Earth Surface – track Earth Sciences and Economics

Natural processes shaping the Earth's surface

Earth Surface – track Earth Sciences and Economics

This minor focuses on the study of natural processes shaping the Earth’s surface. Several aspects will be treated in detail, such as the influence of climate, tectonics and vegetation on the evolution and dynamics of the landscape. In addition,  the interaction of the different components of System Earth will be considered, including the oceans, atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere. The role of humans is also an important topic in this minor. All courses are 6 EC, making a total of 30 EC.

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 and Eco-Hydrology 
Lectures on evolution of the plant Kingdom, the application of biological proxies that are being employed for palaeoenvironmenta 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 characterise, classify and interpret a selected number of terrestrial and marine sedimentary environments in terms of their processes, facies distribution, morphology and stratigraphy.

Which other two courses you take, is your own choice. You can choose between: Hydrologie van Nederland, Introduction to Biogeosciences, Sociale Geografie I, Wis- en Natuurkunde, Inleiding in de anorganische geochemie and Land Use Change.

See our study guide for more information about these courses.

Admission and registration

Admission for VU students

This minor is suitable for undergraduate students Earth and Economics. Students from other studies please send a brief CV with grade list to the course coordinator Dr. Kay  Beets c.j.beets@vu.nl +31205987357. Admission will be decided based on previous education and achieved grades.


Registration

Please see the application procedure for more information.

Admission for students from other universities

1 Students from other universities please register as VU student, see the application procedure.

2 This minor is suitable for undergraduate students Earth and Economics. Students from other studies please send a brief CV with grade list to the course coordinator Dr. Kay Beets (c.j.beets@vu.nl) +31205987357. Admission will be decided based on previous education and achieved grades. If your admission is approved and the minor coordinator informed the Education Office, you will be enrolled for the courses in August when you are officially enrolled.

Questions about the programme

If you have detailed questions about the contents of the programme, please contact 
Dr. Kay Beets | c.j.beets@vu.nl +31205987357

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Samenvatting Earth Surface – track Earth Sciences and Economics

Taal

Engels

Duur

1 semester (30 EC)

Startdatum

1 september

Interessegebied

Gedrag en Maatschappij
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