Earth Sciences (Classe LM-74)-enrolled from 2009-2010 academic year

Area Scienze e Tecnologie
Master programme
A.Y. 2015/2016
LM-74 - Scienze e tecnologie geologiche (EN)
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Italian
The Master course forms geologists educated in various sectors of Earth Sciences offering opportunities of scientific development and of employment both in public and private fields. This degree provides theoretic and practical abilities based also on participation in field and laboratory activities, stages and novitiates, research stages in public and private institutions, national or international.
Some of the subjects offer nowadays solid professional opportunities: (1) Analysis, quantification and modeling of Earth processes interacting within the planet, on its surface, in 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 at various scales. (4) Analysis and interpretation of geologic 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 syrveys and direct/indirect prospecting for the parametrisation of technical properties and behavior of soils and rocks for wide and small scale engineering plans. (6) Exploration, exploitment, 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) Carachterisation and forestalling of natural hazards for territorial management.
During the Master in "Scienze della Terra" students will acquire theoretical, experimental and practical knowledge in various disciplines of Earth Sciences and widen their bases in chemistry, physics and mathematics, specialised and affine disciplines, as agronomy, engineering and others. They will analyse complexities of natural processes, transformations of natural resources, human-induced impacts, and propose solutions on the base of analytical techniques, field mapping methods, and construction of interpretative models. They will properly transfer analytical results into interpretations, using modern softwares.
Scope of the Master is forming Geologists able to: (a) analyse evolutionary processes of geologic systems and obtain models adaptable to engineering appliaction; (b) develop basic and applied geological research of use for different sectors of private and public employment, both in academy and industry; (c) recognition and forecats, at medium and long term, effects of the interaction between various geologic processes, human impacts, global climatic changes, intervention on reclamation and conservation of the quality of complex natural systems, individuation of 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 analogic materials, and in similar public institutions, by running analytical laboratories, planning and executing measurements, in accordance with research and development plans, quality controls, in acccordance with law, or by industrial production processing; (e) operate slf-sufficiently in the professional activities, or employment with public and private companies or State organisations.
Activities and knowledge can provide expertise in the design of interventions on the territory, even in an interdisciplinary way.
Earth Science Master graduates are formed to perform the Geologist authonomous 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 law D.P.R. 5 Giugno 2001, n. 328; after passing a State Exam.
Otherwise, Master graduates may find employment opportuninties with research companies, public administrations, professional and consulting companies in Italy or abroad, companies and laboratories for treatment of natural materials.
Generally, the various sectors of the employment market, included in the intellectual, scientific and highly specialised professions are listed within category 2 ISTAT (2.1.1.5; geologists, geophysicists and other related professions) are the following:
- Field mapping, updating of geolgical, technical and thematic maps;
- Planning, performing and interpretation of geophysical and geological investigations for civil engineering; prospecting and carachterisation of mineral, water end energy resources, environmental monitoring;
- Modeling of geologic processes for the analysis of slope instability, underground water circulation and pollutors transport, tunneling, 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;
- Direction of mineralogical, petrographical, sedimentological, geochemical and geotehcnical laboratories;
- Territorial planning of hazardous sites and hydrogeological protection systems;
- Environmental monitoring for protection of water resources, reclamation and de-pollutioning of acquifers and sites, waste management;
- Control of industrial quality, tecnological use of geomaterials for mecnanical, chemical and electronic industries, use of dimension stones; gemmology;
- Analysis, reclamation and managing of degraded sites, modeling of geoenvironmental processes and systems, managing, yard direction, testing and monitoring;
- Managing of Geographic Information Systems, particularly the ones oriented to geoenvironment;
- Protection of cultural and paleontological heritages, monuments conservation, geoarchaeology;
- Planning of civil engineering constructions and of environmental and soil protection, in collaboration with affine professionals;
- Evaluation of the environmental impact of wide engineering interventions (VIA) and strategic environmental evaluation (VAS);
- Scientific outreach and journalism;
- Didactics of Earth Sciences;
- Forensic Geology;
The Earth Science Master represents a preferential quality in PhD selections.
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Courses list

First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Mineral Resources and Geomaterials 6 48 Italian
Physics of Earth's Interior 6 56 Italian
Sedimentolgy and Laboratory 9 97 Italian
Technical Geology 6 48 Italian
Optional
Seismic Exploration and Laboratory 9 84 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Geology 6 83 Italian
Regional Stratigraphy 9 84 Italian
Optional
Complements of Paleontology 6 48 Italian
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Laboratory 6 48 Italian
Marine Geology 6 48 Italian
Mineral Physics 6 48 Italian
Regional Geology 6 116 Italian
Regional Stratigraphy 6 82 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Optional
Basin Analysis, Hidrocarbon Geology and Practicals 9 84 Italian
Micropaleontolgy and Laboratory 9 84 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
English II 3 24 English
Optional
Biostratigraphy 6 48 Italian
Diagenesis and Geochemistry 6 48 Italian
Geophysical Well Log and Physical Properties 6 48 Italian
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Final Dissertation 30 Italian
Study plan rules
1 - Lo studente dovrà scegliere uno fra i seguenti insegnamenti:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period
Basin Analysis, Hidrocarbon Geology and Practicals 9 84 Italian First semester
Micropaleontolgy and Laboratory 9 84 Italian First semester
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Trainig Stage 6 111 Italian
Study plan rules
2 - Lo studente dovrà scegliere due fra gli insegnamenti della tabella sottostante (tot 12 CFU).
Gli eventuali crediti acquisiti per il modulo " Laboratorio di Esplorazione Sismica" potranno essere riconosciuti nell'ambito dei crediti a libera scelta.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period
Seismic Exploration and Laboratory 9 84 Italian First semester
Biostratigraphy 6 48 Italian Second semester
Diagenesis and Geochemistry 6 48 Italian Second semester
Geophysical Well Log and Physical Properties 6 48 Italian Second semester
Marine Geology 6 48 Italian Second semester
1 - Lo studente deve acquisire 18 CFU scegliendo liberamente tra tutti gli insegnamenti attivati dall'Ateneo purché culturalmente coerenti con il suo percorso formativo e non sovrapponibili, nei contenuti, agli insegnamenti fondamentali e opzionali già utilizzati nel piano degli studi.
Rientrano pertanto nella scelta dei 18 CFU tutti gli insegnamenti e/o moduli presenti in questo Manifesto degli studi che rispondano a tali criteri.
Il Collegio Didattico del corso di studio nell'anno accademico 2015-2016 renderà inoltre disponibili gli insegnamenti elencati qui di seguito:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period
Complements of Paleontology 6 48 Italian Second semester
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Laboratory 6 48 Italian Second semester
Mineral Physics 6 48 Italian Second semester
Regional Stratigraphy 6 82 Italian Second semester
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Applied Geomorphology 6 56 Italian
Groundwater Exploration and Management with Laboratory 9 84 Italian
Mineral Resources and Geomaterials 6 48 Italian
Physics of Earth's Interior 6 56 Italian
Technical Geology 6 48 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Field Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology with laboratoty 9 118 Italian
Geology 6 83 Italian
Optional
Complements of Paleontology 6 48 Italian
Geographical Information System 6 56 Italian
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Laboratory 6 48 Italian
Geotechnics and Laboratory 9 84 Italian
Hydrology and Soil Protection in Forestry 6 56 Italian
Mineral Physics 6 48 Italian
Regional Geology 6 116 Italian
Regional Stratigraphy 6 82 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Optional
Hydrostratigraphy and Aquifer Sedimentology with Practicals 9 84 Italian
Rock Mechanics and Slope Stability 6 56 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
English II 3 24 English
Optional
Building Science 6 56 Italian
Shallow Depth Geophysics 6 52 Italian
Water Quality and Remediaton Techniques 6 56 Italian
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Final Dissertation 30 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Trainig Stage 6 111 Italian
Study plan rules
2 - Lo studente dovrà scegliere uno fra i seguenti insegnamenti:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period
Hydrostratigraphy and Aquifer Sedimentology with Practicals 9 84 Italian First semester
Geotechnics and Laboratory 9 84 Italian Second semester
3 - Lo studente dovrà scegliere uno fra i seguenti insegnamenti:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period
Rock Mechanics and Slope Stability 6 56 Italian First semester
Building Science 6 56 Italian Second semester
Geographical Information System 6 56 Italian Second semester
Shallow Depth Geophysics 6 52 Italian Second semester
Water Quality and Remediaton Techniques 6 56 Italian Second semester
1 - Lo studente deve acquisire 18 CFU scegliendo liberamente tra tutti gli insegnamenti attivati dall'Ateneo purché culturalmente coerenti con il suo percorso formativo e non sovrapponibili, nei contenuti, agli insegnamenti fondamentali e opzionali già utilizzati nel piano degli studi.
Rientrano pertanto nella scelta dei 18 CFU tutti gli insegnamenti e/o moduli presenti in questo Manifesto degli studi che rispondano a tali criteri.
Il Collegio Didattico del corso di studio nell'anno accademico 2015-2016 renderà inoltre disponibili gli insegnamenti elencati qui di seguito:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period
Complements of Paleontology 6 48 Italian Second semester
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Laboratory 6 48 Italian Second semester
Mineral Physics 6 48 Italian Second semester
Regional Stratigraphy 6 82 Italian Second semester
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Mineral Resources and Geomaterials 6 48 Italian
Physics of Earth's Interior 6 56 Italian
Technical Geology 6 48 Italian
Optional
Basement Geology and Laboratory 9 97 Italian
Geodynamics and Laboratory 9 97 Italian
Numerical Modelling of Geodynamic Processes 6 64 Italian
Seismic Exploration and Laboratory 9 84 Italian
Structural Analysis II and Laboratory 9 84 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Geology 6 83 Italian
Optional
Advanced Mtehods in Topography Survey and Laboratory 9 84 Italian
Advanced Seismology 9 84 Italian
Complements of Paleontology 6 48 Italian
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Laboratory 6 48 Italian
Mathematical Methods in Geophysics 6 48 Italian
Mathematics for Application 6 48 Italian
Mineral Physics 6 48 Italian
Physics of Continuos Media 6 48 Italian
Regional Geology 6 116 Italian
Regional Stratigraphy 6 82 Italian
Shallow Depth Geophysics 6 52 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
English II 3 24 English
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Final Dissertation 30 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Trainig Stage 6 111 Italian
Study plan rules
3 - Lo studente dovrà acquisire 27 CFU scegliendo 3 insegnamenti tra quelli della tabella seguente:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period
Basement Geology and Laboratory 9 97 Italian First semester
Geodynamics and Laboratory 9 97 Italian First semester
Seismic Exploration and Laboratory 9 84 Italian First semester
Structural Analysis II and Laboratory 9 84 Italian First semester
Advanced Seismology 9 84 Italian Second semester
1 - Lo studente deve acquisire 18 CFU scegliendo liberamente tra tutti gli insegnamenti attivati dall'Ateneo purché culturalmente coerenti con il suo percorso formativo e non sovrapponibili, nei contenuti, agli insegnamenti fondamentali e opzionali già utilizzati nel piano degli studi.
Rientrano pertanto nella scelta dei 18 CFU tutti gli insegnamenti e/o moduli presenti in questo Manifesto degli studi che rispondano a tali criteri.
Il Collegio Didattico del corso di studio nell'anno accademico 2015-2016 renderà inoltre disponibili gli insegnamenti elencati qui di seguito:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period
Complements of Paleontology 6 48 Italian Second semester
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Laboratory 6 48 Italian Second semester
Mineral Physics 6 48 Italian Second semester
Regional Stratigraphy 6 82 Italian Second semester
2 - Lo studente deve acquisire 12 CFU scegliendo 2 insegnamenti tra quelli seguenti e tra i moduli da 6 CFU della tabella precedente, purché gli insegnamenti da 9 CFU che li comprendono non siano già stati scelti
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period
Numerical Modelling of Geodynamic Processes 6 64 Italian First semester
Mathematical Methods in Geophysics 6 48 Italian Second semester
Mathematics for Application 6 48 Italian Second semester
Physics of Continuos Media 6 48 Italian Second semester
Regional Geology 6 116 Italian Second semester
Shallow Depth Geophysics 6 52 Italian Second semester
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Mineral Resources and Geomaterials 6 48 Italian
Petrology and Laboratory 9 97 Italian
Physics of Earth's Interior 6 56 Italian
Technical Geology 6 48 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
CRYSTALLOGRAPHY with LAB 9 84 Italian
Geology 6 83 Italian
Rocks, Minerals and Fluids Analysis and practicals 9 84 Italian
Optional
Complements of Paleontology 6 48 Italian
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Laboratory 6 48 Italian
Geotermy 6 48 Italian
Mineral Physics 6 48 Italian
Ore Geology and Mineral Prospecting 6 48 Italian
Regional Geology 6 116 Italian
Regional Stratigraphy 6 82 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Optional
Ore Petrography and Evvironmental Evaluation of ore Minerals 6 64 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
English II 3 24 English
Optional
Applied Mineralogy 6 48 Italian
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Final Dissertation 30 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Trainig Stage 6 111 Italian
Study plan rules
2 - Lo studente dovrà scegliere due fra i seguenti insegnamenti:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period
Ore Petrography and Evvironmental Evaluation of ore Minerals 6 64 Italian First semester
Applied Mineralogy 6 48 Italian Second semester
Geotermy 6 48 Italian Second semester
Ore Geology and Mineral Prospecting 6 48 Italian Second semester
1 - Lo studente deve acquisire 18 CFU scegliendo liberamente tra tutti gli insegnamenti attivati dall'Ateneo purché culturalmente coerenti con il suo percorso formativo e non sovrapponibili, nei contenuti, agli insegnamenti fondamentali e opzionali già utilizzati nel piano degli studi.
Rientrano pertanto nella scelta dei 18 CFU tutti gli insegnamenti e/o moduli presenti in questo Manifesto degli studi che rispondano a tali criteri.
Il Collegio Didattico del corso di studio nell'anno accademico 2015-2016 renderà inoltre disponibili gli insegnamenti elencati qui di seguito:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period
Complements of Paleontology 6 48 Italian Second semester
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Laboratory 6 48 Italian Second semester
Mineral Physics 6 48 Italian Second semester
Regional Stratigraphy 6 82 Italian Second semester
Learning centers
Le strutture didattiche del Corso di Laurea in Scienze della Terra si trovano nelle tre sezioni del Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra "A. Desio": le due principali aree didattiche sono la Sezione di Geologia e Paleontologia (via Mangiagalli, 34) e la sezione di Mineralogia, Petrografia, Geochimica e Giacimenti Minerari (via Botticelli, 23) più quella di Geofisica (via Cicognara 7).
Laboratories 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 e rocce 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, http://www.valchiavenna.unimi.it/).
Presidente del Collegio Didattico
MASSIMO TIEPOLO
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