Geological Sciences

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Bachelor
A.Y. 2020/2021
L-34 - Geology
Bachelor
180
ECTS
Access
Open with admission self-assessment test
3
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian
The Master course in Earth Sciences prepares geologists with an in-depth knowledge in various fields of the Earth Sciences offering opportunities of scientific development and employment both in public and private sectors. This degree provides theoretic and practical skills deriving from the field-based and laboratory training, internships and research stages in public and private institutions, national or international.
Some of the teaching subjects, which can offer solid professional opportunities are: (1) Analysis, quantification and modelling of Earth processes interacting within the Planet, on its surface, in the atmosphere and hydrosphere, related to the origin of energy, water and mineral resources. (2) Evaluation and characterisation of natural minerals for their role in geologic processes and with respect to industrial applications. (3) Basic field mapping and thematic mapping for the interpretation of geologic processes/products at various scales. (4) Analysis and interpretation of geological processes interacting with human activities for a balanced use of natural resources and for protection of the environment and archeological and cultural sites. (5) Field surveys and direct/indirect prospecting for the parameterisation of technical properties and behaviour of soils and rocks for wide and small scale engineering plans. (6) Exploration, exploitation, protection and reclamation of underground water resources, after local and diffuse pollution events. (7) Exploration, evaluation and management of natural and energy resources, and of environmental effects of their exploitation. (8) Characterisation and prevention of natural hazards for territorial management.
During the Master in Earth Sciences/"Scienze della Terra", students will acquire theoretical, experimental and practical knowledge in various disciplines of the Earth Sciences and widen their background knowledge in chemistry, physics and mathematics, specialised and related disciplines, as agronomy, and engineering. Students will analyse the complexities of natural processes, transformations of natural resources, human-induced impacts, and propose solutions on the basis of analytical techniques, field mapping methods, and construction of interpretative models. They will properly transfer analytical results into interpretations, using modern software packages.
The aims of the Master are to form Geologists able to: (a) analyse evolutionary processes of geologic systems and obtain models adaptable to engineering applications; (b) develop basic and applied geological research for different sectors of private and public employment, both in academia and industry; (c) recognise and forecast the medium and long term effects of the interaction between various geological processes, anthropogenic impacts, global climatic changes, intervention on reclamation and conservation of the quality of complex natural systems, individuation of the vulnerability of specific locations, evaluation of intrinsic hazard of geological phenomena interacting with human activities and proposal of risk reduction; (d) operate in industries for treatment of natural and analogue materials, and in similar public institutions, by running analytical laboratories, planning and executing measurements, in in agreement with research and development plans, quality controls, and law, or by industrial production processing; (e) operate independently in the professional activities, or employment with public and private companies or State organisations.
These activities and the acquired knowledge can provide expertise in the design of interventions on the territory, even in an interdisciplinary way.
The graduates from the Earth Science Master will be trained to perform the Geologist autonomous professional activity. The role of Professional Geologist is officially attributed by Ordine Nazionale dei Geologi by means of insertion in Section A (Geologo senior), in accordance with the Italian law D.P.R. 5 Giugno 2001, n. 328; following the successful completion of a national examination (State Exam).
Master graduates will find employment opportunities with research companies, public administrations, professional and consulting companies in Italy and abroad, companies and laboratories for treatment of natural materials.
The various fields of the employment market to which the Master graduate will be able to access, concerning the intellectual, scientific and highly-specialised professional roles acquired, are listed within category 2 ISTAT (2.1.1.5; geologists, geophysicists and other related professions) and are the following:
- Field mapping, updating of geological, technical and thematic maps;
- Planning, execution and interpretation of geophysical and geological investigations for civil engineering; prospecting and characterisation of mineral, water end energy resources, and environmental monitoring;
- Modelling of geologic processes for the analysis of slope instability, underground water circulation and pollutant transport, tunnelling, and related activities;
- Prospecting, evaluation and managing of geological resources, direction of mining and quarrying works;
- Coordination of protection systems in mobile and temporary yards and construction sites;
- Direction of mineralogical, petrographical, sedimentological, geochemical and geotechnical laboratories;
- Territorial planning of hazardous sites and hydrogeological protection systems;
- Environmental monitoring for protection of water resources, reclamation and remediation of polluted aquifers and sites, waste management;
- Control of industrial quality, technical use of geomaterials for mechanical, chemical and electronic industries, use of ornamental stones; gemmology;
- Analysis, reclamation and managing of degraded sites, modelling of geoenvironmental processes and systems, managing, construction site direction, testing and monitoring;
- Managing of Geographic Information Systems, particularly the ones oriented to geoenvironmental studies;
- Protection of cultural and paleontological heritages, monument conservation, geoarchaeology;
- Planning of civil engineering constructions and of environmental and soil protection, in collaboration with related professionals;
- Evaluation of the environmental impact of wide engineering interventions (VIA) and strategic environmental evaluation (VAS);
- Science dissemination and journalism;
- Teaching of Earth Sciences;
- Forensic Geology;
The Earth Science Master represents a preferential title to access to PhD studentships.
Employment statistics (Almalaurea)

Admission to the Bachelor's degree programme in Geological Sciences is subject to a mandatory, non-selective, assessment test before enrolment.

Candidates will have to sit for the TOLC - CISIA Online Test at the University of Milan or any other member university of CISIA (inter-university consortium for integrated access systems). You can register to the TOLC test on the CISIA website (www.cisiaonline.it).

The tests providing access to the degree programme in Geological Sciences are: TOLC-B, TOLC-S, TOLC-I.

Only after taking one of these tests, will you be able to enrol, WHATEVER THE RESULT:

  • TOLC-B, divided into 4 sections: Basic mathematics (20 questions - 50 minutes), Biology (10 questions - 20 minutes), Physics (10 questions - 20 minutes), Chemistry (10 questions - 20 minutes)
  • TOLC-S, divided into 4 sections: Basic mathematics (20 questions - 50 minutes), Reasoning and problems (10 questions - 20 minutes), Reading comprehension (10 questions - 20 minutes), Basic sciences (chemistry, physics and geology - 10 questions - 20 minutes ).
  • TOLC-I divided into 4 sections: Mathematics (20 questions - 50 minutes), Logic (10 questions - 20 minutes), Science (10 questions - 20 minutes), Listening comprehension (10 questions - 20 minutes).

Each question has 5 answer options, of which only one is correct. Score: correct answer +1, wrong answer -0.25, no answer 0.

Each TOLC test includes an additional English section, consisting of 30 questions to be answered in 15 minutes. This section does not count toward the overall test score.

Test structure and topics: https://www.cisiaonline.it/area-tematica-tolc-cisia/home-tolc-generale/.

Enrolment procedures and deadlines are provided in the call for applications published on the University website at https://www.unimi.it/en/study/enrolment.

Students who have not achieved at least 10 points in the Mathematics module will have to fulfil additional learning requirements (OFA).

Remedial activities and tests

Students with additional learning requirements will have to carry out remedial activities in the period October-December, and then take a test to prove they have filled their gaps. Otherwise, they will not be able to take any second-year exams before passing the Mathematics I and Computer Science exams.

The department of Earth Sciences offers opportunities for spending time as guest students at European universities and research centres both for attending courses/exams and for research and apprentiships related to projects for graduate, post-graduate and PhD students. Studying and doing research in foreign universities is not only an important life experience and the occasion for thorough learning of a foreign language, but is also, and primarily, the opportunity for experiencing and acquiring different and more flexible learning approaches. Doing research and apprentiships abroad may allow the access to facilities not available here (e.g., highly specialized labs), the performance of applied research on specific fields as well as the first-hand interaction with wider, international research groups. At present our partner universities in official Erasmus exchange agreements devoted to course/exams and, where indicated, research activity, are located in France, Germany, Spain, Holland, Switzerland and Turkey. However the agreements for bursaries specifically devoted to applied research/apprentiships can be stipulated with any other university or research centre with which any members of our department have or may establish collaboration on common research interests. For these research bursaries and, in general, for the correct validation of the research activity done by our students abroad, the role and the active involvement of a local member of the department is of fundamental importance, as he/she will act as official, competent internal scientific tutor for the student hosted in the guest foreign university. Students may access to "normal" Erasmus bursarships, allowing course/exam in addition to research activities in partner universities, as well as Erasmus Student Placement bursaries exclusively devoted to research/apprentiship activities. The access to the different types of bursary is done by means of separate application procedures. The activity (course/exam or research) that the candidate will do in the guest foreign university has to be agreed with the local professors/tutors in both original and guest universities by means of the "Learning Agreement".This document is of prime importance for the final validation and official administrative registration of the activity done abroad.

Mandatory for laboratory courses; highly recommended for other teaching courses

Courses list

year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Paleontolgy and Laboratory 9 84 Italian GEO/01
Physics I 6 60 Italian FIS/01
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Chemistry and Laboratory 9 84 Italian CHIM/03
Introduction to Geology and Laboratory 7 68 Italian GEO/01 GEO/02 GEO/03 GEO/07
Mathematics I and Information Tecnology 9 78 Italian INF/01 MAT/01 MAT/02 MAT/03 MAT/04 MAT/05 MAT/06 MAT/07 MAT/08 MAT/09
- Informatica3
- Matematica I6
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Geomorphology and Laboratory 10 96 Italian GEO/04
Mineralogy and Lithology Practicals 10 108 Italian GEO/02 GEO/06
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English assessment B1 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Mathematics II 6 60 Italian MAT/01 MAT/02 MAT/05
Mineralogy 6 56 Italian GEO/06
Physics II 6 56 Italian FIS/01
Sedimentary Geology and Laboratory 10 96 Italian GEO/02
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Petrography and Laboratory 10 96 Italian GEO/07
Physics of the Earth and Laboratory 9 84 Italian GEO/10
Structural Geology and Tectonics and Laboratory 10 96 Italian GEO/03
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Engineering Geology and Laboratory 9 80 Italian GEO/05
Geological Mapping and fieldwork practicals 9 100 Italian GEO/02 GEO/03 GEO/07 GEO/09
- Fieldwork practicals3
- Geological Mapping6
Georesources 9 84 Italian GEO/09
Topography and GIS 6 56 Italian ICAR/06
Optional
Raw Materials and Industry 6 48 Italian GEO/09
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Geochemistry 6 50 Italian GEO/08
Optional
Applied Geophisics 6 48 Italian GEO/11
Facies Analysis 6 52 Italian GEO/02
Geotechnical field test and mesures 6 48 Italian GEO/05
Mineralogy of Earth and Planets and analytical methods 6 48 Italian GEO/06
Palaeoecology 6 48 Italian GEO/01
Photogeology 6 48 Italian GEO/04
Structural Analysis I 6 56 Italian GEO/03
Volcanology 6 52 Italian GEO/08
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Training 5 99 Italian GEO/01 GEO/02 GEO/03 GEO/04 GEO/05 GEO/06 GEO/07 GEO/08 GEO/09 GEO/10 GEO/11 GEO/12
Final Dissertation 4 0 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 2020/2021 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 SSD
Raw Materials and Industry 6 48 Italian First semester GEO/09
Applied Geophisics 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/11
Facies Analysis 6 52 Italian Second semester GEO/02
Geotechnical field test and mesures 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/05
Mineralogy of Earth and Planets and analytical methods 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/06
Palaeoecology 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/01
Photogeology 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/04
Structural Analysis I 6 56 Italian Second semester GEO/03
Volcanology 6 52 Italian Second semester GEO/08
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 Chemistry and Laboratory (compulsory), English assessment B1 (3 ECTS) (compulsory), Geomorphology and Laboratory (compulsory), Introduction to Geology and Laboratory (compulsory), Mathematics I and Information Tecnology (compulsory), Mathematics II (compulsory), Mineralogy (compulsory), Mineralogy and Lithology Practicals (compulsory), Paleontolgy and Laboratory (compulsory), Physics I (compulsory), Physics II (compulsory), Sedimentary Geology and Laboratory (compulsory)
Geochemistry Chemistry and Laboratory (compulsory), English assessment B1 (3 ECTS) (compulsory), Geomorphology and Laboratory (compulsory), Introduction to Geology and Laboratory (compulsory), Mathematics I and Information Tecnology (compulsory), Mathematics II (compulsory), Mineralogy (compulsory), Mineralogy and Lithology Practicals (compulsory), Paleontolgy and Laboratory (compulsory), Physics I (compulsory), Physics II (compulsory), Sedimentary Geology and Laboratory (compulsory)
Geological Mapping and fieldwork practicals Chemistry and Laboratory (compulsory), English assessment B1 (3 ECTS) (compulsory), Geomorphology and Laboratory (compulsory), Introduction to Geology and Laboratory (compulsory), Mathematics I and Information Tecnology (compulsory), Mathematics II (compulsory), Mineralogy (compulsory), Mineralogy and Lithology Practicals (compulsory), Paleontolgy and Laboratory (compulsory), Physics I (compulsory), Physics II (compulsory), Sedimentary Geology and Laboratory (compulsory)
Georesources Chemistry and Laboratory (compulsory), English assessment B1 (3 ECTS) (compulsory), Geomorphology and Laboratory (compulsory), Introduction to Geology and Laboratory (compulsory), Mathematics I and Information Tecnology (compulsory), Mathematics II (compulsory), Mineralogy (compulsory), Mineralogy and Lithology Practicals (compulsory), Paleontolgy and Laboratory (compulsory), Physics I (compulsory), Physics II (compulsory), Sedimentary Geology and Laboratory (compulsory)
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 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)
Topography and GIS Chemistry and Laboratory (compulsory), English assessment B1 (3 ECTS) (compulsory), Geomorphology and Laboratory (compulsory), Introduction to Geology and Laboratory (compulsory), Mathematics I and Information Tecnology (compulsory), Mathematics II (compulsory), Mineralogy (compulsory), Mineralogy and Lithology Practicals (compulsory), Paleontolgy and Laboratory (compulsory), Physics I (compulsory), Physics II (compulsory), Sedimentary Geology and Laboratory (compulsory)
Location
Milano
Course locations
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.
Laboratory locations
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).
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