Study description: Applied Geology is the first stage of studies which last 7 semesters. They have an academic character, and end with a Degree with the status of Engineer (students are required to defend a Thesis for an Engineer’s Diploma). The underlying assumption is to give students a choice of specialist subjects in a wide range of the Earth sciences, tailored to their individual interests. Holders of an Engineer’s Diploma can continue their education at 2nd-cycle Applied Geology, Geology, and Geophysics studies, and can work in positions requiring an engineer’s degree.
Students will learn the structure and history of the Earth’s geological evolution. They acquire skills in identifying rocks, creating maps and profiles, as well as conducting geological surveys and documenting geological research. In the study programme, priority is given to subjects related to applied geological sciences and methods, techniques and tools used by mining geologists, hydrogeologists, and in mineral exploration.
Career prospects: Employment with companies active in such areas as geology, hydrogeology, geophysics, as well as broad-ranging environmental issues, central and local administrations of various levels, construction, road, hydrotechnical and geotechnical enterprises, institutions and businesses dealing with water management, and environmental and industrial heritage protection, environmental laboratories, the mining sector, or they can engage in their own geology or environmental business activities.
Candidates who wish to study Geology must enjoy good health and be physically fit (field classes). They cannot have serious eye defects, such as colour blindness, and cannot suffer, for example, from fear of open spaces, epilepsy, or heart or respiratory failure.