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Environmental geology is the application of geological information to solve environmental problems; minimizing possible adverse environmental degradation, or maximizing possible advantageous conditions resulting from our use of the natural and modified environment. This course emphasizes the entire spectrum of human interactions with the geological environment.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus AE2402 (Spring 2011–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course consists of a series of lectures, many accompanied by exercises where the students work on applied or theoretical problems.

The main topics below are all related to human interaction with the environment and how we can minimize risk to humans and infrastructure.

  • Foundations of environmental geology;
  • Earth processes and natural hazards: earthquakes, volcanic activity, rivers and flooding, slope processes, landslides and subsidence, coastal processes;
  • Resources and pollution: water, mineral, and energy resources, waste as a resource, waste management and pollution;
  • Environmental management, global perspectives and society: global climate change, geology and health.

The students will be required to prepare an oral and written presentation of a specific subject chosen by the student and approved by the teacher.

Intended learning outcomes

One of the aims of the course is to increase the student’s awareness and understanding of a broad spectrum of human interactions with the geological environment. Still another aim is to increase the student’s written and oral presentation skills.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Three years of university studies (180 ECTS) in Engineering, Social Science or Architecture and documented proficiency in English B or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Introduction to Environmental Geology, third edition by Edward A. Keller, 583 p.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Assignments, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Written examination (TEN1; 4,5 cr)
Exercises (ÖVN1; 3 cr)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AE2402

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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