Those graduating from studies at this first level will possess interdisciplinary knowledge of a general nature in maths and the natural sciences, as well as the science of the environment, and they will also possess the skill to make use of this knowledge in their work, and in a life that adheres to both legal and ethical principles. The graduate will understand and be able to analyse the processes ongoing in nature, as well as humankind’s influence on the environment, and will be acquainted with the main processes and issues important to environmental protection. He or she will be guided in life and work by sustainable development principles, will possess the skill needed to resolve problems of a professional nature as these arise, and will be able to gather and process information, and to report on it in writing or verbally. The person will be capable of working in a team, will know a foreign language to at least B2 level under the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference, and will have mastered the specialist language relating to environmental protection. The graduate will in these ways have basic preparation for work in research or monitoring laboratories, institutions responsible for environmental protection, heavy or light industry, agriculture, healthcare institutions, administration or education (albeit with the latter following additional teacher training of a specialist nature in accordance with the relevant Regulation of the Minister responsible for higher education, as regards standards of teacher training). The graduate is also of course in a position to continue into second-level studies in higher education.
In comparison with the graduate of first-level studies, the graduate of second-level studies will possess a wider knowledge of the natural and environmental sciences, as well as relevant aspects from the humanities, law and economics, including as regards methods of environmental research, economic aspects of environmental policy, environmental protection management, spatial planning, landscape architecture and environmental philosophy. The graduate will also have in-depth knowledge in a selected area of specialisation, be this related to biology, chemistry, physics, geography, geology, law or economics, and he/she will in consequence possess the knowledge and skill necessary to independently address environmental problems of a local, regional, national or global scale, including in non-typical situations. The graduate will know how to give opinions, i.a. in circumstances where he/she is not in possession of full information, and will in so doing pay due heed to legal, economic and ethical principles. He or she will also be able to negotiate and reach agreement in environmental matters with specialists and non-specialists alike, and will be capable of coordinating group work and leading a team. The graduate shall in this way possess the skills necessary to take up work in research institutes, integrated management and environmental protection institutions, industry, agriculture and central or local government administration, and he/she will also be ready to commerce employment in education (albeit following supplementary teacher training, in accordance with the relevant Regulation on standards in this regard issued by the Minister responsible for matters of higher education). The graduate will take for granted the central role played in his/her life by continuing training and professional development, and he/she will be in a position to take on research challenges, and/or further education by virtue of third-level (doctoral ) studies.