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B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology - Geoinformatics

Program details

The B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology with a specialisation in Geoinformatics offered by UPES School of Advanced Engineering is a comprehensive program designed to equip students with a strong foundation in geological sciences along with specialised knowledge in geoinformatics. Geoinformatics is a rapidly evolving field that combines geology, geography, and information technology to analyze and interpret spatial data for effective decision-making.

This undergraduate program integrates theoretical learning with practical applications, ensuring that students gain hands-on experience in utilizing advanced geospatial technologies. The curriculum covers core geology subjects such as mineralogy, petrology, and structural geology, complemented by specialised courses in geoinformatics, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Students are exposed to real-world scenarios where they can apply their knowledge to address geological challenges and make informed decisions.

Furthermore, the program places a strong emphasis on industry-oriented skills, preparing students for careers in sectors such as environmental consulting, natural resource exploration, urban planning, and disaster management. The UPES School of Advanced Engineering ensures that students receive practical training through fieldwork, laboratory exercises, and industry collaborations. Graduates of this program emerge with a solid understanding of geological processes coupled with expertise in geoinformatics, positioning them at the forefront of the geosciences and geospatial technology industries. The B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology with a specialisation in Geoinformatics at UPES thus offers a unique blend of traditional geological knowledge and cutting-edge geospatial technology skills, making graduates well-equipped for the dynamic and evolving demands of the industry.

Program Highlights

  • The B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology (Geoinformatics) program focuses on the integration of geoscience and advanced technology, emphasizing the recent advancements in space and unmanned aerial systems, information technology, and communication technology to address geoscience and engineering challenges.
  • Aligned with major national projects such as Digital India, Smart Cities, and Clean Ganga, the curriculum reflects the real-world relevance of geospatial technology, positioning graduates at the forefront of India's developmental initiatives.
  • The specialisation in Geoinformatics equips students with a robust skill set by combining theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience in software tools such as ArcGIS, ERDAS, Quantum GIS, and SAGA, ensuring they are well-prepared for the demands of the geoinformatics industry.
  • Graduates can explore diverse career paths, including roles as Geotechnical analysts, GIS Programmers/Developers, GIS analysts, database administrators, Remote sensing specialists, and Environmental specialists. The program's emphasis on practical learning enhances employability in consulting and entrepreneurship domains.
  • The B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology (Geoinformatics) program provides a solid foundation for higher studies, enabling students to pursue advanced degrees in geoinformatics or related fields, further enhancing their expertise and career opportunities.
  • With a strong emphasis on geospatial modeling for sustainable resource exploration, environmental management, and disaster response, the program ensures that graduates are equipped to contribute meaningfully to the growing field of geoinformatics with a focus on sustainable practices.

The B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology (Geoinformatics) program offered by UPES School of Advanced Engineering opens diverse career avenues for graduates. With a strong foundation in geology, graduates can seamlessly enter both public and private sectors, excelling in fields such as Mining industries, Hydrocarbon exploration, Subsurface mapping, Remote sensing studies, Natural hazard & Disaster Management, Marine studies, City planning, Geothermal exploration, Geotechnical engineering, medical geology, and horticultural geology. Moreover, they are well-equipped for further studies at esteemed national and international institutions. The program uniquely positions graduates to contribute to recent governmental initiatives, including Digital India, Smart cities, Svamitva Scheme (Drone mapping), Clean Ganga, Swatch Bharat, Jal Shakti Aviyan, Nadi Utsav, and Namami Gange. Geology graduates can also enhance their global employability through higher education or certificate programs, and the current governmental focus on geospatial technologies presents opportunities for consulting and entrepreneurship. Overall, this program empowers graduates to play pivotal roles in addressing Earth and environmental challenges while participating in India's transformative projects.

Career Opportunities

Completion of a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology with a specialisation in Geoinformatics from UPES School of Advanced Engineering opens doors to various career paths. Graduates can pursue master's degree programs and secure entry-level positions in sectors such as upstream hydrocarbon, mineral exploration, groundwater exploration, environmental consultancy, and IT companies specialising in geo modeling and GIS product development. Opportunities also exist in mining companies as geologists, GIS analysts, technicians, remote sensing image analysts, and various UPSC and similar services. After obtaining a postgraduate degree, graduates can explore employment with prestigious organizations including Geological Survey of India (GSI), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Institute of Himalayan Geology, National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), and more.


Upon completing their B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology (Geoinformatics) program, students are presented with diverse employment prospects, particularly upon obtaining a postgraduate degree. Notable employers include the Geological Survey of India (GSI), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Institute of Himalayan Geology, National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Cairn Oil & Gas (Vedanta Limited), and others. The university facilitates placements for graduating B.Sc. Geology students; however, an emphasis is placed on encouraging students to pursue relevant master's degrees for enhanced career opportunities.

Fee Structure

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Semester 1

Earth System Science4004
Mineral Science3003
Mineral Science Lab0021
Minor - I3003
Minor - I Lab0021
Environment Sustainability
and Climate Change
Critical Thinking2002
Computational Techniques2002
TOTAL   18

Semester 2

Igneous Petrology4004
Sedimentary Petrology4004
Petrology Lab - 10042
Stratigraphic Principles and
Indian Stratigraphy
Minor - II3003
Minor - II Lab0021
Environment Sustainability
and Climate Change Lab
Living Conversations2002
TOTAL   22

Semester 3

Structural Geology4004
Structural Geology Lab0021
Metamorphic Petrology3003
Petrology Lab 20021
Elements of Geochemistry3003
Minor - III4004
Design Thinking2002
Social Internship    
Introduction to MATLAB
TOTAL   22

Semester 4

Remote Sensing and GIS3003
Remote Sensing and GIS Lab0021
Paleontology Lab 20021
Introduction to Energy Resources2002
Minor IV3003
Minor IV Lab0021
Geology fieldwork I0001
Working with Data2002
TOTAL   20

Semester 5

Geomorphology Lab0021
Elective I3003
Elective II3003
Elective II Lab0021
Minor V4004
Geology fieldwork 20001
Leadership and Teamwork2002
Technologies of Future/
Meta 101
TOTAL   20

Semester 6

Engineering Geology3003
Engineering Geology Lab0021
Economic Geology3003
River Science3003
Elective III3003
Elective III Lab0021
Minor VI4004
Start your own Start-up2002
TOTAL   20

Semester 7 (If you opt for Hons.)

Exploration Geophysics4004
Exploration Geophysics Lab0021
Basin Analysis and
Sequence Stratigraphy
Geohazard and Risk Assessment3003
Elective IV3003
Minor VII3003
Minor VII Lab0021
Research Methodology and Ethics2002
TOTAL   20

Semester 8 (If you opt for Hons.)

Himalayan Geology3003
Applied Subsurface Geology3003
Elective V3003
Elective V Lab0021
Minor VIII4004
Dissertation   6
TOTAL   20


Students who are interested in the B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology (Geoinformatics) program must fulfill the specified minimum eligibility criteria: Minimum 50% marks in Class X and XII (PCM/B)

Selection Criteria

The eligibility criteria for individuals seeking admission to the B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology program at UPES School of Advanced Engineering is determined based on their performance in Personal Interview.

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