Degree level and field of study

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6), Agriculture and forestry

Starting group code


Forms of study

Full-time studies

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses

Contact information

Riihinen Arto

Riihinen Arto

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
Biotalousinstituutti, Institute of Bioeconomy
Teknologia, School of Technology
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Students in the Bachelor of Natural Resources degree programme gain extensive insight on the development of business activities in rural areas. As its key core competence areas, the degree programme includes study modules concerning e.g. animal husbandry, crop farming and forestry. Together, the research and development environment in Institute of Bioeconomy at JAMK and the training farm at the Bioeconomy Campus form a practical learning environment in which you can complete your studies in the Natural Resources degree programme.

Degree programme offers its students an opportunity to specialise in rural entrepreneurship and bioeconomy. The rural entrepreneurship studies place special emphasis on managing a company and looking for solutions that are environmentally and socially profitable and sustainable. In the studies on the development and business of bioeconomy, the students focus on finding and developing innovations and business opportunities in bioeconomy. A student can study courses in English as well as study or complete practical training abroad. Most of the practical training is carried out in companies in the field.

Key learning outcomes

Bachelors of Natural Resources are experts in bioeconomy. They can use renewable natural resources to produce food, energy, products and services. They can develop entrepreneurship based on bioeconomy in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.

In addition to this general goal of the degree, Bachelors of Natural Resources have the field-specific competences and common graduate competences of all bachelor's degree in different fields after graduation:


Agricultural and forestry production
Agricultural and forestry production is a key core competence area of the degree. After acquiring this field-specific competence, Bachelors of Natural Resources are able to profitable and sustainable crop farming and know how to care for and breed cattle in a manner that takes their health and well-being into account. The graduate will know how to operate agricultural machinery and equipment in an effective and safe manner. This competence area also includes studies in ecological and financial use of forests.

Countryside as an operating environment
A graduate of the Bachelor of Natural Resources knows the networks of active participation in the rural areas and is able to take part in them. The graduates are familiar with the operation of the national economy and international economics and are aware of the impacts of international and national regional and agricultural politics on the operational possibilities and development of the regions, rural areas and agriculture.

Business competence and entrepreneurship
Bachelors of Natural Resources understand the basic principles of entrepreneurship and business operation. They know how to manage and develop a business in the field of bioeconomy in a manner that is sustainable and systematic with regard to the business-owner, environment and society. They know how to find and use the most recent research data and product development innovations in the creation of customer-oriented products and launching and developing a bioeconomy business. They are able to take into account changes in the national economy and international economics and market trends in their business operations.

Environmental competence
Bachelors of Natural Resources are aware of the environmental effects of their actions and understand the interaction between an agricultural business and environment and they are able to develop their business in an environmentally responsible manner. They understand resource-efficient operation.

Expertise in bioeconomy
Bachelors of Natural Resources are experts in bioeconomy. They have the competence in bioeconomy research, development, innovations and application in their own area of expertise. They master creative problem-solving in their own field of expertise independently and in different roles in the work teams. They are capable of professional communications in their own field in Finnish and English, both orally and in writing and using the digital media.

In addition to the field-specific competences mentioned above, all students at universities of applied sciences develop common competences during the learning processes. These include: Learning skills, information management competence, entrepreneurship skills, working life skills as well as internationalisation and communication skills.

As an example of these competences graduates with a Bachelor’s degree are capable of undertaking entrepreneurial activities by seeking customer-oriented, sustainable and financially profitable solutions by also taking responsibility for their own actions and their consequences. The Bachelor's degree programme in Agricultural and Rural Industries include the competence “Business Activity and Entrepreneurship” that supports this. It is focused in particular on rural entrepreneurship, its management and carrying out profitable activities.

Internationalisation in a Bachelor's degree programme includes the ability to act in a multi-cultural operating environment as well as the ability to act independently in Swedish and in one foreign language (English). Some of the studies in the Bachelor's degree programme in Agricultural and Rural Industries are also carried out in English. The studies explore the international opportunities available in the field, study trips are made abroad, and a foreign location can be selected as a practical training place.

Professional growth and know-how

The studies start with common basic studies as well as basic information on the key basics of the core studies. For entrepreneurship and internationalisation, the studies also progress from basics towards a deeper mastery of the issues. Towards the end of the studies, the core studies include fairly extensive courses focusing on the planning of production and resources. The practical training periods occur during the first and third summers of the studies. During the third and fourth study year, the studies are focused according to the students' own interests by studying rural entrepreneurship or development and business activities of bioeconomy.

Students may complete a part of their studies in the joint study path of entrepreneurship at JAMK, or by participating in the labs of the Future Factory operation model.

Working life cooperation and learning

The studies include two practical training periods, each worth 15 ECTS credits, as well as working life projects. The thesis will be written on a topic stemming from working life.


Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide. Students also have alternative study options available to them at partner universities (e.g. other universities of applied sciences and universities as well as EduFutura) and in free-access online portals (CampusOnline).


To be awarded a Bachelor’s degree certificate, the student must complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan. Further information in the Degree Regulations.

Degree-related qualifications

There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.

Professional profiles of graduates

It is common for those who have completed the degree of Bachelor of Natural Resources to become an agricultural or rural entrepreneur. The bachelor's degree programme in Agricultural and Rural Industries enables finding work in various advisory and expert positions in bioeconomy (e.g. animal husbandry, crop farming, bioeconomy). Various official positions offer Bachelors of Natural Resources opportunities to work e.g. as municipal agricultural secretaries, environmental secretaries, and inspectors with Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment. Bachelors of Natural Resources can find work in teaching positions, agricultural trade, financing and insurance positions, as well as project manager or project specialist in research and development projects.

Further studies

Students may, after graduation and a working career of at least three years, continue their studies on a master’s degree programme. A master’s degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. Studies can also be continued by applying for a university master’s degree programme or similar programmes. After a bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences, it is also possible to continue studies at higher education institutes abroad on master’s degree-level programmes. A university of applied sciences also provides opportunities for continuing education in the form of specialisation studies, open studies, online study portal (CampusOnline) and working life-based continuing education.

A student who completes a master’s degree at a university of applied sciences may apply to continue on to postgraduate studies in science or arts at universities (Act 558/2009, Section 37).


The teachers, the advisory board of the sector and students participated in the planning of the education and training. The members of the advisory board included, among others, representatives of business activity in the field, trade, financing and central adviser organisations. The topics of discussion included the role of the limitations of land use and internationalisation in the curriculum, among other things.

The continuous development of the programme has also been supported by the periodic evaluation of degree-awarding education (2015). Based on the evaluation, areas for suggested development included an increasing degree of internationalisation and technology application competence in the degree programme.

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