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Study catalog

Basic information

Language of instruction

Polish

Duration

3 years

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Sosnowiec

Education profile: General academic

ECTS guidebook

Description

Programme overview:

During the 1st cycle studies in Geology you will gain broad knowledge in the field of Earth sciences. The duration of studies is 6 semesters, ending with the BSc degree. You can continue your education at four-semester Master’s degree studies. The studies will enable you to take up work in job positions that require general knowledge and geological skills in the economic sector and geological administration. After completing the 2nd and 3rd cycle studies you can also develop your scientific career.

What makes us stand out?

  • interesting studies with several options to specialise in e.g. paleontology, geochemistry, new and traditional energy sources, computer techniques in geology,
  • small course groups, easy access to modern laboratory and measurement devices, direct academic tutoring that fosters the master-apprentice relationships,
  • attractive field classes - not only education, but also an opportunity to get to know unique places,
  • opportunity to use the only Polish and European Overhead Mobile Laboratory placed in the basket of a manned hot-air balloon (ULKA) for research on atmospheric pollution,
  • International Centre for Polar Studies which enables research in the polar regions,
  • Silesian Water Centre which deals with water in a complex manner,
  • possibility to participate in student exchange programmes: Erasmus, Most, CEEPUS,
  • possibility to continue education at the 2nd cycle studies (Master’s degree studies), and for science lovers – at the 3rd cycle studies in two doctoral schools (including the International Environmental Doctoral School associated with the Centre for Polar Studies),
  • high recognition of graduates in the labour market.

What will you learn?

  • what geological processes occur on Earth, what factors shape the lithosphere, how and in what conditions rocks are formed, what the spatial diversity of earth’s crust is like and where it comes from, what the origin of mineral deposits is and how they are searched for, how geological maps and other 3D models are created,
  • how fascinating the world of minerals is, including the ones used in jewellery, how to recognise rocks and how they can be used,
  • you will find out that the environment is also geology, chemical elements circulate in nature, and chemistry is neither difficult nor boring,
  • what benefits we get from the Earth, that water on Earth circulates, and a builder must also be familiar with geology and what methods we can use to examine it all,
  • that computer is a useful tool in Earth Sciences.

You will know how to...

  • name, distinguish and explain geological processes, identify and describe geological structures (including young glacial structures), perform geological measurements, as well as create geological, hydrogeological, deposit and other maps,
  • identify minerals and rocks in macro scale and under microscope, define their features and suitability for use in industry,
  • determine the age of geological formations and events based on fossils, dusts and knowledge of the geological history of the Earth,
  • trace chemical transformations in the environment, circulation of chemical elements and matter, determine the impact of pollution on the chemical composition and functioning of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere,
  • work with state-of-the-art equipment, software for interpretation and databases used in geology,
  • take decisions related to the management of water resources, minerals and energy, including energy from renewable sources,
  • work in international research teams thanks to knowledge of foreign language and social competencies.

What about your future?

Our graduates work in:

  • institutions specialised in financing, administering and managing geological activities, mining activities, environmental protection, water management, energetics (WFOŚiGW, PGW - Polskie Wody as well as in district, provincial and mining authorities),
  • geological authorities in Poland and around the world (Great Britain, Australia, Denmark),
  • municipal services (water supply, waste management, sewage treatment), laboratories,
  • companies related to environmental protection (preparing EIA reports, designing solutions and devices for supporting environmental protection, law offices),
  • universities and research institutions in Poland and around the world, consulting and expert companies,
  • mining industry (deep and open cast mines of energy resources, metal ores, rock and chemical raw materials); energy, chemical and steel industry, construction (especially road and hydro-engineering, exploration companies in Poland and around the world.

They are willing to share their knowledge and experience with their young fellow students, because the joint experience of studying in “Żyleta” (the tallest academic building in Poland) connects people, not only professionally.

Admissions criteria for candidates with "new" Polish maturity exam (issued after 2005)

Passing the Matura exam is the basic formal requirement.

Admission to studies: based on the submission of required documents submitted by the candidate (upon prior registration in Online Application System).

In the case when the number of candidates exceeds the limit of places, admission is decided by means of the ranking list, based on secondary school-leaving grades, in line with the below rules.

For candidates with NEW MATURA EXAM:

Admission is based on secondary school diploma grades. Admission to studies is based on the results of the written part of Matura exam in the below subjects: geography, biology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, civic knowledge.

Two subjects (A and B) with the highest percentage result of the Matura exam are selected among them (*).

In the case when the secondary school-leaving certificate contains a result in only one subject, the candidate receives 0 points in the second subject.

Subject A

Subject B

(basic or advanced level)*
 

(basic or advanced level)*
 

Weight: 50%

Weight: 50%

Table 1

)* - basic level result multiplied x 0.5;

)* - advanced level result multiplied x 1.

Method of calculating points:

W = 0,5 (A* + B*)

where:

W – candidate’s final result;

A – result in subject A;

A – result in subject B;

The more favourable result for the candidate is taken into consideration. The sum of points obtained in the subjects listed in Table 1 decides about the place in the ranking. The individuals with the highest number of points will be admitted to studies until the limit of places has been filled.

A study candidate is obliged to submit a relevant medical certificate confirming the lack of medical contraindications to take up studies in this degree programme.

Admissions criteria for candidates with "old" Polish maturity exam (issued before 2005)

For candidates with OLD MATURA EXAM:

Secondary school-leaving certificate grades will be converted to points according to Table 2. Further admission process will be carried out as for the candidates with the new Matura exam. The Matura exam subjects will be regarded as taken at the advanced level.

Table 2

Matura exam until 1991

Matura exam after 1991

 

6 — 100 %

5 — 100 %

5 — 80 %

4 — 70 %

4 — 75 %

3 — 30 %

3 — 50 %

 

2 — 30 %

A study candidate is obliged to submit a relevant medical certificate confirming the lack of medical contraindications to take up studies in this degree programme.

International Baccalaureate

  • The candidate who obtained the International Baccalaureate diploma, issued by the International Baccalaureat Organization based in Geneva, are subject to the same admission rules as holders of “new” Polish maturity exam. The results on the diploma of International Baccalaureate are calculated according to the following indicators:

IB Diploma

Standard level

Higher level

7

100%

100%

6

86%

85,71%

5

72%

71,43%

4

58%

57,14%

3

44%

42,86%

2

30%

28,57%

1

0%

14,29%

In case the candidate does not submit the International Baccalaureate diploma, for the sake of qualification, the candidate is obliged to submit the certificate about the IB result issued by the appropriate institution and present the IB diploma immediately after its reception.

NOTE: If the admissions criteria for the programme assume additional entrance exams for the holders of “new” Polish maturity exams, the following factors are concerned during the qualification: result from IB diploma calculated according to the scale above and the results of the additional entrance exam.

European Baccalaureate

The candidate who obtained the European Baccalaureate diploma, issued by European Schools in accordance to the Luxemburg Convention of 21 June 1994 about the European School status, are subject to the same admission rules as holders of “new” Polish maturity exam. The results on the diploma of European Baccalaureate are treated as results of the extended “new” Polish maturity exams and are calculated according to the following indicators:

EB exam

“new” Polish maturity exam

9,00 ÷ 10,00

100%

8,00 ÷ 8,95

90%

7,00 ÷ 7,95

75%

6,00 ÷ 6,95

60%

5,00 ÷ 5,95

45%

4,00 ÷ 4,95

30%

In case the candidate does not submit the European Baccalaureate diploma, for the sake of qualification, the candidate is obliged to submit the certificate about the EB result issued by the appropriate institution and present the EB diploma immediately after its reception.

NOTE: If the admissions criteria for the programme assume additional entrance exams for the holders of “new” Polish maturity exams, the following factors are concerned during the qualification: result from EB diploma calculated according to the scale above and the results of the additional entrance exam.

Secondary education certificate, or equivalent, obtained outside of Poland

The candidate who has obtained the secondary school graduation certificate (or another document) issued outside Poland may apply for studies. The document has to entitle the holder to undertaking Bachelor studies in the country in which the document was issued.

For candidates which are Polish citizens or apply for studies on the same rules as Polish citizens, the admission procedures defined in the programme’s description apply.

Foreign candidates applying for studies on other basis (tuition-paying, tuition-free, scholarships) are accepted for studies under regulations other than noted in the admission criteria. 

If programme’s admission criteria require mark in Polish language :
The candidates applying as Polish citizens or on the same rules as Polish, which finished secondary education outside Poland, will have the mark of that country’s language taken into account instead of Polish language mark.

In the case of candidates who have a secondary school-leaving certificate or other document authorising them to take up 1st cycle studies or long-cycle studies issued abroad, the grades in the document authorising them to take up studies in the country of document issue are taken into consideration. Additionally, WKR may take into consideration the grades in external exams in the countries where such exams are conducted, e.g.: result of CT exam in the case of Belarus, result of EGE exam in the case of Russia, and result of ZNO exam in the case of Ukraine. The results of these exams shall be regarded as equivalent to Polish advanced Matura exam.

Note: If programme’s admission criteria under “new” Polish maturity exam include additional entrance exams the results of BOTH entrance exam and secondary school graduation certificate are considered.

Exceptions from admission procedures

Nazwa olimpiady / konkursu Tytuł uprawniający do ulgi Limit miejsc Uwagi
Ogólnopolski Konkurs "Fizyka się Liczy" laureat 2
Ogólnopolski Konkurs Chemiczny laureat 2
Konkurs "Olimpiada Wiedzy o Górnym Śląsku" laureat 3
Ogólnopolski Konkurs Wiedzy Geologicznej laureat 4
Konkurs Wiedzy Technicznej laureat 2
Olimpiada Astronomiczna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Biologiczna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Chemiczna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Wiedzy Ekologicznej laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Fizyczna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Geograficzna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Informatyczna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Matematyczna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Wiedzy Geodezyjnej i Kartograficznej laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Wiedzy Górniczej „O Złotą Lampkę” laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Wiedzy o Prawach Człowieka w Świecie Współczesnym laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Wiedzy o Polsce i Świecie Współczesnym laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Wiedzy o Społeczeństwie laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Wiedzy o Unii Europejskiej laureat lub finalista

Szczegółowa procedura uznania powyższych uprawnień dostępna jest na stronie https://us.edu.pl/kandydat/rekrutacja-na-studia-krok-po-kroku/olimpiady-i-konkursy/

Fees for education

Tuition fees in academic year: 2022/2023

Payment for semester
for Polish citizens and foreigners entitled to education at full-time studies conducted in Polish without paying the tuition fee.

No tuition fees


Payment for semester
for foreigners applying for studies on tuition-paying basis

Tuition paid in full

PLN3,050.00

Tuition paid in 3 installments

  • PLN1,056.00
  • PLN1,056.00
  • PLN1,088.00

Contact

Faculty's contact details

Faculty of Natural Sciences

ul. Będzińska 60
41-200 Sosnowiec
32 368 92 61
32 368 96 79
32 368 96 76
https://us.edu.pl/wydzial/wnp

Contact for foreigners

International Admissions Office

Bankowa 12, room 76
40-007 Katowice, Poland
+48 32 359 22 72
+48 32 359 22 73
admission@us.edu.pl