Earth and Climate

The study of System Earth and the impact of climate and man on the natural system

System Earth

This minor focuses on the study of System Earth (land, ocean, atmosphere) and the impact of climate and man on the natural system. You will study the following aspects such as: 

  • How does System Earth work with its interactions between rocks, water, organisms and gasses 
  • What are the interactions between the biosphere and geosphere, Darwin’s theory of Evolution, the big extinctions in earth’s history 
  • Man changing the Earth: the Anthropocene as a new geologic period; are we entering a new mass extinction. What is the impact of man and climate on biogeochemical cycles on land and in oceans
Courses in period 1:
  • System Earth
  • Climate Science

Courses in period 2:

  • Introduction to Biogeosciences
  • Hydrology of the Netherlands

Course in period 3:

  • Introduction to Environmental Sciences


For specific information about each course, please visit our study guide.

Admission and registration

Incoming exchange students
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for exchange students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the exchange programmes webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor, exchange students must always contact the Incoming Exchange Team: incoming@vu.nl 

Semester in Amsterdam
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for Semester in Amsterdam students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the Semester in Amsterdam webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor program, Semester in Amsterdam students must always contact Semester in Amsterdam team: semesterinamsterdam@vu.nl. Or you can visit our 'How to Apply page'. Feel free to contact us with any remaining questions after reading the above information.

Admission and registration

Admission
Undergraduate students interested in the functioning of System Earth (land, ocean, atmosphere) and the impact of climate and man on the natural system. The minor targets at students with a background in the Natural Sciences (profiel Natuur en Techniek, Natuur en Gezondheid or comparable educational tracks) that follow a major outside the domain of this minor (verbredende minor).

Registration
Please see the application procedure for more information.

Incoming exchange students
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for exchange students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the exchange programmes webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor, exchange students must always contact the Incoming Exchange Team: incoming@vu.nl 

Semester in Amsterdam
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for Semester in Amsterdam students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the Semester in Amsterdam webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor program, Semester in Amsterdam students must always contact Semester in Amsterdam team: semesterinamsterdam@vu.nl. Or you can visit our 'How to Apply page'. Feel free to contact us with any remaining questions after reading the above information.

Admission and registration

Admission
Undergraduate students interested in the functioning of System Earth (land, ocean, atmosphere) and the impact of climate and man on the natural system. The minor targets at students with a background in the Natural Sciences (profiel Natuur en Techniek, Natuur en Gezondheid or comparable educational tracks) that follow a major outside the domain of this minor (verbredende minor).

Registration
Please see the application procedure for more information.

Questions about the programme

If you have detailed questions about the contents of the programme, please contact Dr. Kay Beets | c.j.beets@vu.nl | +31205987357.

Overview Earth and Climate

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

DURATION

1 semester (30 EC)

START DATE

1 september

FIELD OF INTEREST

Natural Sciences

FACULTY

Science

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