Environmental Geoscience

Module code: GL3102

Human activity has had an unprecedented impact on the Earth. We have modified - and continue to modify - our planet. In this module, you'll explore the role of a geoscientist in monitoring, measuring and mitigating the effects of humans on the world. 

You'll examine the environment in both natural and highly modified states, and consider important concepts in applied and academic environmental geoscience, including toxicology, epidemiology, source-pathway-receptor models, sustainability, and data analysis. Whilst you will focus on the geological aspects of the environment in this module, you'll also look at aspects of chemistry, biology, physics, medicine, geography, sociology and economics. 

This module will provide you with an important foundation for many careers in applied geoscience. It is delivered through a mix of lectures, discussion sessions, computer-based practicals, and independent learning.

Topics covered

  • Conceptual approaches to environmental geoscience
  • An introduction to environmental toxicology
  • The environmental geochemistry and fate of pollutants
  • Anthropogenic impacts on the environment
  • Mitigation of human impacts 
  • Sustainable development

Learning

  • 16 hours of lectures
  • 4 hours of seminars
  • 10 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 120 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Exam, 1 ½ hours (80%)
  • Practical exercises (20%)