Environmental and Resource Geology [BSc] Year 2

You will continue to develop your earth science and geology skills and begin to decide on your subject preferences and specialisms. Along with courses in global tectonics and geophysics you will begin to explore aspects of geochemistry and environmental issues of geological systems.

As you broaden your geological knowledge we will place increasing emphasis on developing your transferable skills necessary for gaining employment after graduation.  Small group tutorials concentrate on transferrable skills necessary for employment. You’ll take part in CV compilation, and oral presentations.

Field courses to: South of FranceNorth West Scotland, and Pembrokeshire

Year 2 Aims

In Year 2, we build on the broad introduction to Earth Sciences provided in Year 1 to give you an overall balanced coverage of the subject to intermediate level which will allow for specialisation at a more advanced level in Years 3 and 4. We teach you to cope with a demanding work schedule and to be aware of the level of expectation and planning required for success in final assessments.

Year 2 Learning Outcomes

By the end of Year 2 you will:

  • understand controls governing the nature, origin and distribution of sedimentary rocks;
  • understand global tectonic processes and the controls they exert on the evolution of sedimentary basins and the development of mountain belts;
  • be able to undertake geophysical surveys and process and interpret data;
  • have learned the techniques necessary to describe, interpret and make a geological map and to make a systematic record of other field data;
  • be able to demonstrate enhanced IT skills, for example in using a bibliographic database for efficient retrieval of information;
  • have produced a professional quality report which analyses and interprets a range of geological data;
  • have enhanced key skills through such activities as CV compilation, mock interviews, small group discussions, abstracting and make oral presentations;
  • be proficient in the use of the petrological microscope for the description, classification and interpretation of igneous and sedimentary rocks and ore minerals;
  • understand geochemical cycles and the fundamental controls on the chemistry of natural systems;
  • be trained in the collection and evaluation of data in environmental science;
  • know the principles of organic chemistry required to understand many environmental issues;
  • either: be able to describe and analyse the geometry of deformed rocks or be familiar with the uses of the major fossil groups in palaeoecology and stratigraphy.

You must do all of the mandatory course units:

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