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Bachelor of Science (Earth and Ocean Sciences)
The great societal challenges of this century - and many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals - are directly related to earth and ocean science: increasing vulnerability to geological hazards (floods and earthquakes); increasing need for renewable energy to replace oil and gas and to capture and store anthropogenic carbon; increasing demand for rare minerals and metals to support modern technology; and increasing need to sustainably manage all water resources as our climate changes. How do we rise to these challenges and how can we plan against their impacts? EOS is perfectly placed to train you as a geoscientist equipped with the academic, technical and field skills required to better understand both the complex processes of planet Earth and our interactions with them.
At the University of Galway we offer an approach to Earth and Ocean Sciences that is unique in Ireland. Our staff experience and skills cover a wide range of disciplines such as mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, hydrogeology, physical and chemical oceanography, marine biogeochemistry, palaeobiology and sedimentology. Whether we are studying earthquakes, plate tectonics, volcanoes, ocean productivity, ocean currents, mass extinctions, climate change, energy, or environmental pollution, the most productive insights into these phenomena often arise from interactions amongst the different disciplines.
Applications and Selections
Who Teaches this Course
This course is taught by academic staff from Earth and Ocean Sciences. Optional modules are available across the College and from other Colleges.
Details of staff and contact information is available on the Earth and Ocean Sciences webpage here.
Requirements and Assessment
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Next start date
A Level Grades (2023)
QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes
Mode of study
• Plus one of the following:
· Mathematical Studies
· Applied Mathematics
• The Earth: From Core to Crust
• Introduction to Field Skills
• Introduction to Ocean Science
• Plus one pathway from the following:
· Applied Mathematics
· Botany and Plant Science
· Chemistry · Mathematical Studies
· Physics and Applied Physics
· Plant and AgriBiosciences
• Plus electives from a range of science modules
• Field Skills Training
• Ocean Dynamics
• Aquatic Geochemistry
• Introduction to Applied Field Hydrology
• Sediments and the Sedimentary Record
• Geological Structures and Maps
• The Crystalline Crust
• Palaeontology and Evolution
• Environmental and Marine Geophysical Remote Sensing
• Minerals and Rocks under the Microscope
• Plus electives from a range of science modules
•Final Year Project
• Advanced Fieldskills
• Global Change
• Earth and Ocean Science (EOS) advanced modules
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Optional MP180: Applied Mathematics - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MA180: Mathematics (Honours) - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MA161: Mathematical Studies - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required BO101: Biology - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required PH101: Physics - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required CH130: Chemistry: The World of the Molecule - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Year 2 (60 Credits)Optional BO202: Evolution and the Tree of Life - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MA215: Mathematical Molecular Biology I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MA211: Calculus I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MA284: Discrete Mathematics - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MP231: Mathematical Methods I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MP236: Mechanics I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional CH203: Physical Chemistry - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional CH204: Inorganic Chemistry - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional BPS202: Fundamentals in Aquatic Plant Science - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional BO201: Molecular and Cellular Biology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MI202: Laboratory Skills in Microbiology I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional BO2101: Scientific Writing Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional GR224: Beginner's German for Science - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional GR252: German - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional GR353: German - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MA2286: Differential Forms - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional LN2210: Scileanna Gaeilge don Eolaíocht 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional PH2102: Physics Laboratory and Problem Solving I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional ST2001: Statistics for Data Science 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional PH2105: Mechanics and Thermodynamics - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required EOS213: Introduction to Ocean Science - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MA212: Calculus II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional ZO209: Vertebrate Zoology - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MA203: Linear Algebra - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MA216: Mathematical Molecular Biology II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MA283: Linear Algebra - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional ZO208: Invertebrate Biology - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MP232: Mathematical Methods II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional FR252: French - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MP237: Mechanics II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional CH202: Organic Chemistry - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional CH205: Analytical & Environmental Chemistry - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional BPS203: Plant Diversity, Physiology & Adaptation - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MI203: Laboratory Skills in Microbiology II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MI204: Microbes and the Environment - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MA2287: Complex Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional PAB2101: AgriBiosciences - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional LN2211: Scileanna Gaeilge don Eolaíocht 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional PH2104: Physics Laboratory and Problem Solving II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional ST2002: Statistics for Data Science 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional PH2106: Atomic Physics & Electromagnetism - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MA2111: Anailís - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required EOS2101: Introduction to Fieldskills - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required EOS2102: The Earth: From Core to Crust - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Postgraduate research opportunities in the field of Earth and Ocean Sciences leading to MSc and PhD degrees are available within the college, and Earth and Ocean Science are one of the groups that are part of iCRAG (the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre in Applied Geosciences). Research areas currently include characterising ocean health and ecosystems, developing predictive methodologies for use in sustainable agriculture in relation to water management, developing our understanding of how undisturbed peatlands function, exploring Ireland's deep seated groundwater resources, refining our knowledge of Ireland's geological past, and developing new methodologies and approaches to assessing the environmental impacts of microplastics and emerging contaminants.
Why Choose This Course?
Graduates of Earth and Ocean Science are working in government agencies and departments (for example: EPA, Teagasc, Geological Survey Ireland), local authorities and other regulatory sectors; graduates are pursuing research and academic careers in Ireland and overseas; graduates are working in the private sector, in a range of industries and for a range of firms in the energy sector (geothermal, wind energy and other renewal energies), in the extractive industries (quarries and mining, especially in relation to rare earth elements), in conservation, restoration and environmental protection, and in the tourism sector. More than 25,000 are employed in geoscience in Ireland and the sector generates more than Three billion Euro per year for the Irish economy.
Who’s Suited to This Course
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EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy** €140. **Payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here.
What Our Students Say
Bill Wood | BSc (Earth and Ocean Sciences)
I chose NUI Galway because of the great choice of subjects available through my degree. No other university offers such flexibility for students in this subject area. This becomes increasingly important as you develop during your third level education. There is great interaction between staff and students at University of Galway. I would definitely encourage those with an interest in science or natural sciences to pursue this course. The standard of education offered here is of the highest quality.