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Environment and Global Change (BSc)

Taught in German


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Number of enrolled students

451 students are enrolled in this bachelor degree course (as of winter semester 2017/18).


since 28 September 2007


The Environmental Management BSc programme trains students to understand, analyse and evaluate current environmental problems using methods from the fields of science, economics, social sciences and law. To meet the challenges of the future, environmental interests need integrated planning, organisation and management. The growing need of a globalised world for environmental goods - food, drinking water, service water, energy and raw materials, biodiversity - calls for sustainability-focused ideas which are compatible with environmentally friendly processes and cycles.

This programme of studies concentrates particularly on the issues of landscape analysis and resource management. Given this focus, agriculture plays a prominent role, since it constitutes the most major use of land with many and varied effects on the environment.

This degree programme gives students a solid grounding in chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, microbiology, ecology, soil science, hydrology, environmental chemistry, waste management and agriculture. From the third semester onwards, students have available to them modules in economics and planning as well as the opportunity to specialise.


Subject-specific prerequisites

This interdisciplinary programme of studies requires students to be flexible and interested particularly in scientific, sociological, economic and technical issues, methods and approaches.

Composition of the Study Programme

Degree BSc


Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Duration of studies 6 Semester 180 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

6 Semesters - 180 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of degree programme

The course content is divided into modules. Each module has a scope of 6 CP (4 semester hours per week) and concludes with an examination. The grades achieved in the individual module examinations result in the final degree grade. 15 of the modules are compulsory (core modules), 13 modules are profile modules and can be selected from the entire range of courses offered by the department. The Bachelor's thesis corresponds to the scope of two teaching modules.
Individual specialisation takes place through the choice of profile modules. The degree programme is successfully completed when all modules have been passed.




Study Plan

1st semester2nd semester3rd semester
Chemistry Practical Training Physics Environmental Pollutants
Fundamentals of Ecology and Soil Science Soil and Landscape Ecology Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Biology Landscape Water Resources

Sustainable Cycles and Waste Management

Economics and Business Administration I Agriculture and the Environment General and Molecular Microbiology
Mathematics and Statistics Environmental Economics and Environmental Communication Specialisation Module 1
4th semester5th semester6th semester
Management of Nature and Landscape Specialisation Module 6 Specialisation Module 11
Specialisation Module 2 Specialisation Module 7

Specialisation Module 12

Specialisation Module 3 Specialisation Module 8

Specialisation Module 13

Specialisation Module 4 Specialisation Module 9 Bachelor's dissertation
Specialisation Module 5 Specialisation Module 10 Bachelor's dissertation


Bachelor's dissertation

Almost half of the study time in the sixth semester is allotted to writing a dissertation. In the Bachelor's dissertation, students are expected to show within a limited time that they are capable of independent academic work.


Specialisation modules

The following specialisation modules might be chosen, for example:

  • Landscape Ecology;
  • Resource and Waste Management;
  • Microbiology and Hydrology;
  • Environmental Analysis and Geoinformatics;
  • Agriculture, Environment and Nature Conservation,;
  • Economy and Communication.


Practical application

Students may undertake a 20-week work placement (18 credit points) during their studies, allowing them to familiarise themselves with the realities of the professional sphere and help them find an area in which to specialise. The Placements Office maintains a database of suitable companies and institutions.


Commencement of Studies in the Winter Semester

Commencement of studies

Only possible in the winter semester

Entrance Requirements Abitur ohne Praktikumsnachweis

Entrance requirements

  • Applicants must have an Abitur (German school leaver's examination for university entrance) or equivalent. More on this...
  • Certification of a pre-professional practical period is not required.
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. Read more...

Application limited internally only winter semester

Application for admission and registration


  • The intake capacity is limited.
  • Applications must be received by the JLU Student Secretariat by July 31. More on this...

Please note that the deadline for courses of study that are not limited can be extended. The deadline extensions will be published in the application portal.


  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. Read more...

Career Options

Career Options

Options for further study at JLU

The following consecutive Master's degree is offered by JLU:

Additionally, JLU's Faculty 09 offers the following Master's degrees.


Career options

Having this degree in Environmental Management enables students to take up jobs which not only assume an understanding of the scientific problems associated with rural business but also allow them to put their knowledge of the environment and project-management skills to use in developing solutions for complex situations.

Their potential employers include industrial firms; service providers; associations, companies and organisations involved in development aid; companies monitoring the environment and its protection; as well as regional public service providers in the areas of water, waste and sewage. Career options also exist in the implementation of EU measures to maintain, develop and restore cultural landscapes through the environmentally aware practice of agriculture.

Further Information

Further Information: Documents

PDF documents for the courses of study


Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue

International pages

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Any Questions

Any Questions?

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Subject Advisors
Environmental Management

Prof. Dr. Jan Siemens
Institut für Bodenkunde und Bodenerhaltung
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32
35392 Gießen
Tel.: 0641 - 99 37101
Office hours: by appointment

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