BSc + MSc program in Earth Sciences & Environment

In a few words

Understand the depths of our planet to address energy, resources and planning challenges while minimizing the environmental impact

Key datas

Venue: Beauvais campus

  • Program taught in French
  • Course length: 5 years
  • Applications welcome from high school graduates up to Master’s level students
  • Available as a continuing education program
  • Tuition fees: €7,200 per year
The strong point
Field Work

Our Engineering program in Earth & Environmental Sciences (Geology) stands out for its focus on field work.

More than five months of the program are devoted to observing and understanding the landscapes surrounding us, in different geological contexts.

The analytical and coping skills you acquire thanks to our inductive and vocational teaching methods will equip you for a career in key sectors of the global economy – energy, planning, environment, mineral raw materials – in France and abroad.

The program

The first 2 years, you will study the scientific bases required to obtain a French Engineering Degree "Diplôme d'Ingénieur".

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Geomechanics (5 ECTS crédits)

  • Soil Physics
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Mathematics for Engineers

Business Sectors and Careers in Geology (5 ECTS credits)

  • Presentation and Introduction to Careers in Geoscience

Geomatics (7 ECTS credits)

  • Geomatics

Company Organization (6 ECTS credits)

  • English – TOEIC exam preparation
  • Business Economics: sector-based study
  • Management
  • Introduction to Quality and Safety fields
  • Human Resources Law and Management
  • Management Information Systems

Introduction to Research (7 ECTS credits)

  • Introduction to Research: Data Acquisition
  • Introduction to Research: Data Processing

Introduction to Research (7 ECTS credits)

  • Introduction to Research

Engineering Tools and Techniques (5 ECTS credits)

  • Signal Processing and Geophysics
  • Geotechnics
  • Drilling and Well Logging

From Elements to Orogeny: Summary (6 ECTS credits)

  • Geological Study of Orogens – Refresher Course
  • Geological Study of Orogens
  • Mobility of Elements

Dynamics of Porous Environments (6 ECTS credits)

  • Dynamics of Porous Environments

Scientific Communications (6 ECTS credits)

  • Environment Day
  • Introduction to Research Dissertation: Defense
  • Everyday and Specialized English

The Introduction to Research Dissertation in Geoscience finalizes a research project completed as a pair. It is written throughout the whole of the third year.

The dissertation presents laboratory work, a scientific and technical summary, and research findings.

Aims

  • Address an identified issue through synthesis work based on knowledge and relevant information (bibliography, knowledge acquired during the program)
  • Interpret the results and discuss them clearly and concisely
  • Develop the scientific question raised
  • Communicate orally and in writing while meeting requirements (good writing skills, structure, layout, illustrations, abstract, bibliographical references, etc.)

Workshops

These are one-off events that focus on specific areas of the syllabus (sequence stratigraphy, etc.) or on the professional environment (tours of quarries, factories, building sites, etc.).

The workshops are led by Associate Professors and/or professionals.

  • Sedimentology workshop (1 day)

Excursions

Excursions serve to present the geological history of a region (Normandy, the Alps, etc.) through a succession of stop-offs. The outcrops are presented by the Associate Professors and the students have to supplement this general information with their own observations. There is a debriefing session with professors and students every evening.

  • Alps Excursion (1 week)

Dissertation field work

As part of their Introduction to Research Dissertation, students go out in the field in pairs in September to collect the samples, measurements and data required to complete their dissertation. The dissertation tutors accompany them and present the objectives directly in the field over a few days.

Duration: Two to four weeks in August/September

In your fourth and fifth years, you will develop skills in the field of your choosing and gain real professional experience through your company or research laboratory internships.

Specialization programs enable students to develop their knowledge in a specific geoscience field :

  • Geotechnics and Natural Risks
  • Hydrogeology and Industrial Risks
  • Mines and Quarries
  • Energy Resources

One option to be chosen from:

  • Offshore Geohazards and Geotechnics
  • Erosion and Transport
  • Natural Risks
  • Sustainable Development of Mineral Resources
  • New Energy Sources and Geothermal Energy
  • Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics/Paleoclimates
  • Pedology and Soil Quality
  • GIS, Python and Photogrammetry
  • Geomatics and Drones
  • Research/Specialization

In your fourth and fifth years, you will develop skills in the field of your choosing and gain real professional experience through your company or research laboratory internships.

Communications

  • Job marketing
  • Big Data & Data Management
  • English

Specialization programs enable students to develop their knowledge in a specific geoscience field.

  • Geotechnics and Natural Risks
  • Hydrogeology and Industrial Risks
  • Mines and Quarries
  • Energy Resources
  • Entrepreneurship

Six-month internship resulting in a written final year dissertation and oral defense.

The final year internship provides an early opportunity to gain experience in a professional environment in which students will be asked to address a particular problem presented by their host organization.

The internship provides an opportunity for professional exposure and increasing personal and professional development, validating skills and facilitating entry into the profession. Students are able to validate certain theories learned in an academic context, apply them in a practical context and also recognize their scope and their limitations. It also gives students the chance to develop their management skills, their ability to assimilate information, and enhance their communication and teamwork skills, while working on actual projects.

How to apply

Entry requirements

  • You have a French baccalauréat (streams S, STAV or STI2D)
  • You are in the first year of higher education but have not passed the year
  • You have passed a refresher course in science

Number of places available: 90 places

Entry requirements

  • You have passed the first year of: scientific preparatory classes (biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences), a degree in geology/biology/earth sciences, a university technology diploma (DUT), a higher technical certificate (BTS), a vocational degree or a Master’s.
  • You hold a diploma (higher technical certificate, university technology diploma, degree) or passed the engineering school written tests after your scientific preparatory classes.
  • You passed your first year of medical school but failed to secure a place in the second year due to limited numbers
  • You are doing scientific preparatory classes in math-physics, physics-chemistry, physics-engineering sciences or physics-technology: admission via the FESIC preparatory class exam

You have a different academic background? Check whether your previous education enables you to join our Engineering program in Earth and Environmental Sciences

Career paths

  • Operations geologist
  • Acquisition geologist/geophysicist
  • Processing geologist/geophysicist
  • Data loader/data manager
  • GIS/geomatics engineer
  • General geologist
  • Interpretive geologist
  • Reservoir geologist
  • Technical support engineer
  • Production project manager
  • Entrepreneurial geologist
  • Exploration geologist
  • Production geologist
  • R&D engineer/researcher
  • Geologist (geotechnics)
  • Contracting authority geotechnical engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer specialized in project management
  • Construction and civil engineering geotechnical engineer
  • Drilling company geotechnical engineer
  • Research or inspection geotechnical engineer
  • Research geotechnical engineer
  • Hydrogeology research coordinator
  • Environmental engineer
  • Hydrogeological prospecting
  • Pollution diagnostics and clean-up methods
  • Water resource management and preservation
  • Assessment of health and environmental risks: construction of waste dumps, waste storage sites, former industrial sites
  • Hydrogeological modeling