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In the first-cycle of studies at the Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection the Department gives courses which provide fundamental knowledge necessary to continue the studies devoted to Earth Sciences. These are mainly: Chemistry, Mineralogy, Petrography, Geochemistry and Methods of mineral and rock analysis.

In the second-cycle of studies the Department teaches in the field of 3 different specializations: (i) Applied Mineralogy and Gemology, (ii) Minerals Engineering, and (iii) Environmental Assessment.

A student of the Applied Mineralogy and Gemology specialization is offered to acquire both general knowledge and practical skills related to Earth sciences, modern analytical techniques and technology as well as prospecting and management of mineral resources. It is attained thanks to a wide spectrum of basic and advanced courses, including mineralogy, geochemistry, petrology, solid state chemistry, crystallography and crystal chemistry, geochronology, gemology and many others. A student is taught how minerals and mineral raw materials are utilized and processed. The problems related to effective and sustainable management of environmental resources and management of wastes and accompanying minerals are also brought up. Moreover, the biochemical, medical, archaeological and cultural heritage-related applications of mineralogical sciences are presented. The examples of deep processing, mining and interpreting of analytical data are presented as well. Therefore, a graduate is thoroughly prepared to take up a job not only related to traditional Earth sciences but also to material science and engineering, environmental engineering, gemology and jewelry, archeology, monument conservation and even to medicine and forensic science.

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Minerals engineering specialization prepares the graduate to start professional work or research in the field of characterization and application of highly processed mineral-based materials, mineral derivatives as well as micro- and nanocomposites. The knowledge gained during various classes makes the graduate ready to work in different fields of technology i.e.: in particular in the mineral, ceramic and chemical industry as well as foundry. The experience also allows the graduate to undertake work connected with environmental protection. After several classes the graduate has the ability to work in laboratories which deal with mineral-based materials and organic derivatives of the minerals. The graduate demonstrates the knowledge regarding application and interpretation of the results obtained using modern analytical techniques dedicated to solid and liquid phase analysis. The knowledge enables the graduate to synthesize and manufacture modern mineral materials.


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A graduate of the Environmental Assessment specialization has a broad knowledge in the scope of atmosphere, water and soil geochemistry, and in particular the knowledge regarding their monitoring and protection. During various courses both natural biogeochemical cycles and pollutants behavior in the environment are discussed and analyzed. The students are familiarized with the basics of mining, industrial and municipal wastes and waste management as well as the protection of mineral deposits. They also posses the knowledge on land use planning, environmental management and legally binding acts related to these issues. These features make the graduate of the specialty a very good candidate for work in any government offices and departments related to environmental protection. The graduate may also apply for the job in laboratories which deal with environmental and industrial issues.

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All the specializations offer courses with a large portion of laboratory classes. This allows the students to practice sampling, preparation and analysis involving a wide spectrum of traditional and modern techniques. These include e.g. optical microscopy, electron microscopy and microanalysis, X-ray diffractometry and X-ray fluorescence, UV-vis spectroscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy, infrared absorption spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and various gemological techniques.