First cycle degree in

Geological science

Class: L-34 - Earth sciences

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Class L-34 - Earth sciences
Duration 3 years
Branch Padova
Language Italian
Tuition fees and scholarships
Programme coordinator PAOLO MOZZI
Access Open access with assessment test

The history of the superficial and deep evolution of planet Earth, interpreted through the chemical, physical, biological and geological processes that determined it. This course provides, also thanks to its many laboratory activities, the fundamental knowledge of geosciences and the tools to ponder with awareness and an interdisciplinary approach on the great natural risks (hydrogeological, volcanic and seismic). You will use the scientific method to deal with current issues such as finding raw materials and energy sources or managing the soil. You will be able to carry out mainly technical tasks at institutions, companies, research agencies and professional firms that deal with the management of the territory and its resources, mining or hydrocarbon research and the characterization of geomaterials.

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Characteristics and objectives
The L-34 degree in Geological Sciences is envisaged as the first part of an aggregate educational project that follows in the LM-74 Master Degree (Geologia e Geologia Tecnica). As a consequence, the main mission of the Course is to provide learning skills focused on the knowledge of basic preparatory sciences and of the fundaments of Geosciences.
Taking advantage also of several practical training stages, the student will acquire skills and knowledge on the chemical, physical, biological, and geological processes that determined and are still determining the evolution of the shallow and deep Earth.
Through such studies, the student will learn how to cope with interdisciplinary problems related to natural risks (e.g., hydrogeological risk, volcanism, earthquakes) and to acquire a scientific approach in tangling with a large spectrum of geological problems, from mining and oil exploration, to the management of natural and anthropic landscapes and their resources. Field and laboratory hands-on training and stages in industry and enterprises, as well as in other Italian or European University, are foreseen.

Occupational opportunities
Despite the non-professionalizing character of the degree, the Bachelor in Geological Science may be employed as a technician in public companies, environmental agencies and research institutions, as well as in private geological companies working on land and resource management, mining and oil exploration, and on the characterization of geomaterials. Once passed the Geologist Certification Examination ('Esame di Stato'), the BSc in Geological Sciences can be admitted to the Professional Association of Geologists ('Albo Professionale dei Geologi') as Junior Geologist (Section B).

From Bachelor's degree to Master's degree
The Bachelor degree allows access to the Master in Geology and Technical Geology, following the rules that are defined in the specific admission procedure.

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Training

I Year GENERAL CHEMISTRY [CFU 10] PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY [CFU 7] GENERAL AND SEDIMENTARY GEOLOGY (MOD. A) [CFU 6] EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS [CFU 10] GENERAL AND SEDIMENTARY GEOLOGY (MOD. B) [CFU 6] INSTITUTIONS OF MATHEMATICS 1 [CFU 6] MINERALOGY [CFU 11] B2 ENGLISH (RECEPTIVE SKILLS) [CFU 3] GENERAL AND SEDIMENTARY GEOLOGY (C.I.) [CFU 0] II Year GEOMORPHOLOGY [CFU 6] GEOLOGICAL MAPPING 1 [CFU 11] MATHEMATICS 2 AND ELEMENTS OF STATISTICS [CFU 7] STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY [CFU 8] PALAEONTOLOGY [CFU 11] STRATIGRAPHY [CFU 6] IGNEOUS AND METAMORPHIC PETROGRAPHY AND PETROGRAPHIC MICROSCOPE LABORATORY [CFU 11] VULCANOLOGY [CFU 6] III Year GEOLOGICAL MAPPING 2 AND DIGITAL CARTOGRAPHY [CFU 11] APPLIED GEOLOGY WITH ELEMENTS OF LEGISLATION [CFU 10] PHYSICS OF THE EARTH AND APPLIED GEOPHYSICS [CFU 12] ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES IN EARTH SCIENCES [CFU 6] GEOCHEMISTRY [CFU 6] SEDIMENTARY PETROGRAPHY [CFU 6] GEOLOGY OF ITALY [CFU 6] APPLIED PETROGRAPHY [CFU 6]