Environmental Science and Technology

ESA - Agrarian School


The degree in Environmental Science and Technology provides multidisciplinary knowledge, with emphasis for the study of environmental components (biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere) and its relation with social and ecological processes, and skills to develop and manage technologies, processes and activities towards sustainability.

The Course has a 3 years curricular programme, divided in 6 semesters with 30 ECTS each. The course includes 29 curricular units, including a final internship, accomplishing a total of 180 ECTS:

  1. Along the first year, the curricular units mainly focus basic and exact sciences, with the study of Mathematics, (Micro)Biology, (Bio)Chemistry, and Physics, as well as introductory environmental sciences such as Ecology, Climatology and Geomorphology, Soil Science and Protection. Simultaneously students environmental awareness is developed with the introduction and discussion about the complexity of the current socio-environmental problems and challenges (Society and Environment);
  2. During the second and third years, the students will attend to environmental science + technological and applied curricular units concerning environmental management systems, environmental technology, land use planning and (geographic) information systems, water resources planning and management;
  3. In the third year, Integrated Environmental Project (6 ECTS) (first semester) and Training and Individual project (15 ECTS) (second semester) will allow, in group or individually, to develop research, professional and soft skills as well as entrepreneurship in the context of real challenges and projects.

Objectives and skills

The Environmental Science and Technology degree aims to provide students with multidisciplinary expertise in environmental sciences to meet the challenges regarding models of sustainable development and environmental constraints.

The course enables students to analyze complex relationships between natural and human components of the socio-ecological systems and provides technical and professional skills for land use planning, natural resource management, environmental technologies development and operation for pollution control, to ensure environmental protection and life quality.

The learning outcomes include developing the ability to perform environmental diagnostics and to have critical and creative attitude in project proposal presentation and management, and skills to develop governance systems and to work in multidisciplinary teams. Furthermore, the course promotes the ability for research, technical and scientific communication, knowledge management and innovation, and social and business entrepreneurship.

Career opportunities

Graduates have skills to assume positions as technical and environmental managers in public or private organizations and industries, in governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations. There is a wide range of career opportunities, namely for:

i) Organizations with competences in Nature Conservation, Natural Resource Management, Development and Environmental Management;

ii) Consulting firms concerning Land Use, Environmental Technologies, and Environmental Management Systems planning and project development, monitoring and assessment;

iii) Industrial and agro-industrial companies;

iv) Environmental technology companies (e.g waste and wastewater management and treatment);

v) Integration in multidisciplinary teams for Environmental Impact Studies;

vi) Companies or initiatives to provide services concerning Cartography, Digital Cartography, organization and database management and Geographic Information;

vii) Public institutions, companies and organizations for natural and built heritage recovery and protection regarding environmental quality promotion;

viii) Institutions or initiatives with intervention in the ​​Research, Innovation, Training and Environmental Education domains.

Teaching methodologies

The study programme gives particular emphasis to practical and professional teaching methodologies, including lectures, workshops, seminars, practical exercises, laboratory and project work, fieldwork classes, study visits, internship and e-learning tools.

Students are involved in research and project activities through practical and laboratorial work, individual and team project development dealing with real situations with a close articulation with industrial companies and organizations.

Teaching methodologies promote individual and teamwork, bibliographic search, technical and scientific oral communication and reporting, and digital knowledge managing.

Course Coordinator
Ana Isabel Oliveira Faria Ferraz


Study programme