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Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology

Avans University of Applied Sciences
Breda, Netherlands
On campus
 1050 Points
4 Years
Start date
Sep 2023

Program Description

The planet needs problem solvers. The bachelor in Environmental Science for Sustainability, Ecosystems, and Technology (BSc) will transform you into an ambitious environmental professional.

After finishing the Environmental Science for Sustainability, Ecosystems, and Technology (ESSET) program you will be able to find solutions to complex sustainable challenges.

For example, a municipality wants to be carbon-neutral by 2040. As a consultant, you find ways to reduce energy consumption and implement sustainable energy sources. You research solar panel yields and develop strategies to reuse CO2 for efficient food crop growth. Your solutions are financially viable and accepted by both industry and the public, taking into consideration future developments, technologies, and policies.

Through internationally oriented projects, training, and courses, during this study, you will learn about subjects like sustainable energy technologies, bio-based waste management, biomimetics, clean-up technologies, cost-benefit analysis, and environmental policy and law.

The bachelor in Environmental Science for Sustainability, Ecosystems, and Technology (BSc) is rooted in the natural sciences, tackling real-world problems and offering project-based solutions. You will gain valuable career-oriented experience through projects for real clients, international field trips, and 2 work placements.

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Year 1

Environmental chemistry

Laboratory skills


Sustainable energy


Year 2

Climate change

Lifecycle analysis

Water management

Environmental technology


Year 3

In the third year, you do a work placement and take the track-specific specialization. During the track-specific specialization, you will gain an in-depth understanding of specific environmental themes and do research and advisory projects for real clients. The work placement can vary, from working for an environmental consultancy to doing research at an institute. You are in the lead when finding and selecting an appropriate internship opportunity.

Year 4

In the fourth year, you can take the minor Biobased Technology & Business Development, Disruptive Events, or a minor in another program at Avans University of Applied Sciences or at our partner universities. This allows you to pursue new or interdisciplinary topics and further enrich your professional competencies. During the second half of the year, you will complete a graduation assignment within a company, agency, or organization.


  • Sustainable Energy & Resource Recovery
  • Water management, Ecology & Climate Change
  • Minor Disruptive Events
  • Minor Biobased Technology and Business Development


  • Consultant
  • Policy development officer in a government agency
  • Environmental licensing officer in a government agency
  • Environment-Health-Safety Officer
  • Water Board enforcement officer
  • Junior Engineer

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