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Natural processes that shape the earth's surface

Earth Surface - Track Earth Sciences

Do you want to learn all about interactions between the atmosphere and the oceans? About the evolution of the plant kingdom? How do you characterise sedimentary environments?

With the minor track Earth Science you learn about Climate Science, Geobotany and Sedimentary Environments.

In addition to the compulsory courses in climate science, geobotany and sedimentary environments, you can organize the minor according to your own insight / interests. You can choose between the optional courses Concepts and solutions in sustainability sciences and Land use change.

Or choose Water Management in The Netherlands, Introduction to Biogeosciences and Social Geography I or Introduction to Planetary Science.

Related VU master’s programmes: 

Overview courses

  • Climate Science

    The land, oceans and atmosphere form a coupled system that interact to give a certain climate and type of weather. This course focuses on the interactions between the atmosphere and the oceans.

  • Geobotany

    Lectures on evolution of the plant Kingdom, the application of biological proxies that are being employed for palaeoenvironmental and climate reconstructions and the excursion aims at integration of the world of the plants and vegetation communities with the abiotic components in the landscape

  • Sedimentary Environments

    The goal of this course is to characterize, classify and interpret a selected number of terrestrial and marine sedimentary environments in terms of their processes, facies distribution, morphology and stratigraphy.

  • Electives

    In period 2 you choose one of the following electives:

    Biogeosciences, Planetary Science, Watermanagement in the Netherlands or Sociale Geografie I (in Dutch)

    In period 3 you choose one of the following electives:

    Land Use Change or Concepts in Sustainable Land Use

    Check the study guide for details about the courses.