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DIS Copenhagen - Environmental Science of the Arctic
Copenhagen, Denmark (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Program Sponsor: DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia 
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Areas of Study:
Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies
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Program:
Affiliated
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Language of Instruction:
English
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Housing Options:
Apartment, Homestay, Residence Hall
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Class Eligibility:
3. Junior, 4. Senior
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Credit Type:
Pass/Fail
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Program Type:
Study
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Minimum GPA:
3.0
Program Description:
Program Description:
Environmental Science of the Arctic 
Explore climate change theory and environmental challenges through the lens of climate history in the Arctic and examine the evidence on your Study Tour to the glaciers of Iceland, the ice sheet of Greenland, or the tundra of Arctic Norway.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • Learn from leading researchers in climate change and specialists from the world-renowned Center for Ice and Climate at the Niels Bohr Institute
  • Use unique geological locations in the Arctic to explore topics in geology, climate research, ecosystems, and the environment
  • Join your DIS faculty on a course-integrated Study Tour to some of the world’s most scientifically interesting locations
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IS THIS PROGRAM FOR YOU?
It’s a good fit if you study:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology

CORE COURSE OPTIONS 

Glaciers and Human Impact: Icelandic Climate Change Case Study
Fall/Spring, 3 Credits 
This course focuses on the natural science and societal aspects of climate change with emphasis on historic times. The course takes a journey from ancient times through to the present describing periods when the climate was strikingly different than it is today and revealing the mechanisms and feedbacks that govern the climate system. With Iceland as your case study, you gain a thorough understanding of general climate mechanisms, with a focus on the past 1,000 years and how civilizations have interacted with climate processes.
Week-Long Study Tour: Iceland 
Core Course Week: Study tour to Eastern Denmark + a two-day seminar in Copenhagen 
Prerequisites: One course in environmental or earth science at university level. One year of physics or chemistry at university level is recommended.

Ice Cores and Ice Ages: Greenlandic Climate Change Case Study
Fall/Spring, 3 Credits 
This course focuses on the natural science aspects of climate change during the prehistoric times with focus on the glacial and the deglaciation. You gain an understanding of past climate variability, its underlying causes and mechanisms as a basis for separating natural and anthropogenic climate change and for making useful projections of future climate and assessing its impacts. The course focuses on pre-human times, and the 100,000 year old Greenlandic ice sheet provides an ideal case study.
Week-Long Study Tour: Greenland 
Core Course Week: Study tour to Eastern Denmark + a two-day seminar in Copenhagen 
Prerequisites: One course in environmental or earth science at university level. One year of physics or chemistry at university level is recommended.

Polar Biology 
Fall/Spring, 3 Credits 
In this course, you gain an understanding of biology of the polar areas, with a special emphasis on the Northern Hemisphere. You learn how organisms of the Polar Regions are evolutionarily adapted to cold terrestrial or marine habitats with strong seasonality. By studying theoretical and practical case studies, you gain insight into population dynamics and species richness within Denmark, and of the Arctic regions in Norway and Greenland.
Week-Long Study Tour: Arctic Norway 
Core Course Week: Study tour to Western Denmark + a two-day seminar in Copenhagen 
Prerequisites: One course in environmental or earth science at university level. One course in biology or ecology at university level is recommended.

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