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Field activities

Learning on the field

Learning on the field is an essential part of the Bachelor’s degree programme in Geological Sciences and the Master’s degree programme in Earth Sciences

Both programmes include guided field trips and practical internships, aimed at teaching students how to collect geological, technical, geomorphological and geophysical data from real sites. 

The ultimate goal is for future geologists to be able to work independently on the territory, creating geological and thematic maps as well as conducting technical and thematic surveys, all the while demonstrating a high level of professionalism. 

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Didattica sul terreno
Didattica sul terreno

Locations

Field trip destinations are mountains, coastlines, plains, volcanic regions and some marine areas. 

Mandatory field trips are mainly conducted in Italy or in neighbouring countries, but may also be organised in other European and extra-European regions for specific courses or the final thesis work. 

didattica sul terreno
didattica sul terreno

Geological Sciences, Earth Sciences

For the Bachelor’s degree programme in Geological Sciences there are 4 mandatory field trips
Year I: 3-day field trip to Courmayeur in October 
Year I: 6-day field trip to the Massiccio delle Tre Valli Bresciane in June 
Year II: 6-day field trip to the Massiccio dell’Adamello in June 
Year III: 9-day geological survey trip in June/July (various destinations in the Alps or Apennines). 

As regards the Master’s degree programme in Earth Sciences, field activities are conducted in the framework of the mandatory Geology course (6 CFU/ECTS) as well as within the different curricula. Many of the topics proposed for the final thesis envisage field activities in different Italian regions and various other areas of the world. 

Natural Sciences, Biogeosciences

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The Bachelor’s degree programme in Natural Sciences and the Master’s degree programme in Biogeosciences include nature field trips and guided field activities

Nature field trips are core activities of these degree programmes: they represent the first opportunity for students to put into practice what they have learned in the class, and help them understand what being a naturalist means. They often prove a key factor for the choice of the topic of their final paper. Nature field trips can be dedicated to both life sciences and Earth sciences topics. 

Guided field activities are included in certain mandatory and elective courses of the Bachelor’s degree programme in Natural Sciences and the Master’s degree programme in Biogeosciences and give students the opportunity to practise what they have learned in the class.