The environment and its relations with society are at the heart of research and teaching in the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment. This broad subject area is examined through a disciplinary approach (geology, geography) and an interdisciplinary approach (environmental sciences) at the interface of natural, human and social sciences.
Teachers-researchers at the Institute of Earth Sciences and the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics analyse and model historic and recent processes testifying to physical, chemical and biological changes on our planet linked to natural and anthropogenic factors. Teachers-researchers at the Institute of Geography and Durability are interested in the organisation of space, ecological thought, relations between society and the environment, and the sustainability of our ways of life.
Taking into account the complexity, plurality and diversity of geo-environmental challenges, educational programmes at the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment are based on fundamental sciences (mathematics, natural sciences, and human and social sciences) and their reconfiguration, combination and application in the real world. In addition, they find expression in different terrains, including Alpine and urban environments, not only in Switzerland, but also in Europe and elsewhere. After completing a core programme of multidisciplinary courses, students in geosciences and environment can specialise in a number of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields.