Earth Science is an interdisciplinary subject, covering geology and physical geography, focussed on the planet Earth (Tellus). As a geoscientists you will study how Earth formed more than 4.5 billion years ago, how Earth has changed over time and how the Earth will change in the future. You will learn about minerals and rocks, plate tectonics, the formation of the oceans and mountains, natural disasters and natural resources, the biosphere, hydrosphere, landscape and climate evolution, and geographic information systems. During your studies you will also learn how humans effect and are affected by geosystemen in both a local and global perspective.
As a geoscientist, you can work with the investigation of natural resources, nature and environment, urban planning, land surveys, environmental studies, geoscience risk analysis, based on research both in Sweden and/or abroad. You can also work with global environmental issues such as climate, water and natural disasters.
The Bachelor’s distance program in Earth Science is a three-year program. At least 75% of the course requirements (135 credits) are in the form of distance learning courses that are read at your own pace without any mandatory meetings. Most of our distance learning courses can be started at any time during the year. The program includes two intensive on-site courses, 7,5 credits each, in practical geoscience which includes both laboratory and field work investigations. The program ends with an independent project of 15 credits or 30 credits, and for the most part can be done off-site.
Training begins with a introductory year focussed on the theoretical and practical foundations of geology and physical geography. The second year is dedicated to geological and geographical topics such as mineralogy, petrology, structural geology, climatology, or GIS. In the third year, you will spend your time in upper level bachelor geoscience courses and / or electives, and also conduct an independent research study of 15 or 30 credits.