Earth Sciences (595) - Bachelor's Degree            
 
Study Tracks

Earth Sciences study the processes that are active in and shape the solid earth, the seas and oceans and the atmosphere. Earth Sciences research at the Hebrew University combines basic research at the forefront of world science with applications of national importance. The teaching program offers a program unique in its scope and quality that enables specialization in Geology, Climate and Atmosphere Sciences and Marine Sciences and Oceanography. The studies are held in small classes and include mapping camps and trips, as well as study cruises in the Mediterranean and Gulf of Eilat. The Institute of Earth Sciences is equipped with state-of-the art laboratory equipment which is at the forefront of existing scientific technology and competes in this field with the best universities in the world. The Institute of Earth Sciences offers a creative study environment in a hospitable academic home that offers diverse learning experiences while striving for excellence. The teachers of the teaching program are first-class active scientists and researchers, whose researches focus on key aspects at the forefront of Earth Sciences. All MSc and PhD students take part and participate in these researches.

Some of the study programs in the Earth Sciences teaching program are able to be combined with studies in another teaching program in a dual teaching program track, such as with Environmental studies, Life Sciences, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, the “Amirim” program and various teaching programs in the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students who choose a combination with other teaching programs should be aware that hours may overlap so that their degree studies may extend beyond three years.

Every program offered by the Earth Sciences teaching program has been structures with a view to ensuring a high academic standard and aims to train graduates with comprehensive and high-quality knowledge, and to prepare them for a wide range of occupations in research and application subjects. The holders of BSc, MSc and PhD degrees who complete their studies at the Earth Sciences teaching program comprise the backbone of Earth Sciences research in all the research universities in Israel, and leading research institutions such as the Geological and Geophysical Institute, the Meteorological Service, the Hydrological Service, the Oceanographical and Limnological Research Institute, and more. They are integrated in companies searching for water, minerals, oil and gas; companies engaged in issues of environment, weather forecasting and engineering geology, the IDF and in teaching in combination with teaching certificate studies.

The Institute of Earth Sciences also awards excellence prizes to deserving students.

First-year studies are common to all students. The study program includes introductory studies of the teaching program and basic studies (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) in the faculty. In years 2 and 3 students must choose one of two specializations: specialization in Geology or in Climate, Atmosphere and Oceanography. These specializations can be taken in an extended single teaching program framework, a single teaching program framework, and in a divisions framework. A division in Oceanography is also offered.

The studies are held in small classes and a friendly environment and include trips and camps for recognition of the diverse rock formations and bodies of water in Israel and application of the theoretical studies to the “real” world. For example, some of the courses are given at the Inter-University Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat and include sailing in a research ship and diving, and there are geological trips to the French Alps and Cyprus. The fieldwork contributes to openness in teacher-student relations and the studies take place in in pleasant “academic home.”

The teaching program trains its graduates for a broad range of occupations in many research and application subjects that require a systemic approach. Possible applied fields are: human impact on the environment, recycling of earth materials and weather forecasting. Graduates of the stream comprise the backbone of research of the Earth in its various specializations in universities and research institutions in Israel, such as the Geological Institute, the Meteorological Service, the Hydrological Service, the Oceanographical and Limnological Research Institute, and more. Graduates of the Institute have also been integrated in companies searching for water, minerals, oil and gas; commercial companies dealing with issues of environment, weather forecasting and engineering geology; the IDF and the police; and in the national education system (for holders of a teaching certificate).

The BSc degree studies are offered in various scopes and combinations (extended single teaching program, single teaching program, dual teaching program and division). The minimum scope of studies required for a BSc degree is 144 credits, but in different combinations the scope is greater. Students must fulfill the requirements of the faculty regarding the study of languages, computer programming and English. In the first year emphasis is placed on basic studies in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry that are common to students in all tracks. Field trips and study camps: Compulsory and elective courses that include field trips and study camps require the appropriate physical fitness. Safety goggles should be brought on all trips and all safety requirements must be fulfilled.

Pursuant to the resolutions of the Maltz Committee, the cost of accommodation in compulsory trips and camps is borne by the teaching program, which determines its locations. Students who cancel their registration for a trip after the determining date will be required to pay the costs. In accordance with the University’s directions, the cost of meals is borne by students. The cost of elective trips (cost of accommodation, travel and meals) is borne by students.

Registration for trips concludes at the end of the second week of the first semester. After that, registration will be allowed in special cases (if space remains). The overall logistical organization of field trips and study camps, funding of administration and transport are borne by the teaching program.

Institute of Earth Sciences website
 

Master’s courses in the faculty are given in Hebrew unless a foreign student who does not speak Hebrew is taking the course. In such a case the course will be given in English.

Department Officials
Head Earth Science Division (Magama),
Counsellor – 1st year students,
Prof. Caryn Hespel
tel. 02-6584974
email: caryn@vms.huji.ac.il
 
Counsellor – 2nd and 3rd year students Earth Sciences and Marine Science Section (Hativa)
Prof. Amotz Agnon
tel. 02-6584743
email: Amotz@cc.huji.ac.il
 
Secretary for Studies
Magi Perkin
tel. 02-6584923
email: magip@savion.huji.ac.il
 
 

Year to year transition terms
Requirements for passing from one year to the next: minimum grade of 60 in every course.
Structure

Studies in the Institute of Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences deal with study of the processes that are active in and shape the solid earth, the seas and oceans and the atmosphere.

BSc studies:

In the first year of study all students at the Institute study together. Toward the second year students must choose their preferred field of study and its scope (according to the details below):

Study at the Institute of Earth Sciences is possible in different scopes and specializations. The total number of credits that students must gain for completing the BSc degree is 145 but from students who chose an extended program a slightly higher number may be required. For example: a semester which consists of a three-hour class every week will award three credits to those who successfully fulfill its requirements.

A brief explanation:

Year 1 studies in the Earth Sciences teaching program

5014 Earth Sciences year 1 – dual teaching program or single teaching program track.

8037 Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences in dual teaching program track year 1.

Studies in an “extended” scope – BSc in Earth Sciences in one of the specializations

5956 Earth Sciences with specialization in Geology in extended track.
5957 Earth Sciences with specialization in Climate, Atmosphere and Oceanography in extended track.

In the framework of the program 8 credits in Cornerstones courses, 4 credits in Humanities and 4 credits in Social Sciences must be taken.

Studies in a “single teaching program” scope – for students who chose one main specialization and a study division (see explanation for division below) from another teaching program in the faculty or another faculty

5960 Earth Sciences with specialization in Geology in single teaching program track.
5961 Earth Sciences with specialization in Climate, Atmosphere and Oceanography in single teaching program track.

In the framework of the program 8 credits in Cornerstones courses, 4 credits in Humanities and 4 credits in Social Sciences must be taken.

Studies in a “dual teaching program” track – BSc in Earth Sciences with a particular specialization and BSc with another specialization from within the teaching program or outside the teaching program

5958 Earth Sciences with specialization in Geology in dual teaching program track.
5959 Earth Sciences with specialization in Geology in single teaching program track.
6019 Earth Sciences with specialization in Climate, Atmosphere and Oceanography in dual teaching program track.
6018 Earth Sciences with specialization in Geology in dual teaching program track.
8029 Earth Sciences with specialization in Life Sciences and Geology.
6017 Earth Sciences with specialization in Climate, Atmosphere and Oceanography and Environment dual teaching program.
8011 Earth Sciences with specialization in Climate, Atmosphere and Oceanography and Computer Science dual teaching program.

In the framework of the program 6 credits in Cornerstones courses, 3 credits in Humanities and 3 credits in Social Sciences must be taken.

Divisions: (for BSc students outside the Earth Sciences teaching program)

A “division” includes 32 credits from a teaching program which is not the main teaching program chosen by students. Each teaching program in the faculty has a list of courses specific to the division. Generally students commence division studies in year 2.

6030 Division in Earth Sciences
6033 Division in Marine Sciences
6053 Division in Geology
6058 Division in Climate, Atmosphere and Oceanography
 

Compulsory
Compulsory in the teaching program
Compulsory
Compulsory basic studies
Compulsory
Years 2-3 studies

Compulsory elective

Elective in the teaching program

Total in the teaching program

Programming studies

Division

Cornerstone Program

Additional teaching program

Total for the degree (minimum)
Earth Sciences with specialization in Geology- Expanded Major track
(track 5956)
14.5406514137.548145.5
Earth Sciences with specialization in Climate-Atmosphere-Oceanography- Expanded Major track
(track 5957)
12.5406515136.548144.5
Earth Sciences with specialization in Geology in Dual Major track
(track 5958)
14.54060.511946לפי דרישה
Earth Sciences with specialization in Climate-Atmosphere-Oceanography in Dual Major track
(track 5959)
12.540182296.546לפי דרישה
Earth Sciences with specialization in Geology in single major track
(track 5960)
14.54037.591054328145
Earth Sciences with specialization in Climate-Atmosphere-Oceanography- Single Major track
(track 5961)
12.5402028104.54328144.5
Earth Sciences year 1 – Dual or Single Major track
(track 6014)
12.5-14.54056.5-58.54
Earth Sci. with spec. in Climate-Atmosphere-Oceanography and Env. Sci. in dual teaching prog. track
(track 6017)
12.540162597.54646.5150
Earth Sciences with specialization in Geology and Environmental Sciences in Dual Major track
(track 6018)
14.54029.5131014643150
Earth Sciences with specialization in Geology and Climate-Atmosphere-Oceanography
(track 6019)
14.54057.52814446150
physics and earth sci. in dual Major track with a specialization in Climate-Atmosphere-Oceanography
(track 6020)
7123655689150
Double major in physics and earth sciences with a specialization in Geoarcheology
(track 6021)
7.549.557687150
Minor in Earth Sciences
(track 6030)
12.519.532
Minor in Marine Sciences
(track 6033)
7121332
geophysics section
(track 6035)
23.58.532
Minor in Geology
(track 6053)
28.53.532
Minor in Climate-Atmosphere-Oceanography
(track 6058)
23932
Earth Sciences and Chemistry specialization in Geoarcheology -dual track
(track 8008)
14.530.51459663156
Computer Science and Earth Science with specialization in Climate-Atmosphere-Oceanography-Dual Maj
(track 8011)
719122462682150
Life Sciences and Earth Sciences with specialization in Geology- dual Major track
(track 8029)
14.538.53564684150
Life Sciences and Earth Sciences with specialization inClimate-Atmosphere-Oceanog - dual Major track
(track 8030)
71633564684150
Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences -dual Major track year 1
(track 8037)
12.54067.5-69.546
לקראת מוסמך
For an MSc degree in the teaching programs of Geology, Climate, Atmosphere and Oceanography and Water Resources a minimum average grade of 85 in BSc studies is required. Candidates whose BSc grade is 80-86 will be admitted only with approval by the teaching committee of the Institute for Earth Sciences. Candidates for the MSc whose BSc degree is not in one of the Earth Sciences streams will be required to take supplementary courses as determined by the tutors and head of the teaching program.

The composition of the courses of MSc students is determined in consultation with the tutors and/or head of the teaching program in accordance with the various teaching programs and requires approval by the head of the teaching program. Some of the MSc courses are common also to second-year BSc students (as detailed in the Annual Course Catalogue).