Interfaculty Studies of Environmental Protection is a unit managing the teaching process of the interdisciplinary field of study under the name of „environmental conservation”, ran by the Faculty of Biological Sciences and the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Environmental Management.
Interdisciplinary studies of environmental conservation skillfully combine knowledge, skills, and social competence of broadly defined natural and exact sciences. The learning process is based on knowledge transfer from the most basic to most detailed content.
In the first-cycle programme students get acquainted with basic knowledge from the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and specialised content: ecology and environmental conservation, geology, geomorphology and soil science, hydrology, meteorology and climatology, legal instruments and technology in environmental conservation, threats to civilisation, basics of hydrogeology and engineering geology, Polish flora and fauna, biodiversity mangement and environmental monitoring.
In the second-cycle programme one can choose from two majors:
Environmental Analytics, where the students learn about the basics of laboratory analytics, colorimetric, chromatographic, emission and absorption methods, as well as mass spectrometry. This knowledge is then used to evaluate the quality of surface waters and interpret and prepare environmental data. The graduates find employment in environmental monitoring laboratories and broadly defined units dealing with environmental conservation.
Environmental Impact Assessment, where the students learn about environmental risks to health, protected species, Natura 2000 habitats, landscape ecology, evaluation of soil and water environment. They can then apply in practice methodology of environmental impact assessment, inventory of inanimate nature items, and impact of construction projects on biodiversity. The graduates work in consulting companies, and national and local government administration units.