About the Programme
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Geosciences (AGEO) at GUtech is customised to the requirements of Oman and the wider region, building on the expertise of RWTH Aachen University in Germany. The Bachelor programme focuses on three areas of key importance to the region’s present and future: energy, water, and mineral resources. In addition to providing a rigorous education with high standards, GUtech places strong emphasis on the future employability of its graduates. For this reason, many courses in the programme are presented in cooperation with local and international industry partners. Soft skills, such as communication, teamwork and presentation skills, are integrated throughout the curriculum. From their first day at GUtech students are encouraged to think critically and act responsibly and our professors assist them in developing these competences accordingly.
Geoscientists pursue exciting careers worldwide. A large demand exists in Oman and the Gulf region for qualified professionals in the field of exploration and production of natural resources, such as oil, gas, minerals, and building materials. Many geoscientists are also employed in the field of water supply and management. Others investigate natural hazards such as floods, or the causes of climate change. Building construction such as tunnels, bridges, or dams typically requires the expertise of geoscientists. Furthermore, in the fast-growing tourism industry, geoscientists may provide specific knowledge on Oman’s geological heritage.
Opportunities for further studies
GUtech BSc graduates with a high GPA and good performance in the various geoscience subjects have a very good chance in succeeding in an international university environment in Europe (e.g. UK, Switzerland, and Germany), the US or Australia.
Many of the AGEO graduates have received scholarships for further studies and were accepted by famous universities worldwide. Others have found excellent opportunities for employment in their field of interest.
Further studies could include Petroleum Geosciences and Engineering, Geophysics and Hydrology.
Skills and attributes gained on graduation
- Interdisciplinary thinking – the ability to think across a wide range of content areas.
- Accessing, evaluating and synthesising information -the ability to decide what information is important, where to find it, evaluate and synthesise information from a range of sources.
- Method and problem-solving orientation – the ability to solve problems through exercises.
Practical experience – the ability to use state-of-the-art, complex equipment and software for geoscientific investigations, especially in petroleum geoscience and hydrogeological fields.
- Research experience – experience acquired in basic geoscientific research and industrial projects.
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Geosciences at GUtech is an eight semester (four year) programme. The first three semesters introduce the fundamentals of the study programme in mathematics, natural sciences, and geosciences. The last five semesters focus on key areas of applied geosciences required for a solid grounding in this field, with an introduction to Petroleum Geosciences, Economic Geology, and Hydrogeology.
The programme is taught in English and includes written and oral tests, seminar papers, and a Bachelor’s thesis. Students will also be expected to develop basic communication skills in German. The majority of the courses, including field-based training, are offered in Oman and are taught by GUtech faculty staff based in Muscat. In addition, there are visiting professors from RWTH Aachen University who teach special courses.
|Type of Certificate||Does this apply to you?||You will be admitted to:|
|Omani General Education Diploma (GED)||Pass in General Education Diploma with|
‘D’ in pure mathematics; and
‘D’ in either physics or chemistry; and
‘C’ in English – (A) or (B) or Skills.
|Academic Foundation Programme|
|Indian Certificate||Pass in: – Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) with an average below 70%, or – Indian State Board Examinations with an average below 70%, or – High School Certificate (12 years of schooling). AND Pass in mathematics at grade 10. AND Pass in either physics or chemistry at grade 10.||Academic Foundation Programme|
|Indian Certificate||Pass in CBSE or Indian State Board Examinations with an average of 70% or above, AND Pass in mathematics at grade 11, with at least 70%. AND Pass in both physics and chemistry at grade 10.||Bachelor Programme|
|GCE Certificate (AS and A-level)||Pass in 4 subjects at AS-level and 2 subjects at A-level,|
Pass in mathematics at GCSE level,
Pass in either physics or chemistry at GCSE Level.
|Academic Foundation Programme|
|GCE Certificate (AS and A-level)||In addition to the above:|
Pass in mathematics at AS-level, with at least ‘C’,
Pass in both physics and chemistry at GCSE Level, with at least ‘C’.
|International Baccalaureate||IB Certificate or Diploma, but not fulfilling the requirements for direct entry into BSc.||Academic Foundation Programme|
|International Baccalaureate||Pass in IB diploma or certificate, with at least 24 points,|
At least (3) points in any type of mathematics at HL or (4) points in any type of mathematics at SL, but not mathematical studies.
Pass in both physics and chemistry at grade 10 level.
Recommended Study Plan
|1||Mathematics for Earth Scientists I|
Chemistry for Earth Scientists
Rocks and Minerals
Geological Mapping I
Geological Field Work
Applied Geosciences (Seminar)
Language and Cultural Skills I
Physics for Earth Scientists
Geological Mapping II
Language and Cultural Skills II
Geological Field Methods
Language and Cultural Skills III
Geodynamics and Tectonics
Introduction to Mineral Resources
Introduction to Petroleum Geology
Scientific Reading and Writing
Language and Cultural Skills IV
|5||Mathematics for Earth Scientists II|
Geology of Oman
Introduction to GIS
Remote Sensing and Image Analysis
Quantitative Field Methods
|6||Communication and Presentation|
Language and Cultural Skills V
Petrophysics and Log Evaluation
Applied Structural Geology
Geomechanics in Engineering Geology
|8||Hydrogeological and Geophysical Field Methods|
Bachelor Thesis + Colloquium