The first term of LUMES comprises three compulsory full-time courses offered in the following order:
- Earth Systems Science, 10 credits;
- Social Theory and Sustainability, 10 credits
- Sustainability Science, 10 credits.
The first term provides a foundation for understanding global to local sustainability challenges, providing both the basic knowlegde required for understanding how natural systems function and interact, and the social theories that help us understand our present societal development paths.