Specialisations in Natural Resource Sciences

There are five specialisations to choose from: Organic Agriculture and Horticulture, Renewable Energies and Ecological Engineering, Nature Management, Environmental Systems and Sustainable Development plus Urban Ecosystems.

Specialisation in Organic Agriculture and Horticulture (BLH)

Organic products are the flagships of agricultural production in Switzerland and Europe. For the population in general, organic stands for naturalness, pleasure and a sensible diet. This has resulted in growth in the organic market at home and abroad, which has created challenges for production, consultancy and research.

Organic agriculture requires constant further development, which includes careful interaction with nature, compliance with social standards, and alignment to the needs of the market.

The Bachelor of Science ZFH in Natural Resource Sciences with Specialisation in Organic Agriculture and Horticulture meets the requirements of the Swiss ordinance on direct payments.

Educational goals

  • Sustainably guaranteeing soil fertility for livestock and crop production
  • Understanding the complexity of the concept of sustainability and its implementation into agricultural systems
  • Learning to act responsibly, applying long-term thinking, and safeguarding quality in agricultural production
  • Representing and creatively contributing to the role of sustainable agriculture in the economy and in society

Specialisation in Renewable Energies and Ecological Engineering (EÖ)*

The considered use of energy and the recycling of resources are becoming increasingly important. The integration of energy production and storage in buildings and communities, and their link with commodity cycles are important issues regarding the future.

Students taking this specialisation acquire the skills to devise, design, and evaluate creative solutions concerning such issues, and to carry them out and provide advisory support.

The degree «Bachelor of Science ZFH in Natural Resource Sciences with Specialisation in Renewable Energies and Ecological Engineering» is recognised as a professional accreditation for the field of photovoltaics.

Educational goals

  • conceive and plan facilities for sustainable energy production and energy utilisation systems appropriate to the situation
  • recognise and creatively apply circulatory systems and possibilities for ecotechnological processes
  • Implement utilization concepts, and assess the potential and limitations of each technology
  • consider socio-economic aspects of sustainable use of resources and energy
  • collect, evaluate and optimise the material and energy balance of selected systems

    * Former name of the specialisation «Renewable Resources and Sustainable Energy»

    Specialisation in Nature Management (NM)

    A major challenge of our time is to reconcile the needs of nature with those of modern society. In the Nature Management specialisation, students learn, based on real life examples, how to find practical solutions for the sustainable use of nature and landscapes that serve the goal of long-term conservation or revitalisation.

    Using appropriate methods, you work in complex fields such as wildlife conservation and species recovery, water and soil systems, and environmental and landscape planning, in both developed and developing countries. In the process you assign equal value to economic, social and environmental sustainability.

    Educational goals

    • Assessing, designing and applying conservation concepts for the care and use of native flora and fauna
    • Optimising and supporting environmental projects from an ecological point of view
    • Planning, implementing and monitoring measures for improving terrestrial and aquatic habitats
    • Promoting and developing cooperation between compatible natural and social science fields

    Specialisation in Environmental Systems and Sustainable Development (UNE)*

    Environmental engineers are dedicated to the environment and a resource-conserving development. This requires not only good ideas, but also relevant expertise so that sustainable development can be successfully achieved.

    Environmental systems and sustainable development at the interface between humans and the environment is aimed at creative and innovative people with a great interest in putting sustainability into practice. Students learn to plan, to support and implement changes in regions, municipalities, organisations and companies as well as to assess and to communicate them.

    As «change agents for sustainable development», they make sustainability concrete and visible.

    Educational goals

    • Understand interactions between the environment and humans
    • Find innovative and creative solution
    • Develop, support and implement sustainable development in regions, municipalities, companies and organisations
    • Be familiar with sustainability management systems and assessments and how to apply them
    • Stage and communicate sustainability topics
    • Develop, implement and evaluate products for nature- and culture-based tourism

      * Former name of the specialisation «Landscape - Education - Tourism (LBT)»

      Specialisation in Urban Ecosystems (UÖ)

      On a worldwide basis, more and more people are living in cities. The resulting progressive urbanisation is increasing the pressure on urban ecosystems. This presents cities and agglomerations with diverse challenges, such as a decline in biodiversity, the impacts of climate change, resource shortages, and increasing population density.

      In this specialisation, you learn to develop solutions to reduce negative environmental impact and to improve the quality of life for humans and wildlife in urban areas. Using scientific, technical and planning methods you work on sustainable, natural and resource efficient development of urban landscapes.

      Educational goals

      • Assessing, planning and implementing environmental projects in urban areas
      • Optimising the planning, construction, use and maintenance of open and green spaces
      • Implementing measures to promote biodiversity
      • Developing vegetation systems designed to enhance ecosystem services
      • Understanding interactions between man and nature, and integrating technical, urban-ecological and design aspects into projects