Why study Alpine Ecology and Environmental Management?
The programme is a unique opportunity to study mountain ecosystems with focus on Scandinavian mountain areas, and the sustainable management and use of these ecosystems.
What you will learn
Approximately one third of mainland Norway is covered by alpine ecosystems, meaning areas located above the forest limit. Alpine areas, both in Norway and globally, are increasingly exposed to different types of anthropogenic impacts. Information and imparting knowledge about sensitive species and biotopes occurring in alpine areas and threats they are facing is of particular importance. Students learn about alpine ecosystems, both in Scandinavia and in other parts of the world. Effects of human impact e.g. climate change, decreasing traditional use, new constructions (roads and cabins), and tourism will be outlined.
The courses in this programme include mainly biology (botany and zoology), climatology, freshwater ecology, geology, and hydrogeology, but also courses about sustainable development and others. Field courses and excursions are important parts of the programme, and the students will experience the mountain ecosystem of Scandinavia, but also other ecosystems will be visited. On the field trips, the students learn to identify common alpine plant species and conduct zoological, geological, and hydrological field work. The sampled data will be analysed in laboratory classes. Students also visit different protected areas, such as nature reserves and national parks.
Why study at USN?
USN offer an informal and student friendly environment. Our campuses are small with an open-door policy where our staff dedicates time and attention to each student. USN offers a safe living and study environment as well as a multicultural society where English is widely spoken. Our programmes are focused on practical study methods with a problem-based approach that should help students to prepare for real-life situations.