Pathways to Sustainability

Transfakultäres Querschnittsprogramm Nachhaltige Entwicklung (TQNE)


The small program "Pathways to Sustainability" is open to students from all degree programs of the University of Basel (from 3d semester on).

Students are introduced to sustainable development in four different courses. They acquire the ability to distinguish a variety of natural, social and economic aspects of sustainability - at present with a special focus on the topic of "food and sustainability". Participants learn to recognize interactions between these aspects and to reflect critically on themselves. Methods that are suitable for interdisciplinary contexts are presented and practiced in an appropriate framework. For more information see info sheet.


Extra Certificate

Upon completion of the entire program "Pathways to Sustainability" and the enrolled degree program at the University of Basel students may order an additional certificate.

Students have to send an email to, attach their official final degree transcript (= list of all attended courses; ZEUGNIS) incl. final degree diploma (URKUNDE) and indicate their address (the certificate will be sent by postage).

Teaching structure

(incl. links to course descriptions of the detailed course directory)

A: Lecture + practical course41828: Perspectives of Natural Sciences on Sustainability (each fall semester)3 CP
B: Lecture + practical course41829: Perspectives of Social Sciences on Sustainability (each fall semester)3 CP
C: Lecture + practical course43700: Perspectives of Economics on Sustainability (each spring semester)3 CP
D: Seminar43701: Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainability (each spring semester)3 CP