BSc Applied Earth Sciences

Are you interested in a programme that combines engineering, earth sciences and sustainabilty? Do you for example want to understand how our CO2 emissions affect climate change? How we can model and predict Earth and climate dynamics? And how we can secure our future clean energy supply?

Then Applied Earth Sciences is the programme for you!

In the English taught bachelor's programme Applied Earth Sciences, you will study the part of the Earth system that strongly interacts with our living environment, namely the upper crust from a few kilometres depth up to the atmosphere. The engineers from this programme know how to secure our future sustainable energy supply and are needed for obtaining the critical raw materials for your phone, solar panels, windmills and batteries for our electric cars. They devise innovative solutions for, for example, CO2 storage, investigate how we can use geothermal heat to accelerate the energy transition and monitor our earth and climate using satellite data.

The programme offers you a unique combination of engineering and earth sciences, and challenges you in the areas of mathematics, chemistry and physics. It's designed to deliver you the engineering skill set you need to find solutions for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly usage of the Earth's atmosphere, surface, and subsurface.




Language: English

Numerus fixus: No; no selection process

Start: September

Required courses: Mathematics B, Physics and Chemistry

Form: Full time- on campus

Study abroad: Fieldwork within the curriculum

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Important dates

Enrollment: before 1 May, with an international degree before 1 April
Open Day: 15 March 2024

Student for a Day: continues

I was determined to work on subjects which revolved around sustainability or the environment. AES was a perfect fit. I would certainly make the same decision again; especially now that the programme is focusing even more on the global challenges of today and the future!

― Renske Free, Applied Earth Sciences - graduated in 2022

Ever since I can remember I’ve had a huge fascination with how the Earth and its different processes work. I thought studying Applied Earth Sciences would be the best way to dive into that curiosity.

― Ulrich van Staden, Applied Earth Sciences student from South Africa

| Highlighted Student Stories

Volcanic rocks solving CO2 problems

What if we could capture CO2 from the atmosphere and permanently store it under the ground in the form of solid minerals? Applied Earth Sciences student Elara Redondo Garcia didn’t think twice when she had to opportunity to go to Iceland, where they are researching CO2 mineral trapping.

What is bubbling underground?

Of the many renewable sources of energy currently being explored, it was geothermal energy that caught the imagination of Cas Verweij. Geothermal energy, which is produced by pumping up hot water from reservoirs far below the Earth’s crust, has many uses. One of which is heating homes. Cas is studying the CO2 bubbles in the sub-surface to see if the rocks are suitable for geothermal energy.

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