Environmental Soil Science

Course content

This competence-line course teaches state-of the art research within the field of environmental soil science.

The course deals with the following subjects at a regional scale: soil in relation to the environment and agricultural  problems e.g. ochre pollution, nutrient circulation, erosion and heavy metals. Furthermore international soil classification systems will be presented.


MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics with a Minor Subject
MSc Programme in Environmental Science


Learning outcome


  • Geochemical and physical soil processes and soil classification in relation to agriculture and environment in a world wide context.


  • Read scientific literature related to the course subjects.
  • Apply, evaluate and analyze methods, theories and data related to the course subjects.
  • Use correct scientific definitions and terms.
  • Give short, concise and well-illustrated oral presentation on the basis of scientific papers.
  • Write a short, concise report



  • Identify and work out proposal for solving comlex geographical problems using theory, data and methods at local or global scale.

The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.

Please see Absalon

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent education is recommended.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, Ongoing preparation throughout the course
Oral examination, 20 minutes
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list and the written assignment. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • English
  • 206