Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology

Structure of the programme

Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology (ESSET) is a four-year Bachelor of Applied Sciences programme taught in English. Each year has a different focus. The academic year is divided into four quarters, with each quarter lasting ten weeks. You will start new courses and projects in every quarter.

Foundation phase

The first year focuses on basic skills. Like maths, chemistry, physics and biology. And on language and (intercultural) communication skills. We also introduce the main environmental issues. In the second year, you do advanced coursework and work on complex projects. New environmental areas of interest are introduced. Like biodiversity, bio-based economy, climate change, environmental simulation and geographical information systems. You also prepare for your work placement.

Advanced phase

In the third year, you do a work placement and take the Environmental Consultancy Specialisation. The work placement can vary, from working for an environmental consultancy to doing research at an institute. In your fourth year, you can take the minor Biobased Energy, Environmental Geography or a minor in another programme within Avans or our partner universities. During the final half of the year, you complete your graduation assignment within a company, government agency or our Research Group.

Course overview

Year 1 subjects
Subjects Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
Study supervision & self-development x x x x
Project: Sustainable energy sources x
Applied mathematics x
Introduction to environmental sciences x
Intercultural communication x
Laboratory skills I x
English report writing x
Chemistry I x
Project: Water quality x
Cell biology x
Project management x
Water treatment x
Laboratory skills II x
Calculus x
Elective x
Presentation skills x
Project: Green energy x
Microbiology x
Chemistry II x
Transport and fate of pollutants x
Elective x
Ecology x
Project: Air quality x
Introduction to policy analysis/Inleiding bestuursrecht x
Air and noise pollution x
Transport and fate of pollutants x
Organic chemistry x
Year 2 subjects
Subjects Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
Study supervision & self-development x x x x
Project: Soil quality x
Spatial planning x
Physical transport phenomena x
Geographical information systems (GIS) x
Soil science x
Project: Cradle-to-cradle x
Environmental communication x
Sustainable development x
Water management x
Statistics x
Ethics x
Project: Energy feasibility analysis x
Investment decisions x
Climate change x
Preparation for work placement x
Applied thermodynamics x
Project: Risk and safety x
EU and environmental law/omgevingsrecht x
Ecotoxicology x
Environmental dynamic modelling x
Year 3 subjects
Subjects Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
Internship x x
Environmental consultancy specialisation x x
Year 4 subjects
Subjects Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
Biobased Technology and Business Development minor or Environmental geography minor or Individual profile minor (exchange) x x
Graduation project x x

Additional course overview information

For Dutch students we offer some of the courses in Dutch alongside the English courses. In year one, you can choose to take some maths courses in Dutch. You can also choose to do some of the projects in Dutch project groups where you can speak and write in Dutch. We also offer courses in Dutch environmental law and policy that are compulsory for Dutch students.