Bachelor of Science in Geology


The program of the first and second year Bachelor provides you with a broad basic formation, with a major part of time invested in courses such as physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics. These courses are after all necessary to create a base for many of the geological applications.

Additional to the basic sciences, already in the first Bachelor typical geological courses are already a part of the program. Herewith you are immediately introduced to the study for which you chose.

The second year Bachelor consists already half of geological courses. A part of these courses has a clear field component (e.g. Geological mapping A, Geology of Belgium, Structural Geology).

 In the third year Bachelor the program consists almost entirely of geological courses. You also receive a margin of freedom, which you can fill up with the Bachelor project (e.g. an internship in a company or in a scientific institution) or with elective courses. You can also opt for a more broad terrain experience, on land or on sea. In the third year Bachelor you can also already choose to step into the educational trajectory if you choose for a career as a teacher.


The amount of credits mentioned in the table above indicate how strongly a course weighs into the whole of the program. One credit roughly stands for 25 to 30 hours of study time (lectures, practicals, field trips, study, exams, etc. included). During one year you can take up 60 credits. The entire Bachelor program comprises of 180 credits.

It is thus interesting to take a look at the courses of the following years in detail. The courses in the second or third year bachelor often determine the nature of the educational program and provide an image of what really awaits you in the future.

Consult the course catalogue Bachelor Geology for more detailed information concerning the content of the courses.

Information brochure

The most recent information brochure about the educational program in Geology at Ghent University can be downloaded here (in Dutch). This brochure puts emphasis on the Bachelor program and even more on the first year Bachelor. A fluid start is crucial after all!


A certificate of secondary education directly provides access to a Bachelor education (with the exception of dentistry and medicine. Those who do not have this certificate better contact Student Counselling Office in time for more information on different admission requirements.

Do you want to change direction after your Bachelor education? It is possible!

Our society now more than ever has a need for graduated people with a broad range of competences. If you feel like this is something for you, you can further your knowledge and skills in a different scientific field after the Bachelor in Geology.

Besides the following master program you can surely choose for a different master inside or outside the Faculty of Sciences. Mostly a switch towards another scientific area requires an extra effort. A preparatory program will in some cases be necessary to acquire specific competences. The size of the preparatory program varies depending on the preceded bachelor education (between 15 and 90 credits).

A selection of options inside and outside the Faculty of Sciences: