EES Modular Structure

The major consists of a host of modules. You “check off” modules as your studies advance by taking courses which fit the module requirements. For some modules, there is only one corresponding course. These tend to be the basic modules and the respective courses are also obligatory for all EES students. Then there are advanced modules. In order to meet the requirements for these modules, you can choose from a variety of courses and start shaping the major according to your personal interests. Module descriptions are particularly helpful when you want to check whether external classes (either at University of Freiburg or at your host university abroad) would match EES module requirements at UCF.

The following chart provides an overview of the content of all basic and advanced modules in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (StuPO 2015) and Environmental and Sustainability Sciences (StuPO 2020) Major. The most recent, detailed module descriptions can be found online.

If you are wondering how to fill your advanced modules and want to get a glimpse of which courses are behind the basic modules, you can find a preliminary compilation of matched courses and modules here.

Module StuPO 2015StuPO 2020Course
Introduction to EESIntroduction to ESSIntroduction to EES
Maths and PhysicsMathematics for the SciencesMaths & Physics
Chemistry and the EnvironmentEnvironmental ChemistryEnvironmental Chemistry
Evolution and Dynamics of the Planetary SystemThe Earth in the Universe
Earth ScienceEarth SystemGeoresources
Methods of Observing NatureMethods of Observing NatureNatural Heritage Interpretation
Data Processing & ModellingMethods IComputational Modeling
Ecology: Urban and Rural EnvironmentEcology and BiodiversityEcology: From Genetic Adaptations to Communities | Concepts of Ecology and Nature Conservation | Science and Practice of Sustainable Gardening
Global Cycles of Matter and MaterialsSustainability ScienceResources and Sustainability | Mediated Modelling for Sustainability
Humans and the EnvironmentHumans and the Environment I and IIEnvironmental Psychology | Energy Policy | Urban Environmental Planning | Environment, Risks, and Us | History and Environment | Natural Resource Policy and Environmental Governance Studies | An Anthropology of Things: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Environment
Analytical MethodsMethods IIGeographic Information Systems | Biodiversity Loss and Entomology  | Urban Interventions
Specialisation Option I and IISpecialisation Option I and IIall above advanced courses and e.g. Climate Change and Biodiversity | Energy Technology | Energy Storage | Grid Integration | Solar Energy |Photovoltaic Lab | Emerging & Future Photovoltaic Options | Environmental Controversies | Resilienz & Kollaps ökologisch-ökonomischer Systeme |Fundamentals of Resilience |Material Life Cycles | Design and Monitoring of Large Infrastructures

Additionally, you also have to fulfill core modules – but don´t worry; almost half of the core modules will already be covered in the foundational (1st) year. The only modules that are not part of the foundational year are Research Design across Disciplines, Theory of Science, Science in Context and Responsibility and Leadership II. Therefore, you will have to fulfill those modules within the years 2-4.

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