Business studies / Resource Efficiency Management

To achieve production-related as well as product-related resource efficiency and sustainability industry and consulting companies need experts with ecological and technical method knowledge.

Executives, who understand and talk the language of both sides and are able to prepare and make important decisions, are also needed. The Bachelor’s program Resource Efficiency Management (REM) is a sort of “Technical Business Administration” studies enriched with sustainability aspects. The program combines the classical business education with ecological and technical issues. Graduates can take up the mediation role between management and production in the environmental and production sector.

At a glance

Duration of study
7 semesters (210 credits)

5th semester (100 days) 

Degree Classification
Bachelor of Science 
(Business Administration)

Twice a year ODER Once a year (winter semester) 

Program language
German (at least 18 credits in English)

The entry requirement is a higher education entrance qualification. Good English language skills are essential. Non-native speakers must prove sufficient knowledge of German

If you have further questions regarding our study program or the application procedure, please do not hesitate to contact us: rem(at)hs-pforzheim(dot)de, Tel.: 0049 7231 28-6408


You will learn the efficient management of energetic and material resources in the production sector, the existing potentials and its meaning for the environment AND the company. You will learn important analyses and evaluation methods that will become highly relevant in business.

In addition to acquiring knowledge in general business administration you will learn to think conceptually, to control processes and to take over leading management functions.

The adequate mixture of theory and practice is the key to success – because only in practice the acquired knowledge can be tested and used!

Very important are the experiences you make during your internship semester and when writing your thesis in a company. We cooperate with many well-known companies.


The students get prepared to manage and shape one of the crucial future tasks of humankind: the adequate, socially responsible and environmentally friendly resources supply of the economy. The students are advised by a young and highly professional team of professors, who are very experienced in science and the operational practice. The program is coordinated by Pforzheim University’s Institute for Industrial Ecology (INEC). The professors also have expertise in current topics of research and practice. Pforzheim University maintains numerous cooperations with other universities and companies. Since the summer semester of 2015 Pforzheim University offers the Master’s program “Life Cycle & Sustainability”, which builds on the Bachelor’s program Resource Efficiency Management. The student initiative “remedy e.V.” additionally offers activities on resource efficiency and sustainability.

If you

  • find resource and environmental topics challenging
  • have manifold interests
  • are interested in technical and ecological questions as well as management issues
  • want to deal with resources and environmental topics from the managerial point of view
  • like the combination of theory and practice
  • want to make a difference later in your professional life
  • want to work in an international and dynamic environment with a growing demand of highly-qualified and interdisciplinary professionals

Then join our study program!

Program goals describe the competencies, which every student should have obtained at the end of their studies at Pforzheim Business School. Each one of these goals is outlined by learning outcomes, through which the competency goals are operationalized and become tangible.

You can find the program goals and learning outcomes of the various study programs in the navigation bar. 

Goal at degree program level

Students have broad knowledge of theories and their practical application in order to understand business functions and processes.

Expert knowledge

Learning Objective/Outcome

1.1 Students demonstrate that they have basic knowledge in Business Administration.

1.2 Students demonstrate their distinguished and sound competencies in Economics.

1.3 Students have command of legal methodology for case solutions on basis of claims.

1.4 Students are able to solve business problems by applying quantitative methods.

Goal at degree program level

Students are able to use information technology successfully.

Use of information technology

Learning Objective/Outcome

2.1 Students demonstrate proficiency in using computer programs to solve business problems.

2.2 Students are able to use information systems effectively in real world business settings.

Goal at degree program level

Students are able to examine problems critically and solve practical problems with analytical competence. 

Critical thinking and analytical competence

Learning Objective/Outcome

3. Students are able to apply analytical and critical thinking skills to complex problems.

Goal at degree program level

Students recognize ethical issues and conflicts, which can arise from their business activities and account for them accordingly.

Ethical awareness

Learning Objective/Outcome

4. Students are able to develop business ethics strategies and apply them to typical business decision-making problems.

Goal at degree program level

Students are able to express ideas and arguments clearly and convincingly in oral and written communication.

Communication skills

Learning Objective/Outcome

5.1 Students are able to express complex problems effectively in writing.

5.2 Students demonstrate their oral communication skills in presentations.

Goal at degree program level

Students are able to work effectively in teams.

Capacity for teamwork

Learning Objective/Outcome

6. Students show that they are able to work successfully in a team by performing practical tasks.

Goal at degree program level

Students have a sound background in their major field of study.

Expert knowledge in the major field of study

Learning Objective/Outcome

7.1 Expert knowledge.

7.2 Secure and competent application of methods and instruments.

7.3 Interpretation and critical reflection as well as development of alternatives.