The aim of geology is to study the rocks and the subsoil of the planet from every angle to understand how they work. A science whose practical applications are however often overlooked. Without geologists, no raw materials to make your smartphone, no resources to produce energy, no drinking water from groundwater ...
At UniLaSalle, the two courses dedicated to geology, Engineer in Earth Sciences and Environment and Bachelor in Geosciences and environment, lead to four main families of professions:
- Mines and quarries
- Energy resources
- Hydrogeology and industrial risks
- Geotechnics and natural risks
In the first two sectors, engineers and technicians in Geology mobilize their knowledge to find and optimize deposits of ores, minerals or even hydrocarbons. These raw materials are then useful for many sectors, from energy production to the manufacturing industry, through the production of building materials.
In hydrogeology, they are interested in groundwater, a major vector of drinking water supply. In addition to the search for water resources, they will work to protect existing abstractions, in particular by preventing pollution of the subsoils surrounding these water resources by industrial activities.
In geotechnics, they analyze basements and possibly propose corrective solutions to guarantee the stability of future buildings or other engineering structures. They participate in the management of natural geological risks: seismicity, volcanism, shrinkage-swelling of clays, for example.
Lovers of rocks, fossils, minerals will find their place perfectly in a training in geology. Those of UniLaSalle give a large place to the ground. And for new technology enthusiasts, the GeoLab allows you to do 3D modeling applied to geosciences thanks to its advanced equipment.
What is the difference between the engineer and the technician?
Finding his happiness in the field, the technician works wonderfully with the tools and analyzes the data collected on construction sites. He often works under the supervision of an engineer, who, beyond scientific and technical skills, will also have a solid mastery of project management and commercial techniques.
What about research?
The Bassins-Reservoirs-Resources (B2R) research unit - UniLaSalle - UPJV - studies the evolution of sedimentary basins, reservoirs and sources of fossil and renewable energies (hydrocarbons, geothermal energy, water).
Teacher-researchers from the Géosciences college also participate in the work of the Aghyle research unit by working hand in hand with agroecology specialists, taking advantage of the complementary skills at UniLaSalle to participate in the understanding of biological and physical-physical phenomena. which impact the sphere of the critical zone.