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These pages inform you about the BSc curriculum of Earth Sciences at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary.


We are very happy that you are interested in our BSc curriculum suited for people interested in any branch of geoscience. Our institute, the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences is responsible for this BSc programme. Our strength is the quality of the courses taught and the high percentage of practicals providing excellent skills for your professional career.

Our staff including some 120 highly qualified people is prepared to provide you with all the essentials you will need in any branch of Earth and environmental science in the widest sense.



A brief description of the curriculum


The various disciplines of the Earth Sciences have been taught at our University since its founding in 1635 A.D. It counted as one of its strengths including geology, mineralogy, astronomy, later geophysics and meteorology. In the second half of the 20th century the industrialization requested more specialists in Hungary and the Eötvös University replied with various 10-semester-long MSc curriculums of astronomy, cartography, geography, geology, geophysics, meteorology, and environmental science introduced gradually since the 1950s. Our alumni can be found everywhere in the world.


In the framework of the so-called Bologna Process we were urged to reorganize our five-year MSc curriculums and break into six-semester-long BSc and four-semester-long MSc curriculums. The BSc curriculum you find here inherits its parts from the aforementioned 10-semester study programmes, but in an amalgamated, reconsidered way.


Accordingly, our BSc curriculum in Earth Sciences consisting of 6 semesters (a total of 180 credits) is divided into common courses and specialisation courses. The first two semesters (30 credits each) are for all students of geoscience. The first two semesters are the Common Module.


From the 3rd semester on, one can choose a specialisation from the following list:

  • astronomer

  • geographer

  • geologist

  • geophysicist

  • meteorologist

  • teacher of environmental science and natural science

With the chosen specialisation an increasing percentage of courses will orientate the students towards their specific profession. However, the students will have solid background of all other geoscientific fields through the rest of common compulsory courses. A further part of the courses are electives including space science, hydrogeology, planetology, volcanology, archeometry, paleoclimatology, paleontology, mineralogy, social and economic geography, urban geography, GIS, etc.


Consequently, for those who successfully complete their studies with a bachelor degree with us, the way will be open to proceed to any MSc programme of geoscience at our university, in the European Union or anywhere else in the world.