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Natural Resource Sciences, B.Sc.

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  • 36 months
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The Bachelor’s study programme makes an important contribution to promoting a sustainable society. This commitment was acknowledged by the Swiss UNESCO commission in spring 2010 through the recognition of the study programme as an integral activity of the ‘UN World Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in Switzerland ‘.

The study programme in Natural Resource Sciences leads to a professionally recognised qualification and prepares students for the broad variety of new professional fields in the area of sustainable development.

Natural resource scientists develop innovative solutions for the careful handling and sustainable use of natural resources. The central focus is on respect and holistic concern for people and the environment.

Graduates have the subject-related knowledge and strategies needed to solve practical problems independently. Their specialist competences vary according to the specialisation chosen:

  • The have competences in the area of soil fertility, animal husbandry and plant production.
  • They understand and can provide information on the relationship between people, nature and the environment.
  • They design appropriate systems for sustainable energy production and use.
  • They evaluate and implement protection, care and use of domestic flora and fauna.
  • They understand and interpret the connections between people, plants, nature in cities and the environment.

In addition to a basic interest in plants, nature and the environment students need:

  • communication and organisational abilities
  • enthusiasm for scientific work
  • creativity and skills in networked thinking

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Molecular biological analysis and application
  • Hydropower and wind energy
  • Energy in buildings, geothermal energy
  • Vegetation analysis and plant systematics
  • Applied ecology 2
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Basics 3 of nature management
  • Basics 3 of renewable raw materials and renewable energies
  • Geographic information systems / GIS
  • Project assignment
  • German language course

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

The course is multidisciplinary, so accordingly, entrants from many different educational backgrounds may apply:

Vocational Maturity (Berufsmaturität)
  • Persons with an apprenticeship in a related professional field (health, education, social, technical, chemical and biological sectors) and a federally recognised vocational maturity will be immediately accepted onto the course.
  • Persons with an apprenticeship in another professional field and a federally recognised vocational maturity must be able to demonstrate 12 months of work experience in a related field prior to the start of the course. Further information

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2248 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1124 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    1326 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 663 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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  • 720 CHF per semester
  • additionally CHF 500 for students whose place of residence is outside Switzerland at the start of their studies.

Living costs for Zürich

  • 1920 - 2580 CHF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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