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Ecology and environmental science

The course aims at the basis of ecological and biological knowledge provide an understanding of how human use of natural resources affect natural systems in a local as well as global perspective. The course also addresses current environmental problems at local and global level.

BI1399 Ecology and environmental science, 7.5 Credits

Ekologi och miljövetenskap

Syllabus approved



Biology Environmental science

Education cycle

First cycle

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to general entry requirements and Mathematics 3b alternativly Mathematics 3c


The course aims at providing basal knowledge of ecological concepts and ides and ecological consequences of exploitation of natural resources

After completion the student shall be able:
- to account for basal concepts and issues concerning the individual organism relation to its environment, dynamic of populations in space and time
- to account for basal concepts and issues concerning structure and dynamics of plant and animal communities, transfer of energy and matter in ecosystems
- to account for ecological consequences of human exploitation of (biological) natural resources


Lectures and exercises on topics related to how organisms are adapted to their environment, population dynamics, ecological interactions such as competition and predation, structure and dynamics of ecological communities (dealing with e.g. food webs and species diversity), ecosystem ecology (e.g. what determines internal and external cycling of carbon and nutrients, basal constrains of productivity etc.), ecosystem services (what they are and how they are regulated). The course also deals with human exploitation of biological natural resources (lectures and compulsory group works). The course cover e.g. ecological consequences of forestry, agriculture, fishery and hunting (harvest of populations), sustainable use, and national and global treats to biodiversity.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written exam and approved reports of group work.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Ecology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Ekologi
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agriculture Programme - Economics and Management Business and Economics – Sustainable Development Business and Economics – Sustainable Development (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: First cycle
Subject: Biology Environmental science
Course code: BI1399 Application code: SLU-30183 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Ecology Pace: 100%