B.Sc. studies in environment and energy sciences constitute a general and basic natural science study. Emphasis is placed on geology, ecology and hydrology, the influence of pollution on the environment, utilisation of natural resources and management thereof, as well as environmental assessment and environmental planning. Furthermore, these studies deal with the utilisation of renewable energy sources such as geothermal energy, hydropower, solar energy, wind energy, tidal energy, biomass etc. Chemical generators and hydrogen are also dealt with as energy sources. The aim of the study is to ensure that students become acquainted with the main processes of nature and the influence of man on his environment. The aim is also for them to become familiar with technical work procedures in acquisition and utilisation of energy in a sustainable manner and gain an insight into energy management and the formulation of energy policy. Work on completion of studies relates i.a. to consultation services and work for energy and industrial companies on environmental assessment and planning for municipalities, companies and state institutes. The study is also good preparation for teachers in natural science in primary and secondary schools.
Electives are taught, if the criteria of minimum participation allow. Normally the criterion calls for the registration of 10 students in each course. The number of elective courses offered each semester is limited. Students can take general courses at the University of Akureyri or other Icelandic universities as electives. Such an option is, however, subject to the approval of the dean of School in each instance.