Your complete guide to studying Earth Sciences

Everything you need to know about studying Earth Sciences

part of Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences is the study of the Earth and its natural forces and phenomena. From volcanoes to rare minerals, from petrol to glaciers, and from hurricanes to tsunamis — all are objects of study for Earth scientists.

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding the terms &lsquoEarth Sciences’, &lsquoGeoscience’, and &lsquoGeology’. While certain academics and institutions use them interchangeably, others claim that Geology has its subtle differences. Before choosing a degree, don’t hesitate to go through the curriculum and contact the university if you don’t know what programme to choose.

Some of the Earth Sciences branches or subdisciplines are Oceanography, Climatology and Meteorology, Environmental Science, Ecology, and others.

While studying Earth Sciences, you can expect to take classes in Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Field Techniques, Planetary and Lunar Geology, Ecology, Meteorology, Mathematical Methods, Hydrology, Petrology, etc.

Earth Sciences or Geoscience often deals with projects that aim to limit pollution and reverse its harmful effects. It also has a counselling role regarding natural resources and waste management and is actively engaged in analysing the compositions and structures found on the Moon or other planets in our solar system.

Earth Sciences graduates can work in many areas, especially Geology, Environmental Science, Environmental Consultancy firms or governmental institutions. Some of the most popular career options include engineering geologist, geoscientist, environmental consultant or minerals surveyor.

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