Environmental Systems Science



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Environmental Systems Science is a degree program located between Systems Science , Mathematics and Environmental Informatics and offered at a few universities, including the universities of Graz , Klagenfurt and Osnabrück

Basic idea of ​​study

The basic idea of ​​the study “Environmental Systems Sciences” is, in addition to a well-founded subject-specific training, to impart the basics and thinking of some other disciplines in order to establish relationships between them. It is not only about the analysis of the individual system elements, but also about the study of system dynamics and the networking of these elements with each other. Therefore, systems analysis and mathematical methods are an essential part of the study. The aim of this study is to enable the graduates to bring in an interdisciplinary team on the one hand professional competence and on the other hand the ability to network different knowledge areas.

Basic structure of study

Central requirement for this study is the team ability and the interdisciplinary education of the graduates. Therefore, the basic structure includes:

the study of the chosen focus
the extension to other departments via restricted electives
the networking of disciplines in interdisciplinary and problem-oriented internships
Foundations of Systems Science , Mathematics and Statistics

The study Environmental Systems Sciences was introduced in Graz at the beginning of the nineties as an individual diploma program and can be completed since the winter semester 2003 as a regular study. Since then, there have been several revisions to the curriculum. Currently, the scientific and socio-economic USW-Bachelor Curriculum 2011 (since winter semester 2011) as well as the master study plan from the year 2011 can be enrolled in Graz.

Job Profile

Today, complex environmental problems are handled by discipline-oriented professionals with more or less good additional training. The future requires not only specialists but also interdisciplinary scientists who are able to integrate problems from different disciplines. These tasks can only be solved by networking specialist disciplines in the team. Graduates in the field of Environmental Systems Science should be able to subject the knowledge from several disciplines, including their own special field of specialization, to a global overall assessment. Together with others, they can develop strategies for solving and avoiding environmental problems. Fields of activity are expected in all areas in which the graduates of the chosen foci (ie as chemists, geographers, business economists etc) are deployed, which in addition are able to play a decisive role in the following areas:

Research and teaching in environmental science
Advising and supporting environmental protection institutions in municipalities, districts, federal states and federal states
Management and cooperation in research projects and environmental impact assessments
Participation in the design, construction, operation, evaluation and interpretation of environmental observation systems
Participation in the planning and development of environmentally friendly products and production forms
Media work and teaching at schools and further education institutions
Collaboration in all other areas where expertise combined with ecological understanding is required. 

In addition, the job description also includes project management tasks outside the environmental field.