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Bachelor’s degree in Geology
A 3-year Bachelor's degree, it is the only one of its kind in France  

Learn the techniques specific to geosciences and train in a profession where you will work directly in the field, focusing on the environment and natural resources. At the end of your course, you can opt either for a work-study placement or a research specialization..

In Brief

Geological technicians work in the lab or the field across a broad range of projects, including civil engineering projects, exploration and exploitation of natural resources (hydrocarbons, mines and quarries) and industrial site clean-up. The sustainability of deposits, preventing natural and industrial risks and interactions with the environment are some of the critically important challenges you will work on as a geological technician.

What sets the UniLaSalle 3-year technology degree in Geology apart? Taught over three years, you will gain in independence and versatility working directly with materials in the field.

As your professional skills mature, in 3rd year, you will choose either to write a research dissertation in applied geology or a work-study placement.

Key Figures
4 good reasons to take the 3-year technology degree in Geology at UniLaSalle
80%net employment rate within one year of graduation
9weeks of field schools during the program
46%of students choose the work-study option in year 3
8months of internships spread throughout the program
Program
Core geoscience techniques

The first two years of the technology degree in Geology provide the grounding you need in pure and applied geology, technicians’ tools of the trade and interdisciplinary subjects (languages, computer science and methodology).
Course work is based on 17 weeks of practical work in field schools (mapping, petrography and application of trade tools) and an internship.

Professional skills

The 3rd and final year of the program is concentrated on the main industries that require geological technicians. During this year, you will gain a thorough knowledge of the environment, planning and resources.

Choosing between a professional or research track, you opt for either work-study or a dissertation in applied geology in year 3.

The structure of the first semester is 1 week of taught modules / 2 weeks of placement or work towards the research dissertation in applied geology.

The program ends with a five-month internship, after which students write and defend their final year dissertation.

Internships

The 3-year technology degree in Geology program includes 7-8 months of internships, designed to give students the opportunity to put the knowledge and skills they have acquired into practice in a professional environment.

2nd year internship in a company (six weeks minimum)

The objective of this internship is to provide you with the opportunity to learn about the working of a company and some of the challenges it faces. It must take place in a company, preferably one focusing on lab techniques, production or exploitation.

3rd year final internship (5 to 6 months)

At the end of your 3rd year, this internship will provide the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to carry out technical assignments independently (such as soil characterization, mechanical testing, geophysical studies and boring tests). Following completion of this internship, students write and defend their final year dissertation.

If you chose the work-study option, you will continue in the same company for a five-month placement.

Successful completion of this internship is a prerequisite for award of the 3-year technology degree in Geology.

Optional internships

You can complete optional internships at the end of years 1 and 2, in addition to the compulsory course work. They provide a valuable opportunity to acquire additional experience and get a clearer idea of potential career paths.

 

Choose a work-study placement

Students can choose to spend year 3 in a work-study placement according to the terms of a professional skills contract. As well as opening the door to potential careers, this practical approach is a fast track to additional responsibility and independence in your work.

Structure of the year:

  • 3 weeks of placement in September
  • 1 month of taught modules at LaSalle Beauvais from the end of September to the end of October
  • 5 months of work-study placement, broken down into 1 week of taught modules, followed by 2-3 weeks of placement in a company
  • 5-month final internship starting from April

Students who take the work-study option are not required to write a dissertation in applied geology.

Workshops, excursions and field schools with semi-autonomous learning for students

Excursions are scheduled throughout the 3-year technology degree in Geology. The aim of these workshops is to provide you with the practical experience in the field to sharpen your observational skills and deepen your understanding of geology.

Semi-autonomous field schools allow you to apply your theoretical and practical knowledge to a real-life case study, in France or abroad. Field work is organized in small groups, usually for a research mapping project.

At the start of year 3, students’ work in the field school forms the basis of their dissertation in applied geology.

In the field, students are supervised by a professional geologist and/or a research lecturer from UniLaSalle.

Dissertation in applied geology

Students must be enrolled for their dissertation. Dissertations are prepared in teams of two or three and set out to address a specific applied problem using the appropriate analytic methods (such as sampling in the field, petrographic and mineralogical characterization, geotechnical and geophysical tests). Work is spread over 14 weeks, including the field work required to gather data, lab time to analyze the data, writing and defense of the dissertation.

Students who take the work-study option are not required to write a dissertation in applied geology.

There are a number of entrance tracks to the 3-year technology degree in Geology at LaSalle Beauvais.

 

Admission in year 1

You are eligible for admission to the 3-year technology degree in Geology in year 1 if:

  • You have a French baccalauréat S, STAV, STI2D, STL or ES
  • You are enrolled in your 1st year of university and/or have not passed the year
  • You have successfully completed a one-year scientific refresher course

Number of places offered: 30

Admission in years 2, 3 or 4

You are eligible for admission to the 3-year technology degree in Geology program if:

  • You have passed your 1st year of a BCPST (biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences) preparatory course
  • You have passed your first year of: a Licence 1 or 2 STU or STE, a DUT (2-year undergraduate diploma) or a Science BTS (2-year technical diploma).

You have a different profile? Check whether your background makes you eligible for our 3-year technology degree in Geology program.

Number of places offered:

  • 2nd year: 5
  • 3rd year: 5

2016 – 2017 tuition fees

€4,895 annual tuition, plus €100 for materials, such as a compass, hammer, magnifying glass, field log and geology dictionary from Géode (the association run by the Geological and Environmental Engineering student-engineers).

 

2016 – 2017 general expenses

€1,229 for students living on campus and €819 for others.

General expenses cover the cost of providing teaching facilities outside of teaching hours, as well as non-academic and other services offered to students, such as the laundromat, maintenance of sports facilities and the university dining hall

2016-2017 accommodation and food services

Monthly rent ranges from €365 to €483 for student accommodation. Rooms on campus are eligible for housing allowance (ALS or APL) amounting to €99 to €225 per month.

Rents are billed over a 10-month period.

A basic meal in 2014 cost €3.20. Breakfast is included in general expenses.

 

Financial aid

There are several types of financial aid available.

 

Courses are taught in a variety of approaches, including lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, independent study and projects.

Courses are split into Teaching Units, encompassing a number of modules. ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits are assigned to each Teaching Unit.

Evaluation method

Students are evaluated throughout the year on a continuous assessment basis. Assessment may take the form of a random test, examination, personal or group assignment.

ECTS credits for a Teaching Unit are awarded when the semester average is above or equal to 10/20 and the grade for each module is higher than 7/20. Retake sessions are organized at the end of each semester.

Potential Careers
Lab-based

Geological technician (soil characterization)

Technician working in aggregate quarries (monitoring of operation and road geotechnics)

Technician working in aggregate quarries (monitoring of operation and road geotechnics) Environmental lab technician (water and soil quality control)

In the Field

Drilling technician (monitoring of oil drilling, mud logger)

Geological technician (monitoring of drilling and on-site tests)

Environmental technician (monitoring of site clean-up operations)