Geography and Geology with a Year Abroad [BSc] Year 1

We familiarise you with the natural processes that occur on the Earth’s surface and how humans and societies have learned to exploit and protect themselves from these phenomena. This year also strengthens your capacity for independent learning and your abilities to develop logical arguments on a range of geological and geographical issues.

Field courses to: Castleton and Northeast Scotland

Year 1 Aims

Entrants to our Earth Science degrees come from a wide variety of backgrounds and all have different needs. During Year 1 we give you a firm basis in quantitative science and introduce you to the IT facilities of the University. We also provide an overall introduction to the Earth Sciences, so that you are aware of the scope of the subject and its role in the exploitation and conservation of resources. You will have ample opportunity to develop your field and laboratory practical skills.

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 of 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.

Optional course units: You must choose one course unit in Semester 1 and two course units in Semester 2. Courses are listed below as Physical Geography (PG), People and Environment (PE) and Human Geography (HG). PG and PE courses will be most compatible with the rest of the Geography and Geology course.

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