Biology of Environmental Change

The Biology of Environmental Change (BEC) programme is a research-oriented programme that aims to increase student's knowledge of biological and biogeochemical aspects of the state of the environment. The programme offers advanced knowledge in environmental science, biology, biogeochemistry, hydrobiology, ecotoxicology, environmental policy and law, and environmentally oriented forestry.


The Biology of Environmental Change (BEC) programme is a research-oriented programme that aims to increase student's knowledge of biological and biogeochemical aspects of the state of the environment. The programme offers advanced knowledge in environmental science, biology, biogeochemistry, hydrobiology, ecotoxicology, environmental policy and law, and environmentally oriented forestry.

Studies in biology of environmental change will provide the student with advanced knowledge on the effects of environmental change on ecosystems and their bioprocesses, especially the interactions between atmosphere and ecosystems. The studies are divided into the following study modules:

- Biogeochemistry module focuses on studying effects of climate change and land use change on the biogeochemical cycles and on dynamics of gases important in the atmosphere. The conducted research spans various scales from molecules to ecosystems to landscape.
- Environmental ecology study module focuses on studying environmental ecophysiology, chemical and microbial ecology, and applied ecosystem ecology.
- Genetics and physiology study module concentrates on the ecophysiological, cellular and molecular biological effects associated with environmental change as well as understanding of the interaction mechanisms at cellular level.

Advanced studies provide a good understanding for the research activities on biological impacts of environmental change at universities and research institutes and to act as a leading expert in environmental monitoring.

In the BEC programme students can choose the main subject from two options: Environmental science or Biology. The curriculum consists of 120 ECTS credit points, which includes general skills studies, advanced level courses in the main subject plus master's thesis, as well as alternative studies in other disciplines e.g. environmental law and policy, statistics, or sustainable development.

Program details

Academic level(s)Master
CountryFinland
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity of Eastern Finland
Fields of studyBiology and biochemistryEnvironmental science
Tagsbiologyresearchforestryecotoxicologybiochemistryenvironmental changeenvironmental sciencehydrobiologyenvironmental policy and law
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