Geochemistry [BSc] Year 1

We will give you an overall introduction to Earth Sciences and by the end of the first year you will be familiar with the structure and composition of the Earth and other planets and be able to describe and analyse simple geological structures using maps and sections, amongst other skills. We will provide you with a firm basis in quantitative science and introduce you to the range of IT facilities available here.

Field courses to: Castleton and Devon

Year 1 Aims

Students join our Earth Science degrees from a wide variety of backgrounds. During Year 1 we give you a firm basis in quantitative science and introduce you to our IT facilities. We also provide you with an overall introduction to Earth Sciences, so that you are aware of the scope of the subject and its role in the exploitation and conservation of resources. You have plenty of opportunities to develop your practical skills through laboratory sessions and field courses.

Year 1 Learning Outcomes

By the end of Year 1 you will:

  • know the structure and composition of the Earth and other planets;
  • know the fundamentals of plate tectonics and how plate tectonics modified the global environment;
  • have learned the basic vocabulary for the description, classification and interpretation of the common rocks, minerals and fossils and be familiar with laboratory techniques for their study;
  • be familiar with the geological time scale and how it is constructed;
  • be able to describe and analyse simple geological structures using maps and sections;
  • know the Earth’s major geological resources, their origin, extraction and conservation;
  • be able to evaluate data, construct basic numerical models and use them to understand physical processes;
  • be familiar with field techniques, especially the disciplined recording of geological information;
  • have learned the basic skills of report writing and oral presentation.

 You must do all of the mandatory course units and two of the optional course units:


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