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Bachelor studies in Natural Resource Sciences

An empirically-focused study programme dealing with issues such as the environment, nature, tourism, renewable energies, organic agriculture and horticulture, environmental systems and sustainable development, ecological engineering, nature management and urban ecosystems.

«As a change maker, this programme enables me to develop creative and innovative solutions for a sustainable future.» Angela Niklaus, student
«I am part of the energy transition! As managing director of Strom von hier GmbH, I am committed to sustainable local solutions.» Raoul Knittel, graduate
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Why study Natural Resource Sciences?

Never before has the pressure on business and society to think and act in a resource-oriented and sustainable way been so great. Climate change in particular poses a major challenge to industry and governments. With a Bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Sciences, you will be able to tackle a variety of problems in areas where there are conflicting interests between economic and social demands, and have the opportunity to influence future developments in the fields of the environment, sustainability and energy.

«During my studies in Natural Resource Sciences I am acquiring the necessary skills to work on innovative and future-oriented solutions. It is a practical and dynamic course, which offers me a wide range of environmental topics in which I can deepen my individual knowledge.»

Mathujah Manikkan, student, Natural Resource Sciences

Holding a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Sciences

Good reasons for studying Natural Resource Sciences at the ZHAW

Study programme and course content

The degree programme in Natural Resource Sciences comprises six semesters. The first year consists of the core curriculum followed by an individualised course of study, which you largely design yourself according to your specific interests and career goals. You choose your specialisation in the 2nd semester, of which there are five:

Please note: at the moment most of the information we can only offer in German.

Specialisation «Agriculture and Horticulture»

Organic products - as a result of rising demands and high quality standards, the challenges for production, consulting and research are increasing.

Specialisation «Renewable Energies and Ecological Engineering»

The residential areas and cities of the future will be designed more sustainably and conforming to natural cycles, which calls for sustainable thinking and creativity.

Specialisation «Nature Management»

Solutions for the sustainable use of the nature and landscapes are in great demand. Here,  balanced consideration of economic, social and ecological factors is indispensable.

Specialisation «Environmental Systems and Sustainable Development»

The focus is on people and how they can be motivated to act in a resource-conserving manner. Sustainability must be rethought and a contribution made to sustainable development.

Specialisation «Urban Ecosystems»

As urbanisation progresses, we face the challenge of developing solutions to reduce negative environmental impacts and improve the quality of life in residential areas.

«As a prospective natural resource scientist, you will study at the interface of the environment, society and technology.»

Danièle Lagnaz, BSc Programme Director at the Institute of Natural Resource Scienes

Digital Course Planner

Flexible study modules

FULL-TIME Duration: 6 semesters (180 ECTS) over 3 years
30 lectures per week
Digital Course Planner — Course Modules (in German)
PART-TIME Duration: 8 to 12 semesters (180 ECTS) over 4 to 6 years
Part-time studies are integrated into full-time studies. The individual timetable allows you to pursue a flexible professional career. Participation in the introductory week (Startwoche) at the beginning of your studies in addition to other project weeks are compulsory.
Digital Course Planner — Course Modules (in German)
Planning part-time studies (PDF) (in German)

Practical relevance

International exchange and mobility

«In Switzerland I have had one of the most enrichment experiences of my life because I could learn a lot things from Swiss culture and I discovered that the Swiss people are really kind with the foreigners. Also, I could study interesting subjects in ZHAW and learn new topics that in my university is not possible to learn them. I am coming back to my country really glad for this amazing opportunity to spend one semester in this awesome and multicultural country.»

Nicolás Andrade, exchange student from Mexico

Post-graduate employment opportunities

Information, downloads and links

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