The department of Geosciences

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The Porter School for the Environment and Earth Sciences

Throughout the world, humanity is troubled by environmental problems: natural disasters, global climate change, diminishing resources, and an increased need for energy, water, minerals, clean air and community resilience. The Porter School for the Environment and Earth Sciences aims to contribute to the growing demand for knowledge, research, and training in a variety of environmental fields that focus on these urgent matters while fostering excellence and interdisciplinary research. In order to achieve these goals, the Porter School maintains high - level undergraduate and graduate-level degrees in: Geophysics, and Environmental Studies. These tracks expose the students to cross-disciplinary approaches in exact sciences and humanities, thereby allowing them to address complex environmental problems.


The Department of Geophysics 

The Geosciences curriculum provides a thorough foundation in physics and mathematics, which forms the basis for specific professional courses. It is the only department in Israel that provides a complete curriculum in geophysics.

B.Sc. courses are taught in Hebrew and therefore proficiency in the Hebrew language is an admission requirement.



Geosciences (single major) B.Sc (0341)

The studies focus on the theoretical and applied aspects of the Earth Sciences: applied geophysics and geology, atmospheric sciences and meteorology, as well as courses in planetary and space sciences.


In the first two years, students gain a solid basis in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. The following year is devoted to geophysical and atmospheric studies together with some introduction to planetary sciences and elective courses on environmental issues.


Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Geosciences in the Research Program for outstanding students (0341, track 0120)

The program is open for outstanding students who aim at a research career in geosciences. The students carry out research projects under supervision by senior faculty members.


Dual-degree program in Mechanical Engineering and Geosciences with an Emphasis on Environmental Studies (0542.0341)

This is a full program in both Mechanical Engineering and Geosciences with additional environmental courses of the Porter School of Environmental Studies. Candidates must meet the admission requirements of both majors.


Geosciences – double major – together with an additional major in any other department from any Faculty (as double major) – B.Sc (0341.xxxx)

The program offers the option of combining Geosciences with any additional program in any other Faculty (as dm). Candidates must meet the admission requirements of both majors.


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