The undergraduate Programme of Studies of the School of Geology aims at educating scientists qualified to study and understand phenomena and processes in geosphere, hydropshere, and atmosphere, as well as their relation to the human beings and the environment in Geological time.
The School of Geology provides to all graduates the fundamental knowledge and competencies for the effective practice of the profession of Geologist, and, additionally, offer to students the opportunity to further enrich their knowledge in one of the seven (7) compulsory directions. These directions are not strictly distinguished as they share several common courses while at the same time the students, have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge with further optional courses from different directions.
The compulsory directions of studies are: 1) Structural Geology - Stratigraphy, 2) Applied Geology, 2) Mineralogy-Petrology, 4) Economic Geology, 5) Geophysics, 6) Meteorology and Climatology, 7) Environmental Geography.
For a successful completion of the Bachelordegree the student must accumulate a minimum of 240 ECTS credits within the period of studies which are distributed as following: From the compulsory courses 185-190 ECTS and from the optional courses 52-55 ECTS.
The programme of studies includes compulsory laboratory and tutorial coursework as well as field works. The studentsield training involves compulsory geological mapping and in every semester compulsory field trips in the relative courses, as well as optional field trips which last many days. The total ECTS number from the geological mapping and the field assignments are at least 12 ECTS.
At the end of his/her studies the student is required to submit a dissertation, which justifies 6 ECTS. In addition, some students have the option to select a Practical Training in a professional private or public organisation with the supervision of the departmentprofessors, from which they receive 2 ECTS.
For each direction there is a directory of optional courses which are interrelated. From these courses the student is obliged to succeed in those accumulating a minimum of 35 ECTS, while they have the option to register and be examined in courses that provide more ECTS, either from the same direction or a different one, according to the studentpersonal choice. Moreover, the student can register for two optional courses from other schools, including the school of Pedagogy. It is emphasised here that some of the optional courses are common in two or more directions. In this way the students are given the opportunity to choose or even alter their major with 17 ECTS, so that, apart from the basic Geological knowledge, to acquire more competence in other scientific fields.
The school of Geology graduates have acquired competences in the practical application of laboratory research methods for the study of the rocks, ore deposits, fossils (polarizing microscope - metallographic microscope, grain size analysis, fossil identification), soil mechanics-rock mechanics tests, analysis and processing of geological and meteorological data and maps through appropriate software and field works (geological mapping, geophysical investigation, hydrogeological- engineering geological measurements, meteorological and climatological analysis ect.).
The graduate students of the School of Geology have acquired the fundamental and specialized knowledge, as well as the corresponding skills regarding the application of several theoretical, experimental and laboratory research methods in the main sectors of economy, development and sustainable environmental management (mineral resources, technical infrastructure construction, land use, water resource management, etc.) and more specifically the employment of field research tools that concern the following research and application topics:
·Compilation of geological studies and reports, such as geomorphological, hydrogeological, geotechnical, mineralogical, petrological, economic geology, geochemical, tectonic/stratigraphic/neotectonic/seismotectonic, geophysical, palaeogeographical, soil, photogeological, and environmental studies (e.g. for civil or industrial environments), as well as composition of the corresponding application maps using GIS tools and specialized exploration techniques (geophysical, geotechnical, geochemical, radiometric, etc.) .
·Realization of geological and geotechnical studies for infrastructure and civil or urban development constructions (e.g. determination of mechanical properties of geomaterials and interpretation of geological models) using laboratory and in-situ methods, such as soils and rock mechanics tests, geophysical explorations and remote sensing techniques.
·Exploration, mapping, management and exploitation of mineral, water and energy resources (including mineral and non-mineral deposits, construction aggregates and gemstones), as well as mineral geology studies.
·Programming, execution, supervision and evaluation of exploration data from sampling boreholes and related field data for geological, mineralogical, hydrogeological, economic geology, geotechnical and geothermal purposes, as well as for hydrocarbon exploration, including underwater geological investigations.
·Natural hazard assessment and risk-management design studies for related phenomena (e.g. earthquakes, avalanches, collapses, subsidence, volcanoes, flooding, extreme weather hazards, etc.), as well as applied studies for the protection, exploitation, restoration, and preservation of the natural environment (e.g. geological monuments, palaeontological heritage, geoparks, geotopes, caves, etc.).
·Meteorological measurements and assessments for weather analysis and forecast based on the acquisition of specialized knowledge in topics of fundamental, theoretical and applied Meteorology, as well as climatological assessments and acquisition of specialized knowledge for the in-depth understanding of climate change issues.
Therefore, the graduates of the school of Geology can exercise the profession of Geologist in different branches and specializations, as they have been already previously described, working in production and management financial sectors, infrastructure work and sustainable development projects. Moreover, they can teach topics belonging to the subject fields of Geology, Geography and Environmental Sciences in Middle and Higher Education institutes, as well as provide educational services to public administration, local government authorities of all levels, peripheral development organizations, as well as quality control organizations for water, mineral and energy resources.