Bachelor of Science in Geosciences and Environment

General Content

The Bachelor's first year is common to all students. From the second year onwards, students choose one of the three study paths:

  • studies in environmental sciences offer a multi- and interdisciplinary course that provides an understanding of various environmental phenomena and the human and social issues associated with sustainability. They cover both knowledge of physical, geological, chemical and biological processes in the environment and the questions raised by the current ecological crisis.

  • studies in geography are based around and at the intersection of physical and human geography, with an emphasis on geomorphology, urban geography and social geography. Physical geography deals with methods that describe, analyse and model the earth’s surface and its environment. Courses in human geography aim to understand how societies are organised in their habitat and their environment, be it built or natural.

  • on the basis of courses in mathematics, physics and general chemistry, studies in geology focus on disciplines associated with earth sciences, such as mineralogy, crystallography, petrology, structural geology, sedimentology, palaeontology, geophysics and geochemistry. They examine the evolution of the earth’s system as a result of deep physical and chemical processes, but also how these processes have been expressed on the surface over the earth’s natural history.

Practical Information

Faculty of Geosciences and Environment

Degree Awarded
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geosciences and Environment, orientation Geography, Geology or Environmental Studies

ECTS Credits

6 semesters

Teaching Language

Enrolment Deadline
30 April. If you require a visa to study in Switzerland: 28 February.

Further information
Course description

Study Options After the Bachelor's Degree

At UNIL, the following Master's programmes are open without further conditions to holders of the Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Environmental Geosciences (depending on the chosen orientation):

All orientations
Master of Arts (MA) in Foundations and Practices of Sustainability
Master of Arts (MA) with Computer Science for the Humanities as main discipline

Orientation Geography
Master of Arts (MA) in Tourism Studies
Master of Science (MSc) in Geography

Orientation Environmental Studies
Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Sciences
Master of Arts (MA) in Tourism Studies
Master of Science (MSc) in Geography

Orientation Geology
Master of Science (MSc) in Earth Sciences
Master of Science (MSc) in Biogeosciences
Master of Science (MSc) In Environmental Sciences

Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts should be considered binding.
Last update: 25 October 2022

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Faculté des géosciences et de l'environnement

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