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Environment - Natural Science Foundation Term, 20 weeks

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NB0001-30291 - Course evaluation report

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Additional course evaluations for NB0001

Academic year 2020/2021

Environment - Natural Science Foundation Term, 20 weeks (NB0001-10323) 2020-08-31 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Environment - Natural Science Foundation Term, 20 weeks (NB0001-30288) 2020-01-20 - 2020-06-07

Academic year 2018/2019

Environment - Natural Science Foundation Term, 20 weeks (NB0001-3B001) 2019-01-21 - 2019-06-09

NB0001 Environment - Natural Science Foundation Term, 20 weeks, 30.0 Credits

Nyckel till natur och miljö - naturvetenskaplig bastermin, 20 veckor

Syllabus approved



Natural sciences

Education cycle

Preparatory level

Grading scale

Pass / Failed 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

In addition to general entry qualifications, specific entry requirements from upper secondary school are required in the following subjects:
- Natural sciences B
- Mathematics C
or equivalent.
- Natural sciences 2
- Mathematics 3b alternatively Mathematics 3c


On completion of the course, students will be familiar with the language of natural sciences and will be acquainted with fundamental concepts and relationships within biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics. In addition, students will have an understanding of the position of these subjects in the overall context, have training in information retrieval, communication and cooperation.


Natural science phenomena will be studied in the field and addressed within themes such as water, soil, life, food, natural sciences in the resource flows in society.
The following basic natural science areas within the subjects biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics will be introduced in conjunction with the themes:
Biology (4 weeks)
Basic systematics.
Classification - and its basis.
Evolutionary processes.
Interactions between biotic and abiotic systems.
Energy and material flows in biological systems and in society.
Cell structure and interactions between structure and function.
Population dynamics.
Physics (3 weeks)
Energy, work, power, energy quality, degree of efficiency,
energy flows in society, energy flows in nature, heat capacity, latent heat of vaporisation, latent heat of fusion, enthalpy, entropy.
Force, uniform movement, acceleration, moments, pressure, capillarity, osmosis.
Charge, electric fields, voltage, current, resistance.
Wave motion, electromagnetic radiation.
Chemistry (6 weeks)
Atomic models.
Chemical bonding.
Writing formulae and stoichiometry.
Equilibria (incl. pH, redox).
Thermodynamics (enthalpy, entropy, equilibrium constants).
Organic chemistry.

Mathematics (6 weeks)
Ratios, scale transformation, equation solving and inequalities. Roots, indices, logarithms and trigonometry.
Straight line equation, functions, simple derivatives and their applications, primitive functions and integrals.
Basic probability theory and statistics.

Other topics (1 week)
Synthesis, scientific theory, literature retrieval.
An introduction to the SLU library facilites is included in the course.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved exam, approved written and oral presentations , approved participation in all compulsory moments.
  • 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.

Additional information

The foundation semester is an access programme that does not affect your merit rating from upper secondary school. Also, the foundation semester does now award higher education credits and cannot be included in an academic degree.

This foundation semester is an opportunity for those who do not have a technical or natural science background from high school or equivalent to complement their knowledge within the subjects biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics for acceptance to the degree programmes listed below. A student accepted for the foundation course is simultaneously accepted, and has a guaranteed place, in one of the programmes listed below, beginning in the following semester. Places are reserved in each of the following degree programmes for students who have completed the foundation autumn semester:
- Bachelor’s programme corresponding to Agriculture – Food Science Programme
- Bachelor’s programme corresponding to Agriculture programme – Soil and Plant Science
- Biology and Environmental Science – Bachelor´s programme

Students who have completed the foundation semester are also accepted to the following programmes, but no places are reserved:
- Bachelor’s programme corresponding to Agriculture programme – Animal Science
- Ethology and Animal Welfare - Bachelor’s programme

Responsible department

Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences

Further information

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

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 55000 SEK Cycle: Preparatory level
Subject: Natural sciences
Course code: NB0001 Application code: SLU-30291 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences Pace: 100%