Within the Université Paris-Saclay, the BASE school provides coordinated education with a focus on the subjects in its name : Biodiversity, Agriculture and Food, Society and the Environment. It also organises opportunities and interactions with other schools (in particular, Basic Sciences, Biology, Pharmacy Medicine, Economics and Social Sciences) involved in these same areas.
Life in its broadest sense, food (including agricultural production) and the environment, which are emblematic of the school, are major issues central to the future of human society and the biosphere. Education courses at the BASE school are designed to provide skills:
- to better understand the diversity and function of living beings interacting with their environment;
- to build land sustainability and resilience, develop analysis and mediation tools and intervention strategies;
- to protect and sustainably manage biodiversity and natural resources;
- to organise, develop and manage land and landscapes;
- to produce, process and enhance biological resources in a highly constrained energy, environment and economic context;
- to provide healthy and safe bio-products for consumption in the most environmentally conscious manner. Careers covered by these courses involve those in both basic and applied research in all these areas, and in the fields of bioengineering, local development, land activities, protection of biodiversity and natural areas, food design, agricultural renovation, and the development of economic tools for the environment.
The courses provided at the school are delineated by two major educational choices: a multidisciplinary approach and the "in the field" approach. The multidisciplinary component, with a specialisation in a particular discipline, is essential to work professionally in areas related to living beings and the environment, where issues are often multidimensional. The "in the field" component, which can take many varied forms (internships, visits, workshops, complete projects etc.), allows students to better comprehend their future professional world, as well as also to understand, in a more realistic manner, the usage and meaning of the disciplines, skills and knowledge that they are taught. Apprenticeships are the most comprehensive part of this component.
The education courses coordinated at the BASE school include general and professional bachelor’s and master’s degrees (AgriSciences, Environment, Land, Landscapes, Forestry, Biodiversity, Ecology, Evolution, Integrative Biology and Physiology, Energy, Environmental and Transport Economics, Land Management and Local Development, Nutrition and Food Sciences).