Geological Sciences

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Bachelor
A.Y. 2019/2020
L-34 - Scienze geologiche (EN)
Bachelor
180
ECTS
Access
Open with admission self-assessment test
3
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian

Graduates are trained to interpret the geological depositional settings, the progression of natural processes over time, and changes to the landscape. They also acquire a good command of the techniques of modern cartography and geological mapping representation. Moreover, the course provides a basic grounding in chemistry, physics and mathematics, fundamental knowledge of the various sectors of Earth Sciences, and a good command of the techniques and methods required to pursue a wide range of varied, flexibly professions.

Graduates in Geological Sciences can play a key role in the study, modeling and forecasting of the many processes that regulate the Earth system, with enormously different spatial and temporal scales. It is an active system in which soil can tremble, volcanoes periodically erupt, currents and tides modify the coasts, mountain slopes shape themselves towards new balances between continuous uplift and erosion, winds and rivers transport and redistribute sediments, sometimes invading inhabited areas. All these natural events run after each other and condition the biosphere. The Earth Sciences aim to study causes and effects of the interactions between the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere in order to understand their natural interactive mechanisms, also to preserve and improve the hospitality of the planet.

Geology graduates can pursue careers in the following sectors:

  • the adaptation and updating of geological, technical and thematic mapping;
  • research on the development and exploitation of energy resources and raw mineral materials;
  • design evaluation of the impact and environmental risk posed by mining activities;
  • recovery of disused mining sites;
  • technological use of geo-materials in the mechanical, chemical and electronic industries;
  • research into the use and treatment of ornamental tombstone materials;
  • gemmology;
  • geological and technical research for the production of civil engineering works and the assessment of their environmental impact;
  • research related to water resources and their protection;
  • rehabilitation and depollution of polluted sites;
  • the locating of controlled landfills;
  • land planning;
  • hydrogeological installation and protection procedures and the protection and arrangement of unstable versants;
  • research related to and the protection of hazard areas;
  • geophysical exploration and modelling of geophysical and geological phenomena;
  • research into energy, mining and water resources;
  • monitoring the environment and civil engineering works;
  • the protection of cultural heritage and conservation of monuments;
  • geoarchaeology.
     

Admission: Open.

There is a test to verify the candidates’ initial knowledge, which must be taken before enrollment. The verification is carried out through TOLC tests (the tests valid for registration are TOLC-B, TOLC-I and TOLC-S, CISIA OnLine Test).

Additional learning obligations (OFA)

OFA: Disciplines
Students who do not pass the entrance examination on mathematics, are assigned additional learning obligations (OFA, Obblighi formativi aggiuntivi) that they must fulfil in accordance with the provisions of the Programme Structure.

OFA: English language
Students are expected to attain level B1 proficiency in English.
Proficiency may be certified at the time of matriculation by submitting a certificate of level B1 language proficiency or better, or by sitting the SLAM (University Language Centre) placement test during the first year of studies only, between September and December. Students who do not pass the test must follow the SLAM language courses and obtain appropriate certification within the year the plan of study calls for a language exam.

Mandatory for laboratory courses; highly recommended for other teaching courses

Courses list

year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Paleontolgy and Laboratory 9 84 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Chemistry and Laboratory 9 84 Italian
English assessment B1 (3 ECTS) 3 Italian
Introduction to Geology and Laboratory 7 68 Italian
Mathematics I and Information Tecnology 9 78 Italian
- modulo: Informatica3
- modulo: Matematica I6
Physics I 6 60 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Geomorphology and Laboratory 10 96 Italian
Mineralogy and Lithology Practicals 10 108 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Mathematics II 6 60 Italian
Mineralogy 6 52 Italian
Physics II 6 56 Italian
Sedimentary Geology and Laboratory 10 96 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Petrography and Laboratory 10 96 Italian
Physics of the Earth and Laboratory 9 84 Italian
Structural Geology and Tectonics and Laboratory 10 96 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Engineering Geology and Laboratory 9 80 Italian
Geological Mapping and fieldwork practicals 9 100 Italian
- Unita' didattica: Carte e Sezioni Geologiche6
- Unita' didattica: Laboratori di Terreno3
Georesources 9 84 Italian
Topography and GIS 6 56 Italian
Optional
Raw Materials and Industry 6 48 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Geochemistry 6 50 Italian
Optional
Applied Geophisics 6 48 Italian
Facies Analysis 6 52 Italian
Geotechnical field test and mesures 6 48 Italian
Mineralogy of Earth and Planets and analytical methods 6 48 Italian
Palaeoecology 6 48 Italian
Photogeology 6 48 Italian
Structural Analysis I 6 72 Italian
Volcanology 6 52 Italian
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Training 5 99 Italian
Final Dissertation 4 Italian
Study plan rules
2 - Lo studente deve inoltre acquisire 12 CFU in attività formative scelte liberamente fra quelle attivate dall'Ateneo purché coerenti con il piano degli studi, sottoposto al giudizio della competente commissione del Collegio Didattico del corso di studio.
Per l'anno accademico 2019/2020 il Collegio Didattico del corso di studio prevede l'attivazione dei seguenti insegnamenti per la libera scelta:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period
Raw Materials and Industry 6 48 Italian First semester
Applied Geophisics 6 48 Italian Second semester
Facies Analysis 6 52 Italian Second semester
Geotechnical field test and mesures 6 48 Italian Second semester
Mineralogy of Earth and Planets and analytical methods 6 48 Italian Second semester
Palaeoecology 6 48 Italian Second semester
Photogeology 6 48 Italian Second semester
Structural Analysis I 6 72 Italian Second semester
Volcanology 6 52 Italian Second semester
The exams of the elective courses must be incurred after the characteristic of the same scientific-disciplinary or related fields; they must also comply with the following mandatory prerequisites:
Prescribed foundation courses
Learning activityPrescribed foundation courses
Engineering Geology and Laboratory Sedimentary Geology and Laboratory (optional), Structural Geology and Tectonics and Laboratory (optional)
Geochemistry Chemistry and Laboratory (compulsory), Mineralogy (optional)
Geological Mapping and fieldwork practicals Petrography and Laboratory (optional), Sedimentary Geology and Laboratory (compulsory), Structural Geology and Tectonics and Laboratory (optional)
Georesources Mineralogy (compulsory), Petrography and Laboratory (optional), Sedimentary Geology and Laboratory (optional), Structural Geology and Tectonics and Laboratory (optional)
Mathematics II Mathematics I and Information Tecnology (compulsory)
Mineralogy Chemistry and Laboratory (compulsory), Mineralogy and Lithology Practicals (compulsory)
Petrography and Laboratory Mineralogy (compulsory), Mineralogy and Lithology Practicals (compulsory)
Physics I Mathematics I and Information Tecnology (optional)
Physics II Physics I (compulsory)
Physics of the Earth and Laboratory Physics I (compulsory)
Sedimentary Geology and Laboratory Mineralogy and Lithology Practicals (compulsory)
Structural Geology and Tectonics and Laboratory Mineralogy and Lithology Practicals (compulsory), Petrography and Laboratory (optional), Sedimentary Geology and Laboratory (optional)
Sede
Milano
Sedi didattiche
Le strutture didattiche del Corso di Laurea in Scienze Geologiche si trovano nelle tre strutture del Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra "A. Desio": le due principali aree didattiche sono la struttura di Geologia e Paleontologia (via Luigi Mangiagalli, 34) e quella di Mineralogia, Petrografia, Geochimica e Giacimenti Minerari (via Botticelli, 23) più quella di Geofisica (via Cicognara 7). Le esercitazioni specifiche del Laboratorio Minerali e Rocce, Introduzione alla Geologia e Laboratorio (con al suo interno la Cartografia Geologica) e la Paleontologia e Laboratorio si svolgono in laboratori didattici dedicati.
Sedi laboratori
Le attività didattiche di laboratorio si svolgono sia in strutture dipartimentali, attrezzate con collezioni e strumentazioni tecnico-scientifiche, sia sul terreno, usufruendo di logistica specificamente sviluppata.
Collezioni didattiche per il riconoscimento e studio di fossili, minerali, rocce, sezioni sottili di rocce, carte topografiche e geologiche sono disponibili in aule e in laboratori didattici appositamente organizzati. Aule informatizzate garantiscono l'applicazione di programmi per il trattamento dei dati e per la simulazione di processi geologici.
La strumentazione scientifica installata presso il Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra (http://www.dipterra.unimi.it/ecm/home/laboratori ) garantisce un'adeguata introduzione alle tecniche di caratterizzazione ottica, chimica e fisico-meccanica di minerali, fossili, rocce, suoli, altri materiali naturali o sintetici, nonché di acque e altri fluidi terrestri. Esercitazioni pratiche a complemento delle lezioni in aula sono pertanto svolte in laboratori di microscopia ottica, microscopia elettronica a scansione, microscopia elettronica a trasmissione, meccanica delle rocce, sedimentologia, diffrazione ai raggi X, spettrometria ai raggi X, spettrofotometria in assorbimento e in emissione, spettroscopia visibile e infrarosso.
I laboratori di terreno si articolano in aree ove l'apprendimento delle tecniche di cartografia geologica si combinano con la disponibilità di strutture di supporto ove elaborare dati geologici e ricostruire i processi genetici dei materiali terrestri (es. Stazione di Valchiavenna).
Presidente del collegio: MASSIMO TIEPOLO
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Fees, scholarships and benefits

University fees

For students enrolled on bachelor’s, master’s and single cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments of different amounts and with different payment deadlines:

  • the first, corresponding to the minimum amount, is the same for all students 
  • the second - technically referred to as an ‘all-inclusive fee’-  that is variable.

Students can also be entitled for tuition fee reductions such as:

More info at: Fees - current academic year

Scholarships and benefits

L’Ateneo fornisce inoltre una serie di agevolazioni economiche a favore dei propri studenti con requisiti particolari (merito, condizioni economiche o personali, studenti internazionali) come: