be approved.

Other directives

The section on environmental law is only given in Swedish and non Swedish speaking students will be given an alternative task.