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Earth Sciences specialization

The earth science specialization trains engineers in geophysics, geotechnology and hydrosciences.

Graduates are qualified in soil exploration and development for the sustainable use of soil resources. These multi-skilled engineers can direct studies, building sites and research and development projects in various domains ranging from building and public works to energy, from civil engineering to the environment.

This specialization is a solid scientific course concerning the analysis of the nature (physical, petrophysical, mechanic) of subsoil to be built upon, and hydrogeology. It leads to work related to foundations and construction works, energy and water resources, natural disaster prevention and the diagnosis of soil and groundwater pollution. These areas of study are covered in greater detail in the last year with a choice between two options – geophysics and geotechnology or hydrosciences.

The course is highly practical and teaches mastery of essential software.

Foreign exchanges and internships are encouraged, as companies in this sector are often international.


Geophysics, civil engineering, hydrogeology, natural risks, geomechanics, hydroscience, subsoil, energy, petrol


Further studies
PhD in a laboratory or within the framework of an industrial contract through research (CIFRE – Research agreement with industry), specialist school, (School of petroleum and motors, IFP – Institut Français du Pétrole etc.), master’s degree specializing in management.

Earth science graduates occupy positions as research engineers, construction site engineers and research and development engineers in the following sectors: civil engineering, building and public works, foundations, mineral resource, petroleum, natural disasters, geoscience, water resources, the environment, etc.



  • Geology (including fieldwork)
  • Mathematics and numerical algorithms
  • Continuum and solid mechanics
  • Strenght of materials
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Chemical process
  • 4 week internship


  • Geology for engineers (including fieldwork)
  • Soil and rock mechanics
  • Geophysical prospecting (including fieldwork)
  • Data processing and computer science    
  • Concrete
  • 8 week internship


  • Engineering geology, hydrogeology, borehole logging, geothermal
  • Final internship (20 – 24 weeks) with a dissertation and its defence
  • Two specialization options:
  • 1) Geophysics-Geotechnics : Foundations, structures, modeling
  • 2) Hydrosciences : Bio-geo-chemistry, hydrology, environmental risks
Person responsible

Administrative coordinator

Polytech'Paris UPMC
Spécialité sciences de la Terre
Bâtiment Esclangon
3e étage, porte 333
4, place Jussieu
75252 Paris Cedex 05

phone number (33)

e-mail address : st-polytech@upmc.fr
Person responsible for the schooling department
Mornet Angela

More information

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