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Earth Sciences Course

The Earth Sciences Course


Ganges delta, Bay of Bengal ©NASA

The Department of Earth Sciences runs courses covering four years of undergraduate education as part of the Natural Sciences Tripos. The courses in all four years are called Earth Sciences, and the resulting degree is fully accredited by the Geological Society of London). Before 2015, the second, third and fourth year courses were called Geological Sciences.

Some students come to Cambridge specifically to study the Earth Sciences, others come wanting a broad, but full scientific education, and many others come aiming to specialise in another science, often physics. Taking the Part IA Earth Sciences Course in first year allows you to progress into the Earth Sciences further should you want, or if you decide to specialise elsewhere it broadens your scientific understanding, in learning a new and wonderful subject.

Many students, however, are enthralled by their first year Earth Sciences course, and continue into second year taking IB Earth Sciences Course A, and/or IB Earth Sciences Course B, and then carry on into Part II (third year) and Part III (fourth year) Earth Sciences.

Information on the course and the subject of Earth Sciences as a whole is also to be found in the Admissions pages

Earth Scientists are a pretty convivial lot. It is hard to have much distance between Professor and undergraduate when both are out in the field, and we think this communal spirit shows in our teaching and the way in which undergraduates are accepted into our Department and subject. It is one with far to go, at a youthful stage in its development. We look forward to having you join us on the way.






Second Year fieldwork ©Dept. Earth Sciences