An interdisciplinary programme focusing on the sea. The Bachelor’s programme in marine sciences combines chemistry, biology, oceanography and geology to give students a deeper understanding of the sea as a system.
In 2011, the University of Gothenburg launched its Bachelor’s programme in marine sciences. The programme’s broad focus on the marine environment makes it unique in the nation. Amanda Nylund, Anna-Maria Fahl and Tina Carlsson are currently in the fourth semester of the programme.
‘I was going to study marine biology, but ended up in marine sciences and have never regretted my choice,’ says Carlsson.
THE PROGRAMME focuses on the processes in the sea and their interaction. Since the programme is interdisciplinary, the students study more science subjects than in most other programmes. All three students see this as beneficial.
‘Otherwise I would probably not have chosen chemistry, but now that I understand it better I realise how useful it is,’ says Fahl.
THE FACT THAT new subject areas keep emerging means that a student’s plans may change as well. Because even if marine biology may have been the favourite subject at first, new subjects may be ‘discovered’ along the way. The three young women therefore see the future as wide open. One thing they are certain about though is that they want to continue with a Master’s degree.
‘Since the programme is so broad, I think we need a Master’s degree to also get the depth,’ says Nylund.
The students also see the strong research orientation as positive. The fact that all teachers are involved in research implies easy access to the latest research findings.
‘We really don’t have any textbooks. The reason is that what was written last year may not apply anymore. There is still so much to discover, and it’s so exciting to be part of a school that produces cutting-edge research in our field,’ says Amanda Nylund.