What are the topics of environmental science

Degree in environmental sciences

Environmental science courses are offered by both technical colleges and universities. Each course combines natural science subjects with engineering, social or economic disciplines. Their weighting varies from university to university.

The environmental issue is very interdisciplinary. There are also opportunities to study it in other fields of study: Agricultural Sciences, Earth Sciences, Political Science, Law, Economics, etc.

J. W., Master in Environmental Sciences in the 1st semester at ETH Zurich.

"During my studies I see how difficult it is to solve even minor environmental problems."

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An environmental science degree requires broad interests and the ability to think in an interdisciplinary, networked and creative way. Team spirit and teamwork are just as important as communicative and organizational skills. Environmental issues also have a pronounced socio-political dimension. Anyone who wants to get involved here must be ready to deal with it and take a position. Environmental scientists must not shy away from contact with people and institutions and must be able to convince with good arguments and a confident demeanor.


Those aiming for a career in research usually complete their studies with a doctorate. This is often followed by post-doc studies abroad.

Research topics

The research deals with a wide range of issues. Some examples:

  • Can cities be cooled with greenery?
  • Why are some animal and plant species dying out, but others not?
  • How does man perceive nature and how does nature influence people's lives and thoughts?
  • How are ecosystems and human health linked?
  • Where do microplastics come from in Antarctica?

Admission, registration and start of studies

Information on admission to the various universities as well as on registration and the start of studies can be found under Admission, Registration, Start of Studies.