Geological sciences

Bachelor's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaScience
Duration 3 years - 180 Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


Geological Sciences is one of the oldest degree courses offered by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, having been active for 60 years. Geological sciences study the Earth in its complexity, analyzing the processes which have led to its evolution from the very beginning (approximately 4.5 billion years ago), and predicting future changes, with particular attention to climatic issues. Geological Sciences also deal with exploration and use of crucial resources (raw materials, hydrocarbons, water), and are involved in solving problems related to human activities connected with the intimate relationship with the planet which hosts us.

Course content

The study programme offers a solid preparation based on the main Geoscience disciplines. An understanding of the processes and mechanisms responsible for the continuous evolution of our planet Earth are addressed through a series of teaching activities. The study programme offers opportunities to carry out practical work at the numerous laboratories of the Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences, and study directly in the field, which is the geologist's principal laboratory for instruction and learning. The learning programme includes a traineship period at public or private institutions, companies or professional laboratories, at both a national and international level. Moreover, agreements with approximately ten foreign universities enable students to conduct part of their studies abroad.

Career options

Geologists are involved in solving problems related to public health and safety, urban development, water and soil pollution, the proper disposal of hazardous waste, the prediction and control of hydrogeological hazards such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, and in ensuring the responsible use of natural resources. The final objective of the degree programme is to produce highly skilled graduates who can work with information from many sources to make judicious choices regarding the best use of environmental resources, and to effectively interpret results of scientific and technological data. After taking the state examination, first-cycle degree graduates are eligible to be entered into the Register of Professional Geologists and practice the profession of Junior Geologist.

After the degree

The degree in Geological Sciences leads to entry into the second- cycle degree programme in Technological Geological Sciences offered by the university or other scientific or technological master's degrees. It is also possible for graduates to access first level university masters. The good preparation of the first-cycle degree graduates generally allows a rapid achievement of the second-cycle degree: over the past five years more than 80% of the first-cycle degree graduates who have continued their studies have graduated in progress.

More information

Course Director
prof. Alessandro Corsini
prof. Maurizio Mazzucchelli

The course is managed by the Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences