Goals and Objectives of the Degree
The teachings leading to the obtaining of the official degree of Geology Degree must qualify for the exercise of the profession of geologist in all those professional activities that are related to Earth Sciences.
As established by the European Federation of Geologists, today the geological practice affects the health, safety and welfare of the population and the environment, has important economic implications and plays an essential role in the viability of engineering works.
The functions and capabilities of the geologist are many and varied, among others we could cite:
Research and exploration of mineral raw materials (oil, natural gas, metals, construction minerals) that sustain our society, as well as the planning and management of its exploitation.
Research and rational exploitation of water resources, both underground and surface.
Identification of the characteristics of the land for proper use.
Proper design and location of landfills, especially for the storage of hazardous waste, such as radioactive.
Basic and applied research in the disciplines of Geology, as well as in other related disciplines.
The evaluation of the capacity of materials for the construction of roads, buildings, roads, etc.
Information, prevention and mitigation of natural risks.
Prediction of environmental problems in the light of the information transmitted by our past.
The training program of the degree is included in the Curriculum approved by Resolution of November 14, 2000, of the Universidad de Huelva (BOE nº 297, of December 12, 2000).
Information on the Degree: Geology There are four major professional profiles of geology (White Paper of the Degree in Geology):
Jobs in state administration, regional and local
Higher Education and Research
Private companies, differentiating five specialties: Basic Geology, Mineral and Energy Resources, Environmental Geology, Hydrogeology, Geological Engineering
What is geology and what is it for?
Geology is the science that is responsible for the study of the Earth. Our planet is an active system, the most important part of the study of Geology is the interrelation between man and the physical environment. The functions and capabilities of the geologist are many and varied, among others:
The identification of the characteristics of the land for the construction of roads, buildings, dams.
The search for groundwater for human consumption or irrigation.
Waste management and proper location of landfills.
The prevention of natural hazards such as floods, earthquakes, tsunamis or volcanic eruptions.
The performance of environmental impact studies.
The recovery of contaminated soils.
The exploration of mineral resources (oil, natural gas, metals, construction materials) and the planning of their rational use.
Only in 9 Spanish universities is it possible to study Geology.
The studies are structured in two cycles, the first of 3 years and the second of 2. During the first cycle the basic subjects are studied. In the second cycle the student has applied subjects (Hydrogeology, Geological Engineering, Environmental Geology, Mineral Resources) and has a great freedom to organize his curriculum.
Geology is an eminently practical science. The practices are carried out in the laboratories of the Faculty and in the field. The most important thing in the formation of Geologists at the Universidad de Huelva is the field internship program. In total, more than 1100 hours of internships are carried out in the field, traveling by coach and all-terrain vehicles throughout the Spanish geography, which means 140 days of field.
Internships in Companies
The Faculty of Experimental Sciences promotes that students have a contact with the working world during their studies. To this end, there is a program for the realization of internships in companies that students can request in the last years of their studies and that contribute to their employment.
There are three great professional profiles in Geology:
Jobs of geologists in state, regional and local administration
Private companies, differentiating five major specialties: Geological engineering or geotechnics; Environmental geology; Hydrogeology; Mineral and energy resources
Teaching and Research
At present there has been a very strong increase in employment related to geotechnical studies. Nowadays there is practically no unemployment among Geology professionals, labor insertion is close to 100%. On average, the Bachelor of Geology in Huelva finds his first job in less than five months since the end of the degree.