Ranked 101-150 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities in the field of Earth Sciences, the University of Orléans and the OSUC offer a high quality bachelor's programme in GEOSCIENCE. This bachelor's programme benefits from a favourable environment in Orléans with nearby major players in the field of research: CNRS, BRGM, INRA...
Lanked 101-150 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities in the field of Earth Sciences, the University of Orléans and the OSUC offer a high quality bachelor's programme in GEOSCIENCE. This bachelor's programme benefits from a favourable environment in Orléans with nearby major players in the field of research: CNRS, BRGM, INRA...
his geology programme benefits from many people being close by and taking part in the training: engineers, researchers, and technical staff from the BRGM (public reference organisation in the fields of Earth Sciences and the environment), the Soil Sciences mixed unit of the INRA and the ISTO (Orléans' Earth Sciences Institute), a mixed unit of the CNRS, the BRGM, and the University of Orléans.
Due to the small class size of the programmes, every student can get personalised attention. Students, teachers-researchers, and administrative services are all gathered on a single location, which also hosts research infrastructures.
Bachelor's programme: some explanations
he Earth Sciences bachelor's programme is meant for students who hold a scientific baccalauréat or an equivalent diploma. It consists of 6 terms organised in teaching units: lectures, tutorials, practical exercises, field camps...
The first year is shared between all of the scientific fields of the University of Orléans, and takes the form of a tailor-made course, based on picking the most appropriate teaching units depending on the path you intend to take. So students who wish to specialise in Earth Sciences will choose the two training modules of this field, taught in the first and second terms, as well as Physics and Chemistry (see the attached chart). The second and third years of the bachelor's programme are specific to the Earth Sciences programme, and do not allow students to choose their courses or training modules.
Over the course of the bachelor's programme, every teaching unit (UE) is assigned an ECTS value (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System – 30 ECTS per term). There will be a written or oral test to assess students' knowledge. The teaching unit is awarded to a student if he or she achieves a grade of 10 or more out of 20.
The aims of this programme
he Earth Sciences bachelor's programme of the OSUC aims to train generalist geologists able to implement a multidisciplinary scientific approach in the field of geoscience. It helps students to acquire the necessary prerequisites to move on to a master's degree and further to a doctorate.
For those who cannot or do not wish to go further after a bachelor's programme, the courses taught in this programme allow them to acquire the knowledge required for a career of field geologist (specialised geology technician).
The socio-professional fields available after this Earth Sciences programme include (but are not restricted to):
- The environment (water quality, waste storage, impact studies, environmental remediation...)
- Geotechnics, civil engineering, and territorial development;
- The extractive industry in mines and quarries (mineral resources and energy resources).
- Geoscience research, in the public or private sector, after a doctorate.
he knowledge gained during the programme is related to diverse geological objects chosen in the main disciplinary fields of geoscience and the environment: mountain ranges, sediment basins, volcanoes sensu lato, soils, surface water and groundwater, etc.
In addition of the core expertise of the generalist geologist, the programme taught in Orléans specifically focuses on some skills:
- The identification of geological materials (microscopies, x ray diffraction, spectroscopies, chemical analysis of rocks and natural water...),
- geological mapping and structural analysis with field application,
- two field camps to put theoretical knowledge into practice
- basic technology tools and more specialised ones for geologists (geomatics: CAM, CAD, remote sensing, Geographic Information System (GIS), etc.)
- the tools and work practices of engineering offices reinforced by a 1 to 2-month long work experience in a company.
- knowledge and exploration of mineral and energy resources.