Bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences

Domain: Sciences, technologies and health in tropical environments

Course: Not applicable

ECTS credits


level of studies
at the end of training


Teaching locations

Saint-Denis – Moufia Campus

Type of training : Licence

Training regime: Initial formation

Training summary

Earth sciences encompass all disciplines that aim to study the evolution and dynamics of the Earth from its formation to the present. The study of the Earth involves a wide range of disciplines such as physics, chemistry, mathematics and geology in the field and in the laboratory. The Bachelor of Earth Sciences from the University of Reunion offers general training giving access to all professions in the environment and sustainable development, natural resources and natural risk management in tropical or volcanic environments. Graduates of this Degree can apply for employment at the rank of technician in laboratories, design offices or local authorities, or choose to pursue a Master's degree.

Training aims

Train students with a foundation in all areas relating to geosciences from both an academic and applied point of view. The holder of the Bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences from the University of La Réunion will receive multidisciplinary training in geosciences, physics, chemistry and the environment allowing him/her to understand the complexity of the different internal terrestrial envelopes (core, mantle , crust) and external (oceans, atmosphere).

In this training, the student acquires skills allowing them to participate in technical studies in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geotechnics, environmental chemistry, climatology, atmospheric physics, oceanography. He/She carries out an activity linked to the exploitation, management and protection of natural resources (ore, water, hydrocarbons), or linked to the protection of nature and the environment.

In the field, he/she takes samples and implements measurement methods adapted to the geological context, in the laboratory. He/She analyses, models and interprets the data collected.

Advantages of the training

Historically, Earth Sciences have focused on the study of the dynamics of the Earth's internal and external envelopes. The formation of mountain ranges, the origin of volcanism, the origin of great extinctions were all subjects discussed for decades. In line with environmental concerns, our Earth Science degree has focused heavily on areas such as the study of paleoclimates and the effects of climate change, waste and resource management, geoengineering, as well as sustainable development.

Located on an active volcanic island frequently swept by major atmospheric phenomena, our Degree is also strongly oriented towards the management of volcanic and climatic risks.

Targeted skills

  • Use geological tools and be able to choose them according to the problems to be solved

  • Master the computer tool and be able to use it to formalize geoscience problems

  • Carry out the statistical processing necessary for the interpretation of analysis, measurement or geological observation data

  • Create a web page (html, javascript).

Skills and know-how:

  • Work in the field as well as in the laboratory.

  • Work both independently and as a team and conduct your thinking within the framework of a multidisciplinary approach.

  • Carry out a bibliographic search relating to the scientific problem addressed.

  • Read, understand and present a scientific article in English, written and orally.

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Summary of lessons by course

In the Earth Sciences major, the License 1 and License 2 years offer general training which allows students to acquire a broad knowledge of geology: tectonics, geodynamics, sedimentology, geochronology, geophysics, geochemistry, rock mechanics and soils.

The year of License 3 initiates a specialization oriented towards the applied disciplines of Earth sciences, such as geoengineering, geological cartography, geophysical investigation methods, water resources management. The synthesis of Earth science lessons is naturally made during the field internship during which each student observes rocks and geological processes covered in class.

Throughout the Bachelor of Earth Sciences, teaching is structured around lectures, tutorials and practical work. Alongside this compulsory teaching, students can also take part in missions carried out by teacher-researchers on the Piton de la Fournaise or on the Piton des Neiges. Learning geophysical and/or geodetic measurement , is a unique opportunity made possible thanks to the exceptional location of the University of La Réunion on the second most active volcano in the world.


An internship in a professional environment or a job of at least one month is necessary to validate the License in Earth Sciences.

Specific devices

The Earth Sciences degree offers many possibilities for individualized courses (double degree, degree + DU, DU alone, etc.). The training benefits from numerous measures to help with success and tutoring.

Conditions of access to training

Bachelor's degree or equivalent

Continuing Studies

Master of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Environment (STPE)

Obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences or a Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of La Réunion gives access to the STPE Master's degree. This Master is divided into four courses, “hydrology, soils and environment”, “geophysics”, “atmospheric physics”, “remote sensing and natural risks”. This Master 2 is in agreement with metropolitan Masters to which obtaining the Master 1 will give full access.
Just like the Earth Sciences major, the STPE Master's degree is based on two internationally renowned Mixed Research Units (UMR): the Réunion Geosciences Laboratory (LGSR), and the Atmosphere and Cyclones Laboratory (LACy). Students who graduate from the STPE Master's degree are therefore competitive to obtain thesis scholarships in France and abroad.

Other possible further studies:

Students who have obtained a Bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences from the University of La Réunion can apply to all Masters or Earth Sciences engineering schools in Europe (selection based on application).


Career opportunities

Main sectors of professional integration:

  • Agriculture and fishing, natural spaces and green spaces, animal care

  • Construction, building and public works

  • Manufacturing

Types of jobs available:

  • Technician geologist employed in laboratories, in design offices, in the administration services of local, departmental or regional authorities (e.g. Regional Directorate of Industry, Research and the Environment - DRIRE , Departmental Directorate of Equipment - DDE, etc.), in large companies...

  • Technical geologist in environmental observatories (Earth, water, atmosphere) and natural risk prevention.

  • Facilitator in natural environment management organizations (national or regional parks) and in museology relating to natural environments.

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