This course deals with the Earth’s climate system, encompassing its biogeochemical cycles and their influence on the climate. The course has a strong inter-disciplinarily profile and includes the Earth’s geological history, global and Baltic Sea perspectives on biogeochemical cycles, and the human influence on the natural cycles. A seminar task, where the participants in association with a supervisor study a specific topic in depth, is an important course element for achieving the full 15 HEC/ETCS.

Admittance requirements

Knowledge corresponding to a Bachelor's degree i Meteorology, Geological sciences, Geology, Chemistry, Physics, Biophysics or Biology-Earth science. Also required is knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English B.


The schedule will be published one month before the course starts.


The syllabus is a formal document for the course:

Course material

Earth System Science: From Biogeochemical Cycles to Global Change, Academic Press, 2000. Editors: Michael C. Jacobson, Robert J. Charlson, Henning Rodhe & Gordon H. Orians

Grading criteria, course literature and other material and correspondence related to the course will be available on the course Athena-site at or you can ask the responsible lecturer Caroline Leck.

Upcoming courses

Starts during the spring semester.


Via (Swedish) or (English). For more information see Application and admissions.