Degree Qualifications Profile

Geologists are professionals who study the origin, history, shape, chemical and mineralogical composition, development, and evolution of the components of the Earth, as well as the changes it has gone through since its origins until today.

They dedicate to the search for mineral resources, energy sources (hydrocarbons in general, mineral coal), the study of underground and surface water bodies, soil,  the preservation and recovery of natural resources, the determination of erosive and mudslide effects, flood risk, and mining. They also work in the application of geology to civil engineering, in the execution of geotechnical work, for the construction of dams, channels, roads, excavations, and terrain stability.

They study the surface of the Earth through remote sensors (satellite images, aerial photographs, and radars); and elaborate geological and thematic maps. They participate in reviews, assessments, appraisals, and advising related to the field. They can lead or be a part of basic and applied research teams within their field.

Overall Goals

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Do scientific research about the Earth.
  • Learn to keep and take care of both mineral and natural resources.
  • Favor the better use of the planet’s resources.
  • Carry out efficient geological research work, both for technical and scientific purposes, and be fit for teaching.
  • Promote the knowledge and importance of geology within the context of national development.
  • Participate in university extension activities in order to inform communities about the economic importance and the health risks associated with certain geological activities.

Curriculum: plan_estudios_2009_geologia

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