866 Alpine Ecology and Environmental Management, one-year programme, årsstudium


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.

It is possible to join the study program for one semester only (study code 867 og 863).

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 outdoor activities, teachers 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

Alpine Ecology and Environmental Management, one-year programme
Code Course title Credits O/V *) Credits pr. semester
  S1(A) S2(V)
4501 Alpine Ecology 10.00 O 10  
4502 Alpine Biodiversity and Climatic Change 10.00 O 10  
4311 Methods and Analysis of Wildlife and
Fish Stocks
10.00 V 10  
4507 Ecotourism Theories and Concepts 10.00 V 10  
2606 Ecophilosophy 5.00 V 5  
2612 Ecophilosophy, Term paper 5.00 V 5  
2604 The Individual, Environs and Society
5.00 V 5  
2617 Introducing Norwegian Language 5.00 V 5  
4505 Conservation Biology 10.00 O   10
4504 Georesources and Groundwater 10.00 O   10
4209 Project Assignment 10.00 V   10
4508 Ecotourism Methods and Practices 10.00 V   10
1244 The Individual, Environs and Society -
5.00 V   5
5021 Sustainability Management 10.00 V   10
5401 Tourism and the Environment 5.00 V   5
Total: 30 30
*) O - Mandatory course, V - Optional course

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

The courses 4502 Alpine Biodiversity and Climatic Change and 4311 Methods and Analysis of Wildlife and Fishstocks are MSc courses, and master students are prioritized if many students want to study these courses.

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
  • Use and management of alpine areas

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 Anette N. Fredly <Anette.N.FredlySPAMFILTER@hit.no>, last modified Mette Venheim - 05/01/2009