863 Alpine Ecology and Environmental Management, spring semester


In this programme of study students learn about the alpine ecosystems in Scandinavia and their relation to the environment. The courses in this programme of study are based on geological, climatologic, historical, cultural and biological studies, and students develop an understanding of alpine ecosystems. As alpine ecosystems are increasingly influenced by several types of environmental stress, management strategies have to be implemented in order to maintain the biodiversity for future generations. Several field trips will be organised as part of the courses in order to study species and ecosystems.

Halvårsstudiet tilsvarer vårsemesteret i årsstudiet i Alpine Ecology and Environmental Management (studiumkode 866)

Target Group and Admission Requirements

Norwegian or foreign students that want to acquire deeper knowledge about ecological principles and environmental management in general, and alpine areas in particular. It will be a supplementary program for students that have finished the basic one year study program in environmental sciences and out-door activities, teatchers and others.

Access requirements: One year of studies at university level in the fields of Basic Biology, Ecology, and/or Geography

Aim of the Programme

Students get deeper knowledge in biology, ecology and environmental management as a basis for further studies at bachelor or master level in biology or outdoor activities. In addition they acquire good knowledge about ecological and management theory, get trained in field work, and the presentation of group-work.

Curriculum and structure

Code Course title Credits O/V *) Credits pr. semester
  S1(A) S2(V)
4505 Conservation Biology 10.00 O   10
4504 Georesources and groundwater 10.00 O   10
4503 Nordic surface waters 10.00 O   10
Total: 0 30
*) O - Mandatory course, V - Optional course

The programme of study covers the following subject areas:

  • Environmental characteristics of Scandinavian mountains
  • Geology and ecology of glacial environments
  • Alpine ecosystems
  • The most common species of plants, animals, fish, and birds in alpine areas
  • Adaptation of the living organisms to alpine environments
  • Principles of conservation biology with focus on alpine areas
  • Gradients in biodiversity
  • Water resources and aquatic ecology

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures, excursions, lab.courses, seminars with student presentations, mandatory reports and papers. The excursions and lab.courses are mandatory.

Assessment Methods

Individual written exams, group project (reports)

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Gunhild Haugen <Gunhild.HaugenSPAMFILTER@hit.no>, last modified  - 27/02/2006