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Faculty of Natural Sciences
Education profile: General academic
Majors offered with the programme:
The graduates have skills in forecasting, programming, designing and planning changes in natural and socio-economic environment. Moreover, students of geography get to know and understand the specificity of human-environment relations in the areas of strong anthropopressure and are prepared to solve difficult environmental problems in mining, industrial and highly urbanized areas.
The curriculum of the 2nd cycle studies includes geography and the related subjects closely connected with the chosen major:
The major of Social and Economic Geography and Spatial Management provides students with knowledge and skills in the protection of specific values of space, as well as shaping it in such a way that the resulting new system could be more effective and functional, and at the same time could implement a specific social, economic, environmental and spatial policies. Location of the centre in such a specific area as the Silesia Province and the Katowice conurbation is reflected in the focus of the major on regional issues, including those related to urbanisation and metropolisation, restructuring and revitalization, as well as environmental issues.
The major covers the issues related to demographic and population processes, revitalization and spatial management, real estate and labour market issues, functioning and management of local government units, especially in the spatial and infrastructural dimensions. Education also includes modern research methods using GIS tools, 3D scanners and drones allowing surface mapping.
The aim of the major of Reconstruction of Geographic Environment is to educate specialists in rational management of the environment, competent in cognition, understanding and interpretation of the principles of functioning of the natural environment in space and time. The graduates study interdependencies between the elements of natural environment and human activity, evaluate their present condition, analyse conditions and tendencies of changes and predict future states and their consequences. They know and understand the relations in the nature-man system and are able to use their knowledge for the needs of comprehensive spatial management. They are prepared to solve difficult environmental problems in mining, industrial and highly urbanized areas. Education is focused on independent problem solving as well as teamwork and the use of knowledge from different fields of science. During studies as the part of this major, students acquire knowledge in the field of forecasting changes in the environment under the influence of human economic activity (an essential skill in all types of urban planning works), geodesy and cartography, including the preparation of thematic maps, hydrological, topoclimatic, and geomorphological expertise, as well as annexes to soil-agricultural maps, maps of environmental transformations, physiographic studies and others.
Students of the major of Climatology gain knowledge about processes, mechanisms and regularities occurring in the atmosphere. They are acquainted with relations between the atmosphere and other components of geographic environment and gain knowledge on the impact of atmospheric processes on the functioning of society. They acquire skills of conducting environmental impact assessment in terms of climate, conducting meteorological measurements and observations, interpreting synoptic maps and methods for processing climatological data for various purposes, satellite images, radar images and working with synoptic messages. In addition, they learn about spatial variations and changes in the climate of Poland, Europe and the world. They gain knowledge about global warming and meteorological extreme phenomena (floods, droughts, strong winds, violent storms, hailstorms, etc.) occurring in nature and their impact on human life and economic activity. They also acquire information about the climate of the city, including the causes and effects of air pollution concentrations. They also learn to use computer applications (EXCEL, STATISTICA, SURFER, ArcGis, etc.) that are useful not only in climatology.
Students of the major of Hydrology and Water Management gain specialized knowledge of processes occurring in the hydrosphere as well as mechanisms and principles of water management on a local, regional and supra-regional scale. They acquire detailed information on hydrological processes characteristic of watercourses (rivers, streams, brooks, ditches, canals), groundwater, springs, lakes, swamplands, glaciers, seas and oceans. An important aspect of education is related to a current knowledge of water balance structure of different territorial units, including river basins of main Polish, European and world rivers. The education is focused on the possibilities of water use, especially on the functioning of water management (e.g. water supply, sewage disposal, protection against floods and droughts, quantitative and qualitative changes of water relations, protection of water resources). In addition to the global dimension of hydrological problems, some classes are related to the specific regional problems of the Silesia Province and the Katowice conurbation. They concern first of all quantitative and qualitative changes of water in urbanized areas, as well as the ways of counteracting degradation of water ecosystems, e.g. renaturalisation of rivers, rehabilitation of lakes and water reservoirs, protection of surface waters and groundwaters, and preparation of a retention basin.
The major of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Applications of Geodesy is designed for students who want to develop their geographic knowledge based on skills of working in the GIS environment. Currently, all data that we use on a daily basis have their spatial reference. Therefore, the ability to analyse and work with spatial data constitutes an indispensable set of skills for a modern educated geographer. Education covers the basics of working in the typical GIS software, as well as free tools of OpenSource type, teaches how to use databases, mobile geoinformation systems (GPS, GPRS, etc.) and shows the wide possibilities of working in the web (WebGIS), as well as the use of geomorphometry and digital remote sensing in environmental studies.
The major of Exploration of Polar and Mountain Regions is created for geography lovers susceptible to “polar fever” and “mountain addiction”. We offer classes that enable students to gain a) knowledge about components and functioning of the environment of mountain and polar regions, their influence on socio-economic processes and impact on neighbouring regions, b) skills to use modern methods of field research (e.g. geodetic, geophysical, geomorphological), obtaining and processing measurement data and remote sensing materials, as well as their integration and interpretation with the use of geographic information systems (GIS), c) competence in the effective and safe preparation and exploration of polar and mountain regions for research, tourism and entrepreneurship.
We support the discovery of mountain regions, including those which are very remote ones located in the Arctic and Antarctic, inviting you to participate in national and international research projects and to cooperate with the International Centre for Polar Studies, which we have created together with the Institute of Geophysics and the Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
The Teacher Training Programme is dedicated to students who want to become qualified to work as geography teachers in all types of schools. The students are offered classes that not only broaden their knowledge of geography but also prepare them to use it creatively in education. An important element of this major is preparation to use in future work the geoinformation technologies and tools, GIS applications, teaching methods and forms of classes recommended by the new curriculum of geography (e.g. educational project, strategy of anticipatory education, observation and field research).
The condition to start the teacher training programme is graduation from the teacher training programme in geography at the 1st cycle studies, in which the student is prepared substantively and methodically to teach two subjects in elementary school, i.e. nature and geography.
The major of Landscape Change Monitoring is related to the increasing demand for rational management of landscape resources. In response to the new landscape policy, the major was created to educate specialists in landscape shaping and monitoring. This major provides graduates with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills required on the job market. The graduates acquire skills in identifying and evaluating current landscapes, recording and mapping their changes, historical and physiognomic analysis, and preparing short- and long-term landscape forecasts based on modern GIS tools. Education facilities include a landscape station, which is the first of its kind in Poland, and a landscape laboratory equipped with modern hardware and software to conduct analyses using GIS methods.
Professional perspectives for graduates of the major of Social and Economic Geography and Spatial Management.
The graduates are competent to work in local governments at all levels, in clerical positions related to planning and spatial management, as well as in other related fields of municipal management and economy. The acquired knowledge enables the graduates to work at the positions that require creativity and the search for individual solutions. This applies to the fields of development programming, organization of strategic activities and preparation of a number of documents such as communal revitalization programme, local spatial development plan, the study of conditions and directions of spatial development, development strategies, organization of urban and regional investments. The graduates may find employment in private business entities cooperating with the state sector. This includes planning offices, consulting firms, social research laboratories, etc. The graduates acquire competence to set up their own businesses.
Professional perspectives of graduates of Climatology
The graduates can be employed in research institutions related to meteorological services, institutions related to the use of natural energy resources, atmospheric and natural environment monitoring services, state and local administration, laboratories and stations for the study and protection of the natural environment, institutions producing and analysing monitoring data, crisis centres, schools, universities or research centres.
Graduates of the major of Reconstruction of Geographic Environment
The major prepares the graduates to work in state and private companies that are involved in planning environmental projects, mainly in the areas threatened by floods or landslides. The subjects allow the graduates to apply a wide range of methods for reconstructing the environment and prepare them to manage environmental projects. The students will also become familiar with the legal bases of environmental investment planning. As part of the major, we offer participation in national and international research projects carried out by our academics. There is a possibility of receiving credentials for future employers. The graduates have knowledge, skills and social competence required for employment in various levels of state and local administration as well as in production or service institutions, in government and local administration at various levels (e.g. in environmental protection departments) and in crisis management. They are also prepared to run their own business in the field of preparing elaborations and expert opinions. They can also conduct independent scientific research and design work.
Professional perspectives for the graduates of the major of Hydrology and Water Management.
The graduates of Hydrology and Water Management have knowledge, skills and social competence required for employment in the institutions at various levels of state and local administration as well as production and service companies. They are professionally prepared to perform functions and carry out tasks in hydrometeorological service (e.g. Institute of Meteorology and Water Management), institutions managing water and water management (e.g. State Water Holding Polish Waters, National Water Management Authority, Regional Water Management Authorities, Province Boards for Melioration and Water Equipment, Water and Sewage Companies), environmental protection service (e.g. State Inspection of Environmental Protection), administration of protected areas (e.g. national and landscape parks), governmental and self-governmental administrations at various levels (e.g. environmental protection departments, planning and development departments, municipal economy departments), e.g. as experts in the construction of important facilities which are exposed to extreme hydrological phenomena, and in international companies as advisors on hydrological conditions of individual countries. The graduates are also prepared to run their own business in the field of preparation of elaborations and expertise in hydrology and water management (e.g. water law survey, expert opinions, maps and plans) and the widely understood use of water (e.g. water purification, hydropower, breeding of fish and other aquatic organisms, sewage purification, extraction of raw materials, water transport, tourism and recreation).
Professional perspectives for the graduates of Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Applications of Geodesy.
The graduates can find employment in geodesic and cartographic offices, statistical offices, architecture and spatial planning departments, crisis management centres and environmental management departments of all levels of government, and in any other places where spatial information is used. The graduates are also prepared to run their own businesses in the field of mapping, geodetic measurements, and provide services including preparing elaborations and expertise in the field of environmental protection.
Professional perspectives for the graduates of Exploration of Polar and Mountain Regions.
The graduates can work in the institutions involved in the protection, shaping, monitoring and evaluation of the state of the natural environment, especially in mountain and polar areas, government and local government offices, in the units dealing with the management of geographical space, especially in mountain and polar areas, tourism offices and organizations, in the units involved in regional development of tourism and in institutions focused on the organization and service of polar and mountain expeditions.
The graduates of the Teacher Training Programme are able to analyse natural, economic and social phenomena and processes on different spatial scales (global, regional and local). The graduates have the ability to comprehensively assess the human environment. The graduates are also prepared to work in education to perform the profession of a teacher of geography and nature in elementary school and of a teacher of geography in secondary school in accordance with the current standard of education preparing for the teaching profession (Regulation of the Minister of Science and Higher Education of 25th July 2019 on the standard of education preparing for the teaching profession). Professional perspectives: geography teacher in all types of schools, teacher of nature in elementary school. The graduates are often leaders of school subject teams and hold managerial positions at schools. Many graduates are also examiners in the Matura Examination in geography.
The interdisciplinary approach and diversified curriculum ensure that the graduate of the Landscape Change Monitoring is prepared to work as a specialist in spatial planning offices, local government units, in units involved in landscape management, spatial planning or landscape education, as well as in private enterprises of a similar profile. Special attention will be paid to the preparation of landscape audits and elaborations prepared for the purposes of conservation plans in landscape or national parks. The graduates will also be educated to prepare and implement projects aimed at protecting the landscape and its resources.
The candidates with a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Engineer’s degree diploma in the field of geography or related disciplines may apply for admission.
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, created on the basis of the average grade.
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.
Tuition fees in academic year: 2022/2023
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Faculty of Natural Sciencesul. Będzińska 60
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International Admissions OfficeBankowa 12, room 76