Department of Earth Sciences

We offer a wide range of recognised courses in Earth Sciences at Bachelor and Master level. The strong point of our academics is the practice of geology and geophysics in the field, taking advantage of the extraordinary alpine context around Chambéry. Our courses offer varied and expanding opportunities, and allow students to move into the fields of research or applied geology.

Earth science courses


The Bachelor's degree in earth sciences provides for 3 possible routes:

  • the Geosciences course (L2, L3) is organized for a progressive specialization in the different fields of Earth Sciences
  • the Environmental course (L2, L3) is focused on issues related to the management of natural environments and is based on more courses in biology and chemistry
  • the CMI course (Master's Degree in Engineering) is a reinforced Geosciences course with 20% more courses to train for engineering jobs through research

We have also set up an international semester based on certain L2 and L3 modules, which allows foreign students to come and practice English for our students.

More information on the Facebook page of the Earth Sciences Licence


  • the Master Georesources, Geohazards, Geotechnics is designed for students interested in geotechnics, one of the geosciences sectors with the best job prospects. At the start of the 2023 academic year, it will comprise two tracks:
    • Geosciences Applied to Land Development Engineering (GAIA) course focusing on the study, modeling and land development engineering of surficial geological formations.
    • ALEAS course (new route - opening 2023) orienté <strong>Recherche et Développement</strong> dans le domaine des aléas géologiques : aléas gravitaires (éboulements, glissements de terrain), aléas torrentiels, sismiques, volcaniques.
  • the Master in Environmental ManagementThis program, which includes 3 tracks, is intended for students who wish to specialize in the study and management of environmental problems, particularly in mountain environments

Teaching team

The offer of academics in Earth Sciences at USMB is elaborated within the Teaching Department, composed of 18 teacher-researchers from the ISTerre and Edytem laboratories.


Vocational integration

Geotechnics, hydrogeology, energy, environment, mineral resources, education and research

Associated laboratories

The Department of Earth Sciences is supported by the laboratories of research : ISTerre and Edytem


The versatility of the Master's degree has enabled me to study different aspects of geology applied to the professional world: whether it be an opening towards research, towards the geotechnical environment or towards the world of special works. The naturalist approach of academics, especially in mountainous areas, is a real asset for tackling site aspects and proposing realistic solutions to geotechnical problems or those linked to natural risks. The learning process is significant, with numerous case studies in the field. The more theoretical academics of the calculation of structures is also very specialized with differentiated courses. The icing on the cake is that academics is in Bourget du Lac, in an idyllic setting for all mountain lovers, with many courses given in the field. Entering the GAIA Master is also entering a network of competent people with a real follow-up of former students.

I really enjoyed my time atUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc, everything is conducive to student success! First of all, the scientific campus of Le Bourget du Lac is located in a unique natural setting: between the Lac du Bourget and the Alpine mountains, it is a chance to study in this natural environment and at the same time a few steps away from big cities: Lyon and Turin for example. The teaching environment is also pleasant, I had the chance to be in small classes in geology (20-25 students), the teaching is more personalised and the teacher/student ratio is closer. This degree has the chance to be constituted by a large panel of different courses, offering both a solid scientific base and an important background to continue in Master, in research or in professional. Moreover, the University of Savoie Mont-Blanc benefits from numerous agreements with foreign universities, giving the opportunity for international mobility. Moreover, I myself was able to spend an ERASMUS year at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík.