What is the connection between the Alps and earthquakes in the Netherlands? Why is water in such short supply in some places on Earth and too plentiful in others? How have plants and animals adapted throughout the Earth’s history and what can this tell us about the future? As an earth scientist you will apply knowledge of the natural sciences to gain a better understanding of the cycles that occur on and within our planet.
The study in short terms
The Bachelor’s in Earth Sciences is a three-year programme taught in Dutch, after which you can choose from a range of two-year Master’s programmes. Since the earth sciences do not feature significantly in pre-university education, your first year will concentrate on introducing you to a wide range of subjects: rocks, seismic activity, climate, water and groundwater flows, volcanoes, rivers, soil and mountains. This will make you better equipped to choose between the three main subject areas in your second year: geology, physical geography and geo-environmental sciences. Whichever direction you take, fieldwork and excursions will form an important part of your studies.
Prospects after your Bachelor’s
As an Earth Sciences graduate, the career you ultimately embark on will depend on the specialization you choose. Do you intend to specialize in water and calculate how much water can be extracted from the subsoil? Or are you interested in the search for oil and gas reserves and will you end up working for an oil company? Or perhaps you will end up fulfilling the role of climate change specialist for a nature conservation agency? Once you have completed your Bachelor’s, a world of opportunity will open up for you.
Read more about the BSc programme in Dutch (vu.nl opens in new window)