The first semester is organized into 3 core modules on:
- Biosphere-climate interactions at local to global scales
- Global agronomy, land-use planning and modelling
- The assessment of ecosystem services
Other compulsory courses include an introduction to climate systems, the response of ecosystems to global changes, and a course on the social, policy and economic aspects of climate change mitigation. Elective courses include numerical modelling, urban agriculture, or soil organic matter management, or Natural resources, food security and poverty alleviation.