This BSc in Environmental Earth Science is your opportunity to study the fascinating intersections between Geology, Physical Geography and Environmental Science. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the natural processes that have shaped the planet through time, and will examine the impact of human activity upon the environment with a view to understanding how best to address modern environmental problems.
Why study Environmental Earth Science at Aberystwyth?
The Environmental Earth Science degree at Aberystwyth offers you a detailed insight into the huge variety of subjects we need to understand our contemporary environment. With their scientific training, our Environmental Earth Science graduates are ideally qualified to solve contemporary environmental issues, including problems such as pollution, climate change, waste disposal, ground water and water supplies, contaminated land, natural hazards, resource exploitation and conservation. By predicting how natural processes and human activity might affect the environment in the future, Environmental Earth Science graduates can suggest strategies to prevent, manage and remedy adverse environmental changes.
The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth is one of the oldest and most well-respected departments of its kind in Britain. As one of the largest and most dynamic Geography and Earth Science communities in the UK, we are able to offer you an extremely broad range of geographical and geological specialisms, ranging from concerns over climate change, the environmental impact of volcanic eruptions, mass extinctions in the geological record and current trends in geohazards to oceanography, engineering geology and hydrology.
Aberystwyth University offers you the opportunity to study Environmental Earth Science in one of the most picturesque locations in Europe. Set on the coast of Cardigan Bay and surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain and grassland, the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences makes full use of the opportunities afforded by the local area to conduct regular fieldwork exercises. In addition you will participate in a week-long residential field course in each of the three years of your degree. Current destinations include other parts of Wales, England and Ireland.
Through our connections with the University Centre in Svalbard in the Norwegian high Arctic we can also offer you the unforgettable experience of studying in one of the world's more extreme climates and seeing climate change in the Arctic at first hand.
The teaching and research laboratories are equipped with an impressive array of analytical equipment such as mass spectrometers and core scanners, and an extensive range of equipment is available for fieldwork. Other facilities include a digital map library, an Earth Observation Laboratory, Palaeoecology Laboratory, and a Luminescence Research Laboratory. The Aberystwyth Luminescence Research Laboratory is a NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) recognised facility.
The North American Exchange Programme gives you the chance to swap Aberystwyth for a similar degree programme in the US during your second year. Exchange students appreciate the experience of learning about the world from the different perspective offered by a North American University, and you can choose from degrees offered by Washington State, Kansas, Montana, Penn State and Pittsburgh.
The Department offers a number of awards each year to enable its students to travel the world. In the last few years recipients of these awards have travelled to Iceland, Uganda, South Africa, Madagascar, Peru, Ecuador, Mount Etna and the United States to undertake a range of fieldwork, such as discovering how communities function in remote areas of the globe, or witnessing stunning landscapes first-hand.
The Department offers a number of modules and degree schemes taught through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the department.
Blwyddyn 1 Craidd (90 Credydau) The following modules are core.
Environmental Earth Science Level 1 Fieldwork EA11400
Rocks And Minerals EA11600
The Dynamic Earth EA11710
The Atmosphere And The Water Cycle EA12210
Professional Skills For Environmental Earth Science EA12300
Environmental Earth Science Level 1 Fieldwork EA11410
Rocks And Minerals EA11610
The Earth In Space And Time EA11810
Professional Skills For Environmental Earth Science EA12320
Global Ecology And Soil Systems GG10410
Global Environmental Issues GG12710
Blwyddyn 1 Opsiynau Core (10 credits). Welsh medium (DA) and English medium (GG) modules. Welsh speaking students are encouraged to take DA10610 instead of GG10610.
Blwyddyn 2 Craidd (100 Credydau) Students must take the following core modules.
Fieldwork For Environmental Earth Science EA21700
Earth Materials I: Introduction To Geochemistry EA22310
Earth Materials Ii: Practicals In Geochemistry EA22410
Earth Resources EA22500
Professional Skills For Geoscientists EA22900
Analysis And Presentation Of Geographical Data GG21700
Fieldwork For Environmental Earth Science EA21720
Laboratory Techniques EA22110
Earth Resources EA22520
Professional Skills For Geoscientists EA22910
Analysis And Presentation Of Geographical Data GG21710
Blwyddyn 2 Opsiynau (20 credits) Students must take a further 20 credits, normally from the following list. A max of 10 credits may be taken outside DGES or the Fac of Science, in consultation with Scheme Leader. DA22510 and GG22610 cannot be taken together.
Geomorffoleg Afonol DA22510
Reading The Ice Age Record GG21110
Catchment Systems GG22610
Sedimentary Environments GG23410
Glacial Processes And Landforms GG23910
Blwyddyn Olaf Craidd (60 Credydau) Students must take the following core modules.
Environmental Geochemistry EA30120
Independent Project For Environmental Earth Science EA30300
Independent Project For Environmental Earth Science EA30330
Environmental Earth Science Level 3 Fieldwork EA31110
Blwyddyn Olaf Opsiynau Students must take a further 60 credits, normally from the following list.
Oceanography And Marine Geology EA30520
River Systems And Global Environmental Change GG30420
Earth Observation From Satellites And Aircraft GG32020
Geographical Information Systems GG32820
Soil, Geochemistry And Environment GG33020
Palaeoenvironmental Change Beyond The Ice Sheets GG33120
Adnoddau Dwr A Hydroleg Bydol DA31620
Volcanic Activity: Hazards And Environmental Change EA30420
Engineering Geology EA32620
Welsh Mineral Resources: Origins, Exploitation And Planning EA34120
Chemical Aspects Of Pollution ES30110
Environmental Law And Assessment ES30310
Process Glaciology GG30320
Dynamic Biogeography GG30520
Monitoring And Modelling Hydrological Systems GG30920
People, Climate And Environment: A Palaeoenvironmental Perspective GG33720
Department of Geography & Earth Science (DGES) graduates are highly employable with 87% in work or further study six months after graduating in 2013. A degree in Geography or Earth Science provides a solid foundation for a vast array of careers across a range of sectors. In a rapidly shifting global economy, our graduates are adaptable and able to draw on a range of transferable skills, ensuring that they are always in demand among employers. DGES graduates have, for example, found work as surveyors, environmental consultants, planners, civil servants, teachers and researchers, among a range of other occupations.
Support from the Careers Service
Alongside a Departmental Employability Co-ordinator, DGES has a dedicated link Careers Adviser who provides targeted careers talks, workshops and one-to-one advice. Students can also access the Careers Service drop-in service, or book a longer guidance appointment with a careers adviser.
Alumni mentoring and graduate talks
The department facilitates regular in-house careers events, where students are given the opportunity to interact with potential employers and gain insights into specific occupations. Events of this type in recent years have included workshops with senior representatives from Natural Resources Wales and Air Worldwide catastrophe modelling.
Former students are an integral part of these activities, providing first-hand accounts of their graduate work experiences. Recent sessions have considered environmental design and commercial geophysics. In addition DGES students are able to enrol on the university Alumni Mentoring programme, which connects them with a graduate mentor and gain advice to support careers in a range of sectors.
Employability provision in teaching, learning and assessment
Employability is embedded within all courses provided by DGES and the different modes of learning, teaching and assessment employed across our modules ensure that our students gain a strong and varied skillset including:
• research and data analysis skills
• enhanced mathematical and computational skills
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• a thorough grounding in information technology skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
Personal Development Planning
DGES students are assigned to personal tutors who support Personal Development Planning (PDP). Regular one-to-one meetings are used to identify possible career options, plan strategies to increase employability and set personal targets. This includes academic goals and extra-curricular activities, including involvement in clubs and societies, travel, voluntary work and placements.
Year in Employment Scheme (YES) and Student Placements
Gaining work experience during your degree is a sure way to boost employability after graduating. To help with this DGES students are encouraged to participate in the YES scheme between the penultimate and final year of their degree, which involves spending 12 months in paid employment prior to completing their degree.
Bursaries are also available to support shorter student placements during the holiday period. Each year we host a competition which invites students to share their work experiences via a report and oral presentation, with the winners receiving a prize and feedback from members of the business community who sit on a judging panel.
Alongside employment experience, independent travel is also acknowledged as a key ingredient in student development. To support this we offer bursaries to support undergraduate travel. Recent destinations have included Uganda, Madagascar, Peru, Mount Etna and the United States.
DGES has also established Erasmus Exchange Programmes with the University of Bergen, the University of Oulu, Finland, and the University Centre in Svalbard, giving students the unique experience of studying in one of the world’s most extreme environments. We also have strong links with a number of universities in North America, where students can complete their second year of study. In recent years, our Exchange Co-ordinator has overseen placements at Purdue University (Indiana), the University of Alabama, the University of Georgia, the University of Montana and the University of Ottawa in Canada.
What will I learn?
In the first year you will take a number of core modules designed to introduce you to the primary (solid earth) and secondary (surface processes) environments and the links between them. You will look at past and present environmental changes and their effects on planetary life, and assess the potential for predicting future changes in our climate and environment. You will also acquire important field and laboratory skills spanning geology and physical geography.
In the second year you will build on the core themes and skills developed in your first year to prepare you for advanced study and independent research in Environmental Earth Science. You will be introduced to the principles of geochemistry and receive training in the methods of chemical analysis of natural materials. You will learn how to apply the geophysical and geographical techniques used in site investigations and subsequently analyze and interpret the quantitative and qualitative datasets you have gathered.
In the third year you will undertake an independent research project or dissertation, involving the collection, analysis and interpretation of primary data. You will be allocated an advisor to provide guidance during your project. Optional modules covering topics such as oceanography and marine geology, palaeoglaciology, pollution and dynamic biogeography will enable you to direct your study according to your preferences.
How will I be taught?
This course will be delivered through a programme of lectures, seminars, small-group tutorials, workshops, computer-based exercises, practicals and fieldtrips. This combination will balance the theoretical with the practical and group work with individual assignments. You will be able to debate topics with your peers and stretch your fieldwork abilities in the open air.
The ethos of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is student-centred, meaning that you will be supported through your studies, but given the freedom to forge your own study path through module selection and exciting opportunities for fieldwork.
You will be assessed through a variety of methods including essays, exams, oral presentations, literature reviews, research project reports, case studies, workbooks, posters, and learning logs. This broad portfolio gives you the chance to excel in the media which are best suited to your abilities.
You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.
You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.
Environmental Earth Science offers a unique look at the environmental geology of the universe, with topics ranging from planetary formation to hydrochemistry to lab techniques. You can be sure of never being bored! Pendle Hill
Environmental Earth Science is a course that gives you all that you need to have a great time at university. The lectures are amazing, the lecturers are awesome and the work is engaging. From the first day you are made to feel that you are valued as a student and as an Earth Scientist. The work, while hard, is always interesting and you get the chance to meet some amazing people along the way. The course fully stands up to the expectations I had when I applied. Sebastian Charles Taylor
Great facilities, great lecturers, great course all round! Ben Auton
Cod UCAS: F640
Tariff sy'n Ofynnol: 280
Gofynion Mynediad: Grade C in any A level Science subject. GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh. Grade C in Mathematics.
Hyd y Cwrs: 3 blwyddyn
Cyfrwng Cymraeg: 11%