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Sustainable Development (BSc)

Sustainable Development (Bachelor of Science)

Our society faces significant challenges: Global problems such as climate change, scarcity of resources, loss of biodiversity, social inequality and economic instability require people capable of developing solutions.

That is why – on the basis of these areas of concern – bachelor’s students on the “Sustainable Development” programme learn to understand the complexity of the associated problems and to develop strategies to master them. Content-wise, the programme centres on the structure of ecosystems and how they work, social and economic systems, their ethical principles and possibilities for change. In so doing, it unites themes from the natural, engineering and social sciences as well as economics and combines them to form a coherent overall curriculum with a focus on sustainability science.

Within the framework of one of three specialisations, you can set a personal focus – either on sustainable management, resource efficiency and sustainable production or sustainable infrastructures.

The “Sustainable Development” programme empowers you to play an active role in sustainable development. Graduates help both companies as well as public sector employers to make their organisations future-proof, transform their own processes and structures in a sustainability-oriented way and make a contribution to putting the sustainability principle into practice at international, national and regional level.

If you like working in an interdisciplinary manner and wish to gain a holistic understanding of complex issues at the interface between ecology, economics and social affairs, the “Sustainable Development” programme at UAS_BO is perfect for you!

Career prospects

A wide range of professional opportunities are open to you once you have successfully completed your bachelor’s degree in “Sustainable Development”:

  • You work in a company or the public sector as a sustainability expert and develop solutions in the context of ecology, economics and social affairs.
  • You help public and private organisations to transform their internal workflows and structures in a sustainability-oriented way.
  • You advise political institutions, especially at local government level.
  • You work for non-governmental institutions (NGOs), associations, consumer bodies, foundations, etc. that are concerned with sustainability issues.
  • You engage in sustainability research and compile studies and scientific papers on sustainability topics.
  • A subsequent master’s degree is also possible, e.g. the master’s programme in “Sustainable Development”.

Admission conditions

1. Higher education entrance qualification

Admission to the programme is conditional on a higher education entrance qualification.

You require one of the following:

  • Higher education entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreife)
  • General higher education entrance qualification: German Abitur
  • An entrance qualification recognised as equivalent

In the case of the entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, a differentiation is often made between the academic part and the practical part. The academic part is completed at school. The practical part can be a completed training course (e.g. apprenticeship) or a 6 or 12-month guided work placement. As a rule, which type of work placement you require in order to be entitled to study is indicated on your certificate. If you are unsure, please contact your school.

If you have obtained your entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences in a federal state other than North Rhine-Westphalia, please check your certificate to see if it is also valid here.

2. Subject-related work placement:

Not required.

Programme structure

The path to the bachelor’s degree in “Sustainable Development” leads from basic knowledge of the fundamentals to specialisation in this field. In the second and third year of the programme, sustainability science questions are examined more closely in the three specialisations “Construction – Spatial Planning – Environment”, “Engineering Sciences” and “Economics”. In this way, students acquire the specialist skills needed for meeting the challenges of professional practice later on. They earn half their credit points (ECTS) in the specialisations from the third to the sixth semester, the other half in the general modules.

Subjects covered:

  • Economic principles of sustainable development (first year)
  • Natural science and technical principles of sustainable development (first year)
  • Personal development and key skills (first and second year)
  • Topics, aspects and action fields in sustainable development (first to third year)
  • Sustainability science approaches and methods (first to third year)
  • Specialisations: “Construction – Spatial Planning – Environment”, “Engineering Sciences” and “Economics” (second and third year)
  • Project studies (third year)
  • Practical phase, bachelor’s thesis and colloquium (7th semester)

At the beginning of the second year, you choose one of three specialisations:

Specialisation “Economics”

Students who choose this specialisation learn the fundamentals of business administration and economics, whereby the focus lies consistently on a sustainable approach to economic thinking and acting. The challenges of sustainable management in different areas, such as sustainable production and logistics, sustainability-oriented HR management, sustainable corporate governance, sustainability marketing, economic policy as well as energy and environment, are then tackled in greater depth and illustrated by means of examples.

Specialisation “Construction – Spatial Planning – Environment”

This specialisation centres on the key topics of transport and environment in the construction sector. Building on students’ basic knowledge of transport systems, planning fundamentals and geoinformation systems as well as hydraulic engineering and urban water management, advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of spatial planning, sustainable land management, sustainable mobility as well as water, energy and environment are taught.

Specialisation “Engineering Sciences”

Regenerative energy production as well as efficient energy distribution, storage and use are key elements of technical sustainability. Students who choose this specialisation acquire the technical knowledge and an understanding of technical processes and procedures needed to develop new solutions or improve existing technologies in this field by themselves.

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