Earth Sciences is an umbrella term for all sciences which deal with Earth, its atmosphere and the space around Earth. The list of Earth disciplines includes Geology, Geography, Oceanology, Paleontology, Soil Science, Meteorology, Mineralogy and many other disciplines.
The program stucture of study programs in Earth sciences depends on the chosen specialization, but some basic items of study programs are usually rather similar. Usually those who completed an undergraduate study program in Earth Sciences receive a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. Education lasts from three to five years, it depends on the chosen institution and country. The emphasis of study program is usually on lectures and research works; students need to submit their dissertation and/or pass exams.
Usually the curriculum of Earth Sciences study programs includes fieldwork or internship. Some universities encourage students to spend a year abroad, and fieldworks usually include a travel, so a degree in Earth Sciences is also a good opportunity to see the world.
Entry requirements for Earth Sciences applicants
Those who wish to apply for an undergraduate study program in Earth Sciences usually need to have high grades in Maths, Chemistry and Geography, but specific requirements depend on the chosen specialization. English proficiency is also always required.
Career opportunities for Earth Sciences graduates
Since Earth Science is a very research-based discipline, a lot of graduates continue their education to start a career in scientific area. However, a variety of career opportunities are available for those who hold a Bachelor degree in Earth Sciences - they can find a job of their dreams in politics, government, industry, publishing and many other areas.
The best institution of the world holding study programs in Earth Sciences is ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland (according to QS Top Universities Ranking by Subject). All information about this institution, including study programs, entry requirements, history of university and many other can be found on the university’s profile on our website. The list of further world’s leading universities holding study programs in Earth Sciences include Harvard University, University of California Berkeley, University of Oxford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Cambridge, California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Columbia University, University of Washington. Most of these universities are located in the US; all information about specific requirements for international applicants wishing to study in the universities of USA you can find on our website.