lies at the heart of major challenges for the planet

They study Geosciences and Environment at UniLaSalle Institut Polytechnique, a private engineering school that trains agronomists and veterinarians. They made an unusual choice of geology. Explore the planet to understand the landscapes and sustainably manage its resources.

The Geology and Environment sector is taught at the Beauvais campus of the UniLaSalle Institut Polytechnique through an engineering course and a bachelor © DR.

The Geology and Environment sector is taught at the Beauvais campus of the UniLaSalle Institut Polytechnique through an engineering course and a bachelor © DR.

Initially, Rémi says, he was motivated by curiosity. “I wanted to find answers, to understand everything around me. I wanted to walk around, sit somewhere and understand the landscape, the rocks, the morphology of it, why and how.”

After graduation, the student therefore entered UniLaSalle’s integrated training, in the course “Earth, Life Sciences and Environmental Sciences”. Then he continued on his way “Geology and environment” engineering course. “And my curiosity, he continues, is completely satisfied.”

In fact, 40% of students from their first year post-baccalaureate have courses related to environmental and geosciences. Along with classical mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer science, they study first geologyalso geomatics (spatial data modeling), hydrogeologythe Geotechnicsthe cartography and even paleontology

Louis: geology is an experience to live in the field

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Students in the “field” © video Geolab

But the most memorable experience for them is not in class, but with their boots, during their “excursions” or “fields”“. Ten Within 1-3 weeks, in general autonomy, a group of students should learn to find all the relevant information of the landscape.collect and interpret them.

In the second year of the engineering cycle, Paloma He remembers his mission on Etna with 3 students and 5 teachers as a “scientifically and humanly enriching experience”. Today, he chose to do his engineering course as an apprentice, an option open to all geoscience engineering students, which allows him to spend 60% of the three years at a company.

“The field is the flagship of training and an unforgettable experience”

As for Louis (see below), an undergraduate, he was able to travel to the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes within two weeks of his first year to study the regional and local geology of the various terrains. “It is a flagship and unforgettable experience of learning, education in nature, understanding the environment, landscapes… geology is an experience to live”…

Rémi: New energies are an invaluable key to the present and the future

Geothermal power plant in Iceland © Gretar Ívarsson / Wikimedia
Geothermal power plant in Iceland © Gretar Ívarsson / Wikimedia

Geothermal power plant in Iceland © Gretar Ívarsson / Wikimedia

Often in one of these “fields” in France or other countries, as well as during business trips or visits to the area – such as the Seine-Northern European canal – students gradually define their professional projects.

“I will always remember the internship that I had the opportunity to visit geothermal power plant From Soultz-Sous-Forêts, says Rémi. At the end of the day, evening light on the Alsace hills and silence: a magnificent sight that will remain in my memory for a long time.

His interest in geothermal energy has since been confirmed his project is to work in the development of these new energies.

Growing and increasingly diversified outlets

Opportunities are growing and we don’t have enough students to meet the demand of companies, – explains Elsa Ottavi, head of the Earth Sciences and Environment sector;

In addition to the classic mining industries that still employ, there are now new occupations in the environmental transition.

“We lack geoscience students to meet the needs of companies”

“It attracts students a lot new energiesbut there is one a lot of work in soil restoration, pre-construction land use planning, natural and industrial risks, CO2 storage Where water resources management“, details Elsa Ottaway.

Without forgetting all digital services based on geosciences that hires geologists for data engineering or project management positions.

Video: geolaboratory to put technology at the service of the Earth

Students have access to the Beauvais campus, where all geoscience courses are taught a geolaboratory equipped with high-tech instruments : surveillance drones, virtual reality software, 3D printers, modeling, and more. Thus, they can participate in research projects around many applications of geology.

Camille: With earth sciences, I want to play my part as an engineer and citizen

Earth science students at UniLasalle: at the heart of major challenges for the planet
Earth science students at UniLasalle: at the heart of major challenges for the planet

Camille, in her 3rd and final year of engineering, is one of those determined students who want to, find concrete solutions to major environmental problems through geology

“Today, he explains, we are looking for ways to produce better, consume better, act better to protect our ecosystem. Geology plays an important role in the energy, construction and mineral resources industries are the pillars of our economy.

He wants to play the role of a citizen-engineer, developing virtuous innovations for the planet. After graduation, he will join a startup that is preparing to exploit helium and hydrogen on European soil. The goal: to replace expensive imports at all levels with eco-responsible local production.

Paloma: I would like to work in energy geopolitics in Europe

Earth science students at UniLasalle: at the heart of major challenges for the planet
Earth science students at UniLasalle: at the heart of major challenges for the planet

Paloma also explains her desire to bring the choice of orientation concrete and sustainable solutions. And his professional project testifies to the breadth of opportunities in geosciences: “After UniLaSalle, I would like to work in the geopolitics of energies on a European scale”!
In the 2nd year of his engineering course, he chose the career path “Geo-resources, climate risks and territories”, one of the three courses offered.

“Everyone complains that we’re exploiting the planet anyway, but we really don’t know how else to do it.”

After much hesitation, Jules chose the Sustainable Mineral Resources career path to explore: “Everyone complains that the planet is being exploited anyway, without knowing how it is being exploited. Otherwise”… “I will double degree in Canada, it is very common in this field. My goal is to be able to go on business trips abroad often.”

How to apply for this engineering course in geology?

What profile do you need to join this “Geology and environment” post-baccalaureate course? Elsa Ottavi says: “Mathematics major is important. Then we can either take physics-chemistry or SVT or engineering sciences.”

  • Applications in Parcoursup
    Admission, selection, Parcoursup, file and motivational interview (specify “UniLaSalle Engineer” in the search system).
  • They are coming back in stages It is also offered to undergraduates who wish to change their major in February and March.
    The application will be made online by January 31 and the selection will be made on file.
  • Concurrent admissions with bac+2 or bac+3
    But integrated preparation is not the only gateway to an engineering course.
    You can also join this course in 3rd or 4th year by parallel enrollment after BTS in applied geology, ATS preparation, BUT, university degree in geosciences or preparation class for Grandes Ecoles BCPST, PM, PC, PSI. , MPI, PT, TB (through the Ingéni’up competition)
    In the 2nd year of the engineering cycle, 40% of students come from parallel admission.

Also BA in Geology and Environment

Graduation campaign
Graduation campaign

Promotion of an undergraduate on a “field” trip

UniLaSalle also offers the Geosciences sector of the Institut Polytechnique, in addition to an engineering course that gives students an engineering diploma at the bac+5 level and a master’s degree. a three-year post-baccalaureate course leading to a bachelor’s degree in earth sciences and environment.

Elsa Ottavi says: “The opportunities are the same as for engineers, but at a technical level. Students do a lot learning data collection, drilling techniques, soil analysis, prospecting. And 100% job integration rate upon leaving work“.

It is this practical side that seduces Luiz: “I chose this 3-year bachelor’s degree because the training is directly related to manipulating different machines (geophysics, geotechnics, etc.), field experiences (cartography, geology, geomorphology, etc.) and company excursions. It is more specific than the first year.”

Video presentation of the undergraduate course

UniLaSalle Polytechnic Institute

The result of the merger of five engineering schools, UniLaSalle Polytechnic Institute It offers several engineering courses (over 2+3 years) at its Rennes, Rouen and Beauvais campuses: Agronomy and agro-industry, Food and Health, Environmental Engineering, Geological Sciences and Environment, Energy Engineering and Digital Systems.

UniLasalle, a private higher education institution, innovated by opening a veterinary school in 2022 and offering a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

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