The Faculty of Natural Resource Sciences offers three years‘ 180 ECTS program to a B.S. degree in Biotechnology or Fisheries Science. Students are also offered the possibility to receive a Diploma in Natural Resource Sciences after having finished 60 or 120 ECTS.
The aim of the program is to prepare the students for a career in business and industry and graduate studies in international and demanding environment.
The program is a general basic study program in natural and life sciences emphasising sustainable utilisation of natural resources. Characteristic of the study is an interdisciplinary approach where studies and research join forces in applied science and technology studies concurrently with economics, management and marketing. Education of this kind constitutes the premise for good natural resource management and planning and it promotes sustainable utilisation of resources and value creation. The program is based on a long experience and knowledge at the University of Akureyri in the fields of natural resource sciences and provides a sound basic education and knowledge of the main theories and the methodology of natural sciences. The study thus will prove useful for those who want to deepen their knowledge in these fields or continue in different directions.
The first two years are to a large extent common for all lines with certain selective courses related to the planned specialisation of the student. Students who finish the 120 ECTS Diploma can finalise the remaining 60 ECTS to a BS degree at UNAK and the Holar University or take up further studies with other universities.
A graduate study programme for the M.S. degree examination in natural resource sciences is offered with specialisation in biotechnology and fisheries science. It is a two year programme, amounting to 120 ECTS, international and research based master´s degree study, where 60 – 90 ECTS constitute the master´s degree project and 30-60 ECTS are course based.
The student takes the requisite courses in part at the School of Business and Science and partly at other universities in Iceland and abroad, as determined by the master´s degree committee in each instance. Primary emphasis is placed on the master´s degree project and the acquisition by students of scientific methodology. Further information is to be found in the Course Catalogue for Master´s Degree Studies.