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Part IB Earth Sciences B

Earth Sciences ‘B’ will introduce you to the physical and chemical principles that ‘solid Earth’ mineralogists, petrologists, geophysicists and geochemists use to understand how the Earth works, formed and differentiated; and how it has subsequently evolved. This is a self- contained course and you will find that, as the year goes on, there are important links between the different elements that are taught in each term. Earth Sciences B will provide you with some of the background that you will need for Part II & III Earth Sciences, and in particular for any advanced courses in metamorphic and igneous petrology; volcanology; mineralogy, geophysics and tectonics.


Key information

Part II Mapping Project

Those students who go on to take Part II Earth Sciences will have to do a mapping project in the summer between Part IB and the Part II course.  Students need to begin thinking about this in the Michaelmas Term.

Previous Part II Mapping Projects

Field trips

There are two field trips for the IB courses:

  • Southwest England: a 10 day trip in the Easter vacation
  • Isle of Skye: at the beginning of the Summer vacation (if you are continuing to Part II Earth Sciences)

Refer to the Course Guide for further information about field trips.



All course materials can be found on the Earth Sciences Moodle course pages.

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Whether in the lab or out on fieldwork, you need to be aware of your health and safety, and what responsibilities you have to look after yourself and your colleagues. Please refer to the Safety Handbook.

Safety Handbook

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