The Faculty of Geology was created in 1974, when the former Faculty of Sciences of the University of Barcelona was divided into five faculties. Until 1988, the Faculty was located in the historic building of the University, and since then it has been based on the Pedralbes campus. The Faculty is organized into two departments: the Department of Land and Ocean Dynamics (from the merger of the departments of Stratigraphy, Paleontology and Marine Geosciences and Geodynamics and Geophysics) and the Department of Mineralogy, Petrology and Applied Geology (integrated by the former departments of Crystallography, Mineralogy and Mineral Deposits and of Geochemistry, Petrology and Geological Prospecting). In addition, the School of Gemmology is also part of this faculty.
The Faculty offers three courses: Degree in Marine Sciences, Degree in Geology and Degree in Geological and Environmental Engineering. In addition, it participates in the teachings of Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Sciences, Geography and History, Materials Engineering and Biology. His studies in Geology at the University of Barcelona date back to 1910, when the degree in Natural Sciences was created in Spain. In 1953, this degree split into Geology and Biology. The Degree in Geology aims to teach the composition, structure, morphology and history of the Earth, and the working methods applied to it. Practical classes are of relevant importance, particularly field practices. During the course, students do about eighty days of fieldwork, guided by teachers, as part of the compulsory subjects, and have an additional offer of about seventy days of fieldwork in the electives. In 1990, the University of Barcelona and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya jointly created the Geological Engineering course. The aim of these studies is to provide knowledge of the principles and working methods of geology, integrated with the technological knowledge of engineering. For this reason, this teaching is taught by the Faculty of Geology and the Barcelona School of Civil Engineering. Students take subjects at both centers, both located on the Pedralbes campus. The 2015-2016 academic year saw the start of the degree in Marine Sciences at the Faculty, in close collaboration with the Faculty of Biology, and with the participation of other faculties from the University of Barcelona and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. This degree represents the definitive consolidation and structuring of Marine Sciences studies in Catalonia, after thirty years of a doctoral program in Marine Sciences and almost ten years of a master’s degree in Oceanography and Management of the Marine Environment
The professors of the Faculty are organized in research groups, some of which are of an interdepartmental, interuniversity nature or are related to other research centers, especially the CSIC. The consolidated research groups in which teachers participate are: Crystallography, Marine Geosciences, Geodynamics and Basin Analysis, Economic and Environmental Geology and Hydrology, Sedimentary Geology, Fluid Geochemistry, Applied Mineralogy and the Environment, Petrology and Geochemistry Fundamental and Applied, Mineral Resources, Mineral Resources, Natural Risks, and Geology and Tectonics of Plinths (UAB-UB). The research is funded by local and international sources, and by both public funding agencies and companies and institutions. The Faculty of Geology, together with the Jaume Almera Institute of Earth Sciences (CSIC), publishes the journal Geologica Acta, in which research articles or sets of thematic, conceptual and regional works in the field of science are published. of the Earth. In particular, it aims to stimulate the dissemination of the results of research carried out in the countries of the Mediterranean area, Latin America and the Caribbean.
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