Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Course Content: B.Sc. Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies

The Eng­lish-lan­gua­ge Ba­che­lor pro­gram­me Glo­bal En­vi­ron­men­tal and Sustaina­bi­li­ty Stu­dies has an in­ter­na­tio­nal and in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry fo­cus.

Fol­lo­wing the Leu­pha­na Se­mes­ter the se­cond and third se­mes­ter are cen­te­red around ac­qui­ring a general knowledge basis of the sub­ject and methodological approaches of the natural and social sciences; such as mathematics, statistics, ecology, environmental chemistry, sustainability communication as well as sustainability management and sustainability governance.

Af­ter the core cur­ri­cu­lum you can build individual focus areas and develop your personal profile by selec­ting a total of 3 modules from a broad spec­trum of elec­tives in the fourth and fifth semester - from both the so­ci­al and/or the na­tu­ral sci­en­ces. Ad­di­tio­nal­ly, the choice of your mi­nor will enable you to fur­ther spe­cia­li­ze your per­so­nal pro­fi­le.

Sustaina­bi­li­ty re­se­arch pro­jects in the fourth semester form a core part of the cur­ri­cu­lum. In the­se inter- and transdisciplinary projects you will work with international partners in the field and with students from partner universities to develop concepts for real social concerns surrounding sustainable development in an intercultural setting.

In the fifth se­mes­ter you will be in­tro­du­ced to the ethi­cal gui­de­li­nes of en­vi­ron­men­tal and sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­en­ces. In the sixth se­mes­ter you will dis­cuss a con­cre­te interdisciplinary re­se­arch ques­ti­on from the field of en­vi­ron­men­tal and sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­en­ces and write your Bachelor dissertation.

Your Eng­lish-lan­gua­ge Ba­che­lor dis­ser­ta­ti­on a to­pic of your choo­sing is the fi­nal cor­ners­to­ne of your de­gree. The time al­lo­ca­ted for the wri­ting of your Ba­che­lor dis­ser­ta­ti­on is 9 weeks.

With the com­ple­ti­on of your de­gree Glo­bal En­vi­ron­men­tal and Sustaina­bi­li­ty Stu­dies you are awar­ded a Ba­che­lor of Sci­ence (B.Sc.).

Wi­t­hin the frame­work of the de­gree Glo­bal En­vi­ron­men­tal and Sustaina­bi­li­ty Stu­dies an in­ternship is not mandatory, but stron­gly en­cou­ra­ged and very va­luable.

Course Structure

The Global Environmental and Sustainability Studiesmajor is embedded in the interdisciplinary College study model with Leuphana Semester, Minor and Complementary Studies. You start your Bachelor studies with the Leuphana Semester. The first semester at Leuphana College gives you the opportunity to deal fundamentally with science. The Minor deepens or supplements your Major with another subject area. In Complementary Studies you have the freedom to pursue your thirst for knowledge individually by immersing yourself in a different field of knowledge each semester.

Compulsory modules

Leuphana Semester

  • Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Humanities
  • Methods I
  • Methods II: Environmental Sciences
  • Introduction to the discipline: Environmental Siences

Second semester

  • Basic Concepts of Inorganic Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry
  • Basic Concepts of Ecology
  • Basic Concepts of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Communication and Behavior Change for Sustainability
  • 1 minor module
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

Third semester

  • Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Concepts
  • Basic Concepts of Organic Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry
  • Global Sustainability Governance
  • Fundamentals of Sustainability Management
  • 1 minor module
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

Forth semester

  • Research Project in Sustainability Science
  • Elective Module I*
  • 2 minor modules
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

Fifth semester

  • Sustainability and Ethics
  • Elective Module II*
  • Elective Module III*
  • 2 minor modules
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

Sixth semester

  • Bachelor dissertation
  • Interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies
  • 2 Complementary Studies modules

* Elective modules: In the fourth and fifth semester, you choose 3 elective modules to build your individual focus areas and develop your personal profile.

Core Ideas of Natural Sustainability Science

  • Biodiversity
  • Transport of Matters in the Environment

Practices of Natural Sustainability Science

  • Biological Species Knowledge*
  • Geosciences, Mineral and Organic Ressources, Earth and Air
  • Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry Laboratory Training*
  • Climate and Environmental Physics- Practical Aspects

Fundamentals of Natural Sustainability Science

  • Ecosystems and Biocoenosis*
  • Distribution, Degradation and Effects of Chemicals in the Environment

Cross-cutting Concepts of Natural Sustainability Science

  • Water Resources
  • Ecosystems – Functions and Performance

Concepts of Social Sustainability Science

  • Environmental and Sustainability policy and law*
  • Sustainability Economics
  • Education, Participation and Communication

Current Trends in Social Sustainability Science

  • Areas of Research in Sustainability Communication
  • Planning Theory*
  • Sustainability Entrepreneurship

Methods of Social Sustainability Science

  • Concepts, Methods and Instruments of Environmental Planning*
  • Symbols, Language and Action*
  • Methods of Sustainability Management
  • Environment, Sustainability,Politics: Case Studies*

* teaching and examination language German

Study regulations / Subject-Specific Schedule

Possible combinations of minors (subsidiary subjects)

The Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies major can stu­di­ed in com­bi­na­ti­on with one of the fol­lo­wing minor:

Language of instruction

ENG Eng­lish-lan­gua­ge sub­ject: no Ger­man re­qui­red
GER Ger­man-lan­gua­ge sub­ject: Ger­man re­qui­red
GER / ENG Ger­man-lan­gua­ge sub­ject can also be ta­ken in Eng­lish

At a glance

  • final degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  • admission restriction: yes
  • standard course length: 6 semester
  • deadline for applications: 15 July of each year
  • beginning of the course: October of each year (winter semester)
  • number of student places: 35
  • teaching and examination language: English (no German required)
  • semester abroad: possible

Contact persons

Programme Director

Prof. Dr. Matthias Barth
Universitätsallee 1, C11.026
21335 Lüneburg
Phone +49.4131.677-2150
Fax +49.4131.677-2767

Initial Information

Information Office (Infoportal)
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Universitätsallee 1, 21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-2277
Opening hours
Term time & term break:
Mon - Thu 9 - 16 h
Fr 9 - 12 h

Arrange an appointment

College's Student Counselling Service
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Open Con­sul­ta­ti­on Hours
(Without an appointment)
Tue 2 – 4 PM
Thu 4 – 6 PM

Entry / Residence / Accommodation

International Office
Building 14, first floor
Uni­ver­sitätsal­lee 1, 21335 Lüne­burg
Claudia Wölk
Fon +49.4131.677-1072