BSc Applied Earth Sciences

A challenging programme that covers the world

There is no doubt about the importance of the study of applied earth sciences. You learn how the earth's resources come into existence, where they can be found and how they can be extracted wisely and efficiently, keeping the impact  on the landscape and environment to a minimum. Also, you can explore how the subsurface can be used to form the foundations of buildings and to build infrastructure. Moreover, advanced technologies are used to monitor changes in the subsurface, on the earth's surface and in the atmosphere. In other words, this degree programme covers the world!

Read more about the specialist fields of Applied Earth Sciences.

Degree: BSc Applied Earth Sciences

Working language: English

Start: September

Faculty: Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG)

Study load: 180 EC, 36 months

Form: Full time - on campus

In the three-year study programme you take a wide range of subjects and you gain broad practical experience through practical tuition, excursions and field work in the Netherlands and abroad. Right from the very start you are active in the ‘real world’. Thanks to excursions, field work assignments and study trips you apply your theoretical knowledge and learn what this subject is all about.

In addition to the general programme you can take minors (packages of optional subjects), study abroad or do an internship. In the last semester you are taught subjects that you will need for the specialist fields in the Master’s phase. Once you have your diploma you can transfer to a follow-up Master’s degree programme, which lasts two years.


The range and number of jobs is very large, both in the Netherlands and abroad. After completing your studies you might start work in oil extraction in Brazil, coal exploration in South Africa, dam construction in Ethiopia or in innovative iron ore extraction in Sweden, to give just a few examples.