Applied Geology is focused on the application of hydrogeological, engineering-geological and geophysical methods in solving practical problems and research related to the geological environment. It deals with the search and exploitation of water resources, mineral resources, and geothermal energy, the survey related to the storage of radioactive waste and geological storage of CO2. Methods of Applied Geology are also used in the analysis of geological and environmental factors and risks assessment. Some of those factors are associated with global climate change. Typical tasks include the stabilization of landslides and other slope movements, floods, quality and quantity of drinking water, radon risk, seismicity, etc.
Graduates of Applied Geology are suited to various senior positions in private companies, government, and research. Their particular specialization is primarily the exploration of underground water resources, optimization of their use and their protection, the design and implementation of remediation of contaminated sites, survey and monitoring work for the safety of complex constructions (tunnels, dams, highway and rail bodies, reservoirs and underground storages), foundation of structures, slope stability assessment and remediation of landslides, impact assessment and environmental monitoring, detection of composition of the geological environment and search for its inhomogeneities, prospecting for raw materials (such as hydrocarbons, uranium, etc.). Interest in graduate fields of applied geology long exceeds their numbers.
Geology is dealing with processes in the Earth's interior, formation and evolution of rocks and their interactions with other spheres of the planet Earth. The students are formed in scientific work focused on the detailed knowledge of the rock environments, their geological composition, and interactions with the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere including processes leading to migration of substances in these environments. In this study program, the following specializations are available: basic geology, paleontology, geochemistry, environmental geology, mineralogy and crystallography, the geology of mineral resources, petrology, and structural geology. Theses specializations correspond to current trends in the research and the teaching is carried out by experienced university teachers and external specialists. The individual departments are well equipped with modern analytical instruments and are available to students during their work on diploma theses. The supervisors of diploma theses are mainly teachers from Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, but also specialists from other geoscience institutions in the Czech Republic. Because of the cooperations with a number of important research institutions in the Czech Republic and abroad, students are involved in fundamental and applied science in the field of geology and environmental sciences.
The graduates have a broad knowledge of geology, basic knowledge of engineering geology, hydrogeology, applied geophysics. They completed courses in geology, paleontology, hydrogeology, mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry and economic geology which authorize them, according to the Act 62/1998 Coll., to carry out geological works, basic and applied scientific research and development in Earth sciences. They are able to analyze rock environment, its structure, physical and chemical parameters and to study processes of migration and interaction of substances between rocks, atmosphere, and hydrosphere.
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Last updated November 7, 2018