Tracks – elective courses and innovative learning environments

Tracks gives Chalmers students and alumni the opportunity to choose interdisciplinary and thematic courses. Tracks is a unique educational initiative regarding learning and learning environments that prepares the university and its students for the needs of tomorrow. 

​What is a Tracks course?

Tracks courses are part of Chalmers' educational offer, but do not belong to a specific programme or department. The idea is that students will meet and collaborate across programme boundaries and take on relevant challenges with a basis in real-world problems together. The purpose of Tracks is to meet the students' expectations and need for a more individualised study plan.

Tracks courses are interdisciplinary and elective, open to students at either basic or advanced level and to Chalmers alumni. You can study Tracks courses  as a part of your programme or as an extra curriculum, depending of what suits you best. Through the courses you can choose to learn more about subjects that isn't included in your ordinary educational programme​. 

Tracks Themes

Tracks courses are held under current selected thematic areas. Under each theme there are a number of Tracks courses. The themes for the round of 20/21 are:

  • Emerging technologies - from science to innovation​
  • Sustainable transport
  • Health and sports technology
  • Sustainable cities
  • Sustainable production​

Interdisciplinary cooperation

In Chalmers’ Tracks courses students with different educational backgrounds meet and collaborate across programme boundaries. Studies within engineering and architecture have historically been organized by discipline: mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, etc. Deep knowledge in these subjects is necessary for qualitative engineering work, but engineers also need to develop professional skills regarding collaboration, communication, ethics and entrepreneurship.​

Kick-start your career with professonal skills

The Tracks courses can function as a bridge, from your studies to working life.​ Tracks courses are held in close collaboration with wider society, industry and the cutting edge of research. By tackling real and current problems together within the framework of Tracks, the students create networks outside their own field of education and the world of academia. 

The industry representatives that Chalmers collaborates with believe that Tracks gives students a great competitive advantage in their future careers. The experience of working in mixed teams ​is requested by many companies.

​Learning Environments

To give Chalmers students the best possible conditions, we have built a completely new learning environment on Campus Johanneberg. It is called Fuse, and can be compared to a unique and advanced makerspace that offers students new ways of working and state-of-the-art tools. Fuse offers workshops such as: studios for film and virtual reality, physiology lab, textile studio, water cutter, 3D printer, laser cutter, vacuum former and more. And the Fuse Box (formerly known as Betonghallen) holds large areas for group work, presentations and exhibitions.

Read more about Tracks current courses

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  • Tracks courses are 3, 7.5 and 15 credits. All courses are held in English 
  • Tracks courses are held under different thematic areas that are reevaluated continuously to be up-to-date. However, each theme remains for about three years. The thematic areas are connected to Chalmers' research and to the needs in society
  • The general admission requirements for the courses may look different and are defined by the examiner
  • You can study Tracks courses at either basic or advanced level, depending on where you are in your studies. At advanced level, the courses can be included as electives. At basic level, the courses can also be used as electives, but you need to discuss it with your head of programme or secretary of studies. In addition, you can always take Tracks courses outside your programme as extracurricular course. Note that fee paying students need to pay for extra courses in excess of 60 ECTS per academic year

Source: Chalmers

Page manager Published: Thu 13 Oct 2022.